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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Brian Poulsen

the new 17 inch Powerbook is too big.. It’s no more a laptop. It’s a huge portable. Nope, I’m happy with the 15.2 inch powerbook I have. Would be nice to have the 1 ghz version though ;)

Derek Gomez

Kind of sad to see Chimera off the top block… but competition is GOOD! G4 PBs less than 5 pounds: sweet! Safari: good name. Better integrated X11: awesome! Faster Airport: good thing I didn’t get in sooner. You’re right — best Macworld SF in at least a year. ;)

Sean Peisert

Brian: And the 802.11g, as the cards don’t work with old PC-card slots.

Derek: I’ll admit I had emotional attachment with OmniWeb, but pretty happy with Safari so far. Even happier with stringent cookie controls, as Walt mentioned.

Derek Gomez

Even though I like Chimera, I’ve had 5 default browsers in the past year… if Safari ends up being better, a switch is no big deal for me. :) Can’t wait to test it out tonight.

Walt Dickinson

I think Chimera is still my favorite. For now.

Brian Poulsen

Walt - I agree. Had Safari imported tabbed browsing from Chimera… now THAT would have made my day. How big is the 17 inch Powerbook in real life? It’s kinda hard to judge from a picture. Seems like a big table desk to me.

Walt Dickinson

They are big. Real big. But they’re also gorgeous. I suspect that Apple will redesign the 15 incher once the old models go out of stock. That would be the one I’d have my eye on. The design changes in the new models (ports on the side, iBook-style hinge) are big improvements.

Sean Peisert

Walt: I hadn’t thought of the Safari connection. That’s good! =) I had figured that it was melding in with Jaguar, and Mac OS X 10.3, which I think someone said was called Cheetah or something like that.

Sean Peisert

Anyone heard anything about 802.11g-enabling older TiBooks?