January 7, 2003

MWSF 2003

Macworld Expo SF 2003

What a great Macworld. New PowerBooks (super sized and mini), entry into the browser market with Safari, competition with PowerPoint via Keynote, upgrades to iPhoto, iMovie and iDVD, AirPort with 802.11g, a consumer version of Final Cut, a new X Window System implementation, and so on…

The MPEG-4 stream of the keynote address came through clearer and stronger than ever. It only cut out once or twice and both times toggling the Play/Pause status resolved the problem. I just ran over to Moscone for about 30 minutes, just long enough to weasel my way up to one of the new PowerBooks and try to stuff it down my pants and sneak out before anyone noticed. (I failed.)

I’m so happy that Apple got into the browser market. Safari has a lot of rendering problems and really needs perks like tabbed browsing and more sophisticated cookie control. It’s super fast though, and with its built-in bug reporting feature, it at least seems as though Apple recognizes the daunting task of building a truly standards-compliant browser.

[Later: Ugh. I just made the Safari connection. “They’re anglin’ in Laguna in Cerro Azul / They’re kicking out in Dohini too / I tell you surfing’s mighty wild / It’s getting bigger every day / From Hawaii to the shores of Peru.” Great name.]

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