September 2012

Make Thunderbird the chat powerhouse

“…Additional Chat Protocols for Thunderbird … is a new extension for the email client by Florian Queze, one of the developers of Instantbird, that adds several new chat protocols to the email client. The extension adds support for the following instant messaging protocols on top of what Thunderbird is supporting by default: AIM, Bonjour, Gadu-Gadu, GroupWise, ICQ, MSN, MySpaceIM, Netsoul, SIMPLE, Sametime and Yahoo. The add-on uses the Pidgin library for the functionality…“Select the account that you want to add to the email client, click on next and follow the wizard guiding you through the configuration of the chat account….”…

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Firefox 18 Release Pushed Back for Holidays

Given the six-week schedule for Firefox/Thunderbird releases, Firefox 17 is scheduled for release on November 20th. Six weeks from that date would have put Firefox 18 release date on January 1st, 2013. In the past things usually slow down with Mozilla from around Thanksgiving to New Years and especially during the week between Christmas and New Years. Mozilla has announced they are going to extend the support cycle for Firefox 17 to 7-weeks and likely will release Firefox 18 towards the ‘middle’ (January 9thish) of the week of January 6th, 2013. The schedule will return to every six-weeks again with Firefox…

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Error Console ‘Pop-up’ Issue

Recently a member over at Go Firefox! had an odd and annoying issue where as each time they opened a new window in Firefox, the Error Console window would pop-up. The Error Console (under Developer Tools on the Firefox Button/Menu) normally just sits quietly in the background and collects errors that have occurred when visiting sites. Useful for troubleshooting a misbehaving website. My first thought was may be they were accidentally hitting the keyboard short-cut for the Error Console when doing the keyboard short-cut for new window. However, while the keys are fairly close together, new windows is CTRL+N and Error Console is CTRL+SHIFT+J. Next thought was add-ons. Sure…

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USB/W-iFi Cufflinks

Here’s your chance to be like James Bond and have some a ‘spy toy’ of your own.  Brookstone is selling these stylish polished silver Wi-Fi enabled and USB cufflinks. One cufflink conceals a 2GB USB drive while the other a Wi-Fi hotspot. Like James Bond’s other toys, these are a bit pricey starting at $250. via Tom’s Hardware

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Just Released September 11th Thunderbird 15.0.1 Coming Soon October 9th Thunderbird ESR 10.0.8 Thunderbird 16 Thunderbird 17 Beta (17.0b1)* Thunderbird 18 Earlybird (18.0a2)* Future Releases 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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El Guru’s Gallery 2.0 Now Open

Hopefully this will be the last time I will have to move The Gallery for a long while. As mentioned before, for security reasons I had to shutdown the old gallery which was using ZenPhoto. I have converted The Gallery to a WordPress site, allowing me to use the same Weaver theme across all the El Guru sites. This gallery uses the NextGEN Gallery plugin. Visit El Guru’s Gallery 2.0

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Thunderbird 15.0.1 Released

Mozilla pushed out an update for Thunderbird 15 late on Monday, September 10th. This release addresses these issues: Crashes when searching emails and forwarding emails (770262, 780908) Find and replace and some other actions in the compose window were not working correctly (787673) User should be notified shortly of the update or may update via Help > About Thunderbird. The next scheduled release for Thunderbird will be on October 9th with Thunderbird 16.

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Firefox support extended to older Android mobiles

“The Mozilla Foundation would like to see its Firefox browser running on more mobile phones. But since almost no handsets ship with Firefox pre-installed, that means getting the software onto more of the phones that are already out there – even if they use older hardware.“Up until this Monday, the mobile version of Firefox has required Android 2.2 and hardware that includes an ARMv7 processor. But now, however, beta versions of Firefox now include experimental support for a limited selection of ARMv6 devices. … “ 11th September 2012 Source:  The Register More  Firefox support extended to older Android mobiles 

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Enable the Built-in PDF Reader in Firefox 15

” Mozilla recently rolled out Firefox 15, the latest version of the browser in their new rapid-release schedule.  With this new release there are quite a few new features, which have been outlined in the above linked post.  One interesting feature that bears a little more attention and some explanation is the new built-in PDF reader… “ Source: Ghacks.net Enable the Built-in PDF Reader in Firefox 15

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I have learned a couple more thing about Waterfox and the AVG Security Toolbar. In regards to Waterfox, according to a source from the Firefox Builds forum, the Waterfox developer did partner with AVG due to the high cost of bandwidth associated with the downloads from Source Forge. Again, it is important to understand that my outrage was not that the developer choose to bundle the AVG Security Toolbar with Waterfox as the user does get the option (though not easily) to not install the toolbar. The issue I have is that when you use Waterfox’s uninstaller, it takes it…

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