The second time is different
Oddly enough I am using Firefox as my main browser again. On moving to the Mac, Firefox was like a friendly face in a crowd of strangers and I was very glad to have a tool to work with that I knew well. Once I began to settle in, however, I thought that I should give Safari and Camino (two well known Mac only browsers) a chance. Camino is a nice and fast browser that for some unknown reason cannot connect with the WordPress composition page. It gets trapped in a loop and times out. Allowing all cookies does not appear to help in any way, despite what the error page says. I used Safari for perhaps a month or so and I did get comfortable with it – it even changed the way I use my bookmarks. Instead of having a pane of links on the left side, I now have my most common bookmarks in drop down folders just below the address window. The beauty of this is that once you pick a link, they automatically get out of your way. This means I can get away with a smaller browser window and that means easier access to other open windows on the desktop. Sadly, however, Safari has an issue with whatever tools are use to create clickable formatting buttons on both Blogger and WordPress. That’s a shame, and something I can’t believe that Apple will leave unaddressed. A search for a stand alone post editor didn’t turn up a home run. Ectowasn’t bad, but it’s not free and it’s not a dream either.
I turned to Flock when I heard that it had a built in blogging tool, and that Flock itself is based on Mozilla. Flock’s interface is pretty, if a bit cartoonish, and looks and feels a lot like Firefox. The blogging tool is nice but in using it I began to have browser tabs lock up from time to time. It was that frustration that lead me back to Firefox – which I never disliked anyway. Using the Grapple theme and some toolbar customization, I’ve got it looking as Safari-ish as I can manage. I have also decided to try composing on-line once again. WordPress has a ‘save and continue editing button that I hope will save my bacon in the event of a disaster. Plus, y’know, this OS X thingie isn’t anywhere near as crash prone as Windows XP (in fact I have never had it crash in the two months plus I’ve been using it). The formatting buttons on WP allow for a lot of control, more than Blogger’s allows, and to my very pleasant surprise – even the size of the editing window can be enlarged just be dragging the bottom right corner. That saves so much squinting and scrolling it’s not even funny.