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Custom keyboard shortcuts in Firefox for Mac OS are broken

picture-8I complained at length about keyboard shortcut inconsistencies in Mac OS X the other day — an OS that’s supposedly ultra-consistent — but it appears that the Apple isn’t wholly to blame. I singled out Firefox and NeoOffice as particular offenders (largely because as a new-ish Mac user, they’re the two apps I use the most), but I have now found an explanation for Firefox’s keyboard shortcut misbehaviour. (more…)

Safari 4 beta bug with WordPress 2.7

The new Safari 4 beta is pretty good, as long as you’re happy with a browser that lacks most of the features that have been standard on the competition for some years (ad-blocking and saved sessions, to name but two). It is a beta though, so it’s bound to be buggy — and I’ve just hit a big one.

Safari 4 WordPress 2.7 bugWhen editing a post in the WordPress 2.7 back-end, clicking the Insert Link button causes the Ajax ‘Insert Link’ dialog box to ghost-out along with the rest of the page. As a result, both the dialog box and everything else on the page are inaccessible, and you have to open a new tab to do anything else (this only affects the current tab and not the browser session).

Actually, it is still possible to paste text into the URL box with a right-click, but won’t respond to any other mouse or keyboard command.

Given that WordPress has more than a few users, you might think that the Safari dev team might have tested this, but evidently not. Of course it may be a WordPress template issue, but a quick Google reveals that I’m not the only person to encounter this bug. The problem affects both Mac OS and Windows versions of Safari 4 beta, too. Silly Apple.

How to make the Home & End keys on a Mac keyboard work like Home & End keys

doublecommandWhen you press the cursor keys, modified cursor keys (with [Shift], [Ctrl], and so on) or [Home] and [End] keys on a Windows PC, the on-screen cursor reacts in a consistent way when it’s in a block of text, no matter what application you’re using. Its behaviour is controlled at operating system level rather than individual application level, and this consistent behaviour is a sign of good user interface design.

Now I’m the last person to suggest that Windows is any kind of benchmark for good interface design – in fact one of the reasons I recently switched to a Mac was the UI horror of Windows Vista and Windows 7. And, of course, the Mac has a wonderfully consistent user interface that’s far more logical and intuitive than anything Microsoft has so far managed. Apart from its stupid cursor control. (more…)

How to sync Google Contacts and Calendar with the iPhone using Google Mobile Sync

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Google now offers its own ExchangeSync service for smartphones called Google Sync for Mobile, which means you now now automatically synchronise your Google Account data with your handheld over Wi-Fi or a mobile data connection.

If you’re an iPhone or iPod Touch owner, this means you can now synchronise your Google Calendar and Contacts data with your device over-the-air – something that was only previously possible with an Apple MobileMe account, or your employer’s own Microsoft ExchangeSync server (if they have one).

Setting up Google Calendar and Contacts sync for the iPhone and iPod Touch is straightforward, but there are a few gotchas that can cause your iPhone to lose data if you’re not careful. (more…)

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