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July 2006

Thunderbird 1.5.0.5 Released

Earlier this week Mozilla released version 1.5.0.5 of Thunderbird. If your Thunderbird did not auto-updated to the new version, you can obtain the download by selecting from the Help Menu, ‘Check for Updates…‘ Thunderbird 1.5.0.5 Release Notes:Thunderbird 1.5.0.5 provides stability and security enhancements that are part of our ongoing program to provide a safer email experience for our users. We recommend that all Thunderbird users upgrade to this latest version. Here’s what’s new in Thunderbird 1.5.0.5: Improvements to product stability. Several security fixes. The Rumbling Edge has a more detailed list of notable bug fixes.

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Firefox & Thunderbird 1.5.0.5 Released

Earlier this week Mozilla released version 1.5.0.5 of both Firefox and Thunderbird. If your Firefox and/or Thunderbird did not auto-updated to the new version, you can obtain the download by selecting from the Help Menu, ‘Check for Updates…‘ FF 1.5.0.5 Release Notes: Firefox 1.5.0.5 is a security update that is part of our ongoing program to provide a safe Internet experience for our customers. We recommend that all users upgrade to this latest version. Improvements to product stability Added changes for Frisian locale (fy-NL) Several security fixes Thunderbird 1.5.0.5 Release Notes: Thunderbird 1.5.0.5 provides stability and security enhancements that are…

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FF 2.0 Release Schedule

I happen to come across the Mozilla Developer’s Calendar which has the preliminary release schedule for Firefox 2.0: August 23rd, Beta 2 UPDATED September 8th, Release Candidate 1 UPDATED September 15th, Release Candidate 2 UPDATED September 22nd, Release Candidate 3 UPDATED September 26th, FF 2.0 FINAL RELEASE All the releases are about a month later than the Historical Schedule dates. Not too bad considering MS may not have Windows Vista ready by the projected January 2007 date. A Seattle-based software developer (not MS or Mozilla) has challenged Bill Gates to a $10,000 bet: He says Windows Vista will not be…

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Firefox 2.0 New Feature: Tab Overflow

While I was searching for news on an updated release schedule for Firefox 2.0, I came across an article over on internetnews.com about a new feature called Tab Overflow. This feature showed up in the Beta 1 release earlier this month. Funny I don’t recall seeing anything in the What’s New, must fall under the general category of ‘Changes to tabbed browsing behavior’. According to the article, the tests performed by internetnews.com, showed that this feature kicked in after opening 17 tabs while running at the 1024×768 resolution. The Tab Overflow feature will allow you scroll through your open tabs…

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Update: Time to Replace Those Old Windows

As y’all may recall, I finally broke down and installed Windows XP SP2 on my system. Well recently while working on a computer for someone else I ran into a bit..okay more like major problem after I installed SP2 on the computer. I couldn’t get on the Internet anymore! ‘Group Policy’ was blocking access to the Internet because Windows XP thinks their computer is on a home network. Technically it is, but is not. This is the way their ISP configures Windows so both computers in the household can access the Internet at the same time. Frustrated I removed SP2…

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Preview: Firefox 2.0b1

Earlier today Mozilla announced the next next milestone for FF 2.0, Beta 1 has been released. There a handful of new features and changes with this release, which I will touch on briefly. Undo Close Tab. The one feature I always loved about SessionSaver was ‘snapback tab’. Accidentally closed the wrong tab, just go into the tools menu, under SessionSaver, Snapback Tab and select the tab you wanted to reopen. FF 2.0 has this feature now and is much simpler to use. Simply right-click anywhere on the tab bar and select ‘Undo Close Tab’. Firefox will automatically reopen the last…

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On June 30th, Todd Bishop of The Seattle Post-Intelligencer interviewed Mozilla Firefox Co-Founder Blake Ross over lunch at Gnomedex. This is very good interview and covers a lot ground. There are a few questions/answers that I want to expound upon. Q: The community is at work on Firefox 2.0. Given the success of the first Firefox, is there pressure to make big advances with the second one? Ross: Some of the feedback we have gotten about the 2.0 release (test version) has been, what’s new here? It looks like the 1.0 release because most of the work that has been…

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Time to Replace Those Old Windows

From the Microsoft Windows Site: End of support for Windows 98 and Windows Me July 11, 2006 will bring a close to Extended Support for Windows 98, Windows 98 Second Edition, and Windows Me as part of the Microsoft Lifecycle Policy. Microsoft will retire public and technical support, including security updates, by this date. End of support for Windows XP Service Pack 1 On October 10, 2006, Microsoft will end all public assisted support for Windows XP Service Pack1 (SP1). After this date, Microsoft will no longer provide any incident support options or security updates for this retired service pack…

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