All right.I thought that my first post after Shakespeare in Paradise would be something about the festival, something about the cultural industries, something thoughtful about economics and development and creativity, you know? Something constructive.But no.My first post after Shakespeare in Paradise is about browsers. About Snow Leopard. About upgrading. About this being 2009 and my having had MORE unresolved PROBLEMS with Safari and Firefox and the Mac OS in the past two months than I have ever experienced since I switched to Mac back in 1996. (Yes, my programmes used to crash in the '90s but that was because of extension conflicts, and resolutions were easy; these days, OS X isn't supposed to have the same issues. Snow Leopard is supposed to be the Messiah of OSs and we are all supposed to be happy. Ha.)Imperfect as it is, my VISTA version of Internet Explorer is the most reliable and functional browser I currently have.*GASP*These must be the very last days, people.But there, I said it. Mozilla and Safari, get your asses in gear. I am thoroughly dissatisfied with both of you right now. And here's why.
Once upon a time, Safari was my browser of choice. Chalk it up to laziness perhaps; it came with the Mac, so hey, I was satisfied with it. But the real reason for my satisfaction was one small but very important feature: the wonderful way the browser had integrated RSS and other feeds. No need for me to go setting up a mail programme to do it for me, with the attendant need to scroll through the updates (the way Outlook does it for me today); all the updates to the websites and blogs I was following would show up every time I opened my browser window, right up there in the bookmarks toolbar for me to see.But then one day, oh, back in January or so, the bloody thing stopped working. Safari has upgraded a whole lot since then, looking spiffy and enticing, like food under glass -- but I can't get the programme to work. What's the problem? The damn thing won't upgrade my bookmarks. I keep trying, every month or so, but it won't save the changes I make. So the feeds that are updating are out of date; the blogs that are listed in my RSS feeds are obsolete, extinct or no longer interesting to me; and the reading that I am doing is not recorded anywhere, because I do not like the way Firefox handles feeds. And we have done everything we can think of -- upgraded the OS, upgraded Safari, trawled through support sites, deleted everything -- everything but a clean install of the OS, which I don't believe I ought to have to do. There are no other solutions out there. The problem has been going on for a full year now, and no fixes have been forthcoming.Am I disgusted? Your call.