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Firefox 3 Being Released Tuesday

Posted by Matthew Greensmith at 11:56 AM on June 12, 2008

Firefox 3 is ready to jump out of Beta and onto our laptops starting Tuesday. Improved features include being able to add keywords to bookmarks to more easily sort them, as well as a new feature that allows users to add “places” and easily access websites they visit regularly but haven’t bookmarked.

Firefox also has improved their download feature, allowing downloads that have been interrupted due to power or connection failure to resume where they left off. This single feature is the most relevant for me, as I often am trying to download something “heavy” and chew up my home network’s wireless connection and have to start over.

Security features have also been improved, including outright blocking of phishing sites, rather than just warning about them to the user.

FF3 is also going to be a little speedier, eat up a bit less RAM when left running for long periods of time, and offer easier and more visible navigation. I’m a keyboard person myself and will not notice the difference in navigation with buttons, but I know others will.

I’ve been using Firefox since it first came out, and have no intention of ever using Internet Explorer again.

Firefox Viewing Add-Ons

Posted by Matthew Greensmith at 10:10 AM on May 8, 2008

If you’re a Firefox geek, like I am, you are always looking for ways to make it work better for you. It is one of the advantages of having something open source that lots of developers can work on. I know, the majority of the world still runs on Microsoft Internet Explorer, but like a good Firefox evangelist, I’m continually trying to convert people to the lighter side of the browser world. If you’ve not been converted, what are you waiting for? Go visit Mozilla today and get your very own copy! It’s FREE! It’s easy to use! It’s reasonably safe from spyware and adware and all kinds of other nasty beasts. Really, there’s nothing to be afraid of! Go on! Do it today!

Er. Sorry. I think I got off track there for a minute.

Anyway, I have daily contact with plenty of people that use Firefox add-ons to enhance their use of the browser. I’d like to point out a few of these add-ons today that my visually impaired students are using on a regular basis.

Text Size Toolbar
This add-on creates tools on your standard toolbar that gives you three quick links: to enlarge, to reduce, or to “equalize” or bring back to its default size. The tools are unobtrusive, easy to manage, and quick to use.

QuickZoom
Adds two buttons to the status bar that are the equivalent of the crtl+ and ctrl- commands. Right-clicking on either of the two buttons returns the view to its default size.

QuickZoomCM
Adds three menu items to the context menu (right-click menu) that allows you to enlarge, decrease, or return to default size.

Accessibar
Adds a complete toolbar that allows changes in font size, background and font colors, and line spacing. Also includes the ReadAloud text reader.

All of these add-ons are guaranteed to work with versions 1.5-2.x, and are also being reconfigured to work with Firefox 3.0, which is currently in beat. All of these add-ons can be located by visiting the Firefox Add-Ins Site.

Don’t feel that you have to have an impairment to use these add-ons. How many times have you visited a web page where the web designer has put white text on a black background, and it hurts to look at it? The Accessibar can reverse these colors for you, easily and quickly. And what about those forum pages that you may come across that give you a tiny little window and an even tinier font to type your post into? The QuickZoom or TextSizeToolbar will increase the size in a click. And while I know that there are keyboard commands and keyboard plus mouse movements that will do some of these same things, if you’re surfing, you don’t want to take your hand off your mouse to complete a keyboard maneuver if you don’t have to. These add-ons can make it a whole lot quicker and easier to get through what you need to get through.

Firefox with 200 Extensions

Posted by todd at 3:55 PM on December 6, 2006

Want to see how Firefox handles having 200 extensions loaded into it. Not as bad as you would expect and yes it did work. [tech.cybernetnews.com]

Firefox beats IE7 in combating Phishing!

Posted by geeknews at 12:43 PM on November 14, 2006

A report released today by Smartware tested each browser against an array of independently submitted phishing sites. Firefox did almost a 100% better then IE7 did. I suppose we should not be surprised but honestly I expected better results. [Washington Post]

Firefox Javascript Bugs are apparently somewhat False!

Posted by geeknews at 3:20 AM on October 4, 2006

It was widely reported that Firefox had as many as 30 Javascript vulnerabilities and today there is a pretty important post on the Mozilla site that disputes some of the original reports. My confidence is largely back in Firefox’s court at this point. [Mozilla Developers Board]

Firefox 2.0 Delayed to October

Posted by geeknews at 3:09 AM on August 17, 2006

Well it looks like we are going to have to wait an additional month for Firefox 2.0 to ship. I am looking forward to 2.0 for a simple fact they are promising better memory management. When you multi-task like I do programs that are manage resources well go on my favored use list. [ArsTechnica]

Firefox Updated!

Posted by geeknews at 1:46 AM on May 3, 2006

Firefox release a security update to it’s fantastic browser. [www.mozilla.com]

1 in 67 Websites contain IE security exploit

Posted by geeknews at 3:40 AM on February 13, 2006

Asa Dotzer points to a pretty interesting study, now I am not one to buy into these types of studies on face value, but the sheer number of sites they found with exploits has made me begin to wonder why can’t their be a way to get these sites shut down. If there is a way to detect the sites that are intruding then we need a way to take those sites down. The number of sites going after Firefox is on the rise also. [Asa Dotzer]

AllPeers

Posted by geeknews at 12:23 PM on January 3, 2006

When I hear about a new plugin for Firefox that has not even been released yet three times in two days, I know something is hot. I encourage all of you to keep your eyes on AllPeers which will be a Firefox Integrated file sharing application. [AllPeers] [techcrunch.com]

Firefox 1.5 on the street yet IE version 1.7 is still not available!

Posted by geeknews at 11:52 AM on December 10, 2005

Those of you still using Internet Explorer need to realize that you are running one of the most dangerous applications on the Internet today! Do you realize that IE7 which was announced to be available summer of 2005 is still no where to be seen. Do you know that people are actually trying to compare Firefox version 1.5 with IE7?

Internet Explorer version 7 may not be vapor ware but it is as close to that definition as any application that is being hyped and talked about today. Microsoft blew it plain and simple and for a long time had a strategy of we don’t care about your browser and your security.

How many of you have parents or relatives that have spyware, malware and computers that are running at the speed of snail because they have been using a browser that is about as secure as a open jail cell with no keepers. Don’t get me wrong Firefox is not 100% immune but you will be about a magnitude of a 1000 more safe running Firefox than you will running the Internet Explorer version 6.0

I cannot tell you the number of times I have walked up to a PC and seen IE running on it and said oh man your running IE why in the world are you running that. If your still running IE version 6 and have not switched to Firefox all I can say is you have been warned.

For more were this comes from read this -> [Asa]