Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Take a pass on Safari

by alec on June 13, 2007

It's been a couple of days since Steve Jobs announced Safari for Windows. Curious about Apple's vision of internet browsing, especially given my personal history, I downloaded it Monday night and gave it a test drive on a couple of machines.  

  • It's slow, taking a very long time to load.
  • The font rendering is hard to read, and downright irritating.  Just try to read sites designed with white text on a black background.  Yuck!
  • It doesn't have any built-in plug-in download mechanism.  How 1990's!
  • When returning to a large page, it renders text without  graphics placeholders first.  That means that although it will find the spot on the page where you were, so you can resume reading, it may suddenly jump as graphics are rendered above.  Did I mention it's slow? It might take 30 seconds or more before it suddenly starts to randomly zip around.

My HP tablet was already overloaded with software and a little flaky.  To add insult to injury, after installing Safari the buggy video driver in the tablet, which used to crash every couple of days or so, now caused a spontaneous reboot every 10 minutes necessitating a rebuild of the PC.

Give this dog a pass.  "Insanely great" it ain't. Perhaps by the time they get to version 3 they'll have the bugs worked out.

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Securit’s Ottawa Grand Opening

by alec on June 13, 2007

A couple of days ago a media advisory for the Grand Opening of Securit's new records management / document storage facility in Ottawa crossed my desk.  A little off-topic for this blog, I was nevertheless curious.  iotum makes regular backups to DVD which are stored offsite, but I wondered if there might be a more efficient way to do this — perhaps electronically. So, I arranged to speak with Jamie Manion, the Ottawa general manager for Securit.

Securit is in the information security business.  They have two product offerings — one is document destruction via their Shredit subsidiary, and the other is records management.  Their customers run the gamut from health care, to government and private business.  Currently they have document storage facilities in every major center in Canada, and are expanding into the US.  Their document destruction business, Shredit, is global.

The new Ottawa facility replaces an older rented facility.  It's a state-of-the-art six storey records management facility, with climate controls, sprinklers, a media vault, and the like. "Everyone who walks through the door is awestruck," said Jamie. "It's a jaw-dropping experience." As Jamie described it, I couldn't help but be interested in seeing more of this massive facility.

And as for electronic storage, Jamie says "e-vaulting" is a future product line they're looking into.

If you'd like to see the facility, or learn more about this Canadian success story, Securit is having a grand opening party on June 28th.  Members of their 52 person staff will be on hand to answer questions, as well as Securit founder Greg Brophy.  More details here.

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