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Mac OS X Lion Has a Browser-Only Mode 231

Posted by timothy
from the meme-gets-around-quick dept.
dkd903 writes "It turns out that there is a feature in OS X Lion which no one expected and was never announced at WWDC. The feature we are talking about is 'Restart to Safari.' As you might have guessed from the name, this feature makes it possible to restart the Mac into just the Safari browser and nothing else."
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Mac OS X Lion Has a Browser-Only Mode

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  • by Hazel Bergeron (2015538) on Monday June 13, 2011 @08:10PM (#36430796) Journal

    My homebuilt Windows 7 machine has been a far smoother experience than my store-built iMac. The latter was pretty smooth on Tiger, to be sure, but Leopard onward was glitchy. I'm really not sure that Apple do too much testing on their previous generation hardware.

    And I'd rather have 14 years of reasonable support - thank you, XP - than 2-3 years of slightly better.

  • Re:Great for my mom (Score:4, Interesting)

    by k2r (255754) on Monday June 13, 2011 @08:48PM (#36431090)

    Sounds like she needs an iPad and an external keyboard.

    Been there, aunt is happy.

  • by Stupendoussteve (891822) on Monday June 13, 2011 @09:04PM (#36431214)

    When I originally read about this, it was mentioned that this feature was in fact a honeypot to encourage a thief to plug the machine into the internet. After all, for many people all they want to do is get online anyway. Thief plugs it in, the Find My Mac stuff is able to connect and send information back to the owner who can contact the authorities. Farther evidence of this was that it's a guest account, you're not able to enable it for your own user account (I haven't personally used it, so I can't confirm).

    It was also mentioned that this browser would throw out realistic looking errors for some sites, even if the site was actually fine.

To err is human -- to blame it on a computer is even more so.