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Changes to Search Engine Plugins Coming

Posted: Saturday, October 9, 2010 by El Guru in Add-ons, Blogs, Firefox, Fx 3.6, Google, Microsoft

Starting with most likely the next Firefox 3.6.x update (currently scheduled for mid-October) the default set of Search Engine plugins shipping with Firefox will be changing. Microsoft’s Bing will now be included (user had to manually install this search engine plugin prior). and Creative Commons are being removed, but can be installed manually by clicking the links here. Google, Yahoo, Amazon, eBay and Wikipedia are staying put along with any other search engines the user has manually installed on their profile.

New Default Search Engines installed with Firefox 3.6

Source: Mozilla Links

New Stop/Reload/Go ‘Button’ for Firefox 4

Posted: Wednesday, September 8, 2010 by El Guru in Blogs, Browsers, Firefox, Fx 3.6, Fx 4.0, Google, Mozilla News

I can not completely say this new ‘feature’ was taken from Chrome. Presently Firefox has separate stop, reload and go buttons. There are many add-ons out there such as Stop-or-Reload Button which combine the stop and reload buttons in to one button. In the upcoming Firefox 4 this is taken a step further. The ‘go button’ (which appears at the right-end of the address bar when typing an address) is being moved off the address bar and merged with a combined stop and reload button. As I said this is sort of borrowed from Google Chrome. In Chrome on the right-side of the address bar is a combined stop/go button. In IE8, there are separate reload and stop buttons to the right of the address bar.

These screenshots below from Mozilla Links show the new ‘button’:

Reload button once page has fully loaded.

Stop button while the page is loading.

Go button while entering (or editing) an address.

Percy made an interesting observation:

While it should make more sense to new users, this is no doubt going to anger more than a few long time Firefox users used to clicking next to the back button to reload or stop the current web page.

I am not sure it really makes sense to combine all three buttons. I suppose you will gain a little bit of space on the toolbar. I also understand his point about placing it on the right-side as that is where these buttons are located in IE7 and IE8 and Chrome. But Safari has a combined stop/reload button on the ‘traditional’ left side as does the current versions of Firefox along with Opera. Personally, I never use the ‘go’ button (I simply press enter after typing in my address) and seldom do I use the ‘reload button, opting instead to press F5. The good news is you are not being forced to use the 3-in-1 button, it can be ‘uncoupled’ via the Customize Toolbar window.

Internet Explorer Turns 15!

Posted: Friday, August 13, 2010 by El Guru in Blogs, Firefox, Google, IE, Microsoft, Windows

The summer of 1995 we saw the release of Windows 95, which introduced the paradox of clicking ‘Start’ to turn-off your computer. But more importantly, that summer was also the release of Internet Explorer 1.0 which forever changed the way people accessed the Internet. Yes, there was the Netscape browser but in 1995 the Internet access was still fairly ‘controlled’ by online providers such as AOL which offered a “walled-off version of the Internet.” Internet Explorer was the biggest success for Microsoft, especially when IE4 was released in late 1997. This was the version that Microsoft bundled with Windows 98, a practice that increased IE’s market share from around 20% in late 1997 to a staggering 60% by 1999. But also, introduced the first of what would be countless anti-trust lawsuits both in the US an Europe against Microsoft.

Nick Eaton, author of The Microsoft Blog part of the Seattle PI has an in-depth post about Internet Explorer highlighting it’s rise (and fall) over the past 15-years. But the article is not just about IE, it also goes into the ‘browser wars’ with eventual death of Netscape, the introduction of Firefox and more recently the introduction of Google Chrome into the Browser Market.

The Microsoft Blog: Happy 15th birthday, Internet Explorer

Chrome Conundrums Resolved

Posted: Friday, June 25, 2010 by El Guru in Blogs, Browsers, Google, Other

Back in January I wrote about a couple Chrome Conundrums. They were how when I had Chrome window maximized I could not get to my hidden taskbar without pressing the Windows Key. Further if the Chrome was the active application (not in the background) my computer and/or monitor would not go into power save/sleep mode. A couple of months ago with one of the ‘silent updates’ of Chrome these issues were resolved. I can now have Chrome open maximized and placing the mouse at the bottom of the screen the Windows Taskbar shows up. Even better I can leave the computer unattended with Chrome as the active application and the computer will go to sleep after the preset amount of time.

YouTube Auto Buffer Script Updated

Posted: Saturday, April 10, 2010 by El Guru in Add-ons, Firefox, Google, Tips & Tweaks

The author of the YouTube: Auto Buffer and Stop AutoPlay Greasemonkey script has released an updated version (1.2.5) on April 8th. Recently Google/YouTube made changes which caused this script to stop working. Also new with this version, if an HD version of the YouTube video is available it will automatically be selected (this can be an issue for folks with older systems).

Edit: There is an ‘Autobuffer Options’ button just below the video title and to the right of the ‘Subscribe’ button. Options includ:

  • Autoplay
  • Autobuffer
  • Auto HD
  • Hide in-video-ads
  • Hide annotations

YouTube Auto Buffer

From The Microsoft Blog:

In one short year, Google’s Chrome Web browser tripled its market share. In December, it overtook Apple Safari as the third-place browser as the reigning leader, Microsoft Internet Explorer, continued slipping during 2009.

According to Net Applications, Chrome ended 2009 with a claim on 4.63 percent of the market, after starting out at just 1.52 percent. During the same period, Safari and Mozilla Firefox also each gained market share, chipping away at IE’s still-dominant hold on the browser market.

In January 2009, Internet Explorer had a 69.72 percent share. By the end of December, its market share dropped to 62.69 percent, according to Net Applications. That’s a seven-point drop in just one year.

The only time I use IE (7) is because I have to for work to run our main CRM application. For everything else I do at work it is Firefox. We even encourage our customers (especially those who are using our website builder application) to use Firefox. Even our web based email works better in Firefox (and Firefox is more user friendly with its security settings, that is not burred in a long list of settings like IE).

At home it is a split between Firefox and Chrome. I use Chrome for Flash based browser games such as those on Facebook as I find it is more stable than Firefox. With Chrome even if the Flash Plug-in crashes it is contained to that tab and doesn’t crash the entire browser. That is something Firefox needs to (and should be later this year) improve uopn.

There was one comment in this article that I can really relate and was along the lines on who Microsoft is trying to force or sneak the update to IE8 as an (Important) Windows Vista update. They even make is sound like going to IE8 is a good thing:


Microsoft would be more wrong here, Internet Explorer is NOT the Web browser that I am “most comfortable using”!

Mozilla Exec Recommends Bing?!

Posted: Monday, December 14, 2009 by El Guru in Add-ons, Blogs, Browsers, Firefox, Google, Mozilla News

Yes, you read that correct Mozilla Exec, Asa Dotzler is recommending Firefox users to use Microsoft’s Bing Search Engine. Apparently this was sparked by some comments made regarding Google’s privacy by Google CEO Eric Schmidt.

“I think judgment matters,” said Schmidt. “If you have something that you don’t want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn’t be doing it in the first place.” Dotzler then links to the Bing add-on for Firefox, stating that Bing’s privacy policy is better than Google’s (and notably fails to mention Yahoo at all).

Schmidt was talking about laws in the US, but the way he worded his beliefs did not sit well with privacy advocates—and a whole lot of other folks—including Dotzler. Microsoft has to respect the Patriot Act and other laws just as Google does, but after seeing Schmidt’s comments, Dotzler decided that Firefox users need to be reminded of Bing’s existence.

Source: Ars Technica