Claim Victory in the Browser War

Claim Victory in the Browser War

Training Wheels for the Web: BumperCar 2

 

Sure, you can lock down Safari via the Parental Controls section of your child’s user account preferences (System Preferences >
Accounts), but BumperCar 2 ($29.95) is way more fun. It’s also got miles more security options including hour-specific and daily time limiters, white-list and blacklist filtering, and individual settings for chat-room content and the levels of profanity, violence, and nudity that Junior is allowed to see. BumperCar rides atop Apple’s WebKit framework, so it’s fairly similar to Safari, but the best thing about BumperCar is that it not only keeps kids out of trouble, but also helps them find cool, kid-safe sites.

 

BumperCar’s Tunnel of Mystery is the only such-named place on the Web that’s suitable for kids.

 

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

 

Calling Captain Google: Googalyzer

You don’t have to be a Google fanboy to appreciate Googalyzer (free), but it helps. What else could explain our joy over a simple browser built on Safari’s WebKit with toolbar buttons for Google services (Maps, Groups, images, video, blogs, and so on), and an integrated notebook at the bottom for penning our blog posts, research notes, conspiracy theories, and whatnot without leaving the scene of the inspiration for a cold, sterile text editor. Well, maybe you do need to worship all things Google, but Googalyzer is exactly what some people need in a browser, and nothing more.

 

Integrated Google services and a handy notebook make Googalyzer a librarian’s best friend.

 

More...

 

9

Comments

+ Add a Comment
avatar

Anonymous

I often had a problem with Safari 2 just bogging down after a few hours of browsing. Switched to Shiira and haven't looked back. It's not perfect but it gets me where I want to go.

avatar

Jerry South

I use Camino for general browsing because it has a nicer looking interface and it's noticeably faster than Safari. It also will allow you to select download folders on the fly, rather than having to set it in preferences. That is very clumsy for Safari.

However, the MacLife writer did not know about or mention any problems with Camino. It happens that if you use your browser to do your online banking, and you try to print your bank statement, it will only print the first page. This is a known error with Camino. I was told it was a failing of the Gecko browser engine? Can anyone verify that?

So I use Camino for everything on the web but my online banking print statements, and for these, I use Safari. I leave them both in the dock.

avatar

macmansan

I LIKE EM ALL, BUT I USE FIREFOX THE MOST WHICH I GUESS WOULD BE THE BEST BUT I ALSO LIKE FLOCK ... THEY HAVE ALOT OF GREAT STUFF I FIND USEFUL AND IF FIREFOX WOULD HAVE EM THEN THAT WOULD SEAL THE DEAL ..

avatar

erich13

To me, there of several features that are extremely appealing... http://lilurl.org/m516uib

avatar

Anonymous

Hmmm I don't know about that. I can't access my bank account informationm, I get an error everytime I try to log in with Safari 3.

Some would say I should get a different bank or they should update, but I say that Safari should be able to connect. Safari 2 does.

For the record I use Camino, I have found it to be the best all around.

avatar

Jerry South

I can print only one page of my bank statement using Camino. I have to use Safari 2 for that one job. How about you? I heard it's a failure in the Gecko browser engine that Camino is built on. ???

avatar

Dave Barnes

Firefox is the best.

Yes, the font rendering sucks.

But, it has AdBlockPlus and the Developers Toolbar.
For me, there are no adverts on this website.
For me, as a web developer, the developers toolbar is extremely useful.

Also, I like having my bookmarks in a menu on the left.

avatar

Dave Barnes

"Creative Suite 3 installer stops with a blank "Installer Alert" dialog box (Mac OS)"

http://kb.adobe.com/selfservice/viewContent.do?externalId=kb402337&sliceId=1

In plain English: you must use Safari 2 if you plan on using Adobe CS3.

Oops.

avatar

Anonymous

Niko, nice job! We miss you! (Hey, MacLife staff, why did you let him escape!?) Good information. I had never heard of "SplitBrowser" or "Googalizer" Thanks Mr. Cousmartcougeekcouinfovanis!!

Log in to Mac|Life directly or log in using Facebook

Forgot your username or password?
Click here for help.

Login with Facebook
Log in using Facebook to share comments and articles easily with your Facebook feed.