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Microsoft Edge

I hate to say it, but Edge is a really good browser. Actually a great browser. It’s true that it’s based on Chromium, but Microsoft actually made some improvements from Chrome. And as evil as MS and Bill Gates are (and they are evil little fuckers), they’re not more evil than Google. Maybe less so.

If anything, I’m just amused to be using a MS browser again after so many years away. I remember a time (1997-2002) that Internet Explorer was the best browser around. Netscape Navigator became a bloated corpse that couldn’t correctly render CSS, and Opera was still not quite up to snuff. Even in its early days, MSIE was the best browser for Mac OS X. Safari was the first non-MSIE browser that was actually a viable replacement. I remember the first few versions that came out in early 2003. Very rough, but also a breath of fresh air. This was months before Firefox (originally called Phoenix, then Firebird) was popular and as usable. Let alone Chrome (which came out September 2008).

All of which is to say that Edge is both a great browser and has some nostalgia value added to boot.

One little whinge about Sierra

I’m disappointed that Apple hasn’t added a simple, but needed, tweak for Finder. And it’s something that bugged me in Mavericks (I never did upgrade past that on my last machine).

Why is it so hard to have both tabs and new windows at the same time? This has been a feature of Linux for years now, but Apple seems to not want to implement it into macOS (and can I just say that it’s nearly impossible to not call it OS X?).

A bigger whinge for another day is how restrictive macOS is becoming. Like I said the other day, Apple peaked with Snow Leopard and it’s been downhill since then.

I’m not quite ready to move to another OS full time (it pains me to even think of having to use Windows at home), but I’m becoming less and less impressed with it all the time.

GarageBand is a perfect program, but I’m not sure how much longer I will keep using macOS just for it. Especially since there are other DAWs that I’m sure would be beneficial to my musical experiments.

If things get too bad, I guess I could always dual boot a machine. Windows for DAW stuff, Linux for everything. Most of what I use is open source or has an open source equivalent.

But I’m sure every version of the Mac operating system had something I bitched about. And thought was the final straw. But over 14 years later and it’s still my main OS. Go figure.