Archive | May, 2008

More About the about: in Firefox

Here are all of the useful (and not so useful, but still funny) about: triggers you can type into your address bar.

about: — The same page as “Help -> About”.

about:blank — A blank page. Useful for setting as your homepage.

about:cache — Displays cache statistics and disk cache directory location.

about:config — GUI for modifying user preferences.

about:crashes — List of Breakpad crash reports, with links and datestamps. Only in products based on Gecko 1.9 or later (Firefox 3, Thunderbird 3, SeaMonkey 2).

about:credits — The list of contributors to the Mozilla projects.

about:logo — Displays the application logo (Mozilla Suite, SeaMonkey, and Firefox 3).

about:kitchensink — Was never included in Mozilla for the reasons listed in Bug 122411 (“Mozilla does not have a kitchen sink”). You can install an extension that adds it though :)

about:license — shows the Mozilla Public License and the Netscape Public License for the piece of software. ( Only in products based on Gecko 1.8 or later)

about:mozilla — The famous Book of Mozilla.

about:plugins — Lists all your plugins as well as other useful information.

about:robots — Easter egg, see bug 417302. Beginning with March 8th, 2008 trunk builds, it’s now available on Firefox 3.0b5.

List is courtesy of Mozillazine.  From the useful to the silly, which of these is your favorite?

Set a Record on Download Day 2008

Download Day 2008Want to help Firefox set a world record? Sure you do! Mozilla and company want to set a world record for the number of browser downloads within 24 hours.

The New York Times ad…Firefox Flicks…the Firefox crop circle…Operation Firefox…you name it! The Firefox community is always up to some cool, collaborative way to declare their passion for Firefox. What better way to do this than band together to set a Guinness World Record for the most software downloaded in 24 hours?!

Now how can you help?  Right now you can go to the pledge map and let them know you plan on downloading the final version of Firefox 3 when it comes out.  They also have many other ways to get active such as setting up a Mozilla party, follow them on Twitter, get a badge for your site and more.

Replace Ads with Art

Any Firefox user worth his weight in add-ons can block advertisements, using tools like AdBlock Plus but few can block the ads can replace them with something to give your Web browsing experience a little more class.  How about replacing all those punch the monkey ads with art?

It this entices your cultural taste buds, then you might want to add the Add-Art extension to your own Firefox install.  Add-Art replaces advertising images on web pages with contemporary art from a curated database.  It is also worth making note of  that the install is bundled with the AdBlockPlus extension.

Worried about seeing the same art too many time?  The galleries are updated every two weeks and feature contemporary artists and curators.  You can pickup the addon on Mozilla’s site or their official site, Add-Art.org.

Classic Compact Theme and Add-on

The tiny little theme we all know and love is now ready for Firefox 3.  Classic Compact might be my favorite out of all the “Mini Me” themes out there for Firefox.  Not only does it shrink the browser interface of Firefox but it also does so in a visually appealing way.

Not only do we get a theme to share though, we awesome have an add-on to help customize Classic Compact even more.  The rightfully named Classic Compact Options extension gives you a little more control over the specific theme itself.

Options include: FF2 buttons; keyhole arrows; turning off gradient backgrounds; modifying borders; OS scrollbars; dark system color support; merging menu bar into one menu button; etc.

So if your already growing tired of the default Firefox 3 theme, might give Classic Compact a shot.

+ Check out more of the “best of” Firefox 3 themes!

Memorial Day Weekend Link Off!

With the upcoming weekend holiday, I know a lot of you will want to stash away a few links to save for later – maybe when Uncle Sam is telling you his World War 2 stories again or when the pool is full, or you has a belly filled with mashed potatoes. Here is a little link love for some other popular, interesting and neat stories from around the Web.

Use Yahoo! Mail or Gmail for MailTo Links in Firefox 3

Top 10 Firefox 3 Features

Mal-what? Firefox 3 vs. Bad People

Firefox 3.1 targeted for year’s end

What Happened to the Microformats Support in Firefox 3?

Rotten Tomatoes says IE7 “Rotten”, Firefox 2 “Fresh”

Firefox Team Crossing The Delaware

Also don’t forget that today is Support Firefox Day! Have another link to share? Feel free to comment and post.

Add-on Cage Match, Mahalo Share vs Shareaholic!

Time to have us a good old extension cage match. In one corner you have the Hawaiian punch of the link sharing world – Mahalo Share. In the other, weighing in with way too many link sharing resources is Shareaholic. Here is what each brings to the table…

Mahalo Share – Share and recommend Web pages across many different services; recommend a link once and have it automatically posted to any of Twitter, del.icio.us, MySpace, Ma.gnolia, Jaiku, your Tumblr blog, Facebook, Pownce, StumbleUpon, Mahalo, Faves, or Google Bookmarks.

Shareaholic – Found something awesome online and can’t wait to pass it on? Tired of copying and pasting endless URLs? Shareaholic allows you to share, bookmark, and e-mail web pages quickly via a wide array of web 2.0 social websites without cluttering up your browser!

For those looking for a smaller addon, that is simple and get the job done, I would recommend Mahalo Share. Fore the people wanting an add-on that does a little ‘bit of everything in one spot, then for you we have Shareaholic. Both have their advantages so I am afraid I would have to call this one a draw.

Screencast Contest for Firefox!

Have a hidden talent of being able to walk people through something?  Coming from the web hosting world, screencast tutorials are nothing new to me – see them used every day.  Now there is a new contest from Mozilla that will get you involved with sharing knowledge via your own desktop tutorial.

Here are a few more details about the contest:

Get ready to participate in the Firefox Screencasts contest! This is your chance to use your talents and passion for Firefox to create screencast support videos for the Firefox Support (SUMO) knowledge base.  We have prepared a list of the top 100 most popular support articles from the SUMO knowledge base and ask YOU to create screencasts for one, two, three, or all of them!  You can enter as many screencasts as you like.

Help your fellow Firefox fans and participate today!

Backup Firefox Passwords (the Manual Way)

Sure there are tools, downloads and services that may do this for you, but what fun is that?  Just in case you don’t feel the need to download another addition to the browser just yet – here is how you can backup your Firefox saved passwords the manual way.

First, navigate yourself to your profiles folder and then you want to copy three files, they are named:

  • signons.txt
  • signons2.txt
  • key3.db

Copy and past them into the place you want to back them up to, and you are done.  You can also move these three files to a new Firefox profile (say on a new computer, for example) if you wanted to have the same password information on your laptop.

Firefox 3 – RC1 Making Headlines!

Looks like the release candidate one of Firefox 3 is really gaining a lot of (well deserved) press.  Go team Mozilla!

TechWeb – Firefox 3 Release Candidate 1 Now Available

Mozilla Links – Firefox 3 RC 1 full review

Lifehacker – Firefox 3 On Track To Be Speediest Browser

Asa Dotzler – Firefox 3 release candidate one

Hardware 2.0 – Firefox 3.0 RC 1 takes the lead on speed

The Tech Lounge – Firefox 3 RC1 Goes Public

Been browsing Google’s Blog Search reading awesome review after awesome review. Big congrats go out the Mozilla team and hears to a successful launch of Firefox 3 after the release candidate stage!