As we approach the final weekend in the Summer of 2009, it’s remarkable how quiet it’s been, at least with regard to tech news and happenings.
Summer is always a slow time for news, and if you don’t believe me, I present to you Facebook buying FriendFeed and MJ’s death all over Twitter as two of the more memorable news items from the tech blotter.
I guess the release of Snow Leopard last week counts as news. My urge for shiny things is fighting my fears of OS upgrades right now. It didn’t help today when I got the dreaded flashing folder with a question mark when I rebooted OS X today. Luckily, the recovery process was easy, not like recovering Windows. Score another for just working.
Doesn’t look like Windows 7 will make it this Summer, and Ubuntu is between major releases right now.
Chrome turned one year old today, and yet, the Mac version still isn’t even in alpha yet. Not sure why. I’ve been running the developer preview for a few months now, and it’s very solid. The nightly builds of Chromium (the open source version of Chrome) continue to add functionality and stability. So, I’m guessing Chrome/Chromium will soon enter an alpha or beta phase.
While we’re on browsers, Firefox 3.5 launched at the end of June. It’s running fine for me, but some people have reported that it’s generally prone to crash. There is a bug with automatic proxy configuration that made the rounds inside the firewall here as people updated. Don’t think that’s fixed yet, but soon, we hope.
Safari 4 came out of beta, and I continued to ignore it. The availability of the development release of Chrome for Mac made Safari obsolete for me. Not sure if it still accumulates tons of data like the beta version did.
Not much else that I can remember. Find the comments if I missed something obvious.
On a more somber note, LA is on fire again. There are some pretty disturbing images of the scope and size of the fires, including this jaw-dropper from space. I hope John and Floyd are fine and not evacuating. The air quality has to be terrible, even for LA.
Anyway, I hope news picks up soon, or I may have to take a hiatus. It’s been tough keeping the content going. I found myself wondering why I blog, and the best answer I could come up with was because of the community we’ve built here and other places around the intertubes.
Interesting question, why do you blog or tweet? Or why don’t you?
Find the comments to answer, or to leave any random comments.
Happy end of Summer.