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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.

    Weave 0.2 Ready to Sync You Up!

    weave-logo

    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 Add-ons Updates with Theme Browser

    The Mozilla Add-ons site has finally given us the theme update we have been looking for.  With the re-launch of the Firefox Add-ons site some were disappointed that themes went to the back burner.  Well now they have a snazzy new interface to be browsed through:

    themebrowser

    Another new addition to the Firefox Add-ons site is the “Advanced” search tool that will let you pick out and search through the themes and extensions. 

    advsearch

    To learn more about the “behind the scenes” work done with this round of updates, be sure to check out Basil’s Bodacious Blog, then remind him I never did get that interview with him…  :D

    Post Delay, Back Online!

    Big Storm 08

    Just wanted to explain my lack of posting since last week.  We had a lot of bad storms down here, and in my neck of the woods – we just got power turned back on last night.  I had to spend 3 days without my favorite browser. *sniffle* All is good now though, so the Firefox Facts should be coming back to you as soon as possible!  Thanks for your understanding!

    ScribeFire – Any Blogger’s Right Hand Man

    Digging through my archived posts I knew I had written something about ScribeFire before, but could not find it. How could I overlook one of the best blogging tools for Firefox? ScribeFire, which used to be known as Performancing for Firefox) is the hands down best blog editor that turns Firefox into a publishing machine.

    scribefire-blog-tool

    To get started, all you need to do is download the addon from the Mozilla web site, restart Firefox and then launch ScribeFire by clicking on the orange task bar icon or right clicking on any web site and selecting “blog this page” from the ScribeFire menu item.

    For the best blog updater I often recommend people uses Windows Live Writer. If it isn’t your cup of tea though my number two choice would definitely be ScribeFire.

    Your Addons Ready for Firefox 3?

    How many of the extensions you use are ready for Firefox 3? Sure it has not been released just yet but now is the time to get the work done early to make sure that when Firefox 3 is released your favorite addons will work. I know of several great extension authors who have already made the leap and others are in the progress of doing so.

    Are you worried that your extensions you use won’t work when Firefox 3 goes into it’s final release? Will it stop you from going to Firefox 3 if all your favorite addons are not working?

    Voting Closed – Here Are the Results!

    Update to Firefox 3 Poll?

    Sound off and let me know what you think.

    Best Screen Grabs Come From FireShot

    I’m back to using FireShot. This extension that allows you to take screenshots of what is inside your browser window enticed me to no end when it first came out – but with it’s lack of features I had to let it go. Here is a little more about the extension just in case you missed it the first time around…

    What is FireShot and Why Do I Need It?

    FireShot is a Firefox extension that creates screenshots of web pages. Unlike other extensions, this plugin provides a set of editing and annotation tools, which let users quickly modify captures and insert text and graphical annotations. Such functionality will be especially useful for web designers, testers and content reviewers.

    FireShot in Action

    Some of these newest features include:

    • Screenshot can be uploaded to server for resizing, commenting and blogging.
    • Added Undo/Redo feature
    • Added “Resume editing” option
    • Line width can be specified
    • Improved page extents detection mechanism (now supports GMail, E-Bay and other frame-based sites)
    • Improved memory management routines and error handling messages.
    • Added MS Outlook support
    • Working folder can be set up and periodically erased.

    As you can see there is even more to love here. More now than ever before! Give the FireShot extension another shot. It is the perfect compainion for anybody who works with screen grabs a lot.

    Personas Updates, News and Customization Tips

    Watching the Mozilla Labs discussion on Personas is really exciting. It looks like they have more than a handful of great designers and there are so many different ways this Mozilla project could go in development.

    If your interested in getting involved, here are a few links to get you started:

    You can also browse through some of the designs people have submitted too. In a future version it has been said that you’ll be able to flick a switch for an advanced setting to allow you to install your own designs but till then here is the work-around they published:

    1) In the URL bar of your browser type “about:config” and hit enter.
    2) Search for “extensions.personas.editor” by typing it into the Filter box that appears at the top of the page.
    3) Double click on the line for “extensions.personas.editor”.
    4) In the dialog box that appears prompting you to enter a string value, enter “manual” and click on OK.
    5) You should now be in manual mode.
    6) Click on the little Fox mask icon in the lower-left corner of your browser, and you should see a “Use Local Header…” option.
    7) Click on the “Use Local Header…” option, and it should open up a file selector. Select the header file for your design.
    8) You should now see your design in your browser.

    As you can see it is not for the weak of heart, so if messing around in about:config gives you the willies, better wait for the update to the extension. All in all though, Personas seems to be moving along beautifully and I can’t wait to see how this project turns out in the long run.

    Security Update for Firefox 1.5

    If you have not upgraded to Firefox 2 yet, then there is a security alert that you should pay attention to. Here is the inside information.

    As part of Mozilla Corporation’s ongoing stability and security update process, Firefox 1.5.0.8 is now available for Windows, Mac, and Linux for free download from mozilla.com (http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/all-older.html). We strongly recommend that all Firefox 1.5.x users upgrade to this latest release. This update is available immediately in 37 languages including German, French, Spanish, Japanese, Simplified and Traditional Chinese, Korean, and more.

    Note: Firefox 1.5.0.x will be maintained with security and stability updates until April 24, 2007. All users are strongly encouraged to upgrade to Firefox 2 (http://www.getfirefox.com).

    + Learn More About This Security Update!

    Ping Lots of Blogging Services

    When you do as much Online writing as I do, or if you find yourself with one or more blog to have to take care of, you want to make sure everybody knows when you updated last. Now, sure an RSS feed plays a big part in this. Another big part is when you ping back some of these other blogging engines out there. One good tool to hit a lot of them is the Submit’em Now Firefox extension.

    + Learn More About Submit’em Now!