Tag Archives | Firefox-3

Darkest Popular Themes for Firefox 3

Browsing through some of the most popular themes out there, the dark themes always seem to hold the top spots.  So which dark themes out there are the most popular?  Here are the top ten choices people have been making.

+ Check Out the Lightest Popular Themes for Firefox 3 too!

Aero Fox – All black and blue, kind of like how I ended up after the last Internet Explorer 7 fan club meeting I attended.

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NASA Night Launch – Want to shoot off to the stars?  Well you might not be able to go to space yourself, but why should you?  Bring space to you!

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Aquatint Black Gloss – Another shinny black and blue theme with icons so glossy I can see myself in them.

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Security Zone Policy Errors in Firefox 3

Here is an interesting update that seems to be drawing a little heat from the Web at large.  Depending on your Internet settings (from Control Panel > Internet Options) you might have issues with some downloads being blocked.

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Here is what Mozilla has to say about the issue.

Starting in Firefox 3, downloads of executable files (e.g., .exe or .msi) may fail and the Firefox Downloads window will contain this message, under the filename:  This download has been blocked by your Security Zone Policy.

This issue occurs because Firefox 3 now honors your Windows security settings for downloading applications and other potentially unsafe files from the Internet.

The rage here is that the Internet Options you see from the Control Panel links back to Internet Explorer 7.  So in a round about wacky way, Firefox 3 follows IE7’s security settings.  Need a fix?

To change the setting, open Internet Options (via Control Panel or from Internet Explorer -> Tools) and click the Security tab. With the Internet zone icon highlighted, click the Custom level… button. A list of security settings for the Internet zone will appear. Find the “Launching applications and unsafe files” setting (under Miscellaneous) and select “Prompt (recommended)”.

If that does not do the trick for you, there are a few more fix suggestions on Mozillazine.org you can try.  So are you upset about this or could you care less?

Firefox 3.0.1 and Your Add-ons Not Working

Has Firefox 3.0.1 given you trouble?  Well it sound like you might want to contact the extension’s author to make sure thy are using the right compatibility range. Once again Basil does a great job at explaining this in a way that should make sense to us all.

When add-on authors publish their add-on they declare the compatibility range for an add-on. It typically looks like “2.0 to 3.0.*” – meaning that at minimum, this add-on requires Firefox 2.0 and works with any maintenance release of Firefox 3.0. (End of the compatibility range is also called the maxVersion).

Some add-on authors have erroneously used “3.0″ as their maxVersion so when users with these add-ons upgrade from Firefox 3.0 to Firefox 3.0.1, the add-on gets disabled. We encourage these add-on authors to use “3.0.*” as their maxVersion.

So shoot your favorite extension authors an e-mail and ask them to get this fixed, or check to see if this might be the problem.  Another suggestion for people with lots of problems would be to try running Firefox with a new profile or Safe Mode.  In Safe Mode, you can reset some settings or disable extensions and themes that might be the source of the issue. By comparing Firefox behavior in normal mode to its behavior in Safe Mode with various items disabled, you may be able to diagnose issues.

Firefox 3.0.1 = Patched Up and Ready for the Masses

The latest version of Firefox is out and patches a few holes here and there in our favorite browser.  Here is the official word from Mozilla:

We strongly recommend that all Firefox users upgrade to this latest release. If you already have Firefox 3.0, you will receive an automated update notification within 24 to 48 hours. This update can also be applied manually by selecting “Check for Updates…” from the Help menu.

get-firefox-301So what exactly is new in Firefox 3.0.1?  Here are a few of the details from the release notes.

  • Fixed several security issues.
  • Fixed several stability issues.
  • Fixed an issue where the phishing and malware database did not update on first launch.
  • Under certain circumstances, Firefox 3.0 did not properly save the SSL certificate exceptions list.
  • Updated the internal Public Suffix list.
  • In certain cases, installing Firefox 2 in the same directory in which Firefox 3 has been installed resulted in Firefox 2 being unstable. This issue was fixed as part of Firefox 2.0.0.15.
  • Fixed an issue where, when printing a selected region of content from the middle of a page, some of the output was missing (bug 433373).
  • Fixed a Linux issues where, for users on a PPP connection (dialup or DSL) Firefox always started in “Offline” mode (bug 424626).

For more information, be sure to check out the official release notes for Firefox 3.0.1 and happy browsing to all, and to all a good night day.

    Camifox Theme for Firefox Rocks!

    As soon as I say I like this theme, somebody is going to pop out of the wood work and say how awful my choice in themes really is.  To keep those people at bay I will only say… oh forget them.  Camifox is a unique new look for Firefox, yet doesn’t try to reinvent the wheel.

    Here is a little more about the theme from the designer:

    Firefox 3, in living color. Camifox replaces Firefox’s monolithic toolbar buttons on Mac OS X (and the icons on Windows and Linux) with the bright, colorful icons from the Mozilla Camino browser, and it also makes the tab bar easier to read with higher contrast.

    How does it look?  Camifox, if I dare to say is a great looking theme in my opinion.  Here is how it looks on Mac, Vista, XP and Linux:

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    You can pick Camifox up for yourself on the Firefox Add-ons web site.  How do you feel about it, love it or hate it? (Having Problems?  Try the Alternative Download Link!)

    Firefox 3’s Colbert Bump was Real!

    Not that I had any doubts, but it turns out the Colbert Bump for Firefox 3 was real! For those not knowing what we are speaking of check out the definition of the Colbert Bump for more information.

    Here’s what we did:  we looked at downloads of Firefox 3 by users within the U.S. – and then we drilled down to a minute-by-minute view to see what, if anything, could be detected.  At minute 23 of the broadcast, Colbert said, “Firefox 3 just got the Colbert Bump.”  What happened next?

    Check out the timeline graph and just in case you missed the plugtastic segment, here it is again:

    Want to Build Your Own Giant Firefox-bot?

    How would you like to have your own huge Firefox-bot in your own backyard?

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    Better yet, what does it take to build a giant tribute to the promotional art for Firefox 3?  From the looks of it, a lot of aluminum foil, some social networking and a lot of love.  Just make sure you don’t get too close to the ice cream.

    We got setup in the park at 2pm and the sun was shining. We made sure to have enough robot building fuel ie pizza, and sangria to keep everyone running. We also had a friend from a chemistry department bring dry ice and liquid nitrogen, which we used for special effects and to make cryogenic Firefox icecream (carrot and blueberry, a flavor we made up).

    Check out all the details on How to make an 18 ft tall robot and celebrate Firefox 3 in style via WebMynd.

    Power Up Searching with CyberSearch

    Is Firefox 3’s search functions not powerful enough for you?

    If you’d like to power it up some, you need to pick up CyberSearch.  This extension allow you to perform various Google searches right from the address bar.  The fun doesn’t stop there.  It also displays the results in the awesome bar format along with your history.

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    You can do a number of special searches too, depending on the keywords that you use. You can do a Web Search, Local Search, Video Search, Blog Search, News Search, Book Search, Image Search, or Patent Search.

    If you still need help wrapping your mind around this tool, be sure to check out the video tutorial on it they have put together for you.

    Pick up this Firefox add-on on the Firefox Add-ons site or from CyberNet News.  Also big congrats to Ryan and Ashley for putting out such an awesome Firefox extension!  Great job!