No more mr. nice guy?

About a year ago Google offered new referral program for Adsense – Firefox with Google Toolbar. If you referred people to download and install a fresh copy of Firefox with Google Toolbar, you would get 1$. There were also scripts like “Internet Explorer killer” that was showing banners to clients with Internet Explorer encouraging them to use Firefox. I`ve earned some bucks with this referral program, but lately I`ve noticed, that earnings have decreased pretty much. Continue reading “No more mr. nice guy?”

Mozilla Firefox 2.0 released (updated)

Firefox 2.0 is out! Although not mentioned on www.mozilla.com (webpages still state 1.5 and RC versions), you can get a fresh copy using the link below.
A few extensions I use are not compatible with the new Firefox, but most work okay. The ones that do not work for now:

  • Live PageRank
  • MinimizeToTray
  • del.icio.us buttons
  • Quicknote (I have stopped using this in favor of Netvibes Notes, as I use more than one pc)
  • SEOpen
  • Tab mix plus (almost no need of this anymore

First thing I did starting up new Firefox:
Tools > Options > Main > Startup > When Firefox starts > Show my windows and tabs from last time.
This will restore your opened tabs from previous session. What it is not good as TabMixPlus is that you cannot organize tabs in multiple lines – you have to scroll with special arrows. This sucks, as I usually have open 50-60 tabs :) If there is a manual fix for this, please share it!
Happy FireFoxin :)

Download link: http://releases.mozilla.org/pub/mozilla.org/firefox/releases/2.0/

UPDATE!
Now Mozilla really screwed it while publishing their article at http://weblogs.mozillazine.org/preed/2006/10/the_antirelease.html that this is not the final release, blah blah blah. I still have the downloaded file and its exactly the same size as the official FF2 download. Funny that after this post many went screaming at digg.com with their headlines “Firefox is Not released!” and in the evening “Firefox 2 is now released (now for real)” and headlines like that. I already commented on this mozillazine post, but they didnt post my comment. I just explained that the download link explains everything: RELEASES / MOZILLA / PUBLIC / FIREFOX / 2. The folder creation date was 24oct. You can also read comments of disappointed users on the same post. Though I love Firefox, I dislike Firefox PR team, you just screwed up the big release of the best browser!

Firefox 2 (b1) features, visual, download

Firefox 2 beta 1 is out! You can download Portable Firefox 2 beta or normal versions. The portable version allows you to use it without affecting your current Firefox installation. It allows you to keep all your profile data in one folder, not spread all over your windows drive (program files, documents and settings, etc). You can keep it on usb flash disk and get all your extensions/bookmarks with you wherever you go! (You can also get Portable Firefox 1.5.0.4).

The new features of Firefox include:

  • Session restore and “recently closed tabs” (like SessionSaver)
  • Spell-as-you-type for spell checking
  • Improved feed subscription (really cool!!! Hurry up Vista, Firefox made it easy! :P)
  • Improved extension management
  • Search plugin management
  • Phishing protection
  • Improved memory usage (bug fixes?)
  • Default theme update

While features are available in beta release, you don’t all of the new default visual theme for now, its implemented only partly. But you can surely see how it should look in the final release:

Fx2-new-theme-in-xp-v1.jpg

  • icons have been sharpened and made to look a little glossier, and colours have been / will continue to be adjusted to match OS palette, border visibility on mouseover
  • standard treatment for “end cap” buttons on a textbox like “Go” and “Search”
  • new light treatment for drop-down buttons until the user hovers in that textbox at which point the buttons will fill in
  • gradients on tabs and the tabstrip to make it easier to see the selected and background tab

Check out mozilla wiki post for full details on visual theme update.

Firefox SessionSaver – dont lose your open sites

I`m a enthusiastic Firefox user since it`s early days and I was really pleased with its “tabbing” capabilities. When Opera 8 was released, I decided to give it a try. Opera was fun – fast, intuitive, attracting, full of features. The feature I liked the most was saved sessions – when you closed the browser, it saved your open tabs, so you can get back to them next time you launch your browser. But Opera had some minor problems – it didn`t render all Flash pages correctly. As I am a Flash desiger/programmer, this was hard time for me, so i got back to Firefox. But I couldnt live without saving my tabs anymore, so I searched for Firefox extensions that would do the job and I found it – SessionSaver! It really does the job! It allows you to save different sessions, export sessions with settings so you can import it on another Firefox installation. It also allows you to get back to accidentally closed tabs (like Ctrl+Z in Opera).

There are some little drawbacks though – I`m so used to tabbed browsing that I don`t save pages as bookmarks – I leave the tab open :) Right now I have 35 tabs open, sometimes it goes up to 40, and this slows down your browser`s launch time – it refreshes all your open tabs on launch.

There is another alternative – Tab Mix Plus , it has much more features than sessionsaver, but that adds to your computer processor. It launches Firefox faster, as it saves your pages on hard disk (I guess). Unfortunately I had problems with TabMixPlus performance (might be some incompatibality), so I switched back to SessionSaver.

Give this feature a try, you won`t regret it!