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Apple redesigns default page for Safari browser

updated 02:10 am EST, Thu December 9, 2004

New Apple default page

Apple has quietly changed the default page for its Mac OS X browser Safari. "Instead of being automatically redirected to a Netscape news page, with Apple advertisements, it is a full Apple web page, hosted on apple.com, and is basically all Apple advertisements and Apple news, top ten iTunes songs, etc. The page now redirects .




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  1. leonpro

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    This till works...

    http://apple.netscape.com/apple.adp

    I hope they don't take this out as I find it very useful and has good, simple layout.

  1. umijin

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Not useful...

    I don't find it useful. I liked seeing a quick summary of real news with computer stuff, though I didn't like the interface.

    Now, it's just one freaking big advertisement... A monoculture of Apple stuff...

    Bah, humbug...

  1. njfuzzy

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    monoculture

    I do not think that means what you think it means.

  1. Centris650

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    No REAL news

    The only reason I kept the netscape page as my default was for the news feeds. Like umljin said, it's now just one big add for apple. It would be nice if they had some really cool hints, tips and tricks on it.

    Oh well, time to change my default browser page.

  1. rok

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    yay, more ads...

    or ads masquerading as "stories". maybe this will appeal to novice users, who don't care one way or the other, but i am an experienced user who felt that the original page worked just fine. yeah, sure, i can change my startup page, but it just FEELS wrong to have apple think that they need this heavy-handed "buy our stuff" tactic. then again, redmond's been doing it for years, so...

  1. njfuzzy

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    novices

    This is aimed at novices. Very few people keep the default home page, and I think Apple knows that. By offering their own page, they get their stuff in front of new users for the short time before they set their own home page-- Without Netscape (AOL) making a bunch of money off of them.

  1. umijin

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    No, I mean monoculture

    I did mean 'monoculture' as in when species diversity is reduced to just one kind of organism.

    Yeah, OK - bad analogy... :-)

    The old page wasn't great, and the news tended to be sensationalist - but it sort of worked. Now we basically get an order form as a start up page.

    Then again, I can always try to change the default startup page... :-P

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    What?

    You mean to tell me there are actually people who actually used the old start-up page? Geesh, will wonders never cease.

  1. Hobeaux

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    well, uh

    ... yeah, i used the old startup page. I used it to keep up on the news of the weird before browsing to my usual sites. silly me.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    One more thing

    This actually has nothing to do with Safari, does it? I mean, if that was your default page in Firefox, it'll re-direct as well.

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