March 2013

Just Released None Coming Soon April 2nd Firefox 20 Firefox for Android 20 Firefox 17.0.5 ESR Firefox 21 Beta (21.0b1)* Firefox 22 Aurora (22.0a2)* Future Releases May 14th Firefox 21 Firefox for Android 21 Firefox 17.0.6 ESR Firefox 22 Beta (22.0b1)* Firefox 23 Aurora (23.0a2)* * 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 several days.

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Just Released None Coming Soon April 2nd Thunderbird 17.0.5 Thunderbird ESR 17.0.5 Thunderbird 21 Beta (20.1b1)* Thunderbird 22 Earlybird (22.0a2)* Future Releases May 14th Thunderbird ESR 17.0.6 Thunderbird 17.0.6 Thunderbird 22 Beta (22.0b1)* Thunderbird 23 Earlybird (23.0a2)* * 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.

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Mozilla working on getting rid of plug-ins

Several stories on this today. “… Mozilla is building a way for people to run browsers with all the powers of current plug-ins, but without the plug-ins themselves.“Martin Best, the product manager of games at Mozilla, said he expects game developers to be interested in creating browser-based games because it will cut down on a problem that he called “code fracturing.” Developers “only have to support HTML5, instead of many different kinds of native code,” he explained. …” Reviews – Cnet “… An asm.js optimiser can currently be found in the form of OdinMonkey in the nightly builds of Firefox;…

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Ad-injecting trojan targets Mac users on Safari, Firefox, and Chrome  arstechnica.com/apple/2013/03/ad-injecting-trojan-targets-mac-users-on-safari-firefox-and-chrome/ ” It’s not a particularly sophisticated malware, but the fact that there is a piece of code sitting in the browser and monitoring every single piece of information is scary and dangerous, Botezatu said. Criminals can change their approach at any time, and while they may be injecting ads today, tomorrow, they could switch to injecting exploit code or directing users to phishing sites and drive-by-download attack sites. The malware’s structure can also be modified to display malvertisements or steal browser cookies, Botezatu said. “It’s also not limited to…

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Classic Shell (Windows Vista/7/8)

Had an opportunity last week to test out Windows 8 Professional. I did this on my Windows 7 Ultimate machine using Oracle’s VirtualBox free VM software. I have to say I was impressed at how well Windows 8 handled, especially since I was running it with only 2 GB of (virtual) RAM. I launched IE10 (which is very different from IE9) so I could download and install Chrome and Firefox. Now, the two biggest complaints about Windows 8 is that you have to boot into the Metro (or Modern) UI and the removal of the Start Menu. Last week, there was an…

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Tablet News Week of March 10th, 2013

Actually, some of this news is from a couple weeks ago. Not as much tablet news lately as there was earlier this year with the big trade shows. Acer Shipping 7M Android, 3M Windows Tablets in 2013 — If there was ever a doubt that Android was leading the tablet market. I find it a bit odd that Acer is planning on shipping some 3-million Windows based tablets this year. They did announced [IT World] last month they were going to ship Windows RT tablets, however they had complained that Microsoft needed to make improvements to the Windows RT platform.  Apple Shoots Itself in Foot…

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Contact the developer last night about the issue with Identity Chooser 1.8.2 not working with Thunderbird 20 Beta. Received an email earlier today with version 1.8.3 which works fine now with Thunderbird 20 Beta. Version 1.8.3 has already been released on AMO or you can update via your Thunderbird Add-ons Manager by right-clicking on the add-on and selecting Find Updates.

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It appears the Identity Chooser add-on (version 1.8.2) and Thunderbird 20 Beta (to be released as Thunderbird 17.0.5 on April 2nd) do not play well together. I discovered I could only reply to messages. I was no longer able to compose, forward or ‘edit as new’ (though never used that feature) a message. Also could not change the sending account in a message I was replying. After disabling the add-on, everything appears to be working as it should. After checking on AMO and seeing there was not a newer version on the development channel, I contacted the developer letting him know of the issues. I…

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As mentioned in the Thunderbird 20 Beta Release post, there was an issue with Lightning 2.2b1 and Provider for Google Calendar 0.18 versions. Provider for Google Calendar 0.21pre fixes issues with the add-on not communicating/authenticating with the Google servers. The updated add-on can be downloaded from here then installed over the old 0.18 version.

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