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Give Back to Firefox Add-on Developers

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Haven’t you always wanted to give back to those Firefox add-on developers that have made your life easier?  Well, even if the thought hadn’t crossed your mind – you do have the ability to do so thanks to the new contributions feature on the Firefox Add-ons site.

How it works is a small widget gets shown on the specific add-on’s page and says something like, “The developer of this add-on asks that you help support its continued development by making a small contribution” then you can donate the suggested price or a different amount. 

Nothing wrong with giving back a little to those out there who have made your browsing experience even better. 

Subscribe and Follow Firefox Facts

Now I know many people don’t like pandering to the audience for things, however I do want to let you all know it is really easy to follow Firefox Facts in a number of different ways. 

Subscribe via RSS

All you have to do to subscribe to the RSS feed is click that orange icon in the Firefox address bar.

Subscribe to Firefox Facts

You will then be given many different options in which you can subscribe to the feed.  You can set it up as a Live Bookmark or you could use services like Google Reader, Bloglines and more to get instant access to all the Firefoxy goodness you will find here.

Subscribe via E-mail

To subscribe by e-mail, and get daily e-mail updates when a new post has been made – type your e-mail address into the empty text box at the top, and hit the “Subscribe!” button.

Subscribe by E-mail to Firefox Facts

Once you do, a window will pop up asking you to type in a series of letters to verify you really want to subscribe.  once you do, click the “Complete Subscription Request” button and your all set.

It is all totally free, as I don’t charge you a dime (nor would I want to).  The only revenue I make from the site is from the Google ads your hopefully not blocking, to pay for the upkeep of the site.

Big thanks to the 7,000+ that are subscribing already and the many more who come in to check out the web site daily.  You ROCK!

You can also follow me and my projects on Twitter @mitchkeeler!

So there is your how to subscribe to Firefox Facts public service announcement.  I now return you to your regularly scheduled Firefox tips, tutorials and more – already in progress.

Make HTML 5 Videos Go Full Screen

Full Screen HTML 5 Videos The talk about Firefox 3.5 supporting the HTML 5 support for playing videos without the need of a player was pretty sweet.  Seeing it in action, now that I have Firefox 3.5 installed is even sweeter.  You know what would put the icing on the cake?  If I could make those videos go to full screen resolutions.

The Full Screen Video add-on for Firefox does that.  Once installed, it adds a “Full Screen” menu option, when you right-click on any HTML5 powered video.  As of right now the only two known issues with this awesome extension are:

  • When switching to full screen, the video will load and play from the start.
  • Full screen is really only implemented on Windows at this point. On other operating systems, it’s merely a maximized window.

Other than that Full Screen Video gives you a simple addition to an already awesome feature of Firefox.  You can pickup this add-on via the Firefox Add-ons web site or check out the official web site for more information on the project.

(Rumor) Flock Says Goodbye to Firefox, Hello to Google Chrome?

Et Tu Flock? Flock, the social media browser, who’s backend is mostly Firefox, might be moving away from Mozilla and over to Google’s Chrome browser.  At least, so says a recent article on Tech Crunch. So why might Flock’s love for Mozilla be wavering? 

As to why Flock is leaving Mozilla: sources say that they’ve become frustrated with Mozilla’s lack of attention to Flock’s needs. One source says Flock felt like the “red headed step child of the Mozilla development community.” Sources are also saying that Flock feels that Google Chrome is far easier to work with than Firefox.

Now let me stress again, this all rumor for now, but if they do make the switch I see Flock going down faster than the Titanic.  For me, their connection with Mozilla is the only thing that really makes them that name-worthy at the moment. Also, if Flock is the red headed step child of the Mozilla development community, wouldn’t they get even more lost within the mammoth beast that is Google? 

It just doesn’t add up for me, so hopefully we will see Flock stick with the Mozilla platform.

Link Tour Through the Firefox Knowledge Base

Firefox Knowledge Base The Firefox Knowledge Base has grown to become a pretty helpful tool when it comes to looking up or reading through documentation on some of Firefox’s features.  However, I bet you have not yet taken a deeper look at this great service provided by the Mozilla team.

As an example, did you know you can browse through all of the articles posted here:

They also provide you with a support forum too, so you can browse through past questions or post your own:

You might also want to register, so that you can help out as a contributor or just gain more access to the tools provided as a user. 

Also, you can’t forget about the awesome live chat available too.

As you can see, there is a lot to love about this support resource.  If you consider yourself a Firefox expert, you could always donate your time and contribute in a number of different ways.  If you are just a regular user, this is a good spot to bookmark just in case Firefox isn’t working right.

Has the Knowledge Base helped you, or is it still missing features you would like to see?

Firefox 2 Support Ending in Mid-December

firefox For those of you who didn’t like Firefox 3, or haven’t gotten around to updating yet – you only have a few more months left.  On the Firefox 2 download page, Mozilla states:

Firefox 2.0.0.x will be maintained with security and stability updates until mid-December, 2008. All users are strongly encouraged to upgrade to Firefox 3.

Out with the old and in with the new!  Just curious, for those who might be lagging behind, why are you still using Firefox 2?  For the Firefox 3 users, what is your favorite feature you think might win them over? 

(news via CyberNet)

Weave 0.2 Ready to Sync You Up!

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Along with a fresh design, Mozilla Labs has also release Weave Prototype 0.2.  What is Weave, you say?  It is Mozilla’s answer to the problem of keeping all your bookmarks, history, passwords and more in sync across multiple computers.

So what is new in this 0.2 version of Weave?

  • Intelligent scheduler for synchronization to improve performance.
  • Expanded set of supported browser settings and metadata, including:  Bookmarks, Browsing History, Cookies, Saved Passwords, Saved Form Data, and Tabs.
  • Support for retrying failed network operations.
  • New server format performs better when there are frequent changes (e.g., for history sync).
  • Significant reworking of the startup experience, including a new Setup Wizard that performs account creation in chrome and allows for customization of settings.
  • Improved error detection and handling.
  • Notification dialog added to the status bar for displaying error, status and asynchronous events with or without required actions, e.g. authentication errors, notification of shares, etc.

Might be worth mentioning that they are still saying this version is for testing purposes only, so if Firefox later on kicks you in the head, points its browsing finger and laughs while your down, you were warned.

Ready to test it out?  Then download Weave 0.2 here!

Here recently, I just switched from Google Browser Sync to Foxmarks.  Once Weave gets all the kinks out though, I’ll probably be switching again because I really like the idea of having everything accessible no matter which PC I might be at.  Check out the Weave 0.2 Release Notes for more information.

Firefox 3′s Color Profile Support

When it comes to tweaking some of the internals of Firefox, your average user won’t care that much – but for the graphic or photography nuts this next ‘bit of news should be exciting.  It seems that the color profile support for Firefox 3 will be better.  Although, the updated and upgraded is not enabled by default (due to resource issues) if you need it – it will be there.

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This image above should give you a good idea of what you can look forward to once it is enabled.  See how Firefox 3′s color representation and Photoshop are just about the same?  I won’t lie, I am not as up on this color profile information as much as other may be so let me direct you to a great article that tackles this subject even deeper. 

One thing that has always irritated me about looking at pictures on the web is that browsers don’t seem to display photographs properly. And by “photographs” I really mean “colors”. I spend a lot of time tweaking pictures in Photoshop, but when I upload them to my Flickr account and look at them in Firefox 2 the colors aren’t the same — they’re more washed out, dull, and lifeless. It’s a subtle thing, but annoying nonetheless.

You can check more out about Firefox 3′s color profile support and what to look forward to on Firefox 3: Color profile support (oh the pretty, pretty colors) (a great article by the way) via dria.org.

End of Days for Firefox 1.5

There is a lot of buzz going around about the Mozilla folks saying that Firefox 1.5 will only be maintained with security and stability updates until April 24, 2007.

firefoxlogo.jpgI say this is good news!

Sure, the people holding out on Firefox 2 are going to be given a kick in the pants to upgrade, but having to support several older versions of a program can’t be easy for such a developing and always changing product like a browser. There are great things going on via the Web these days, and your browser is your portal to it. Don’t you want to use the latest and greatest?

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