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The Downfall of Personas

Now, Firefox’s new Personas feature has seem taken off really well.  Each time I visit the Personas web site, there are more and more backgrounds to use for Firefox.  So with such a good start, what will be the downfall of the Personas?

It all comes down to quantity over quality.  Some of these backgrounds just are not any good.  The same could be said for many Firefox themes too, but with Personas – there are a few simple things that could go a long way before you submit it for the public, that would be so easy to check into.

For example, look at this:

Can You Read This?

I am not going to use a Persona where I can’t read anything inside of the browser. 

Other annoyances would be having text in the background, having the background be too busy, and general “why the heck did you think that would make a good background” questions of designing competence.

So you tell me, what makes for a better Firefox Persona or have you been turned off my many of the ugly background out there? Post your feedback and thoughts in the comments.

Troubleshooting Firefox Problems

safe-mode Firefox works fine, but then the worst might happen (even to you!).  Something goes wonky and Firefox goes from a browsing tool to an annoyance.  So how exactly do you troubleshoot an issue with Firefox?

For most people, I would suggest trying to run Firefox in Safe Mode first.  You can use the command line:  firefox -safe-mode to get there (for Windows users).

On Linux, you can go to your Terminal and run (for Firefox): /path/to/firefox/firefox -safe-mode

On Mac OS X, go to Utilities (in the Applications folder) and open Terminal, then run (for Firefox): /Applications/Firefox.app/Contents/MacOS/firefox -safe-mode

From there you can disable add-ons, reset toolbars and controls, reset bookmarks to Firefox defaults, reset all user preferences to Firefox defaults and restore the default search engines.

What if Safe Mode Does Not Help?

If that does not do the trick for you, you might want to try opening up a clean profile to see if you are still getting the problem.  Check out this previous post to fine out how to launch the profile manager to do so.

Key thing to remember here is if it is a problem with all of your Firefox profiles (your current one or a new one) then you might want to backup and do a clean install of Firefox.  If not, then you might be able to cure you problem by creating a new profile for yourself to use from now on.

Fix for Firefox Memory Problems?

firefoxlogo.jpg Firefox uses a lot of RAM. It is the number one complaint about this otherwise awesome web browser. So what can you do to solve this issue? Well there are a few rumored fixed out there in the wild.

Here is the nitty-gritty about:config solution to the problem:

  • Open up about:config by typing it into your Firefox address bar.
  • Right-click, go to new and then integer and name it this: browser.cache.memory.capacity
  • For the integer value, enter in 15000 if you have 512MB to 1GB of RAM. For those with less (between 128MB to 512MB), try a value of 5000.  You’re done!

Then all you should need to restart Firefox for it to take effect.

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2 New Firefox Flaws

It looks like Firefox has two new flaws that I think we should all be aware of. Both of them for the advanced Firefox user, might not be so hard to fall for – but for some others out there, it could be a real issue.

The first one, affects internal frames behavior and could help a malicious web site to spoof another one or capture key presses.

As the old game show host might say, that’s not all! You also get…

The second vulnerability, overrides the timeout Firefox sets for installing extensions and downloading files and could lead to a user inadvertently downloading a malicious file or program.

You can read more about the flaws at MozillaLinks.org.

Firefox on Mac Feedback

I have noticed a comment or two here and a post or two somewhere else that Firefox seems to give Mac users some trouble. Now in the future, it has been promised that things should get better (by the time Firefox 3 rolls out) but some do not want to wait. If you feel like you have a good opinion to share about the Apple/Firefox experience, I have a place where you can go sound off.

+ Post Your Mac-related Firefox Feedback!

Now this is no official means of support, but if I know the Firefox crew they will love to hear the feedback no matter where it is posted or how it gets to them.

Firefox Most Wanted

Most Wanted

I want to start up something new here. With all the Firefox Facts fans out there and myself, I think we can do some good and help some folks.

Are you looking for Firefox to do something that it has not done before? Are you having trouble finding the perfect extension to fix your issue? Do you have a request for a Firefox feature that has not been seen before? If you fall into any of these camps – drop me an E-mail at mitch@mitchkeeler.com or use our “submit a tip” link and let me know.

If we get enough, I might make the Firefox Most Wanted a regular feature here on the Web site. Get to it, send me your most wanted requests from the folks at Mozilla and I’ll do my best to either let the world know about it or find a solution for your problem.

Making Old Extensions Work on Firefox 2

One of the few pains in the rear with using the latest and greatest version of Firefox is that it take a little work to get everything working just right.

With every new release of Firefox–like yesterday’s release of Firefox 2 Beta 2–comes the question, “How do I make my old extensions work with the new version?” Some extensions–which Mozilla is now calling Add-ons–made for older versions of Firefox really don’t work with the newer features and can cause problems, but for the majority of add-ons, all that’s needed is basically the flip of a switch.

Need more? Well here are your resources to learn a little more about making your old extensions work with Firefox 2.0.

[ Read More | Watch the Video! ] – Found via the Download Squad

ErrorZilla – Useful Error Pages

Ever find yourself on a “Page Can Not Be Found” Web page? You are left with an empty feeling inside, because you do not know what else to try. For those of you who might run into error pages more times than the rest of us, you need ErrorZilla. This extension will give you a prettier error Web page, as well as some neat tools to help you find what it is you were looking for.

[Learn More About ErrorZilla!]

Not So Perfect Extensions

Every so often, Firefox extensions go bad. Now they don’t start to live a life of crime – but they do tend to get a little buggy. The folks over at Mozillazine.org have a list of problematic Firefox extensions, and what you can do if you run into the same problem with those extensions.

This article lists known extensions that cause unwanted side effects in Firefox or in other extensions and plugins, along with recommended workarounds. For other issues related to specific Firefox plugins, see the linked article.

+ Check out all the Problematic Firefox extensions!

IE7 vs Firefox 2 – Security

So out of the two big browsers of the future, which one will handle security issues better?

Microsoft and Mozilla are on a collision course, both racing to complete major updates to their flagship web browsers scheduled for release this fall. Over the past two years, Firefox has zoomed from nowhere to gobble a significant chunk of market share at Internet Explorer’s expense. The biggest selling point for Firefox is its generally better record on security issues; so it’s no accident that Microsoft has paid significant attention to beefing up security features in Internet Explorer 7.

+ Read the Rest at ZDNet.com!