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Firefox 3.7 Beats IE, Chrome and Opera

Let us end this week with one more win in the Firefox column.

Browser Comparison

Over at Download Squad, they have been doing some really interesting browser testing.  In a 4-way HTML5 speed test, Firefox 3.7 beat Internet Explorer 9, Opera and Chrome.  The Video really speaks for itself, but if you want to learn more – be sure to check out this post over at DownloadSquad.com.

Interface Tweaks for Firefox 4

A number of places are showing off some new design concepts for the Firefox 4 browser.  Now we have seen pitched some awesome Firefox 3.7 designs in the past, but it makes me wonder if the design phase for that is over, or if they are going to skip it to go directly to Firefox 4.

Not sure if I am digging the big orange button, but one would think it could be skinned over with a custom theme.  Are you excited about this new application button?

Is Firefox Coming to the PS3?

Firefox Coming to the PlayStation 3?

One can only hope. According to several web sites that heard about it from a friend, who knew a friend, who was feeding the dog of a guy who might have worked at Sony, the PlayStation 3’s web browser might be getting a big upgrade, to Firefox.

Well turns out is was a possible rumor, then not so possible, but might be in the works?  Here is the first leak of information from psinsider:

We recently received a tip from a source very close to Sony who says that they have been in talks with Mozilla lately about possibly porting Firefox over to the PS3.

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Happy Fifth Birthday Firefox

Happy birthday wishes and big congratulations go out today to Firefox.  Did you realize that Firefox is five years old?    Some people are having a hard time thinking five years passed by so quickly, while others feel like it has been around even longer than that. 

Here’s a great video that does a good job at telling the story of Firefox, from then to now:

The peeps over at Lifehacker have also written up a great retrospective that is well worth checking out.  What birthday wishes would you like to send to the Mozilla team?  Without Firefox, there would be no Firefox Facts – so as I enjoy three years of this blog, I’d like to thank Mozilla for the inspiration and all of you for reading it every day and making it one of the most popular un-official Firefox blogs out there today.

So happy birthday to Firefox, one of the best browsers out there on the planet.

Match Your Tabs to the Sites Your Browsing

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There are a number of different add-ons that will change the way your Firefox tabs look.  How would you like to have one that made your tabs match your web site you are browsing.  FabTabs does that.

How does it work?  I’m happy you asked…

FabTabs is kind of an experimental extension for now that will color your Firefox Tabs in a way you have never seen before. By taking a small screenshot of the website you are currently viewing, and calculating the most commonly used color from that screenshot, it tries to take the 1 essential color from the website and applies it to the tab.

Sounds like a good idea.  If your looking to make your tabs appear more like the pages your surfing, pick up the FabTabs add-on for Firefox.

Greasemonkey Security Issues

Greasemonkey Security Issues?Well, this is one of those security issues that everybody always knew was there – but the community usually did a good job at policing it themselves to where it did not become an issue. It looks like somebody has been creating and uploading Greasemonkey scripts that steal your cookies. Since your cookies store a lot of information about you – you can see this is a kind of big deal here.

Here is the post that got my attention on UserScripts.org:

Someone has been attempting to post scripts that steal cookies. Thanks to several alert us.o citizens (including davey, descriptor, loucypher, joel h, pogue) we have been able to note that the script is malicious and then delete them.

I’m putting up a banner to warn people that newly uploaded/updated scripts should be put under extra scrutiny.

I’ve also decreased the cache duration of rss feeds to 10 minutes, so if you keep an eye on http://userscripts.org/feeds/recent_scripts it will be a lot fresher than normal (it was cached for an hour)

So yes, everybody should be extra careful when downloading scripts like this – even if it is from a trusted source. I am happy to see the UserScripts.org team moved so quickly on this though. That makes me feel a lot better about my continued use of their Firefox extension.

Greasemonkey Help Need Help? Be sure to check out the Beginner’s Guide to Greasemonkey!

Why Should I Switch To Firefox?

This is the type of question you might ask yourself before moving over to what I would consider a better browser. Sure Opera, Internet Explorer and others might have their good sides and bad sides. I just feel like Firefox beats every other browser hands down.

Don’t just listen to me though, here are some other good resources and articles on why and how you can switch to Mozilla Firefox.

What is your favorite reason for switching?

Multiple Sidebars

The sidebar in Mozilla is a handy tool to have.

You can load up a plethora of information inside of it, but why must we be limited to just using one at a time? Well, the secret here is you do not have to be limited at all. With the MultiSidebar extension you can have multiple sidebars going at once.

Put one on the top, bottom, left and right side of the browser if you want to. The only problem you mind find yourself running into is the screen space for the Web page you are viewing keeps getting smaller and smaller. Ok, so maybe running all four sidebars at the same time would be silly.

Nice to know it could be there though with this download.

Multiple Sidebars

+ Download and Install the MultiSidebar Extension for Firefox!

iMacros for Firefox

Find yourself doing the same thing over and over again? You might not be expecting a different result, but if you look in the dictionary you are pretty close to being insane. Don’t worry though, there is help. You don’t even have to take a little blue, green, purple or pink pill. All you need is iMacros for Firefox.

Automate your web browser. Record and replay repetitious work. iMacros for Firefox relieves the repetition of checking on the same sites every day, remembering passwords and filling out web forms. Web professionals can use the add-on for functional and regression web testing of web applications.

Yet another nice solution for making your tasks during the day easier.

+ Download and Install the iMacros Extensions for Firefox!