Archive for Thursday, October 5, 2006

Minefield (Firefox 3.0a1)

Posted: Thursday, October 5, 2006 by El Guru in Firefox, Fx 3.0

In response to my recent Browser Smörgåsbord entry, some folks have asked for a link to get Minefield (Firefox 3.0a1). It took some hunting on the Mozilla FTP server but here is the link to folder with the latest nightly of Minefield:

http://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/mozilla.org/firefox/nightly/latest-trunk/

Please keep in mind Minefield is still in early development and may not be very stable (this may have improved since the previous nightly I had was from sometime in August).

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Mozilla Lightning

Posted: Thursday, October 5, 2006 by El Guru in Thunderbird

One thing many people have complained about in regards to Mozilla Thunderbird is unlike Outlook, it does not have a calendar. Today on CyberNet News I came across this entry: Mozilla Sunbird And Lightning 0.3 RC1 Available. Mozilla Sunbird is a standalone calendar application where as Lightning is a Thunderbird Extension.

While I have not yet had a chance to a look at Sunbird, I have installed and started briefly using Lightning. Here are some of the features:

  • Adds a ‘Calendar’ Menu option which allows you to view your calendar in your message and preview panes.
  • Adds Lightning pane in the Preferences or Options dialog (go here to setup your time zone)
  • Calendar can be displayed as daily, weekly or monthly
  • Adds a small monthly calendar under your folders list along with a ‘task manager’
  • Create multiple calendars (home, work, kids, etc.)
  • Export and Import Calendars

There a lot of features and options I have not yet had a chance to play with. There are currently three different versions of Lightning available for download:

  • Thunderbird 1.5 or 1.5.0.* builds
  • Mozilla 1.8 branch Nightly Builds for Thunderbird 1.5.0.* and 2.0
  • Thunderbird 3.0 Trunk Build

A word of warning from the developer’s site about the versions in red: the use of nightly developer builds has some risks associated with it. Don’t use them with production data.