October 2011

Forecastfox Weather

For the longest time I had used the Weather Bug extension as I was a subscriber to their Windows desktop widget. However, once Firefox 4 was released the extension stopped working. For a long while their website said they were working on getting it operational for Firefox 4 and newer. Finally though, they announced they were dropping the extension. So I started looking for another Weather extension. I wanted something that was low profile and customizable. After looking around AMO, I came across Forecastfox Weather, powered by Accuweather.com. There are a lot of things about this add-on that impress me….

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Mac User with Mouse Pointer Problems

A Mac user recently contacted The Guru regarding Mouse Pointer problems which had started earlier in the week. Since I have really no idea what is causing this and also since I am not a Mac user, I am re-posting their contact in hopes that one of our readers will have an idea as to what is going on. I am using Firefox 7.0.1 Release Update Channel [Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; Intel Mac  OS X 10.7; rv:7.0.1) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/7.0.1]  on a MAC PRO. NOTE: This issue does NOT affect SAFARI web browser. Safari works fine. This issue concerns only FIREFOX. Problem: 1….

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pdf.js PDF Reader

pdf.js is a Firefox extension being developed by Mozilla Labs which uses HTML5 to display PDF files within Firefox without the need of a PDF browser plugin such as Adobe Reader or FoxIt Reader (note: you will still need one of these readers to view local/downloaded PDF files). This extension is still experimental and in development, but appears to be fairly stable. Once install it is ready to go without a browser restart, but you will need to disable any other PDF related plugins/extensions.This add-on works with Firefox 7.0 thru 10.0a1 builds. Resources PDF.js MozillaWiki pdf.js project site Install pdf.js

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Add-On To Resolve Browser Issues

I haven’t tried this yet but if it works as advertised should make a lot of folks happy. Here is a list of some of the configuration options that FeatureFix provides: Change the default Firefox source code viewer Define where the tab bar close button or buttons are located in the browser (every tab, active tab, on the right of the tab bar, no close buttons at all) Disable url trimming (removal of http://) and url formatting (greying out subdomains and directories). Removal of the go button and bookmark star. Display attributes on mouse over, including Alt, Title, Src, Href,…

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Firefox 10 Nightly Windows Updates Resuming Soon

Automatic updates for Firefox 10 Nightly Windows (x32 and x64) builds had been temporally disabled earlier this week due to start up crashes with ‘Windows 8’ [Bug 695161]. It appears this issue has been corrected on 10/20/11 and quite possibly by the time this article is published, users will be able to update via Help > About Nightly. If the automatic updates are still not functioning you can always update manually by downloading the latest trunk build here.

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How to Fix: Stuck in Maintenance Mode

While rare, there are occasions while updating a plugin or theme things  may not go smoothly. I was trying to update a theme on one of my (many) WordPress sites. The update was successful, however the server hiccuped  before maintenance mode was turned off. So the site was stuck in maintenance mode, which means you can not access the front end or even your dashboard. I do believe though there is a some type of safety timeout threshold in place so that your not permanently locked out of your dashboard. I had a similar issue while trying to do a…

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Just Released Thunderbird 8 Beta 1 – October 5, 2011 Thunderbird 8 Beta 2 – October 12, 2011 Thunderbird 8 Beta 3 – October 20, 2011 Coming Soon November 8th Thunderbird 3.1.16 Thunderbird 8 Final Release Thunderbird 9 Beta * Thunderbird 10 Earlybird* Future Releases December 20th Thunderbird 3.1.17 Thunderbird 9 Final Release Thunderbird 10 Beta (10.0b1) * Thunderbird 11 Earlybird (11.0a2) * January 31st Thunderbird 3.1.18 Thunderbird 10 Final Release Thunderbird 11 Beta (11.0b1)* Thunderbird 12 Earlybird (12.0a2)* * As part of the new Rapid Release Schedule, dates listed for Earlybird and Beta builds reflect when the code merge…

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New AMO Features Released

A couple new features landed on AMO (addons.mozilla.org) this week. The first is an improved search feature which will show results/suggestions as you type. Also, there are some add-ons that are dependent on another add-on in order to work. While AMO does not enforce this (it is possible to install the add-on even if you don’t have the dependent add-on already installed), AMO has now given a way for add-on developers to display this information on the add-on details page. Mozilla Add-ons Blog

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Firefox having amnesia on ‘graceful’ exits

I’d been dealing with an odd issue for a while in that Firefox would not remember my tabs from the prior session when I exited the browser gracefully (Firefox Menu > Quit). Now if I did a restart (such as when installing an add-on or even with the restart button that chromEdit Plus adds) or if the browser crashed (intentionally or unintentionally), when I restarted my session would be exactly as it was. I had in the general settings When Firefox Starts to Show my windows and tabs from last time. I had devised an odd work around to preserve…

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