August 2006

FF 2.0b2 Released

While mozillaZine has not made an announcement yet, CyberNet Tech News has, Firefox 2.0 Beta 2 is out! A couple interesting changes in Beta 2, the new default theme or visual refresh is in place now. Also noticed a couple minor changes with the tab bar. After opening a certain number of tabs you will get arrows on either end to scroll through your open tabs. However, I much prefer the drop-down tab list (see below) over the arrows. Also, the session restore has been setup now to automatically restore where you left off in the event of a crash…

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Firefox 2.0b2 MIA?

Per the Mozilla Developers Calendar, Firefox 2.0, Beta 2 was suppose to be released today after being delayed the last 3 weeks. So far there is no news from Mozilla. However, a quick Google News Search for ‘Firefox 2.0 Beta 2’ came up with an article from InfromationWeek: Barring more bugs, Firefox Beta 2 will release Thursday, Mozilla Corp. developers reported after a weekly status meeting held Tuesday. “[We are] on target to release Thursday, Aug. 31st assuming no stop-ship items [are] discovered,” the meeting’s online minutes read. For Mike Schroepfer’s sake (see the State of the Firefox) let’s hope…

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Windows Vista Boot-Up Sound

Over the past few days there been some interesting news and outrage about Windows Vista’s Boot Up sound. I first learned of this outrage via CyberNet News, Vista Will Not Let You Disable the Startup Sound: “Microsoft may not give me the option to disable the startup sound in Windows Vista though. Why would they do such a thing? Robert Scoble had the pleasure of talking with Steve Ball, program manager for the Windows Audio Video Excellence team, who gave a reason for this decision: “A short, brief, positive confirmation that your machine is now conscious and ready to react….

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Firefox 2.0b2 Teaser?

According to CyberNet News, Mozilla has released the 2nd Release Candidate (RC) for Firefox 2.0 Beta 2 (quite the release name). As it is stands now and this could likely will change, the official release of Firefox 2.0 Beta 2 is scheduled for Wednesday, August 30th. CyberNet also indicates a possible release date for the final version of Firefox 2.0 on October 24th. However, they don’t declare where they got this piece of information as the Mozilla Developer’s Calendar only goes up to Firefox 2.0 RC1 on September 19th (and even that is subject to change). More information to come…

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A Look Back @ Dell’s Homepage ~ Circa 1996

CyberNet News take a look at Dell’s Homepage from 1996. I do love the author’s closing thoughts, Looking back really makes you appreciate the 3GHz machines that we can buy now at the 233MHz prices from back then! The price/technology difference is incredible. I remember back in 1994 I upgraded my then desktop (the thing literally was the size of a small desk) computer from 1 to 2 MB of video RAM and 4 MB to 8 MB main RAM. The video upgrade wasn’t too bad about $25, but the main RAM for those 4 MB cost me $256!!! All…

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Update: FF 2.0 Release Schedule (Yet Again)

FF 2.0 Beta 2 has been delayed yet again, this time to August 30th. No official word as to what is causing the delays although rumor has it, may have something to do with the ‘Visual Refresh’. Here the latest release schedule per the Mozilla Developers Calendar: August 30th – Beta 2 UPDATED September 19th – Release Candidate 1 TBA – Release Candidate 2 TBA – Release Candidate 3 TBA – FINAL RELEASE In my State of the Fox entry from last week I pointed out a couple comments from Mike Schroepfer about the FF 2.0 release schedule: “He says…

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The State of Firefox

NewsForge recently (August 4th) did an interview with Mozilla Corp.’s Vice President of Engineering, Mike Schroepfer. The bulk of the interview they talk about JavaScript, security as well as better migration for Linux users who got Firefox packaged with their Linux distribution. In regards to JavaScript, Firefox 2.0 will ship with the new and improved JavaScript 1.7, which is the first upgrade in nearly 6 years (sorta like IE). Further, transitioning to Firefox 2.0 should go much smoother compared to what many of us went through when we went from 1.0.7 to 1.5 last December. Many of us experienced the…

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