February 2011

Firefox 4 Beta 12 Released

Mozilla released the twelfth beta for Firefox 4.0 on February 25th. This is a regular beta release and is being made available for testing purposes only. New stuff in this Beta 12 release: Increased performance while viewing Flash content Improved plugin compatibility with hardware acceleration enabled Hovering over links now displays the URL at the bottom of the window rather than in the location bar General stability, performance, and compatibility improvements See the complete changelist from the previous beta For more info see the release notes for Firefox 4 Beta 12. The next planned release is the Release Candidate (RC)…

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7capture

Since the upcoming releases of Firefox 3.5, 3.6 and 4.0 are stalled at the moment, going to take this time to review some of the free software I’ve been using. First up is 7capture. As the name implies it is a screen capture application and works with Windows XP, Vista as well as 7.  I was a big fan of FastStone Capture, but back in 2007 the newer versions were no longer free. Further when I tried to install it on my Windows 7 system, it did not work. So I started looking around for a new screen capture application….

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NoSquint

Having a hard time reading on the web? Is that website with the ridiculously small font and hot-pink-on-slightly-darker-hot-pink text raising your blood pressure? NoSquint can: * Override the default text-only and full-page (both text and images) zoom levels for all websites * Enforce your own foreground and background colors * Remember your zoom levels and color settings per site, automatically applying them when you return. * Disagree with what NoSquint calls a site? A powerful exceptions mechanism lets you split up or group together sites with URL patterns. “ Works with Firefox 3.0 – 4.0.* NoSquint :: Add-ons for Firefox

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Firefox 3.5.17/3.6.14 Delay Info

For those keeping track, Firefox 3.5.17 & 3.6.14 were scheduled to be released back on February 8th. This date later got pushed back to February 14th. Finally today, February 18th Mozilla updated the release page removing a projected release date. So what’s with the delays? Unlike Firefox 4 Beta 12,  this one took a bit of hunting around to find more info. Finally found some information from the February 16th Firefox/Gecko Delivery Meeting notes. The problem is with Firefox 3.6.14 and therefore is also delaying the release of Firefox 3.5.17 (as well as Thunderbird 3.1.8). The issue is a pesky…

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Firefox 4 Beta 12 Delayed – Beta 13?

Much like Firefox 3.5.17 and 3.6.14, Firefox 4 Beta 12 has been delayed. Currently there are five bugs holding back the Beta 12 release. Of these five, one is ‘major,’ two are ‘critical’ and three are ‘normal’. Bottom line, barring some miracle does not look like Firefox 4 is going to be released this month. Especially since Mozilla is “reserving the right’ to have a Beta 13 (if needed) release prior to moving to the Release Candidate builds. Source: ZDNet

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Firefox 4 is Playing Well with Major Sites

From about:mozilla comes news the current Firefox 4 Betas are playing well with major sites. Ed Lee reports that the Firefox 4 beta is working well on major content sites, such as Netflix, Pandora, Gmail and YouTube. He lists the past problems and how they were fixed. Try them out.

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