Great news in the software world

During the last week there has been a couple of great releases in the software I use every day.

First out was Python 3.1. It was released June 27th and features

  • An ordered dictionary type
  • Various optimizations to the int type
  • New unittest features including test skipping and new assert methods.
  • A much faster io module
  • Tile support for Tkinter
  • A pure Python reference implementation of the import statement
  • New syntax for nested with statements

Next out was Mozilla Firefox 3.5, which was released earlier today (June 30th), most noteworty items from that release is the @font-face css-attribute, that allows web-designers to bundle custom fonts with their website designs, and use custom fonts in their design.  I have used that feature to change the header of my blog, you would se a grudge font if you use the new Firefox or Safari. They have also released a new javascript-engine, which they claim to be a lot faster than the old one. Also, support for the <video>-tag has been added.

Then last, but not least, the long awaited PHP 5.3.0 has been released, which provides namespaces and closures for PHP.

Wasting my screen realestate

I installed Ubuntu 8.04 this week. Among the new features are a beta of the coming release of Firefox. It seems like some fine peace of software, but it continues the ever-growing wasting of screen realestate. I bought a new laptop a few weeks ago, and I wanted a small and portable one. In order to get that, I had to go down to a screen resolution of 1024×768. I was a bit afraid that this would be too little, but it has turned out fine. But it irritates me that some developer seems to think that it is no problem at all to use up a large portion of the screen for toolbars.

When I started using phoenix (the name of firefox at that time), one of its selling points was that it left so much of the screen for webpages, and didn’t waste much space at all. With every new (standard) theme it seems like it eats more and more of the screen.

And, since this is a beta none of my beloved “screen realestate cheap”-themes are out for it yet.

F11 and out.