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2010 in review

Posted: Saturday, January 1, 2011 by El Guru in Blog News, Year In Review

The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

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A helper monkey made this abstract painting, inspired by your stats.

The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 250,000 times in 2010. If it were an exhibit at The Louvre Museum, it would take 11 days for that many people to see it.


In 2010, there were 174 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 1312 posts.

The busiest day of the year was June 27th with 1 views. The most popular post that day was A Look At Firefox 3.7a6pre (Minefield).

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were,,, Google Reader, and

Some visitors came searching, mostly for firefox error 203, java console, foxit vs adobe, firefox 3.6 release date, and firefox cookies.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


A Look At Firefox 3.7a6pre (Minefield) June 2010


Adobe Acrobat vs Foxit Reader September 2006


Hide Menu Bar in Firefox 3.6 December 2009


Managing Cookies with Firefox 3.5 July 2009


Uninstalling JAVA Console Add-on April 2010


Firefox Release Recap 2010

Posted: Friday, December 31, 2010 by El Guru in Firefox, Fx 3.0, Fx 3.5, Fx 3.6, Fx 3.7, Mozilla News, Year In Review

Happy New Year’s Eve! It is that time again, time for our annual look back at the Firefox releases of this year. In 2010 we saw with retirement of the Firefox 3.0 branch which had been active since the first Alpha release back in December 2006. Development continued on the Firefox 3.5 branch which Mozilla still warns ‘will be maintained with security and stability updates until August 2010’ even though there has been several releases since and more planned in 2011. In early 2010, the final release candidates along with the opening release of Firefox 3.6 in January. Finally, the first Alpha release of Firefox 3.7 came out in February. In July with the first Beta release the branch was renumbered to Firefox 4.0. Below is a month-to-month recap of the 2010 Firefox releases.

Release milestones are color coded as follows:

  • First Developmental Release on this branch
  • First Official Release on this branch
  • Final Release on this branch

January 2010

  • January 5th: 3.0.17
  • January 8th: 3.5.7
  • January 8th: 3.6RC1
  • January 17th: 3.6RC2
  • January 21st: 3.6

February 2010

  • February 10th: 3.7a1
  • February 17th: 3.0.18
  • February 17th: 3.5.7

March 2010

  • March 2nd: 3.7a2
  • March 17th: 3.7a3
  • March 23rd: 3.6.2
  • March 30th: 3.0.9
  • March 30th: 3.5.9

April 2010

  • April 1st: 3.6.3
  • April 12th: 3.7.a4

May 2010

  • No Release in May 2010

June 2010

  • June 14th: 3.7a5
  • June 22nd: 3.5.10
  • June 22nd: 3.6.4
  • June 26th: 3.6.6

July 2010

  • July 7th: 4.0b1*
  • July 20th: 3.5.11
  • July 20th: 3.6.7
  • July 23rd: 3.6.8
  • July 27th: 4.0b2

August 2010

  • August 12th: 4.0b3
  • August 24th: 4.0b4

September 2010

  • September 7th: 3.5.12
  • September 7th: 3.6.9
  • September 7th: 4.0b5
  • September 14th: 4.0b6
  • September 16th: 3.5.13
  • September 16th: 3.6.10

October 2010

  • October 19th: 3.5.14
  • October 19th: 3.6.11
  • October 27th: 3.5.15
  • October 27th: 3.6.12

November 2010

  • November 10th: 4.0b7

December 2010

  • December 9th: 3.5.16
  • December 9th: 3.6.12
  • December 21st: 4.0b8

* Branch numbering changed from 3.7 to 4.0 with the release of Beta 1.

BYIR: October, November & December 2008

Posted: Friday, January 2, 2009 by El Guru in Other, Year In Review

October 2008

Three new Get A Mac ads:

  • Bake Sale – PC finds a creative way to get money to fix Vista’s problems.
  • Bean Counter – Who says you can’t fix a problem by throwing money at it?
  • V-Word – There’s a new naughty word and it begins with ‘V’

Just when you thought it was over the Microsoft-Yahoo merger, take over or whatever it is…any way it is back in the news. The American Technology Research indicated that it is “increasingly likely” that Microsoft would make another bid for Yahoo. Meanwhile a Yahoo investor urges Yahoo to sell itself to Microsoft.

A New & Improved Crash Recovery was added to Firefox 3.1 allowing users to select which tabs and windows to recover when starting up from a crash. This feature however was not included in the Firefox 3.1 Beta 1 Release. Whilst on the subject of Firefox 3.1, after an odd re-occurring crash with Firefox 3.0, I ended up installing Firefox 3.1b1.

Mozilla Messaging released Thunderbird (Shredder) 3 Alpha 3

BYIR: July, August & September 2008

Posted: Thursday, December 25, 2008 by El Guru in Other, Year In Review

July 2008Record

In early July came the official word The Firefox 3 Download Day set a world record with 8,002,530 downloads within the 24-hour period. On July 1st, Firefox was released. In mid-July came the first update for Firefox 3, Firefox 3.0.1 which as is regular practice was also coordinated with the release of Firefox At the end of July, Mozilla released the first Alpha of Firefox 3.1 (Shiretoko).

And so at last the beast fell and the unbelievers rejoiced. But all was not lost, for from the ash rose a great bird. The bird gazed down upon the unbelievers and cast fire and thunder upon them. For the beast had been reborn with its strength renewed, and the followers of Mammon cowered in horror.

from The Book of Mozilla, 7:15

The Book of Mozilla is an ‘Easter Egg’ that will display a biblical like passage depending on which version of Firefox or other Gecko/Mozilla based browser you are using. The above passage describes, July 15, 2003, the day AOL shut-down Netscape browser division and the launch of the Mozilla Foundation and thus the rise of the Phoenix (predecessor of Firefox) browser.

Plenty of add-ons related posts in July. To start, a look at the 50 Add-ons…Change The Way You Surf The Web. Folks who upgrade to the Firefox 3.0.1 release were shocked to discover many of their add-ons were disabled. This massive headache was caused by a minor coding boo-boo by add-on developers.

Also took an in-depth look at these four add-ons:

  • BugMeNot – allows users to bypass web registration for some sites.
  • Control Tab – added to Firefox 3 the tab switching (via control tab) effect that was (has been removed based on user feedback) a feature in early Firefox 3.1 builds.
  • Undo Closed Tabs Button – in the 2+ years I’ve been reviewing add-ons this had to be the most disappointing. I found very few benefits to this add-on. As a result I ended up writing a quick post on much simpler ways to undo closed tabs.
  • oldbar – brought back some of the familiar and preferred behaviours of the Firefox 2 address bar. Further, when paired up with
    Tweak: Fx 3 Address Bar


BYIR: April, May & June 2008

Posted: Sunday, December 21, 2008 by El Guru in Other, Year In Review

April 2008

April brought several add-on reviews:

  • Abduction – an extension for taking screenshots within the Firefox browser.
  • Domain Lookup – added a context menu item to check the availability of domain names based on the highlighted text.
  • New Tab Homepage – when opening a new tab, your home page loads instead of a blank page.
  • OpenDownload – adds an ‘open’ option when clicking on a download link., This feature is standard in IE and most other browsers.
  • RetailMeNot –  automatically alerts you if the e-commerce site you are visiting has coupon/discount codes available.

Three new Get a Mac ads were released in April. PC seems to be under a bit of stress especially about Microsoft Office on Mac. He then tries to relax with some Yoga, but that did not work out very well. Finally in a therapy session with Mac, PC has a breakthrough but even that doesn’t help.

The Microsoft/Yahoo drama continues into April. Yahoo is talking about partnering itself with Time Warner or Google or another company other than Microsoft. April 26th was the deadline Microsoft had set before they would go directly to Yahoo’s shareholders. So was it Deal or No Deal? Rumor Has It Microsoft was meeting with Yahoo shareholders on April 30th.

More from Microsoft. The Microsoft Surface computer aka ‘Big-Ass Table’ is no longer vaporware. In mid April, select Atlanta, San Antonio, San Fransisco and New York City AT&T wireless stores started using the tables.

Having already been extend from January 31st, Microsoft reminded us Win XP would be going away on June 30th. Windows XP will no longer come pre-installed on most new PC’s. There is however an exception, “ultra-low cost” machines. Speaking of Windows, Microsoft released a very bizarre ‘Marketing Video‘ featuring Microsoft’s chief operating officer Kevin Turner for Vista SP1.

Mozilla finally released Firefox 3 Beta 5, this was finally the last beta release for Firefox 3. Also later in the month, Firefox was released, fixing some crash related issues with the JavaScript garbage collector. Also in April was news of a  minor AMO update coming with AMO 3.2.1.

In late April I received and alarming comment regarding the newest version of Foxit (PDF) Reader. It appeared Foxit had gone the way of Fast Stone and so many other once freeware programs, to a paid only version. Turns out Foxit Reader is still Free, just takes some hunting to find the free version on their site.

A quick update on Docs in FX, in regards to getting Firefox to open Microsoft Word documents via OpenOffice.

Yet another browser enters the market. The AT&T Pogo Browser, was in a limited private beta which you could sign up to try out. That was provided your machine could handle the requirements: 1.6GHz processor, 2GB of RAM, and a video card with at least 256MB of VRAM. But even a machine running running dual-processor, dual-core AMD Opteron 2210 with 1.80GHz CPUs, 2GB of RAM, and a NVIDIA Quadro FX 560 video card with 128MB of VRAM running Windows XP couldn’t handle the massive 3D interface for navigating through the browser’s history as well as bookmarks. It is a Mozilla based browser, with a lot of bling.


BYIR: January, February & March 2008

Posted: Saturday, November 29, 2008 by El Guru in Firefox, Other, Year In Review

January 2008

With the start of 2008 came a handy “how-to” guide for moving Netscape 9 users to Firefox 2. Recall, AOL had announced they would discontinue support for Netscape 9 (based off of Firefox 2) in February 2008.

While the below “We Remove Vista…” photo was taken back in October 2007 at A&D Computer in Milford, NH it appeared in Todd Bishop’s Microsoft Blog (now The Microsoft Blog) in late January.

Included in January were three Add-Ons Reviews.

  • Organize Search Engines, allowed Firefox users with lots of search engines a better management system to keep their search engines organized. Think of the Manage Bookmarks functionality, except for search engines. 
  • Tab Effect, was a bit of a ‘novelty’ extension that I didn’t keep loaded for very long.
  • URL Link, a powerful and highly customizable add-on which allows you to add options to the context (right-click) menu for handling URL links

January 22, 2008 marked Ten Years of Mozilla, a celebration that would last most of the year.

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (January 22, 1998 ) — Netscape Communications Corporation (NASDAQ: NSCP) today announced bold plans to make the source code for the next generation of its highly popular Netscape Communicator client software available for free licensing on the Internet. The company plans to post the source code beginning with the first Netscape Communicator 5.0 developer release, expected by the end of the first quarter of 1998.

Also in Mozilla news, John Lily was announced as New Mozilla Corp CEO succeeding Mitchell Baker. Mitchell would remain as Mozilla Foundation’s Chairman.

2008 also brought some much needed good news about Thunderbird. David Ascher head of MaiCo (now Mozilla Messaging) had posted an extensive article Thoughts on Thunderbird’s Evolution on his blog. At the end of January came Thunderbird 3 Plans for 2008. The plan included both purposed features and time lines.

Due to the increasing popularity of the Get a Mac ads we added a Get a Mac Category. Released during the NFL playoffs and in response to a Wall Street Journal report, Get a Mac: Referee. Also this month was a the slightly annoying Get a Mac: Time Machine ad.

A great photo of Canadian Firefoxen by Rick MacWilliam/Edmonton Journal:


2008 Blog Year In Review

Posted: Saturday, November 29, 2008 by El Guru in Blog News, Other, Year In Review

2008 Blog Year in Review (BYIR)