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December 2006

The Blog Year In Review: August 2006

August 2006, begins with the announcement Firefox had been download over 200 million times! But the news was not all good, reports of a Trojan-Horse within a Firefox extension and Firefox 2 is delayed yet again ( but Beta 2 would get released). Then there was the much unexpected Firefox 1.5.0.6 release. Also featured a couple neat Firefox related sites. Plus the huge out-cry over the Windows Vista Boot up Sound! Big celebration at the beginning of August with the news of the 200 Millionth download of Firefox. In case you are wondering as of this writing the number of…

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The Blog Year In Review: July 2006

July 2006, was a bit of a slow month here on The Firefox Extension Guru’s Blog with a handful of posts. But it is quality not quantity that counts. Topics ranged from Microsoft’s big announcement for Windows users an interview with Blake Ross to the first beta of Firefox 2 as well as Firefox 1.5.0.5 release. With the upcoming release of IE7 Microsoft announced that not only would IE7 not support Win98/98 SE/Me and XP w/ SP1 but they would be discontinuing support/updates of these older versions later in the year. In some ways this was a good thing for…

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The Blog Year In Review: June 2006

June 2006, started off with updates for both Firefox and Thunderbird and the next milestone for Firefox 2. In keeping with my name (Extension Guru) I reviewed several extensions. Then there were the all the problems associated with extensions, from memory leaks to failure to install (or uninstall). If the extensions weren’t trouble enough throw in a malfunctioning theme! We started off June with updates to version 1.5.0.4 for both Firefox and Thunderbird (which jumped from version 1.5.0.2). These were minor updates to improve stability and take care of some security issues. While, Firefox 2 Alpha 3 was technically released…

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The Blog Year In Review: May 2006

May 2006, was the beginning of The Firefox Extension Guru’s Blog! It was also a big month for Firefox 2 as well as the death of Blue Frog Anti-Spam. The inaugural blog post from when we were on Blogger: A Blog is Born! Yikes, those last eight months have gone by fast! Mozilla’s Mike Schroepfer, justifies the removal of the Places feature from the then future Firefox 2 (as well keeping the Firefox 2 numbering) in my commentary on this interview Excellent Move Mr. Schroepfer! This was also the first Firefox 2 post! Then there was Blue Frog, what was…

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Happy 2007!

Happy New Years!!! Here’s to a wonderful 2007! I had plan on doing a year in review for The Firefox Extension Guru’s Blog. But there is one minor problem…the blog didn’t start until May! So, I’ll review the past 7 Blog months (May-December). I plan on having May, June, July and August up by late New Year’s Eve and September, October, November and December on New Years Day.

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Help with Minefield Error

I posted this over on the mozillaZine Firefox Builds forum, but haven’t got much help there. Last night I tried several times to update my Minefield from an older build: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:1.9a2pre) Gecko/20061224 Minefield/3.0a2pre ID:2006122404 [cairo] But either I would get an error message similar to this one or else the update would just fail. Now I was able to update last night after four or five attempts to the latest nightly. This morning for the heck of it I tried and updated once again (on the first attempt) to the newest build: Mozilla/5.0…

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A Blog Search Engine?

Okay, I admit I am still relatively new (started in May) to this whole blogging thing. I will also admit, I never gave much thought to a Blog Search Engine until I came across these articles; The State of Blog Search Engines: Depressing as well as Google Blog Search Surpasses Technorati. So this got me thinking, “What is the difference between a normal and a blog search engine”. Okay other than the obvious, a blog search engine only searches blogs. But doesn’t a normal search engine search blogs as well? Further how does a blog search engine only search blogs?…

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Open-Source Predictions For 2007

Open-Source Predictions for 2007 “Open source came out on strong in 2006.Open-source web browser Firefox gained market share against Microsoft’s Internet Explorer with more than 200 million downloads. OpenOffice.org, the open-source productivity suite, was used on desktops by more than 200 million people.” I think it is note-worthy to mention that a common “theme” throughout this article is the open-source operating system, Linux. Ryan (CyberNet) and I discussed this “theme” a bit on the CyberNet Forum: “And with as much as I like Vista I think this is a very valid point: Open source advocates would like to believe that…

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Alt Predictions 2007

Not your ordinary or boring predictions, Wired News columnist Lore Sjöberg goes out on a limb. Predictions include New RIAA Lawsuits, Nintendo Wii & Aliens, images from Mars, Nokia’s newest ‘do everything’ (sort of) cellphone, and more…including my personal favorite prediction, this one about Google: “After another round of acquisitions, including MySpace, Flickr, Yelp and Barry’s Totally Awesome Whitesnake Tribute Page, Google runs out of websites to buy. It decides accordingly to acquire itself for an unprecedented $10.4 billion in stock. “Google is the leader in search and a strong competitor in several other online venues,” says a Google spokesman….

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