March 2011

Firefox 4 Update Issues

Some people at Go Firefox! have reported some issues when attempting to upgrade from Firefox 3.6.16 to Firefox 4 on Windows. A couple I have seen include: Error 0x00000004 in firefox.exe Reboot required to complete update. User get this message when attempting to launch or uninstall Firefox via Windows Control Panel. In both cases firefox.exe or one of it components got corrupted during the update. To fix this issue follow these steps to manually remove the damaged Firefox and to install fresh: Got to getfirefox.com and download (do not run) Firefox 4 Close Firefox Locate your Firefox install folder. Default…

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Old ‘Status Bar’

There’s an extension for that: Status-4-Evar. I wrote about this handy extension back in January before Mozilla re-did things in Firefox 4 Beta 11 and 12 by putting connection status messages and link targets in an over-lay above the add-on bar. But for those of you who rather have this appear in the ‘status bar’ can do so with this extension. A couple notes, in the toolbars menu it will still be listed as add-on bar. Also, you can still hide/unhide the add-on status bar via CTRL+/.  The extension is only for Firefox 4 and 4.2 (developmental/future Firefox 5).

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Firefox 4 for Android Launched

Mozilla has announced the launch of Firefox 4 for Android. Mozilla, a global, nonprofit organization dedicated to making the Web better, is excited to release Mozilla Firefox 4 for Android. Firefox delivers an intuitive interface, unparalleled customization and support for modern Web technologies. To make mobile browsing effortless and fun, Firefox provides seamless and secure access to personal data across desktop and mobile devices, including browsing history, bookmarks, open tabs, form data and passwords. Feature include: safe and easy synchronization and access to history, bookmarks, open tabs, passwords and form data across desktop and mobile devices share page, save to…

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Some how-2 videos – FF4

“…Sync, which will not only synchronize Firefox across multiple computers, but it will also sync to your Android version of Firefox 4. “…how to make your Firefox 4 look like Firefox 3, in case you really miss the old design. It’s also a good hands-on tutorial for add-on use, in case you’re new to Firefox add-ons. “…make Firefox load tabs a bit faster than it does out of the box. This is a great tweak for users who have 20 or 30 tabs open. “…App Tabs are a new feature in Firefox to keep your most-used tabs in the same…

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TenFourFox

Important: TenFourFox is not an official Mozilla product and is not an officially sanctioned build of Firefox. Further since this for the Mac I have not able to use this application, nor would I be able to provide any type of support. The reason for this post is to let Mac users who are on OS X 10.4 (or newer) running Power PCs that there is a way to get the new features that come with Firefox 4 and there is an alternative to Safari. TenFourFox is a custom open-source browser built-off of the new Gecko 2 rendering engine and…

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More About Firefox 4.2a1pre

As I mentioned earlier, those of us who had been on the nightly builds for Firefox 4 (including both 32-bit and 64-bit Windows) were updated to Firefox 4.2a1pre. I thought that was a rather odd numbering scheme as theoretically the next  version was suppose to Firefox 5. After some research I have determined that 4.2a1pre is a continuation of the nightly builds formerly label as 4.0b13pre. The 4.2 is just a place holder number (much like 3.7, which eventually became 4.0 once in the beta builds) for what will likely be Firefox 5. Now, no official word yet as to…

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Okay so Microsoft made a big deal how IE9 had about 2.3 million downloads in the first 24-hours.  Firefox 4 in the first 24-hours… over 10 Million downloads. Plus Firefox gained a 2% market share as well. No doubt from all those Windows XP users Microsoft shut-out of IE9. But to be fair, Firefox was also downloaded by Linux and Mac users besides Windows XP, 2000, Server 2003, Vista and 7 users. Microsoft also addressed why it chose to forgo Windows XP support in IE9: The developer community has been vocal that they want to push the Web forward. The…

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Force Add-on Compatibility Firefox 4.2a1pre

For those on the Firefox 4 nightly builds the next update appears to be Firefox 4.2a1pre. Now I have no idea how they came up with this numbering as I thought Mozilla was going to be moving on to Firefox 5 next. Of course, Mozilla is known for changing numbering mid-way through development. Firefox 3.1 became Firefox 3.5 and Firefox 3.7 (though never officially labeled) became Firefox 4. While Nightly Tester Tools does work with this new version, the Force Add-on Compatibility feature is not. The good news is it appears the add-ons which are working with Firefox 4 will…

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Firefox 4 Released

After months of delays and well over a year in development Mozilla has released Firefox 4.0 on March 22nd. Firefox 4.0 is the first release built off of the new Gecko 2.0 rendering engine and is much faster than previous versions. Firefox 4.0 features a redesigned user interface along with many more new features that are listed in the release notes. Guides & Tours I have put together a A Quick Guide to Firefox 4 which covers some of the unique changes in Firefox 4.0. Mozilla also has an interactive tour on their site. System Requirements Firefox 4.0 will work…

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