December 20, 2007.
Progress bars are meant to indicate progress. When they sit in one place for 20+ minutes, it makes people think progress has stopped and something is broken. I shouldn’t have to check my running processes to see if it’s still working.
January 17, 2006.
I setup a free account with Backpack today and I am very impressed. It is an simple and elegant online tool that can be used for just about anything you need to write down or remember. This service is one of many great offerings from 37signals, the makers of Basecamp, Ta-da List, and Ruby on Rails.
I am using it for my “to do” lists, notes, and calendar right now, but can see using it for much more in the future. One of the indispensible features is being able to automatically have Backpack send email or text message reminders for my appointments. Great for people who bounce between a few computers or aren’t always at a computer and get text messages on their cell phone.
Sign up for an account now (shameless affiliate link below). You won’t be disappointed.
November 29, 2005.
A new version of the Mozilla Firefox browser has just been released. 1.5 includes several enhancements over the 1.0x versions.
I have been using the beta version of 1.5 for a few weeks. I noticed a big improvement in both page rendering and local processor usage. The automatic updating feature has been very nicely streamlined as well.
Look for a big marketing push from the Mozilla folks with the new version.
At the moment, Firefox and (the now free) Opera are far superior browsers to Internet Explorer with significant advancements in security and usability. So, if you haven’t yet, give Firefox a try.