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Should Dell pre-install Firefox on their machines?

Dell may pre-install Firefox on their machines. Would this be a blessing or a curse?

August 22nd, 2007 at 4:30am — Comments: (0) — By: Jonathan Danylko — Tags: Firefox

Over at SpreadFirefox, Johnny K posted a message about Dell possibly pre-installing Firefox on their machines when sent to businesses and consumers.

I replied with a couple good reasons why Dell should pre-install Firefox. Make sure you post your comments as well. There are other people who have made the transition to Firefox who were die-hard MS folks as well.

From what I understand, some Dell employees have been reading the boards and Dell is listening. So make your case and post your message.

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Latest Firefox 2.0.0.6 fixes protocol handlers

New version released today after 10 days of 2.0.0.5

July 31st, 2007 at 4:00am — Comments: (0) — By: Jonathan Danylko — Tags: Firefox

The Mozilla Foundation has released the latest version of Firefox.

The biggest fix in this version is the protocol handler issue as mentioned earlier and doesn't seem to be fixed in 2.0.0.5, but should be fixed in this version.

Check the Firefox widget in the left column to always retrieve the latest Firefox version.

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Top 10 Firefox Web 2.0 Add-Ons

Read/Write Web has a great list of add-ons for the Web 2.0 space.

June 20th, 2007 at 5:00am — Comments: (0) — By: Jonathan Danylko — Tags: Firefox

As Web 2.0 continues to move forward, Firefox authors continue to create exceptional add-ons as well.

Read/Write Web posted an article about the Top 10 Firefox Web 2.0 add-ons.

Most of the extensions included in the list have been reviewed in the Fireday column.

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How to Deploy Firefox within the Enterprise

Michael Kaply describes how to deploy Firefox to the company masses in his 6-part series.

June 4th, 2007 at 3:00pm — Comments: (0) — By: Jonathan Danylko — Tags: Firefox

For those Internet Explorer "dis-likers," Firefox is fast becoming the most adaptive and flexible browser out there.

Most companies using Firefox aren't even interested in going back to Internet Explorer, but if you're making it a corporate policy to roll out Firefox to every PC in the company, you may want to jump over to Michael Kaply's site.

His 6-part series on deploying Firefox within the Enterprise takes you from building a custom Firefox installation with custom icons or images to the clicking of the file to download and run the executable.

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Firefox Issues: Where do I go?

If you're receiving an error in Firefox, where do you go for assistance? Mozilla Knowledge Base!

November 27th, 2006 at 11:00am — Comments: (0) — By: Jonathan Danylko — Tags: Firefox

I'm sure everyone has a problem with Firefox crashing once in a while. Hey, it's not perfect, but it's pretty close. :-)

The whole idea behind Firefox is that you have a community who help one another to make the open source browser the best that it can be.

Now, I love Firefox. Really, I do. Heck, my site is turning into a Firefox-driven site.

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Firefox and IE Tip: Mouse Scroll to make your text larger

Quick tip to make your text larger on the screen without any of the fancy "make my text bigger" JavaScript.

November 13th, 2006 at 9:00am — Comments: (1) — By: Jonathan Danylko — Tags: Firefox

For those who incorporate a small, medium, large JavaScript technique on their site, you only have a limited number of choices on the screen.

To make the text on your site bigger, hold down the CTRL key and use the middle mouse (scroller) to scroll...slowly!

The more users that know about this tip, the less JavaScript we need to include in our web sites.

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Firefox 2.0 parties are forming as we speak!

Let's party like it's 1999!

October 13th, 2006 at 6:20am — Comments: (0) — By: Jonathan Danylko — Tags: Firefox

Everyone likes to party, right?

The Mozilla Foundation is coordinating parties all over the world for the release of Firefox 2.0 in 14 days. Let the Firefox 2.0 countdown begin at FirefoxParty.com.

Strangely enough, I haven't seen any parties in the Columbus, OH area yet.

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Firefox 1.5.0.7 and Thunderbird 1.5.0.7 updates

Firefox and Thunderbird updates were just released last night.

September 15th, 2006 at 6:00am — Comments: (0) — By: Jonathan Danylko — Tags: Firefox

Last night, I'm was writing the latest Fireday and the first notification I get was my Thunderbird needed updated.

Then, I get a Firefox notification. Wow. Two in one night. :-)

Anyway, the two updates are strictly stability and security issues.

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Top 10 Firefox Super Extensions

Everyone uses Firefox extensions, but sometimes you need super extensions.

August 4th, 2006 at 4:00am — Comments: (18) — By: Jonathan Danylko — Tags: Firefox

Everyone uses Firefox extensions, but sometimes you need super extensions. Super extensions are extensions that could be considered standalone applications, but instead integrate seamlessly into Firefox, showing the extendability and strength of the Firefox's extension architecture.

Check out these top extensions that could be their own application.

  1. Codetch Editor - http://www.codetch.com/
    To those who remember, the Codetch Editor extension is similar to the Netscape Composer back in the Netscape days...only better. The extension is an IDE itself. It contains a File Explorer, Snippits and Bookmarks Panel, and the familiar JavaScript Error panel. For simple editing of pages, this extension provides an environment for beginning and intermediate webmasters alike.

  2. Google Notebook - http://www.google.com/notebook/
    Not only did Google put out a Notebook application, but they also created an extension to complement the website. This extension is a pack rats dream come true. The web site is meant for researchers who collect data through the Internet and file it into their "notebooks." Google created an extension specifically meant for the Google Notebook site. Future extensions should be developed this way to allow multiple ways to access your data in case one option isn't available.

  3. Sage RSS Reader - http://sage.mozdev.org/
    The Sage RSS Reader is one of the top RSS readers out there with customizable CSS "newspapers", RSS (2.0, 1.0, 0.9x) and Atom feeds, a number of locales, and, like Firefox, provides RSS Feed discovery. Next to FeedDemon (which is a full application), this lightweight solution is probably the best way to handle RSS feeds in a browser.

  4. Venkman's JavaScript Debugger - http://www.mozilla.org/projects/venkman/
    The
    way to debug JavaScript web applications. The Venkman JavaScript Debugger is similar to the Codetch Editor in the sense that its an IDE in itself. The extension provides a way to watch local variables, move through the JavaScript source, set breakpoints, and step through each line of code. An excellent tool for web developers of JavaScript.

  5. FireFTP - http://fireftp.mozdev.org/
    For Internet Explorer users, you can use the FTP capabilities in the browser. Now, Firefox users have an easier, more manageable way of using FTP: FireFTP. FireFTP is a simple client that shows the local folders on the left and remote folders on the right, reminiscent of <insert your favorite FTP application here>. Uploading files in a browser couldn't be any simpler.

  6. Firefoxit - http://firefoxit.mozdev.org/
    FirefoxIt is an extension that has an identity crisis. It thinks its an operating system. The extension is in beta, but if its extended even more, it could show promise in the future. It has custom components called widgets (a fitting term) and you can create your own. It almost acts like ActiveDesktop using Firefox.

  7. Web Developer toolbar - http://chrispederick.com/work/webdeveloper/
    This extension incorporates so much functionality that it is a combination of three or more of my tools that I use for client web sites. The web developer extension takes all of the common tools of a developer and encapsulates all of it into one toolbar. This is just another location where the exceptional Web Developer extension is listed, meaning it is a very powerful extension.

  8. ForecastFox Enhanced - http://users.rcn.com/shoofy/forecastfox_enhanced/
    If you have the WeatherBug installed in your system tray in the bottom right-hand corner, uninstall it and install this weather application...errr...extension. After you enter in your zipcode, ForecastFox Enhanced displays an indicator on the status bar of Firefox. If you roll your mouse over the radar, you are presented with a radar view of the current weather in your area. Click on the radar to be taken to AccuWeather.com for more details. It is always updated and even provides a 2-3 day forecast.

  9. Selenium IDE - http://www.openqa.org/selenium-ide/
    Quality Assurrance on a web site has its drawback, but the Selenium extension makes testing web sites all the easier. The extension provides an IDE where you can record, edit, and debug tests geared towards your web site. You can record the scripts if you want, but you can also edit the scripts by hand to provide even more detailed testing on a tough web page. The Selenium IDE extension is invaluable to QA and testers.

  10. FireBug - http://www.joehewitt.com/software/firebug/
    In this day and age, everyone is talking about AJAX. Joe Hewitt developed the FireBug extension, which is an IDE in itself. It provides a way to monitor your CSS, JavaScript, HTML, and AJAX. The FireBug also contains a JavaScript Debugger, an Error Console, a command line, and an AJAX Request Spy to track your AJAX requests.

Most of these extensions were previously reviewed in my weekly column called Fireday.

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UPDATE: Firefox 1.5.0.5

Firefox 1.5.0.5 has been released.

August 3rd, 2006 at 4:00am — Comments: (0) — By: Jonathan Danylko — Tags: Firefox

A new version of Firefox has been released. This version of Firefox is a security/stability release and I believe it may be the last 1.x.x.x version before 2.0 is released, provided no other security issues pop up.

Some of the issues addressed in this release include:

  • Chroma Scheme loading remote content has been fixed.
  • Crashes with evidence of memory corruption
  • JavaScript engine vulnerabilities
  • Native DOM methods can be hijacked across domains
  • JavaScript navigator Object vulnerability
  • Code execution through deleted frame reference

The remaining security issues can be viewed at the Firefox website under Release Notes.

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