August 2012

A USB Toaster

Okay, not exactly the kind of toaster that will turn you bread into well toast. ThinkGeek has come out with a USB Toaster hub along with (each sold separately) 4 different pieces of 4-GB USB toast. The whole set is going to cost you $128 USD (plus tax if applicable) with free shipping (if you spend at least $75 USD). I suppose for some people $128 ($28 for the ‘toaster’ and $25 for each piece of ‘toast’) is just pocket change and/or they just find this too cool. Otherwise, you can get much more space for a whole lot less. About a month ago…

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Having one of those mornings…was just trying to do some simple updates on the desktop system and opened a can of worms. The newest version of Flash seems to be crashing in Chrome nonstop, but I am hoping a reboot might fix that issue. Did get the JAVA plugins on this machine updated. On this machine I run Thunderbird Beta as my default Thunderbird build, and it updated to Thunderbird 16 Beta when I checked for updates. During the update process I was warned that earlyLight was not compatible and I tried to check for updates, but none were found….

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Firefox 15 Is Go Along With A New 3D Game Demo

You a gamer?This review covers much more but highlights the game playing and includes a demo. “Firefox 15 was released on August 28th, one day ahead of schedule. Improvements to memory usage make it faster, but for many it is its game-related enhancements that are the main highlight. A new game demo, Bananabread, makes the point and proves that HTML5 gaming isn’t a joke.“As we reported last month Firefox 15 has tackled its long standing memory leakage problems affecting certain add-ons. The improvements make browsing smoother and more responsive.“For developers, the integrated JavaScript Debugger gives and can also be used…

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Protect Against the New Actively Exploited Java Vulnerability

This is cross-platform. ” Security researchers have proposed several methods for users to protect their computers from ongoing attacks that target a new and yet-to-be-patched vulnerability in all versions of Java Runtime Environment 7.…“The new vulnerability is considered extremely critical and can be exploited to execute malicious code on a system by simply visiting a maliciously crafted Web page from a Web browser that has the Java plug-in enabled… “ Source: PCWorld Business CenterMore  Six Ways to Protect Against the New Actively Exploited Java Vulnerability

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” Tablet support has been sorely missing from the standard builds of Firefox, but has been available in beta for some time already. Today however they’ve officially pushed the fully redesigned tablet support to their actual FireFox for Android app which is now up to version 15. According to the developers at Mozilla they’ve made “dramatic improvements” to the overall design and performance that makes tablet support as delightful as the phone experience. Everything on tablets should be improved from zoom, scrolling, panning, and of course page load times and refresh times. Don’t get me started on Adobe Flash though….

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Thunderbird 15 has been released and with that is an update to Lightning to the new 1.7 version which was released a couple days ago. I restarted Thunderbird after the updates and while I had my tasks, I had no calendars. I looked at the add-ons manager and saw I was running Provider for Google Calendar version 0.13 which is the most current release version. I checked under developmental versions and found a link to download the 0.16pre version. Installed this version, restarted and I had my Google Calendars back in Thunderbird. I am not sure if it is the…

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Firefox 15 Plugs Memory Leaks

With Firefox 15 (due for release later today), the Firefox developers have made great strides in addressing issues that have caused the browser to consume so much memory. Ironically, what has made Firefox so great, the add-ons are the main coluprit behind these memory leaks. he most common cause of these leaks is when an add-on accidentally holds on to extra copies of a web site in memory after our user has closed the tab. These pages pile up, and can eat massive amounts of memory for no user benefit. They leak. In the newest Firefox release, we developed a mechanism to prevent…

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Greasemonkey 1.0 extension for Firefox released

“…Greasemonkey 1.0 which has been released earlier today is a direct response to the upcoming release of Firefox 15. If you have read the review of the new browser version you know that it ships with add-on memory optimizations that prevent add-ons from leaking memory when they are installed in the browser. Firefox users who noticed an ever increasing memory usage during sessions by the browser may profit the most from the change, as memory releasing has been optimized. The effect should be an average memory utilization way below the Firefox 14 level… . “ Source: ghacks.net Greasemonkey 1.0 extension for…

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Just Released None Coming Soon August 28th Firefox 15.0 Firefox for Android 15.0 Firefox 10.0.7 ESR Firefox 16 Beta (16.0b1)* Firefox 17 Aurora (17.0a2)* Future Releases October 9th Firefox 16.0 Firefox for Android 16 Firefox 10.0.8 ESR Firefox 17 Beta (17.0b1)* Firefox 18 Aurora (18.0a2)* November 20th Firefox 17.0 Firefox for Android 17 Firefox 10.0.9 ESR Firefox 17.0 ESR Firefox 18 Beta (17.0b1)* Firefox 19 Aurora (18.0a2)* * As part of the new Rapid Release Schedule,dates listed for Aurora and Beta builds reflect when the code merge is set to begin. The actual release to that particular channel may vary by…

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Just Released None Coming Soon August 28th Thunderbird ESR 10.0.7 Thunderbird 15 Thunderbird 16 Beta (16.0b1)* Thunderbird 17 Earlybird (17.0a2)* Future Releases October 9th Thunderbird ESR 10.0.8 Thunderbird 16 Thunderbird 17 Beta (17.0b1)* Thunderbird 18 Earlybird (18.0a2)* November 20th Thunderbird ESR 10.0.9 Thunderbird ESR 17.0 Thunderbird 17 Thunderbird 18 Beta (18.0b1)* Thunderbird 19 Earlybird (19.0a2)* * As part of the new Rapid Release Schedule,dates listed for Earlybird and Beta builds reflect when the code merge is set to begin. The actual release to that particular channel may vary by several days. See the Wiki for more details.

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