LORD OF THE COWS SAFARI NEWS

 


 

From 2003 to the end of 2005 Gordon Byrnes intermittantly posted information / fixes about the Safari browser platform. The site went dark for many years. Sometime in 2016 a new owner? revived the site and it became active again for a very short period.
In 2018 a new owner acquired the domain choosing to show the two previous iterations of the site as an example of how site's change owners. Sometimes the new owners deviate 180 degrees from the original site, other times the new iteration adheres more closely to the original intent.
This site is an example of the later, if only for a brief moment.

Content is from 2003 - 2005 and 2016 archived pages.


 

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Lord of the Cows 2003 - 2005 Iteration

 

Original Creator/ Owner of Lord of the Cows website

General
2003 | All right, brief introduction: My name's Gordon Byrnes, I'm an 16-year-old guy from Juneau, Alaska.
2005 | I currently a freshman at Eastern Oregon University in La Grande, Oregon.

Politics
2003 | Politically, I'm for legalisation of all drugs, against capital punishment, pro abortion, although not at the later stages it is currently legal today, pro-assisted suicide, Very against oil drilling in ANWR, for US military and financial support of Israel, and extremely against our current President. I don't really like any of the US political parties, so I guess you could say I'm an independent.
2005 | I have found little benefit to being open about my political beliefs. If you're truly curious, ask.

Religion
2003 | I'm an atheist. I have absolutely no problem with open and tolerant religions, but I resent any sort of religion being forced on me (i.e. I'm not bothered by people praying, displaying religious icons, etc, but would take offence at being asked to do any of these things myself).
2005 | I have found little benefit to being open about my political beliefs. If you're truly curious, ask.

Interests
They vary. The outdoors never fail to entertain, and I love cycling, hiking, camping, and things in that vein. Traveling (anywhere) is definitely my thing, and as is probably obvious, I like tinkering around on the computer in my spare time.

Lord of the Cows...??
Yep. I wanted a domain, but was at a loss for a decent name, so Lordofthecows.com was born. Probably the result of too many "Far Side" cartoons, and having recently read Lord of the Flies. Contrary to what most people who email me seem to think, the Hindu God Krishna/Gopal was not the inspiration for the name.

 

 

POSTS 2003 - 2005

 

November 19, 2005

Safari Enhancer Updated

Safari Enhancer 3.0.2 has been released. Changes are as follows:

  • Important Safety Improvement: Enhancer can no longer disable copies of Safari if run on incompatible versions. This means you can safely test Enhancer with new releases of Safari without waiting for an update. If Safari stops working, the "Restore Settings to Defaults" button in Enhancer will now restore Safari entirely to its pre-Enhancer state, regardless of the version.
  • Enhancer file size reduced by 60%.
  • French localisation updated.

Posted by Gordon at 


October 30, 2005

Safari Enhancer 3.0 Released

Safari Enhancer 3.0 has been released. Changes are as follows:

  • Features separated into those effecting the entire system and those effecting only the current user. Most features no longer require administrator privileges.
  • New Feature: Set the number of days Safari will remember history for.
  • New Feature: Choose whether to print a page's background image when printing.
  • New Feature: Choose whether to display a link's URL in a tooltip.
  • New Feature: Permanently change what browser Safari identifies to websites as.
  • NOTE: French localisation is incomplete. It will be updated soon.

 

Posted by Gordon


September 17, 2005

Safari Enhancer Updated

Safari Enhancer has been updated to version 2.6.4. This version includes changes to improve the functionality of the cache modification options.

Posted by Gordon


August 03, 2005

Changes

I will be leaving very shortly for Germany's capital city, where I will be for the next month. After that I will be moving into dorms at EOUfor the Fall semester. The crux of this is that Safari Enhancer support and updates will be pretty curtailed for at least the next couple months as I get settled. Anyway, bye for now.

Posted by Gordon


July 18, 2005

Localisations Found

I have found German and Chinese translators for future versions of Enhancer. Thanks to everyone that offered their help.

Posted by Gordon


July 08, 2005

New Localisers Needed

I am currently searching for new German and Chinese translators for Safari Enhancer.

Fluency in both English and the language you're translating to is a must. You will be periodically asked to update localisations to Enhancer when new versions are released. The changes between versions are generally small. Turnaround time for most localisation requests should be under a week. You will also need to install the OS X Developer Tools (free).

This is strictly a volunteer position (your name will appear in Enhancer's "about" box, and I'm happy to write glowing references should you request one for job-seeking and such).

Anyone who is interested should email me at gordon@lordofthecows.com
- Thanks

Posted by Gordon


May 24, 2005

Safari Enhancer Updated to 2.6.1

Safari Enhancer 2.6.1 has been released. This version fixes several bugs related to caches from the last version.

Posted by Gordon


May 23, 2005

Safari Enhancer 2.6 Released

Safari Enhancer 2.6, with full support for OS 10.4 Tiger and Safari 2.0/RSS has been released.

Complete changes as follows:

  • Safari Enhancer is now compatible with Safari 2.0/OS 10.4.
  • Enhancer is no longer compatible with anything prior to OS 10.4.
  • Various changes to the interface.
  • Icon cache can now be permanently disabled.
  • Google Brasil and SearchPlay search engine support added.
  • Minimum font size setting removed (redundant, available under "Advanced" in Safari's preferences).
  • Enhancer can now be run from a non-administrator account.

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Enhancer 2.6 will not show up in Enhancer's auto-update system, as Panther users can't upgrade, and Tiger users can't even launch older versions.

Panther and Jaguar versions of Enhancer will continue to be available.


March 07, 2005

New Safari Enhancer Release

Safari Enhancer has been updated to version 2.5.3. The main reason for this update is to fix the Adobe PDF Plugin glitch in Enhancer.

Everyone who has used a previous version of Enhancer on Safari 1.2.1 through 1.2.4 should download this patching programme, and run the installer appropriate to their exact Safari version. This will fix the PDF display problem, and potential problems with future plugins.

Reinstalling Safari will also have the same effect.
Important:
Do not run this new version of Enhancer until you have run the patching programme or reinstalled Safari. Doing so may actually compound the problem, due to Enhancer's safety-backup system, which may attempt to restore the glitch to your copy of Safari if it was there when the new version was first run.
If you're wishing you had read this before doing what it just said not to do, don't panic. Just delete Safari Enhancer's support directory in /Users/you/Library/Application Support/Safari Enhancer/ , run the patch programme, and you should be good to go.

Posted by Gordon

 



May 29, 2004

Absence

Well, it's been quite awhile since I posted anything here. I do have lots to say, but not right now, as I'm going to Europe for a month, without internet access. I will return on July 1st. No updates or email responses are likely to materialise while I'm gone.

Posted by Gordon

January 10, 2004

Away

I will be in Washington DC until January 19th, giving a presentation for the National Student Symposium on Ocean issues. I won't be responding to email until I return.

Best,
Gordon

Posted by Gordon


January 02, 2004

For sale: 256MB USB Flash Drive

I'm selling my old 256MB USB flash drive. It's in great shape, and the "Buy it now" price on ebay is about $40 less than you'd pay for a new USB flash drive of the same size.

Posted by Gordon



November 18, 2003

Theming Evolved

Unsanity has just released ShapeShifter.

ShapeShifter represents the first truly safe theming solution for OS X. No system files are modified. Instead, ShapeShifter just points applications to an alternate location to load interface files. This means you can now use different themes for different users, and there is no chance of screwing up your system with a bad theme.

There should be no future need for theme-protection applications like AquaFix now. Kudos to Unsanity for yet another great product.

Posted by Gordon


October 26, 2003

Safari Enhancer for Panther

Safari Enhancer version 2.0.7b1 is available for download now. Changes are as follows:


  • Panther Compatible
  • French localisation updated.
  • Much better error checking. Safari Enhancer will now automatically try to repair problems with Safari when applying changes.
  • Major code cleanup.
  • Assorted bug fixes.

This is my first crack at Panther compatibility. Most everything should work fine, with the notable exception of the minimum font size feature. Changes to webkit in Panther seem to have crippled the functionality of the minimum font size settings. They work on some pages (this page, for example, but not here. I haven't been able to figure out a pattern yet. This feature in all its glory may be permanently lost. I strongly recommend using the bug reporting feature to complain to Apple about the exclusion of a minimum font size feature from the browser, and also to go submit feedback to David Hyatt, who actually works on the browser.

Safari Enhancer 2.0.7b1 is not compatible with Jaguar. If you're using Jaguar, grab version 2.0.6.1. This version has the same changes as 2.0.7b1, excluding Panther support.

Enjoy,
Gordon

Posted by Gordon


October 04, 2003

Perl Gurus Wanted

I have a little challenge for anyone fairly skilled with Perl.

I need several perl scripts that do the following tasks:

Convert Mozilla/Netscape format HTML bookmarks into Safari-friendly property list bookmarks.

Convert Camino format XML bookmarks to Safari-friendly property list.

Convert Omniweb format HTML bookmarks to Safari property list.

Convert iCab HTML bookmarks to Safari property list.

Additionally, for any of these scripts, the new bookmarks would have to be added to the existing Safari bookmarks plist, not simply made into a new one without Safari's already existing bookmarks.

If anyone can supply me with one or all of these scripts, I'd be extremely grateful.

Posted by Gordon


September 24, 2003

Fat Rights

I am so sick of severely obese people crying discrimination because businesses don't like to hire people with enough personal body weight to bring down a small aircraft.

Dammit, no one is born obscenely fat, and only in rare cases can it be attributed to disease. Fatness is a choice. You choose to be fat, that's your right. However, it is not your right to demand that the rest of society make special accommodations for you.

Obese people are a liability in the workplace. Standard furniture is not built to support that much weight. Fat people also have more medical problems, which is a financial burden for employers that provide health insurance.

What is even more disturbing is that these people don't seem to see any problem with being 5 '10 and weighing 210 kilos (460 lbs). how the hell can anyone be happy at that weight, let alone move?

If we really wanted to improve the lives of fat people, we should shun them even more. Start having weight limits in restaurants and offices, start charging them more on public transport, as they use more space. One coach class aircraft seat is not enough to fit a 181 kg person.

Posted by Gordon


July 15, 2003

The Moussaoui Trial

I have been absolutely disgusted by the behaviour of the US government regarding the trial of Zacarias Moussaoui, the man accused of being the planned 20th September 11th hijacker.

In addition to keeping much of the evidence against Moussaoui secret, the government has now illegally defied a judge's order to allow Moussaoui to talk with a captured Al-Qaeda member being held in a secret location.

Of course, refusal to abide by said order would require that the entire case be dismissed. If this happens, the government has made it quite clear they will put Moussaoui to a military tribunal, where it will be a much simpler matter to deny Moussaoui's defence access to the Al-Qaeda member requested, with no inconveniences like the Constitution to get in the way.

This behaviour by the government demonstrates a complete lack of regard for the US criminal justice system, as well as saying something as to the fairness of military tribunals, since a tribunal in this case would be used specifically for the purpose of denying the defence access to what they have described as a key figure.

This reminds me of tactics used by the Third Reich. When judges dared to allow a verdict that the Nazi government found unfavourable, the Gestapo would simply nab the defendant as they walked free and ship them off to a concentration camp, or worse.

If this is the price of security, it is far too high.


November 18, 2003

Theming Evolved

Unsanity has just released ShapeShifter.

ShapeShifter represents the first truly safe theming solution for OS X. No system files are modified. Instead, ShapeShifter just points applications to an alternate location to load interface files. This means you can now use different themes for different users, and there is no chance of screwing up your system with a bad theme.

There should be no future need for theme-protection applications like AquaFix now. Kudos to Unsanity for yet another great product.

Posted by Gordon


October 26, 2003

Safari Enhancer for Panther

Safari Enhancer version 2.0.7b1 is available for download now. Changes are as follows:


  • Panther Compatible
  • French localisation updated.
  • Much better error checking. Safari Enhancer will now automatically try to repair problems with Safari when applying changes.
  • Major code cleanup.
  • Assorted bug fixes.
This is my first crack at Panther compatibility. Most everything should work fine, with the notable exception of the minimum font size feature. Changes to webkit in Panther seem to have crippled the functionality of the minimum font size settings. They work on some pages (this page, for example, but not here. I haven't been able to figure out a pattern yet. This feature in all its glory may be permanently lost. I strongly recommend using the bug reporting feature to complain to Apple about the exclusion of a minimum font size feature from the browser, and also to go submit feedback to David Hyatt, who actually works on the browser.

Safari Enhancer 2.0.7b1 is not compatible with Jaguar. If you're using Jaguar, grab version 2.0.6.1. This version has the same changes as 2.0.7b1, excluding Panther support.

Enjoy,
Gordon

Posted by Gordon


October 04, 2003

Perl Gurus Wanted

I have a little challenge for anyone fairly skilled with Perl.

I need several perl scripts that do the following tasks:

Convert Mozilla/Netscape format HTML bookmarks into Safari-friendly property list bookmarks.

Convert Camino format XML bookmarks to Safari-friendly property list.

Convert Omniweb format HTML bookmarks to Safari property list.

Convert iCab HTML bookmarks to Safari property list.

Additionally, for any of these scripts, the new bookmarks would have to be added to the existing Safari bookmarks plist, not simply made into a new one without Safari's already existing bookmarks.

If anyone can supply me with one or all of these scripts, I'd be extremely grateful.

Posted by Gordon


September 24, 2003

Fat Rights

I am so sick of severely obese people crying discrimination because businesses don't like to hire people with enough personal body weight to bring down a small aircraft.

Dammit, no one is born obscenely fat, and only in rare cases can it be attributed to disease. Fatness is a choice. You choose to be fat, that's your right. However, it is not your right to demand that the rest of society make special accommodations for you.

Obese people are a liability in the workplace. Standard furniture is not built to support that much weight. Fat people also have more medical problems, which is a financial burden for employers that provide health insurance.

What is even more disturbing is that these people don't seem to see any problem with being 5 '10 and weighing 210 kilos (460 lbs). how the hell can anyone be happy at that weight, let alone move?

If we really wanted to improve the lives of fat people, we should shun them even more. Start having weight limits in restaurants and offices, start charging them more on public transport, as they use more space. One coach class aircraft seat is not enough to fit a 181 kg person.

Posted by Gordon


July 15, 2003

The Moussaoui Trial

I have been absolutely disgusted by the behaviour of the US government regarding the trial of Zacarias Moussaoui, the man accused of being the planned 20th September 11th hijacker.

In addition to keeping much of the evidence against Moussaoui secret, the government has now illegally defied a judge's order to allow Moussaoui to talk with a captured Al-Qaeda member being held in a secret location.

Of course, refusal to abide by said order would require that the entire case be dismissed. If this happens, the government has made it quite clear they will put Moussaoui to a military tribunal, where it will be a much simpler matter to deny Moussaoui's defence access to the Al-Qaeda member requested, with no inconveniences like the Constitution to get in the way.

This behaviour by the government demonstrates a complete lack of regard for the US criminal justice system, as well as saying something as to the fairness of military tribunals, since a tribunal in this case would be used specifically for the purpose of denying the defence access to what they have described as a key figure.

This reminds me of tactics used by the Third Reich. When judges dared to allow a verdict that the Nazi government found unfavourable, the Gestapo would simply nab the defendant as they walked free and ship them off to a concentration camp, or worse.

If this is the price of security, it is far too high.

Posted by Gordon


July 13, 2003

Forums are up

In order to try and relieve strain on my inbox, I'd like to announce the Official lordofthecows forums.

These forums are primarily directed at dealing with issues related to my software, but you're welcome to discuss anything (well, almost anything).

Enjoy

Posted by Gordon


June 27, 2003

Out of town

I'll be out of town from now until the 12th of July. I will not be accessing the internet during this time.

Please, before emailing me, ask yourself if it really is essential. Wading through 500 week old emails is no fun.

See you around.

Posted by Gordon


 

June 26, 2003

Yet another Safari Enhancer update

New version of Safari Enhancer (2.0.5) released with numerous bug fixes over previous version.

It is strongly recommended that you install a fresh copy of Safari if you used Safari Enhancer 2.0.4. get it here

Posted by Gordon



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