February 17, 2009

The [cable] is in the mail

Thanks to everyone who responded that all I needed was a FW 400/800 cable. I did actually know that. My main complaint was that I shouldn't have needed it in the first place. The Time Machine restore should have "just worked" using the mounted drive over the network. The Migration Assistant also failed miserably, it should have been able to migrate from the backup. The cable, however, is now on its way from Amazon, though I'll continue to back up Jo's laptop over the network (since she is totally lacking any Firewire). For the curious, it ended up only costing me about $17, instead of the $35 that Apple wanted to charge me.

I do so enjoy (read: loathe and despise) the comments from the digerati on the Interwebs. It fills me with happiness (read: night-sweats) whenever I read what people take time out of their busy day to post to forums and blogs. They're always so witty and insightful. It's part of living in a fishbowl, I guess. I alternate between moments of peaceful calm and understanding, and wanting to chase these self-proclaimed experts around with a bat. It's a very big bat. Their head and kidneys will never be the same.

Even in the past couple of days, things in Chromium are working much better. Avi landed the "sad tab" page and fixed many of the scrolling, resizing, and redraw issues. Tabs now take on the title of the page they're rendering and typing in the url bar no longer creates a new tab when you hit return. Um, duh, it's not done yet. There will be plenty more of these "how could these Google morons have released this with XYZ being so sucky!?!?!?" That's exactly why we haven't released it, but it's absolutely moving forward.

This experience reminds me why it's important to release early and release often. It's about demonstrating progress so people will want to get involved. We've already seen an increase in interest and involvement in our Mac effort since I first blogged. That's great!! We want you to get involved and help make this a better app. At the end of the day, we want to build more than a product, we want to build a community! We also want to work hand-in-hand with other open-source communities, such as WebKit and Mozilla, as a lot of the work we're doing (separating the renderer and plug-ins) can make those products better too. They may not use any of our code, but maybe they'll use some of the ideas, and designing everything out in the open helps them figure out the right questions and answers for their own product.

Of course, this is all just my own viewpoint. I don't speak for anyone but myself.

Posted by pinkerton at February 17, 2009 6:36 PM | TrackBack