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Chrome

New & Improved Crash Recovery Fx 3.1

New with the latest nightly builds of Firefox 3.1 is an improved (with a minor flaw) crash recovery. In the past you had two options, either reopen the last sessions as it was prior to the crash or start with a clean slate. I’ve had this happen usually due to a temperamental site that causes Plugins to malfunction (Flash & QuickTime, etc). Problem is if you try to restore your session prior to the crash and close the offending tab fast enough, you end up having Firefox crashing again (and again). This has all changed now… Click for full-sized image…

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‘Private Mode’ Coming To Fx 3.1

Due to the recent release of Google’s Chrome browser with InCognito and Microsoft’s IE8 Beta 2 with InPrivate modes, Mozilla has opted to make ‘private mode’ an immediate addition to he upcoming Firefox 3.1 due out early next year. In fact we could see a working version (with user interface) of ‘private mode’ as early as the Beta 1 release due out next month. Private mode is not that relatively new as Safari has had this option since version 2 released about 3 years ago. However besides Firefox, Opera does not currently offer a ‘private mode’ feature. In private mode,…

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Tabs Open Relative

I mentioned last week in the Thoughts: Chrome Not Importing Fx Settings post that Chrome opens a new tab just to the right of the current tab. I clicked on a link in an email and Chrome opened this link in a new tab right next to my Windows Live Mail instead of the end of the tab bar. I am sure this is possible with Firefox 3 with one of the tab extensions, but it is nice to see Chrome does this by default. Turns out, the Tabs Open Relative extension does just that. So when opening a link…

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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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What Makes Firefox So Great, Anyway?

Charlie Gavin (Blank Pixels) has compiled a simple four-item list as to What Makes Firefox  So Great. With all this talk about Google’s impending “revolutionary” web browser and it’s potential threat to Mozilla’s best selling (er… open-source) web browser, I think it’s time to go back and take a look at what made Firefox so great in the first place. A direct descendent of the Mozilla Application Suite (and the only current surviving member) Firefox has been favored by geeks — and most everybody else — since it’s initial release in 2004. Here are Charlie’s reasons: It’s Reputation It’s Competition…

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Thoughts: Chrome Not Importing Fx Settings

Wow, I have to say I am impressed at the number of comments I have received on the Google Chrome post. Further it has been a while since this blog has gotten this much traffic.  Anyway, I’ve been thinking about what could cause Chrome not to recognize I have Firefox and import my settings. My first thoughts were may be because I am running a Nightly Build version of Firefox 3 (Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 6.0; en-US; rv:1.9.0.3pre) Gecko/2008090306 Firefox 3/3.0.3pre ID:2008090306). However it may have to do with the version of Firefox, based on these comments from PatrickD,…

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Google Chrome

The big news today is the release of Google’s new web browser, Chrome. The big ‘selling point’ for Chrome is it is faster because of the way it handles the tabs. Unlike Firefox, IE, Netscape, Opera, etc. where the browser is one huge process, Chrome allocates a process to each tab. So if there is a problem says JavaScript is hung-up in one of the tabs, only that tab will go down, not the entire browser. However, something doesn’t seem to make sense here. The screen shot below of my task manager was taken with Chrome open with 6 tabs,…

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