Exciting News for Firefox 3 Release

With Firefox 2 just out the door, the folks at Mozilla are already making headway with Firefox 3. Now for those of you who might not be able to do the math, Firefox 3 will be the next version of Firefox that is released. One of the biggest ‘bits of news to come out of developement is that Firefox 3 will pass the Acid2 test.

The first development release of Firefox 3, code name Gran Paradiso, is now available for testing, and against what I previously thought this release actually matters.

It happens that the main improvement here is not to the Firefox user interface or functionality but to the underlying Gecko rendering engine, responsible for proper presentation of web documents in Firefox, Thunderbird, NVU, Sunbird, Netscape, Flock and a number of other Gecko based products.

+ Continue Reading About the Importance of Firefox 3, Alpha 1!

MySpace Hacks

Now when it comes to MySpace, general navigation is usually thrown out the window. Well, that is before you see the huge “I want to be a gangster” images and bouncing hearts all over the place.

If you want to gain some control back when it comes to viewing MySpace profiles (and you have Greasemonkey) I would suggest picking up the MySpaceHax user script.

This allows you to have a neat menu on the right over every profile that gives you quick access to: Add, Add to Group, Block, Blog, View Comments, View Pictures and View Groups. This is the Greasemonkey script that every MySpace addict needs to pick up to make MySpace kind of usable.

+ Download and Install the MySpaceHax Script for Greasemonkey!

Aluminium Kai 2 Theme for Firefox

Aluminium Kai 2Now the whole Aluminium Kai theme was never one that I really liked much. Personally I would take a simple and clean layout over one like this any day. There has to be people out there that like it though, because I keep seeing it mentioned all over the place.

Now I guess it is not all that bad. If you are going to force me to say something nice about it, I like the color green? Yeah, that is all I got.

+ Download and Install the Aluminium Kai 2 Theme for Firefox!

Europeans Like Firefox Too?

Well it turns out our neighbors over the ocean like using Firefox as well. Europeans enjoy the perks of having a better browser. Who would have ever guessed that one?

A report from the French firm Xiti Monitor shows the growth of Firefox in Europe, including this pretty map showing over a third of Germans, Poles and Slovenians are Firefox users, along with healthy dollops of people in the rest of Europe.

+ Read More and See the Nice Colored Graph! (worth clicking just for the graph!)

Whitehart

WhitehartWhen you want a simple, small and to the point Firefox theme – you want Whitehart. Now from the name it reminds me of some brave knight that would go slay a dragon or two. Well, I guess you could think of this theme as a knight slaying the big bad Internet if you wish. The simple – yet elegant appearance makes this theme perfect for any minimalist out there.

+ Download and Install the Whitehart theme for Firefox!

Top 5 Firefox Security Extensions

It is time yet again for the weekly top five. Last week I just looked at the most popular posts of the week, but this week I wanted to do something a little more serious. I think we should all look long and hard and see how secure we really are. There are steps you can take to become more secure – and here are a few extensions that can help you do it.

1. NoScript
2. WOT
3. McAfee SiteAdvisor
4. FoxyProxy
5. Fire Encrypter

Have one that I might have missed or overlooked? Leave a comment and share it with the rest of the class.

Macfox II Graphite

Macfox II GraphiteOut of all the “macfox” themes, the Macfox II Graphite theme might be my favorite. It does not hit you over the head with an apple. It instead is a little more sneaky when it comes to changing the way your browser looks. The only thing I do not like about these Apple clone themes is that they get rid of the favicons. Now I rely on having my favicons in place, so I can’t use this theme. Maybe you can though!

+ Download and Install the Macfox II Graphite theme for Firefox!

NoScript Makes You a Little Safer

For those folks out there who are extra suspicious about the browsing they do Online, and want to really be safe – picking up NoScript might be a good idea. Once you install this, no JavaScript or Java will be able to run via a Web site without getting your permission first.

Extra protection for your Firefox: NoScript allows JavaScript, Java and other executable content only for trusted domains of your choice, e.g. your home-banking web site.

Of course it will take a while to train, as far as allowing the good Web sites you visit to run the code they need to run, but if you want to be extra safe I would recommend at least trying this option out.

+ Download and Install the NoScript extension for Firefox!