Thursday, June 28, 2007

ATM History: The Day the ATM was Invented

Today, June 27th, marks the 40th birthday of the device that has a large impact on the world: the ATM.

The Inventor of the cash machine (ATM), John Shepherd-Barron, installed the first automated teller machine, known then as cash machine in Enfield, North England in a Barclays branch.

The cash machine installed used a check authenticated by a four digit PIN, also another invention.

Why four digit when now the industry is moving into 6 digit to improve security? Because John's wife said she can only remember a four digit PIN.

(image from BBC)

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Test Drive of Safari on Windows

I downloaded and installed the newly-released Safari on Windows (available here in order to see for myself how Apple's venerable browser looks and feels like on my notebook.

The slick interface still has the same look and feel of the MacOS with these claimed features

1. Blazing Performance
2. Elegant User Interface
3. Easy Bookmarks
4. Pop-up Blocking
5. Inline Find
6. Tabbed Browsing
7. SnapBack
8. Forms AutoFill
9. Built-in RSS
10. Resizable Text Fields
11. Private Browsing
12. Security




After opening a few tabs of a news site, Safari crashed and generated Application logs I appended below.

Now, that's normal behavior for a product still i beta stage. Unlike the vaunted Windows Vista that I found too slow on my brother's new Toshiba Satellite notebook running on Intel Core 2 Duo.

For now, I just content myself on my Firefox browser that currently use MacFoxII add-on to look like it's on MacOS X :)



Application error log generated when my Safari crashed:

Event Type: Error
Event Source: Application Error
Event Category: None
Event ID: 1000
Date: 6/14/2007
Time: 9:48:57 AM
User: N/A
Computer:
Description:
Faulting application safari.exe, version 3.522.11.3, faulting module ntdll.dll, version 5.1.2600.2180, fault address 0x0003426d.

For more information, see Help and Support Center at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/events.asp.