Tag Archives | firefox-2

Change or Disable Tab Overflow

It seems like with Firefox’s tab overflow features that were released in Firefox 2, people either love it, hate it or want to change it. Now I have had several E-mails sent to me looking for the best way to get at least two of those done of those done. (Not really sure if I could help you love it.) Luckily for you and me I have found a guide that will help you do just that.

Some folks, including myself do not like the tab overflow feature that was added to Firefox 2. For those of you who are not familiar with this feature when the width (in pixels) of the tabs becomes less than set amount (default is 100 pixels) Firefox will add scroll buttons to each end of the tab bar (see sample here). The purpose of this feature was so that all the tabs open will have a minimum width of 100 pixels. At 100 pixels the tabs are still relatively readable.

+ Learn How to Change or Disable Tab Overflow in Firefox 2!

Darker Default Firefox Theme

Cylence ThemeThe Cylence Theme might look a little familer to you. It is the new default Firefox 2 theme, but with a darker edge to it. Personally, I have not found that many good looking themes when it comes to Firefox 2 – so finding a different “flavor” of the default is a nice thing to see. It delivers you all the form and functionality of the default theme – and has a metallic look to it.

+ Download and Install the Cylence Theme for Firefox!

Close the Current Tab

Want to close the current tab in Firefox 2? Well here is a simple – yet easy way to get that done. All you need to do is hit the keyboard combination of Ctrl+W. That will close the current tab you are viewing and allow you to quickly get out of there.

Now this might be handy if you have folks looking over you shoulder, or if you boss quickly comes in the room and you don’t want them to see you are listening to the Web Hosting Show podcast.

Firefox 2 Unstable?

I found this random snipit from the Center for Citizen Media.

Running the latest version of Firefox is a huge drag — repeated freezes that require a forced shutdown of the application on my MacBook Pro. Growing pains for the Mozilla folks or just sloppy coding?

That’s it. Now why go Online, post a totally random comment and not back it up with any proof? Now, I have never used Firefox on any Apple product, but these sort of cheap shots just make me a little angry. If this is “citizen media” I think I favor the older kind best. ;)

Firefox 2 RSS vs IE RSS

Here is a nice comparison between Firefox 2 and Internet Explorer’s RSS functions.

In general, we felt that RSS reader was a very personal choice to be made by the user, and that we did not want to compete with existing RSS readers that exist, which are very competent in a variety of ways. Rather, we wanted to allow users to easily subscribe to feeds using their favorite reader.

The UI presented is not intended to be one for consuming the content, but rather previewing the content before subscription (since many feeds have non-descriptive titles). I think this is where the confusion arises, because the presentation is similar to Safari’s and IEs and so people may expect reading functionality.

Personally I kind of like what Microsoft is doing more right now – but I have a feeling that by the time Firefox 3 rolls around, they should be beating them hand over fist.

Firefox 2 Themes at Download.com

The folks over at Download.com have posted a pretty nice round up of the best themes out there for Firefox. Did they miss your favorite? Let me know!

Our first Firefox theme gallery offered new ways for surfing the Web with Firefox 1.5, but not all of those themes came along with the recent upgrade to Firefox 2. We’ve dug deep to find the best and the brightest themes for the new version of the open-source browser. A few are repeat performers, while others are fresh looks for enhancing your daily Web surfing. If you don’t have Firefox, download it now.

+ Check Out The Themes They Picked!

Password Manager Bug

Well it looks like the good times train has made a stop in bug city! I have no doubt though that the Mozilla folks will get this one squashed as soon as possible. Till then, it is always good to know the facts.

Today, Mozilla made public bug #360493, which exposes Firefox’s Password Manager on many public sites. The flaw derives from Firefox’s willingness to supply the username and password stored on one page on a domain to another page on a domain. For example, username/password input tags on a Myspace user’s site will be unhelpfully propagated with the visitor’s Myspace.com credentials.

+ Read More About the New Bug in Firefox 2′s Password Manager!

Mozilla Winning Anti-Phishing War

It looks like the folks at Mozilla are taking a bite out of crime phishing. Personally I don’t care too much for phish. I am a bigger fan of phicken.

The Washington Post announced today the availability of a new report by consulting firm SmartWare on Firefox 2 and Microsoft Internet Explorer 7 anti-phishing features comparison. The bottom line: “Firefox 2 Phishing Protection is more effective than the Microsoft Phishing Filter in Internet Explorer 7.” Numbers are shown below and based on 1040 tested known phishing web sites.

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15 More Firefox Extensions

No list of Firefox extensions is any better than the next, but it seems like a new list comes out every day. It is an addiction I tell you! Everybody has their own opinion about what is the best and the worst out there, and the best thing you can do is look at all the lists, find how many extensions make it on all the lists, and go with those.

Here is one more fine example of lists in action from Download Squad on and about the 15 essential Firefox add-ons.