The Apple II, Apple Macintosh, NeXT, Pixar, iMac, iBook, iPod, iTunes, MacBook, iPhone, and of course the iPad are just some of the many extraordinary products created and marketed by Apple’s cofounder, CEO, and later chairman of the board. On October 5th, the world was told the lamentable news that Steve Jobs had passed away.
While all the above mentioned products were incredible, some of his most valuable work was with the internet. That’s right, the web as we know it today would not exist without Steve.
As soon as Jobs returned to Apple as CEO in 1997, he got to work creating the beginnings of many products we know and love today. Most notably, Jobs created the iMac. “The number one use that consumers tell us they want a computer for is to get on the internet simply and fast, and that’s what [the iMac] is targeted for,” said the newly-appointed CEO. While this seems a bit obvious today, back then it was a big deal. Computers were not built for the internet; the internet was built for computers. Apple changed that philosophy by saying it was the responsibility of the software engineers to make the internet work.
Steve Jobs made what some claimed a crazy decision to not include Adobe Flash in the iPhone that was released in 2007. Instead, Apple invested in furthering the advancement of HTML5 and CSS3. Thanks to them, the web is finally being rid of the sluggish and unreliable Flash. Now, developers like myself can design multimedia rich sites that are plugin free. This not only saves developers time and money, but it also keeps websites and even computers running faster.
The internet has a bright future ahead, and this is exciting. However, some of the incredible things we’ve seen on the web in the last ten years are because of the visionary Steve Jobs.
Web Constructions has changed its name to Prorarity™! It’s been a big switch, but the whole site, logo, and name is officially changed. ‘Prorarity’ actually comes from the word ‘rarity’, which means something that is rare, special, or unique. ‘Pro’ originally comes from the latin root which means forward and forth. The common understanding of the term ‘pro’, however, is merely something which is professional. I combined the two words to make ‘prorarity’, which in a sense means professionally rare, special and unique.
The most popular browser today is Microsoft’s Internet Explorer (according to most sources). It’s been this way for just about as long as anyone can remember. Why, then, do so many developers and users strongly dislike it? Well, there are many reasons for this, and hopefully we can explore a few of them.
Developers don’t like Internet Explorer mostly because of its lack of innovation. Even its latest version (version 9) is well behind in modern HTML standards and support. All other major browsers have fully adopted HTML5 and CSS3. This means they support the very latest. Internet Explorer, however, lacks many key features of modern HTML and CSS. Things like imageless shadows, gradients, 3D effects, and transitions are void in even the latest Internet Explorer version.
What does all that mean for the normal, everyday web surfer? It means you experience a slower and uglier web. In order to have the effects mentioned above in Internet Explorer, developers must use images and/or flash. This can compromise quality, but also significantly slow down the load time of each web page.
As if this isn’t enough, Internet Explorer has a host of other problems. Computer experts say there are many security issues with Internet Explorer that are just not present in other browsers. Compatibility is another problem with Internet Explorer. The last supported Internet Explorer version on Windows XP and below is version 8, and that version is even farther behind competing browsers. Many of the major browsers today are truly cross-platform, which means they run on any computer.
If all of this has finally convinced you to get rid of Microsoft’s default browser, then one question must be asked. What browser should I use? The most innovative browsers today are Google Chrome and Apple Safari. Since Safari won’t run as well on a Windows system, Chrome is an excellent choice. If you do use a Mac, Safari or Chrome will work equally well. Both Mozilla Firefox and Opera are also good choices for a modern web browser.