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December 2007

The End Of Netscape?!?!

Wrapping up 2007, I came across some very surprsing and some what disappointing news. As of February 1, 2008, AOL will stop providing ANY support for Netscape. It was only back in February when AOL announced Netscape 9 based off of Firefox 2. It was finally released in October of this year. Here are the details from the Netscape Blog: While internal groups within AOL have invested a great deal of time and energy in attempting to revive Netscape Navigator, these efforts have not been successful in gaining market share from Microsoft’s Internet Explorer. Recently, support for the Netscape browser…

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Blog Year in Review: November 2007

In November, Mozilla had a record 5 Firefox/Thunderbird releases: Firefox 3.0 Beta 1 is the “most thoroughly tested beta [they’ve] ever shipped”, but it is not for the faint-of-heart. Those who were brave enough to try out the first beta quickly learned about the poor extension compatibility. Many extensions, especially those pertaining to bookmarks, will probably not function to their full potential if at all . Still a lot more work for the developers before the finished Firefox 3 product can be released. Firefox 2.0.0.9 fixed regressions from the 2.0.0.8 release the prior month Firefox 2.0.0.10 a planned security update…

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Blog Year in Review: October 2007

October 2007 was a very interesting, almost depressing (in terms of Thunderbird news) and chaotic month. After nearly 5-years The Guru’s Windows XP system quits unexpectedly. A few hours later The Guru was slowly up and running again on a new Windows Vista PC. While I did start off with a fresh Firefox profile, I was able to move my Thunderbird profile over from the old system. About a week later I came across the Blip.tv Vista Video: Vista Sucks. Of course The Guru had to weigh in with his thoughts about the video. While on the subject of Windows,…

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Blog Year in Review: September 2007

September was big month for news from Mozilla: In the early part of September Firefox tallied up 400 Million Downloads Another big news item from Mozilla brought a collective sigh-of-relief from Thunderbird Users. A new and improved Firefox ‘First Run’ Page was launched in order to ‘increase user retention’. A major QuickTime Vulnerability was discovered in the current Firefox 2.0.0.6 version, prompting the release of Fx 2.0.0.7 in mid-September. Yet another (but much needed) feature was announced for the forthcoming Firefox 3, the ability to Download Across Sessions. ‘I can’t believe it is not in Beta Yet!’, Firefox 3.0m8 (Alpha…

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Blog Year in Review: August 2007

August, was a quiet month on the blog with a variety of Something Different Posts: 415 Unsupported Media Type HTTP Error Cartoons – a graphical representation of the common HTTP errors. School Time Jet Bus – Did anybody bring the marshmallows? Sneak Peak: zunePhone – Microsoft’s attempt to compete with the iPhone. The blogger known as the ‘Fake Steve Jobs’ true identity was exposed. Someone got fired for this… – a minor mishap involving an iPhone display at an Apple Store Thunderbird 2.0.0.6 and Firefox 3.0a7 were released along with the Firefox Campus Edition. This special build of Firefox 2.0.0.6…

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Review: Locator

Ever since the issues with Yahoo!Maps and the Firefox nightly builds, I’ve been using Google Maps. But there a few steps involved when wanting to look-up an address you find on a website. First you must highlight and copy the address, then open a new tab and go to Goggle Maps and then finally paste in the address you wish to look-up. Once installed, the Locator extension adds a new option to the context (right-click) menu, locate on Google Map. So all you have to do now is a highlight the address, right-click, select this option and a new window…

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Learn Firefox

On December 25th, Learn Firefox, a sub-blog of CyberNet News celebrated its one-year anniversary. Ashley sums up Learn Firefox well: With nearly 200 articles, the site has turned into the place to go for those who are just learning all about Firefox. It’s also a great place to go when you’re looking for a tutorial on a new extension or when you’re in need of a new theme and you’d like to see what it looks like before downloading. I think many of you will agree that Firefox is a great browser, but using it to its full potential takes…

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Tip: Release Notes

Each time you install a new version of Firefox and restart the browser you are presented with that version’s Release Notes. Most folks end up not even reading the notes or may be just skimming them and closing the tab. If you want to return to the notes later you could go to the Mozilla Firefox Release Notes site and then select the current version from the list. But wait, there is a much easier way to see the release notes for your current version of Firefox. Simply go the Help menu in the Firefox (or Thunderbird) menu bar and…

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Blog Year in Review: July 2007

July was a big month for Thunderbird posts with new version and changes on the upcoming Thunderbird 3, add-ons plus major news involving Mozilla and Thunderbird: Thunderbird’s Future – Mitchel Baker discusses the three possibilities for the future of Thunderbird Mitchell Speaks Out – Mitchel’s responses to comments left on her blog in reference to her initial post about Thunderbird’s Future. Thunderbird 2.0.0.5 – A new and improved release on the Thunderbird 2.0.0.X branch Desktop or Web Mail? – With the growing popularity of GMail and other online e-mail services, do people still prefer or even use desktop e-mail clients…

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The Guru’s Extensions

Ellie asked on the Tweak: Add-ons ‘Install’ Button post: Could you share with us a list of your Fx extensions? 🙂 Sure, but keep in mind, this list is a lot shorter than it was back in October when my old XP system crashed. Unlike with Thunderbird, I did not port my Firefox profile over to the new machine. Here is the list as of Wed, 26 Dec 2007 02:00:43 GMT via InfoLister: User Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 6.0; en-US; rv:1.8.1.12pre) Gecko/20071224 BonEcho/2.0.0.12pre Extensions (enabled: 21, disabled: 1): Adblock Filterset.G Updater 0.3.1.3 Adblock Plus 0.7.5.3 Autocomplete Manager 2.2…

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