Archive for April, 2007

Let the Celebration Begin!

Posted: Sunday, April 29, 2007 by El Guru in Blog News, Blogs, CyberNet, Other

Tuesday, May 1st will mark the One Year Anniversary of the beginning of the Firefox Extension Guru’s Blog! I can not believe it has already been a year! Yep, started out over at Blogger but would later move over to WordPress (see New Blog Home). Here’s the post that started it all: A Blog is Born!

In all honesty I was not sure if the blog would be a success, but judging by these stats (from September 6th to present) I would say it has:

  • Posts^: 391
  • Comments: 631
  • Views: 170,000+
  • Most Views in One Day: 3,050
  • Subscribers*: 79
  • Spam Comments Blocked: 7100+

^ Posts statistic is based from May 1st, 2006 to present

* Via FeedBurner (Subscribers is an approximate measure of the number of individuals currently subscribed to your feed.)

In regards to the Spam Comments Blocked statistic, Akismet is a great tool and is about 99% effective in blocking spam comments. There is the occasional spam comment that slips through or the comment that is tagged as spam when it really is not.

So, what do I have planned for the blog this year? Not really sure yet. I know in the coming months (may be around August/September) I will be putting a lot more focus on Firefox 3. At this point I am waiting for it to reach the ‘Beta’ milestone before I start using it more frequently. Another area I want to put more emphasis on is Thunderbird. There is a lot of help readily available for Firefox, but for some reason it seems for Thunderbird getting help is more difficult. Especially now that Thunderbird 2 is out now.

Once again, thanks to all my readers for making the Firefox Extension Guru’s Blog a success. Also a big thanks to Ryan & Ashley Wagner at CyberNet News, Percy Cabello at Mozilla Links and Claus Valca and family at Grand Stream Dreams for all your support!


Blog Improvements

Posted: Saturday, April 28, 2007 by El Guru in Blog News

The folks over at WordPress have once again added a nice feature. This time they have added Clouds and Drop Downs for the categories. While I am not much one for tag clouds (the bigger the tag the more popular it is) I do like the new drop down option. One of the reason I had “cleaned-up” the tag list a couple months ago was because of how much space it took up on the sidebar. But now they have been place in to a nice little drop down menu. Even better the archives are now in a drop down as well.

How to Install Windows Vista

Posted: Saturday, April 28, 2007 by El Guru in Microsoft, Other, Vista

One of the reasons I have not upgraded to Windows Vista (besides that I don’t see any need to) is compatibility issues. My system is a few years old and at the time I had it built was when I finally upgraded to Windows XP. This video will show you how to install Windows Vista in about two minutes…

Go Firefox! Removed From Blogroll

Posted: Friday, April 27, 2007 by El Guru in Blog News, Links

Over the past months I have received several complaints about the link to Go Firefox! in the Blogroll.  These complaints stem from Prospero’s (provider for Delphi Forums) advertisement policy. Simply put whenever an unregistered/non-paying (Delphi Forums) user visits a link to a forum such as Go Firefox! they are immediately presented with a full screen ad before they are allowed to proceed into the forum. I have also heard reports (unconfirmed) these ads leave adware/spyware and/or tracking cookies on visitors computers. Also Prospero makes it (I am sure intentionally) unclear that there is an option to “Skip This Advertisement“, usually located at the top of the ad.

This was a tough decision to make as Go Firefox provides a lot of information and is a great place (much better than the mozillaZine forums) for Firefox users to seek assistance. However, I do have to agree with these complaints regarding Prospero and the ads. Since there is no way to place a warning on this link, it has been removed. If you still wish to visit Go Firefox!, understanding you will be presented with an ad if you are not a registered or paying user, COPY and PASTE the link below:

Fx 3.0a4/Gecko 1.9a4 Released

Posted: Friday, April 27, 2007 by El Guru in Blogs, Firefox, Fx 3.0, Mozilla News, Releases

Mozilla has released (early) for testing purposes the next milestone in the Fx 3.0/Gecko 1.9 series, Alpha 4. Some new features include:

  • Inclusion of the FUEL Javascript library for extension developers.
  • New page info window
  • Cocoa user interface improvements and bug fixes
  • Crash reporting via Breakpad (Mac OS X only)
  • Improvements for off line application support

Next up is Alpha 5 which is due out on May 31st. If all goes as planned, this should mark the return of Places which is the integration of History and Bookmarks with powerful tagging and search capabilities. Should Places actually make it into Alpha 5 it is going to be signifigant milestone for Firefox.

Also see: Firefox 3 Updated Roadmap

News Sources:

Firefox 3 Updated Roadmap

Posted: Friday, April 27, 2007 by El Guru in Firefox, Fx 3.0

It appears Mozilla has made some major updates to the Firefox 3 Roadmap. One of the most noticeable is actual release dates (example Fx 3.0a5 is due out on May 31st) for each milestone no more of this beginning/mid/end of whatever month type of release dates. Further there is a lot more info as to what is coming which each milestone:

  • Alpha 5 – May 31st – Reintegration of Places, Idenity Framework (CardSpace support)
  • Alpha 6 – June 28th – More integration of Places including adding tagging feature, download manager improvements, updates to Cairo and Cocoa Widgets on Mac OS X
  • Beta 1 – July 31st – All new features frozen and User Interface changes in place
  • Beta 2 – September 2007

Thanks to Claus for the tip!

New Source: mozilla wiki

Weekly Update 2007-04-23

Posted: Monday, April 23, 2007 by El Guru in Firefox, Fx 1.5, Fx 2.0, Fx 3.0, Mozilla News, Thunderbird

Here’s the latest info from this week’s Weekly Update meeting:

  • Fx – Due to the 39 open blockers, the code freeze which was scheduled for 04/20/07 has been delayed until later this week. Due to this the release which was scheduled for around May 15th has been pushed back.
  • Thunderbird 2 – Released last Wednesday (April 18th) and has nearly reached the One Million downloads milestone!
  • Firefox 3/Gecko 1.9 – Alpha 4 scheduled for release week of April 30th.

Don’t forget to check out our Upcoming Releases section for a comprehensive list of upcoming Fx and TBird releases.