Safari has been in beta testing for a while now, and it’s maturing into a very capable browser. I use it by default almost all of the time. However I’m noticing an annoying couple of bugs that popped up in the 1.0 version that weren’t present in the betas. The first one is some sort of GIF image bug, associated with CSS, that causes a random image from one frame to replace the background image in another frame. The second one is more troublesome: I find Safari hangs when I POST to my own Apache server. I can’t figure this second one out, but it does appear to be local, somehow.
I’ve had a chance to use the audio capabilities of iChat AV a couple of times now, once with Steven, who was “up the road” physically, but 22 hops away Internet wise (with traffic from Aliant to ISN being routed through Montreal, New York, back to Montreal, to Halifax and then back to Charlottetown), and today with my mother, who is halfway across the country, but only 14 hops up the Internet. In both cases the audio was equal to or better than talking on the telephone. Installation and connection was dead simple; there are simply no settings, beyond adding someone as a buddy as one normally would.
My mother and I tried several times, when we were both still shackled to Microsoft Windows, to get NetMeeting to work properly, but it not only frequently crashed my Windows 2000 machine (and by crashed I mean “had to turn the power off to keep using the machine”), but also required a cumbersome settings dance that we never completely figured out.
If you want to try out iChat AV, just add me as a buddy and give me a call: my screen name is reinventedpei.