Archive for September, 2009

Tuesday, September 29th 2009

The Big Problem with Google Chrome Frame

Google recently announced Chrome Frame, a plug-in for Internet Explorer which lets web sites use the rendering engine from Google Chrome instead of IE’s default rendering engine, Trident.

Before I understood how this was meant to work, i thought Wow! Google are going to rid the web of Internet Explorer! My happiness soon came to a screeching halt though.

If we ignore all the difficulties of making Chrome’s rendering engine (Webkit) play nicely with the Internet Explorer interface, there is one fundamental problem that stops Chrome Frame from becoming the web saviour that everyone was hoping for.

The problem that Chrome Frame aims to fix – the large user base of Internet Explorer coupled with its stone-age rendering engine – exists mainly due to lack of knowledge.

People who keep using Internet Explorer do so largely because they don’t know about the alternatives, or what a huge problem IE is for web developers.

The number of IE users who have made a conscious decision to stick with IE, but still are knowledgeable enough to understand the benefits of a modern rendering engine, can probably be counted on a few thousand left hands.

So, along comes Chrome Frame. But, the essential factor knowledge is just as lacking now as it has been before. Chrome Frame still requires IE users to knowingly install it, which I really can’t see happening.

Google Wave Logo

However, Google may have another card up their sleve. A card known by the name Google Wave.

Google Wave is, drasticly simplified, a replacement for e-mail. It is an online tool for communication and sharing. Now this sounds like something we’ve all heard a million times before. It isn’t.

Anyway, Google have given up on trying to get Wave working properly in Internet Explorer. Wave relies heavily on modern standards, and IE is just too far behind. Instead, Google Wave will ask IE users to install the plug-in Chrome Frame. Or another browser.

If Google Wave catches on properly it may well give IE users a healthy nudge in the direction of better browsers and/or Chrome Frame. And having seen the demo of Wave, I think it may very well become the next big thing.

However, having followed the browser market for ten years or so, I’ve seen how slowly it shifts. I doubt Chrome Frame and/or Wave will introduce any dramatic changes.

Saturday, September 26th 2009

Apple Pie

25196 - 2009-09-25 kl 22.05

Thursday, September 24th 2009

One Year in Europe

This, my friends, is development:

Graph showing browser market share in Europe over the last twelve months, from September 2008 to September 2009.

Graph showing browser market share in Europe over the last twelve months, from September 2008 to September 2009.

In one year …

  • Internet Explorer 7 has gone from 37.6% to 20.3%.
  • Internet Explorer 6 has more than halved, from 18.4% to 8.4%.
  • Internet Explorer has lost a total of 10 percent market share to more modern browsers.
  • Half of all Firefox users have upgraded to the latest version, 3.5*. At 20.7% – three months after release – it is already the most used browser version in Europe, and looks likely to reign supreme until 3.6 is released in a few months.
  • Firefox 2 has decreased from 9.4% to 1.6%.
  • All in all, somewhere around 60% of Internet users in Europe have moved to a newer browser.

*) This chart beautifully illustrates the efficiency of Firefox’s automatic update system compared to that of Internet Explorer (Windows Update). Firefox 3.5 has got further in three months than IE8 has in 6!! It wouldn’t surprise me if the Firefox 3.5 update is the fastest ever in the history of software, measured in number of users per time.

If we take a step back and look at the global numbers, things aren’t quite as rosy. But everything is still moving in the right direction:

Graph showing browser market share world wide over the last twelve months, from September 2008 to September 2009.

Graph showing browser market share world wide over the last twelve months, from September 2008 to September 2009.

  • Internet Explorer (6+7+8) has gone from 67.2% to 58.4%.
  • Firefox has gone from 25.8% to 31.3%.
  • Internet Explorer 7 peaked at 41.9% in December and has since lost 17 percentage points, mainly to IE8.
  • Internet Explorer 6 has lost a heap of users, down from 28.0% to 17.1%.
  • During the last year, more than 50% of Internet users have upgraded their browsers.

Obviously, all these numbers are all according to Statcounter only. NetApplications numbers tend to show Firefox at slightly numbers. The trends are essentially the same, and the Statcounter graph tool is so much nicer to use.

Tuesday, September 1st 2009

So Close Canon

The Canon EOS 7D is extremely close to being the perfect camera. Canon seem to have worked really hard to make it on par with the Nikon D300s.

They came so far, and still they left out the feature which perhaps would have been the very easiest to implement: Bracketing of 7 or 9 shots.

Well, for me it makes things easier because it stops me wanting it.

Tuesday, September 1st 2009

Summer photos from Söderhamn

We spent one week at my parents’ summer cottage in Söderhamn. Plenty of stuff to take photos of.

24972 - 2009-08-06 kl 19.50

24975 - 2009-08-06 kl 19.53

24999 - 2009-08-06 kl 21.52

25087 - 2009-08-07 kl 19.31

24759-24761 - HDR

24822 - 2009-08-04 kl 14.54

24697 - 2009-08-03 kl 17.41

24711-24714 - HDR

24723-24725 - HDR

24682 - 2009-08-03 kl 17.20

24771 - 2009-08-03 kl 22.47