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Firefox Reaches One Billion Downloads

Firefox = One Billion Happy Browsers

On Friday, Mozilla Firefox was downloaded for the one billionth time since the release of 1.0 in 2004. To help celebrate the news, Mozilla has released a new web site called One Billion + You

From there, you can easily post to Twitter how much one billion really is, such as:

  • A bowl big enough to fit one billion goldfish would be as big as a stadium.
  • One billion stacked coins would reach nearly 1,000 miles high.
  • One billion centimeters is approximately the distance from Chicago to Tokyo.
  • One billion seconds is roughly 31.7 years.
  • One billion kilograms is equal to the weight of 250,000 elephants.
  • One billion credit cards weigh as much as fifty-two blue whales.

If that wasn’t enough, you can also make up your own to share on Twitter or Facebook.  Also don’t forget to decorate your Twitter icon with a Twibbon too

Firefox Holiday News, Tips and Link Rush

Seems like the deeper we get into the holidays and the end of the year, the more Firefox and Mozilla related news comes out.  Are the two events related?  Could be…

  • Dear Firefox: Please forgive me  When we met three years ago, I thought: This is it, the browser I’ve been waiting for. I’ve found my life partner. So I dumped Internet Explorer faster than you can say “unrecoverable system error” and we moved in together. Sure, we had our ups and downs over the years, but overall it was great. Really.
  • Mozilla Sponsors the First Annual Add-On-Conthe first annual Add-on-Con Conference has been announced. The conference, hosted by add-on developers OneRiot, AdaptiveBlue & Sxipper is the first event specifically designed to bring together developers who are interested in improving their capabilities to produce professional add-ons.
  • Mozilla to Firefox Add-On Developers: Stop Being LazyMozilla evangelists are starting to develop tools to track Firefox’s very healthy add-on ecosystem, primarily with regard to how they adapt to upcoming Firefox versions.  In fact, the newest Firefox version, 3.1, is already in the hopper, but according to a Mozilla blog post, add-on developers aren’t ready for it. Only 20% of the most-used Firefox add-ons are ready for the upcoming version.
  • How To: Disable Google SearchWiki from Firefox and OperaGoogle SearchWiki is new feature built inside Google’s Search that lets you customize the search results by moving a site up or down or even adding new pages etc. This feature has created a lot of buzz on the internet as many people has expressed their dissatisfaction for making this feature a default inside Google’s Search.

More Firefox News, Tips and Links

Have a Firefox link, news or add-on review to share?  Feel free to pass them along in the comments!

Firefox 3 – Return of the Beta 3

Firefox 3 Beta 3 is released out for testing purposes. Are you getting excited yet? Here are some things worth taking note of in the newest Firefox release:

  • [Improved in Beta 3!] Speed: Major architectural changes (such as the move to Cairo and a rewrite to how reflowing a page layout works) put foundations in place for major performance tuning which have resulted in speed increases that continue to increase page drawing speed in Beta 3. This release also features over 90 changes that improve performance over the previous beta.
  • [Improved in Beta 3!] Download & Install Add-ons: the Add-ons Manager (Tools > Add-ons) can now be used to download and install a Firefox customization from the thousands of Add-ons available from our community add-ons website. When you first open the Add-ons Manager, a list of recommended Add-ons is shown.
  • [Improved in Beta 3!] Memory usage: Over 350 individual memory leaks have been plugged, and a new XPCOM cycle collector completely eliminates many more. Developers are continuing to work on optimizing memory use (by releasing cached objects more quickly) and reducing fragmentation. Beta 3 includes more than 50 improvements to memory use over the previous beta.

Check out the full Firefox 3 Beta 3 Release Notes to read more about what is better, what has changed and what may stay the same. As an interesting side note – I think it is about time Mozilla started to remind addon developers to update their work to get it ready for Firefox 3.

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Mobile Firefox – First Look

Firefox MobileNice to see that the development of the mobile Firefox browser is really starting to gain some steam.  From the look of things, they are branching this project into two directions – one for touch screens and one for what I guess you would call “not” touch screens.

It shares some of the look and feel of Firefox 3 so you have to believe that with that being said that the gui-feeling they are delivering with the new browser will be used maybe for a few more versions down the road.

As long as they can keep it simple – and functional Mozilla will have yet another winner on their hands.  I am curious to see though what will be that one feature that really draws mobile surfers in.  The one thing that nobody else does right that Mozilla does do.

More info on the Mobile Firefox Previews:

Stupid Photo to Text Trick

Photo 2 TextJust call this stupid browser tricks Monday! Ever felt that need to turn your favorite photo you have on the Web into some ascii art?

With this Firefox extension from Photo2Text.com now you can. Now I am not going to pretend that anybody has a good reason to do this. There isn’t one darn good reason you can think of either – go ahead and try. Time to geek out, relax and transform your photos into a load of interesting characters.

+ Download and Install the Photo to Text Firefox Extension!

Tab Scope – Mini Tab Browsing

Tab ScopeI like the idea of being able to preview my tabs without clicking on them – but for the power hungry user, sometimes they need more.

The Firefox extension Tab Scope promises to deliver in this department. Here are some of the features:

  • Real-time preview of tab contents
  • Navigate (Back/Forward/Reload/Stop) through popup
  • Scroll pages or frames in preview with mouse wheel
  • Click links or buttons directly in preview

It gives you simple navigation tools to make your way around that preview image. Think of it as a browser inside the browser.

+ Download and Install the Tab Scope Extension for Firefox!

Quicker Searching in Firefox

Most Wanted

This week, Roman writes in and wants to know of a way to do quicker searching via Firefox and not have to start at the beginning of the document to do it.

In IE, because it doesn’t search as you type, you can highlight a piece of text, and then press ctrl-F and have it search below your selection first, then it gets to the bottom of the page and searches the part of the page before your selection. in firefox, i find that the search as you type feature always starts at the top of the page. Is there a workaround?

For the quick searching that you need, I have found that using Firefox’s quick search would be the best way to go. It isn’t the same as the search that you get with Ctrl+F though. For this one all you need to hit is the / key.

Quick Finder

This one will give you the search you need to start where you are on the page. Also after you are done with it, it disappears out of sight. Hope that helps!

Have another feature request or suggestion you’d like to see built into Firefox by default or added by an extension? Let me know about it and I’ll feature it on Firefox Facts and maybe even find you a solution to your problem (if you have one).

Useless Browser Stats

Are you turned on by a hot girl who can tell you exactly how much data is currently loaded up in that browser of yours? Well, I can’t deliver on the hot girl – but I can give you a cool extension that gives you a lot of useless stats.

The Browser Statistics extension for Firefox will let you know the following:

– data currently loaded (KBytes)
– total data loaded (KBytes/MBytes) since last start of the browser
– number of visited pages

I am sure there might be a reason for knowing all of this, but I can’t really think of any that sound impressive. You’ll just become that annoying guy that sits at the dinner table and says, “Hey, you know how many megabytes I downloaded this morning Honey?”.

+ Download and Install the Browser Statistics Extension for Firefox!