December 2011

How To Downgrade Firefox Add-ons

 It sometimes happens that one of your favorite add-ons gets an update that you are not happy about. A new add-on version can for instance break functionality, introduce changes that you do not want or decrease the browser’s stability or security. If you do not want to uninstall the affected add-on, you could consider installing an older version of it to overcome the issue that you are experiencing… “ Source: Ghacks Technology Newsletter How To Downgrade Firefox Add-ons

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Thunderbird Release Update: December 17, 2011

Just Released None Coming Soon December 20th Thunderbird 9 Final Release Thunderbird 10 Beta (10.0b1)* Thunderbird 11 Earlybird (10.0a2)* Future Releases January 31st, 2012 Thunderbird 10 Final Release Thunderbird 11 Beta (11.0b1)* Thunderbird 12 Earlybird (12.0a2)* * 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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Firefox Release Recap: December 17, 2011

Just Released None Coming Soon December 20th Firefox 3.6.25 Firefox 9 Final Release Firefox 9 for Android Final Release Firefox 10 Beta (10.0b1)* Firefox 11 Aurora (10.0a2)* Future Releases January 31st Firefox 3.6.26 Firefox 10 Final Release Firefox 10 for Android Final Release Firefox 11 Beta (11.0b1)* Firefox 12 Aurora (12.0a2)* * 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. See the Wiki for more details.

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Always Up-to-Date Power User’s Guide to Firefox

 Now that Firefox is on a rapid release cycle, we’re getting a new version of Firefox every three months—and each time, it becomes more tricked out than ever with new customization options, shortcuts, and convenient features hidden away in its menus. Today, we’re covering it all—from longtime shortcuts to hidden features from the latest version of Firefox. Even if you’re already a Firefox fanboy, there’s bound to be something in here you haven’t noticed before… “ Source: Lifehacker The Always Up-to-Date Power User’s Guide to Firefox

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Adblock Plus to start allowing ‘non-intrusive ads’

Ads on websites are a bit of a touchy subject. Sites do need money to stay ‘alive’ and advertising (and in our case as well donations) helps pay the bills. However, there is a limit to what can be consider acceptable. Small non-intrusive text (or even image based) ads are good. Pop-ups, pop-unders and Flash based ads are what can be consider intrusive. Starting with Adblock Plus (ABP) 2.0 for Firefox and Chrome, ‘non-intrusive ads’ will be shown by default. This can be turned off via the ABP preferences and if your are using a ‘privacy’ filter, those ads likely…

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Firefox 8.0.1, Mac & Java Crashes Update Part 3

The ‘patch’ mentioned earlier this week has landed on the Aurora (Firefox 10) and Beta (Firefox 9) channels on December 9, 2011. Mac users on OS X 10.6/10.7 using Firefox 8.0.1, will likely still need to wait until the Firefox 9.0 release on December 20, 2011 to see this patch. However, Bug 705931 is still showing open which means that the developers are still trying to test to see if this patch will resolve the JAVA crash issue.

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Firefox 8.0.1, Mac & Java Crashes Update

Looks like the developers are making some progress in getting the Java Applet based crashes with Firefox 8.0.1 on Mac under control. The latest news on bug 705931 is the crashes have stopped by increasing the default plugin cache size from ’10’ to ’50’. They are having other users testing this out before a patch is posted. If patch is successful, I am not certain if it is going to be pushed out to Mac users as firedrill release (Firefox 8.0.2) or part of the Firefox 9.0 release on December 20th. This is a ‘critical’ bug as sites with Java…

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Thunderbird Turns 7

On December 7, 2004 Mozilla launched Thunderbird 1.0 and by the end of that week had over 1-million downloads. Seven years later there are around 15 to 20-million users world wide. I started using Thunderbird about a year later after I had discovered Firefox.

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