November 2006

Firefox (Crop) Cirlce on Google Maps

Back in August 2006, a group students from Oregon State University Linux Group created the ‘Firefox Circle‘ in an oat field near amity Oregon. The crop circle has made it to Google Maps now. Click the image below to be taken to Goggle Maps Mozilla Links >>Firefox crop circles now appearing on Google Earth, Maps

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Stop Automatic Image Resizing

For some odd reason Firefox likes to resize images automatically so they will “fit in the browser window”. I have found this rather annoying and was glad to discover there is an about:config tweak to prevent this. Thanks to Ryan at CybertNet Forums for this here tip: In a new tab type about:config in the address bar or open the about:config editor Copy and paste browser.enable_automatic_image_resizing into the filter field Double-click the entry to change it to false Close tab or about:config editor and changes will take effect right-away. This tweak works with Firefox builds/versions 1.5.0.X, 2.0.0.X and 3.0a1pre. Ryan…

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Firefox Password Manager Vulnerability

I’ve been so busy this past week with work I have not had a chance to keep up on the latest Firefox/Mozilla news. Earlier this week a major vulnerability was exposed for Firefox 1.5.0.8, 2.0, 2.0.0.1pre (not sure about 3.0a1pre) and SeaMonkey 1.0.6: “A vulnerability in Firefox handling of saved passwords has been announced today. The vulnerability allows Firefox to autofill saved credentials no matter where they are being submitted. As shown in a test case attached to the relevant bug, as long as similar forms are published in the same web site credentials are retrieved. Robert Chapin, the original…

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Bon Echo 2.0.0.1pre

Last night when the usual nightly build update hit, I noticed something odd. I was getting a warning box informing me with this build several of my extensions were not be compatible. Odd, why would a nightly on the 2.0 builds do this? After I closed the warning box the installed went as normal. However when I restarted Firefox after the install I had a new tab open which was displaying a Mozilla 404 page. This page that is not found is What’s New Bon Echo 2.0.0.1pre. Now, it is possible by the time this blog entry is published Mozilla…

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Up Coming Firefox Releases

In the next three weeks (the dates are subject to change) Mozilla should be releasing some updates for Firefox 1.5, 2.0 and may be even 3.0: Firefox 1.5 1.5.0.9 ~ Thursday, December 14th Firefox 2.0 2.0.0.1 ~ Thursday, December 14th Firefox 3.0 3.0a1 ~ Tuesday, November 28th More info on the Firefox 1.5.0.9 & 2.0.0.1 builds at the newly redesigned CybertNet News.

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Firefox 3a1 Coming Soon

The first Firefox 3 (Grand Paradiso) developmental milestone, Alpha 1 is set for next Tuesday, November 28th. Not really sure yet what features are going to be a part of this milestone. I have heard over at CyberNet: Firefox 3 To Have Advanced Microsummaries and it will be Acid 2 compliant. But that is about all I know for now besides the fact it will be built off the Gecko 1.9 trunk (Minefield).

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Exploding Notebook Batteries

Over the past couple months several notebook manufacturers have announced the recall of the batteries as they could over-heat and explode. PcPitStop put together a great video demonstration with a system that they created to purposely instigate a battery explosion. The video below is about 5 minutes and really illustrates the danger of these exploding batteries.

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Updated: Thunderbird 2 Status

As announced on CyberNet News earlier this week, Mozilla updated the Thunderbird 2 Roadmap. With this update is a revision of the release schedule and some of the features (more on this shortly). Now keep in mind for the past couple months it has been a ‘pre-beta’ release status. The revised schedule is as follows: Beta 1 ~ Early December 2006 Beta 2 ~ Early January 2007 RC(s) ~ February 2007 Final Release ~ First Quarter 2007 Now, back to the features: Tools for organizing and managing e-mail Custom Folder Pane Views such as favorites, unread and recently used. Message…

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Update: Thunderbird 2.0 Status

As announced on CyberNet News earlier this week, Mozilla updated the Thunderbird 2 Roadmap. With this update is a revision of the release schedule and some of the features (more on this shortly). Now keep in mind for the past couple months it has been a ‘pre-beta’ release status. The revised schedule is as follows: Beta 1 ~ Early December 2006 Beta 2 ~ Early January 2007 RC(s) ~ February 2007 Final Release ~ First Quarter 2007 Now, back to the features: Tools for organizing and managing e-mail Custom Folder Pane Views such as favorites, unread and recently used. Message…

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WordPerfect Office X3 to bundle Firefox

Corel has announced that forthcoming versions of its new consumer oriented office suite Corel WordPerfect Office X3 – Home Edition 2007 (US$79) will bundle Mozilla Firefox.“Firefox has a reputation for ease of use, security and user experience that closely mirrors the characteristics that attract customers to Corel WordPerfect Office X3, ” said Richard Carriere, general manager of productivity for Corel.Mozilla Links This news got me wondering has Firefox every been available “off the shelf”? Sure you could order a CD from Mozilla if you didn’t want to download Firefox (I guess if you are using dial-up the 5.6 MB download…

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