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ALERT: As of version 15 released on August 29th, Waterfox now comes with bloatware and will attempt to install said bloatware without your knowledge or permission. Read more: Waterfox 15 & AVG. Linux and Mac users have enjoyed having a 64-bit versions of Firefox available to them for nearly the past two years. However, for us Windows users, Mozilla has been teasing us and/or dragging their feet with 64-Bit Firefox. As a point of clarification I should say that there has been since Firefox 4 (may be even further back) 64-bit Windows builds on the Nightly Developmental channel. These are not official releases and have never made…

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Firefox 4 Beta 2 Breaking Extensions

This recent news concerning the next Beta release of Firefox 4 which is due out either later today or Monday surprises me. While it is not unusual for developmental releases to break current extensions it seems odd that Mozilla would choose to do this during the Beta phase and this is going to break a lot more extensions than ‘normal’. Usually by the time a an upcoming major Firefox release reaches the beta phase major changes have already been implemented. However, Firefox 4 Betas are a little different than previous Betas. Prior releases were labeled as Firefox 3.7/Gecko 1.9.3 and…

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Stuck on Firefox 3.6.3pre

After my earlier Firefox Lorentz Beta Released post, I noticed something didn’t seem quite right with my Firefox nightly build. For one thing I had not seen the Mozilla Runtime Environment (mozilla-runtime.exe) kicking in for Flash sites. I also kept noticing that every time I would get an update offer I was being informed Chrome Edit Plus add-on was not compatible and would be disabled. Also each time thought I had updated when Firefox restarted I would get an updated noticed for 3.6.4pre but when I went to install I would get an error about not being able to find…

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Overriding Add-ons Compatibility Check

With Firefox 3.6, Mozilla has changed the way users can override the default add-ons compatibility check. WARNING: Bypassing the built-in add-ons compatibility check thus forcing Firefox to allow the installation of incompatible add-ons can cause Firefox to become unstable and/or run erratically. In some instances, could cause Firefox not start at all. In the event forcing an add-on to install has lead to Firefox perpetually crashing upon startup the browser can be run in Safe Mode, which will allow for the removal of the problematic add-on. Bypassing the compatibility check can be done via an about:config entry. However, this will…

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1 Billion Downloads…and counting!

A huge milestone has been reached today with the Firefox download counter rolling over to 1 Billion (that is 1 with nine zeros at the end!) To think, a little under a year and half ago (February 22, 2008) Firefox had just reached the 500 Million Downloads milestone. Percy has this interesting factoid: One notable thing is the first half of the billion took about 3 years and a half, while the second one less than a year and a half, due to Firefox popularity reflected in the global market share increase, currently hovering 30%. Looking back at an old…

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Tip: Run Multiple Firefox Profiles/Versions Simultaneously

Ever tried to start Firefox while is it is running? Doesn’t work, you will get an error saying Firefox is already running. I have seen a trick over at CyberNet involving installing a portable version of Firefox, but that seems to be a lot of work. Plus, I already have several versions of Firefox installed. So I did a little more search and came across the mozillaZine KB article: Command line arguments The easiest way to take advantage of this is to modify your short-cuts. The short cut should be formatted as such: “Firefox.exe” -p “{PROFILE}” -no-remote (note: substitute the…

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Tip: Dragging Current Page to Bookmarks Folder

In the past couple months I really started taking advantage of The Bookmarks Toolbar function. This is especially true at work as there are frequent help articles I need to reference and/or email to customer.  I have about 3 or 4 folders (some with sub folders) on my Bookmarks Toolbar. I am constantly adding more bookmarks as I come across more articles and guides I know I might need in the future. I’ve received and seen posted elsewhere a couple of comments that people are having troubles ‘dragging’ the page into a Bookmarks Toolbar Folder in the newer Firefox 3.1…

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Google in 2001

As part of the celebration of their 10th Birthday this year, Google has created a special section. This special section rolls back to 2001 in not only looks (less search options) and the index as it was in January 2001.  Try doing a search for Firefox and you are going to turn up results about a video game and a personal blog of sorts was using the firefox.com domain back in 2001.  Better yet try iPhone and take a look at the archive of the ZDNet article. A search for iTune turned up an article celebrating the milestone of 275,000…

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Chrome Themes For Firefox

Within less than a week of the release of Chrome, comes a couple Firefox 3 Themes based on the new browser by Google. The first theme Chromifox features the sky blue colour scheme as well as the compact navigation bar (combined stop/reload buttons and no ‘Home’ button) while still preserving Firefox 3’s Bookmark Star. Also reproduces the same tab aspect and rounded menus as Chrome. Note: The title color bar is going to vary depending on your OS (Blue for Windows, Orange for Linux and Grey for Mac). The other theme, Chrome Package is a very good reproduction of the…

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TBird Logos

I had mentioned in the TBird 3 (Shredder) Alpha 2 Released post, I was not too thrilled with the ‘new’ logo. As it turns out this is not a new logo after all. Kevin left the following comment: That’s actually a really old logo. They used it a long time ago and must be using it again for trunk development. Further after I posted about “The Logo” in the CyberNet Forum, I was directed to A History of Thunderbird (Wikipedia). Turns out this indeed the original logo: Click for full-size I am just trying to understand why they are using…

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