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Preview: Main Site

Posted: Friday, January 7, 2011 by El Guru in Blogs, Site News, Thunderbird

Phases 1 and 2 of the ‘big changes’ are already or nearly completed. Earlier this week, we did move over the Wiki, the main site, The Email Mafiia blog and sites and a handful of other sites to the new sever. Surprisingly, the migration went a lot smoother than I was expecting. Did some have minor issues with the Wiki, but was able to get those resolved very quickly.

As for the main site, just have a little more tweaking and adjusting to do before we launch the new main site. So far, I am very impressed with the flexibility of being able to work in WordPress. I had heard some complaints from a friend of mine about how the first page is still going to look like a WordPress Blog (shows post title, author, date, etc). Well, thanks to the Twenty Ten Weaver Theme, you wouldn’t know this was built on WordPress.

The biggest thing you are going to notice is we really cleaned up the main page. The big Facebook & Twitter widgets have been removed, replaced with buttons. The releases section has been cleaned up a bit as well. There really isn’t much going on with main page. It is acting more as landing page with links to the Blog and Wiki as well as to our sister site, The Email Mafia.

I have decided to move the Wiki to Phase 3 instead of Phase 4. The template is still going to take some tweaking, but should be fairly simple as all I will need to do is copy over the custom CSS and install a few plug-ins. The fun part is going to be moving the content from Media Wiki into WordPress.

The final phase will be the blog. That really should not take very long as I won’t have to ‘de-blog’ the template. Upload the new header, import the content then install some pliug-ins and should be ready to go. Will need to figure out how to redirect on the wordpress.com side over to my server as right now my server is redirecting to the wordpress.com site.

One more thing, since this whole process went fairly well, there’s a good chance I am going to redo the main Email Mafia site into a WordPress as well and creating a ‘wiki’ for that site too.

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Photobucket Uploader Extension

Posted: Friday, December 17, 2010 by El Guru in Add-ons, Blogs, Firefox, Fx 3.0, Fx 3.5, Fx 3.6, Fx 4.0

It has been a long while since we’ve done an extension review. I came across the Photobucket Uploader Extension a week or two ago while I was in my Photobucket account. I use Photobucket for both management and storage of images I use on the three blogs (FF Extension Guru, Email Mafia and El Guru’s) and their associated websites. I just find it easier to work with images this way, especially when incorporating them into the WordPress environments (WordPress.com & WordPress.org/self-hosted).

This extension is a major time saver. Once installed and link to your Photobucket account, simply right-click on any image (except CSS coded background images) within Firefox and select Upload to Photobucket from the context menu. That is it, the image will be uploaded to your default album and you can even get your links as soon as the upload is completed. No more having to right-click on the image copy the URL, go into Photobucket, then upload via the pasted image URL.

But wait, there’s more! Say you have an image saved on your computer and you want to upload it into Photobucket. Normally, you would need to go Photobucket, select to upload from your computer and then spend a couple minutes trying to get to where the image is saved. I run into this issue a lot, being that I can have the image saved in one of many locations depending on if the image is going to be used for a blog or website. In the case of earlier tonight I had a couple photos I had taken and had cropped earlier that I wanted to upload for use on the El Guru’s Blog. I had the folder which the photos were saved within opened in Windows Explorer. I simply opened a new Firefox tab and then dragged the image into Firefox. Once it was in Firefox, it was a simple right-click and the image was in my Photobucket Album and I had the link I needed to post the image.

The Photobucket Uploader Extension is not endorsed or sponsored by Photobucket. The extension works with Firefox 3.0 up through 3.6 (do not know if it can be forced to work on Firefox 4).

Firefox 4 Code Name: Tumucumaque

Posted: Monday, November 29, 2010 by El Guru in Blogs, Firefox, Fx 4.0, Mozilla News, Thunderbird

Mozilla’s tradition is code naming Firefox major releases after national parks from around the world, and, since recently, Thunderbird major releases after beaches. The latter we have seen with the first development release of Thunderbird 3.3 code named Miramar. For whatever reason there has not been much use of the code name for Firefox 4, especially given we are nearing the release of Beta 8. Percy at Mozilla Links did a little digging and found the code name for Firefox 4 is Tumucumaque, borrowed from the Tumucumaque Mountain National Park in Northwest Brazil.

Firefox turns 6!

Posted: Tuesday, November 9, 2010 by El Guru in Blogs, Firefox, Fx 4.0, Mozilla News

Mozilla celebrates the 6th anniversary of the release of Firefox (Firefox 1.0) on November 9th. Mozilla is inviting people to join in the celebration,

This year, to celebrate Firefox and the Mozilla community’s work promoting innovation, choice and openness on the Web, we ask for your help to showcase how people love and use Firefox in your part of the world. Just send us a postcard with your message about Firefox and your FoxCard will be featured in our Mountain View or Paris offices. You can even win Firefox goodies when you send in your FoxCard. Check out our FoxCards page on Facebook or Spread Firefox for more information.

Also Mozilla is asking for people to help test Firefox 4 Beta. You can read more and see a ‘cool’ photo from the Mozilla Summit 2010 this past July in Whistler, BC, Canada at The Mozilla Blog.

Firefox 4 Delayed Until 2011

Posted: Tuesday, November 2, 2010 by El Guru in Blogs, Firefox, Fx 4.0, Mozilla News

C|Net is reporting Mozilla has delayed the release of Firefox 4.0 until early 2011.  Further, sill no definitive word on when Beta 7 is going to be released other than ‘Early November’. Though the nightly builds for the Firefox 4 are being numbered as 4.0b8 pre. The updated schedule for Firefox 4 is also showing there will be Beta 8, Beta 9 and Beta 10 to be released before year-end. The first Release Candidate (RC) build should be sometime in early 2011.

Firefox 3.5.15 Released

Posted: Thursday, October 28, 2010 by El Guru in Blogs, Firefox, Fx 3.5, Fx 3.6

Mozilla released an emergency update for Firefox 3.5on October 27th. From Mozilla Developer’s News:

These releases fix a critical security issue that could potentially allow remote code execution. We have received reports from several security research firms that exploit code leveraging this vulnerability has been detected in the wild. Thanks to Mozilla’s industry-leading open security process the fix has been created, tested, and released to users within 48 hours of first notification about the vulnerability.

See the Release Notes for more information. Auto-updates should be occurring in the next 24-48 hours, otherwise users may get the latest update by going to Help menu and selecting Check For Updates. If you’re still using Firefox 3.0.x, this version is no longer supported and may contain security vulnerabilities.

IMPORTANT! Firefox 3.5 support will be ending soon. Upgrade to Firefox 3.6

Firefox 3.6.12 Released

Posted: Thursday, October 28, 2010 by El Guru in Blogs, Firefox, Fx 3.6, Mozilla News, Releases

Mozilla has released an emergency update to Firefox 3.6 on October 27th. From Mozilla Developer’s News:

These releases fix a critical security issue that could potentially allow remote code execution. We have received reports from several security research firms that exploit code leveraging this vulnerability has been detected in the wild. Thanks to Mozilla’s industry-leading open security process the fix has been created, tested, and released to users within 48 hours of first notification about the vulnerability.

See the release notes for more details. User should soon be prompted to upgrade but can also can by going to the Help the Menu and selecting Check For Updates…