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I love Google but they are trying my patience

I have always loved Google. But of late they have really tried my patience in regard to several things relayed to privacy and their Google Chrome browser.

The first thing I noticed about Google Chrome was NO Google Chrome for PPC Macs 😦

I really don’t get it. Picassa and Google Chrome do not work on PPC Macs, but Google Earth and Google Notifier do??

I rarely ever run Beta browsers these days with malware so prevalent but, this is just plain mean of Google. They even have multiple ports for Linux and will even run on 10.4 Tiger–but not on PPC??!?


The second thing is the Omni address bar. But thankfully you can turn that off. I don’t use the Google Toolbar so I would not want the Omni bar features either and thankfully Google gives you the ability to turn that off in the settings. Course I had to find that out from through their WindowsSecrets Newsletter. 😉 This week Ian “Gizmo” Richards also talked about the security related sandboxing of individual tabs in Google Chrome and the expanded pool of Extensions.

Of course, there was much more in the Windows Secrets Newsletter … Thank you Brian Livingston and all the writers! I love it!

Google Chrome: Mac OS X Tiger and Windows XP

I get so fed up with the crap with Google and Apple.

OK, where am I coming from?

Let’s go back a bit…

Back in 2001, October 25, 2001, Windows XP came out.

April 29, 2005, Mac OS X Tiger (10.4) came out.

Now it is 2010. Windows XP is nearly 10 years old and Mac OS X Tiger is only 5 years old.

Google comes out with Chrome, and only releases it for Leopard and up and only on Intel Macs which only came out in the Mac world in the last couple years.

But, releases it for a nearly 10 year old Windows XP?!

What the heck is going on here!?!

There are still plenty of PPC Macs out there running Tiger. There is no reason it can’t be ported to PPC Macs … at the very least to Tiger; but if you go by years (nearly 10 years since Windows XP was released), it should actually work on earlier PPC Macs than Tiger.

Google really needs to get their head out of the Intel sandbox and think about their other users. BTW: Google Gears hasn’t been ported either.

Well, it turns out it is Mozilla and Apple!

Turns out that the problem I was having regarding speaking text was both Apple And Mozilla.

I went into the Speech section of the System Preferences, and looked at the setting for the keystrokes for speaking text and set it to Control V. Now even though it doesn’t it ‘show’ Speak under Services, Speech, it does now work in Mozilla Firefox, Thunderbird and SeaMonkey by highlighting and using the Control V key combo.

Very happy there was a work around for it. 😀 (At least for the Speak Text).

Still need to have Thunderbird be able to print individual Address Book cards; instead of only the complete Address Book. That only changed recently and I don’t like it one bit. Very annoying issue.

Did Mozilla forget something or is this a draconian Apple thing?

I remember when I first moved to the Mac, it was wonderful! It still is mostly a great experience, except for a few things that have changed….and not in a good way. The change is very unwelcome.

Mind you I don’t know who’s feet to lay this problem, but it must be either Mozilla or Apple or some combination problem.

When I first moved to the Mac (Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger), I could print Thunderbird’s Address Cards individually. I can still print the entire TB Address Book but I can’t print cards. How many times do you think printing the ‘entire’ address book is helpful? Not much really for me, but printing individual cards worked and worked well for me up till sometime in the last month or so. So I am guessing either the latest updates by Apple or Mozilla. And since I have been using Thunderbird and Firefox since I started using the Mac and it used to work in both, and now it doesn’t I just don’t know who’s feet to lay this complaint….Mozilla or Apple or both!

I still mainly use Tiger because I don’t have enough memory to make ‘living’ in Leopard an option, although I do still have Leopard and use it when needed (like when Vista Photo CDs are flaky and won’t be read by other OSes including Tiger and other versions of Windows).

I really can’t imagine why Apple would be so foolish as to turn off (or disallow Mozilla Thunderbird and Firefox to make use of) things like the ability to Speak Text or print individual Address Book entries (BTW: I have tried it with two different printers that both used to do this with no problems at all until recently). Neither one will print individual cards anymore. More on the Speak Text issue below.

Also Speaking highlighted text within webpages is now missing in Firefox and in emails in Thunderbird. Speak is there under Services, but in Firefox and Thunderbird “Start speaking Text” is now dimmed and CTRL V (not Command V) will no longer speak the highlighted text.

It would make no sense to have a ‘system’ feature like that turned off just for Mozilla’s latest version of Thunderbird ( and Firefox (3.0.1). Can’t blame it entirely on version 3.x since Thunderbird used to do it to and it’s still at version 2.x.

Hmmm, let’s see if Speak Text is also turned off in Camino and Opera and Seamonkey?

Seamonkey – No Speak Text available…dimmed. (version 1.1.9)

Camino – Now that’s interesting, Camino still has Speak Text! (version 1.6.3) (NOTE: Camino tries to be very Mac like so no real surprise there)

Opera – No Speak Text available…dimmed. (version 9.51)

I updated Opera to version 9.52 and now it works! Might be using Opera a bit more now! Thanks Opera, much appreciated!

Opera – Speak Text works! (version 9.52)

And of course Speak Text works in Apple Native products on the Mac like Safari and Mail.

So, that leads me to believe that the problem is not Apple’s problem since three non-Apple browsers can make use of Speak Text.

And since Thunderbird is Mozilla’s as well, that makes me think it is a Mozilla issue with Firefox, Thunderbird and Seamonkey. And of course I used to be able to print individual cards in the Thunderbird Address Book and now I can’t. So that seems to be Mozilla’s issue as well.

I hope Mozilla’s Firefox and Thunderbird (as well as Seamonkey) teams will put this functionality back in the browser and email clients.

Plus I hope the Thunderbird team will work on getting the print function for individual Address Book cards back in Thunderbird. The Address Book is very nice in Thunderbird, but the Address Book becomes burdensome without that much needed functionality. And since it used to do that, it seems that there is no reason why it doesn’t now. I think maybe it was some sort of oversight during updates, just like i think it was with Firefox to forget about Speak Text functionality.

Both of these current issues were not issues in previous versions of Firefox and Thunderbird.

I wouldn’t bother to say anything about these items, except I love both Firefox and Thunderbird but I need these two things to work again.

BTW: I love Firefox 3.0.1 very much otherwise and Firefox’s new Print Page As PDF feature in Apple’s version of the Firefox 3 browser is awesome! (I have to say I wish that functionality was here in the Windows version of Firefox 3 too). Before that, I would have to choose Print, Save As PDF and it didn’t always do as good a job as I would have liked. Sometimes pieces of the page were missing. So I really like this new feature a lot. The pages are always there. And thanks for all the other wonderful things in Firefox 3.0.1! I truely love it!

I don’t know about others, but my eyes get very tired and water horribly when they get so tired. I need to rest them occasionally and having the articles read to me makes it much easier to still keep up with things and rest my eyes. I am sure others use it for the same reasons in today’s world. At least those of us in the Baby Boomer age. Oh, wait, did I say that, I forgot, I am only 29 (for a few times 😉 ).

Firefox 3 Download Day 2008 Coming Soon!

Download Day 2008

The site link above says, “The official date for the launch of Firefox 3 is June 17, 2008. Join our community and this effort by pledging today.”

But it isn’t available just yet. So when is Download Day?

According to the FAQ, “Download Day will coincide with the general availability of Firefox 3. The clock will start ticking when Firefox 3 goes out the door! We don’t have a definitive date for Firefox 3 yet, but it should be in June.”

So keep an eye out! It could start at any moment!

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