Monday: August 15, 2011
- Mozilla to do away with version numbers in Firefox with new non-numbered version update.
Google has taught us all that people are too busy to remember version numbers these days. It's better just to keep updating software and have to worry about pesky version number conventions. Mozilla thinks this is a good idea and has decided to adopt this release schedule for future non-version-numbered releases of Firefox. Good for them.
Thursday: August 11, 2011
- Begone memory leaks! Firefox 7 will reportedly use up to fifty percent less memory.
If you leave Firefox running for any length of time its memory footprint seems to keep increasing. This can escalate to the point where it stops responding and there’s nothing to do but restart the browser. Personally, I’ve seen this problem have less of an impact during my daily usage since moving to Firefox 5, but it’s still there. Mozilla knows this problem exists and aims to fix it. By the time we see Firefox 7 available for download it will use as much as 50% less memory than any version that has gone before, as well as having those problematic memory leaks fixed.
Monday: August 1, 2011
- Have a peek at the future look of the Firefox user interface straight from Mozilla.
There are some design concepts you may easily recognize if you happen to already be a Google Chrome user. Also, there seems to be a couple dashes of Safari thrown in there as well for good measure (although anytime you add the Mac traffic lights on a mockup I come to that conclusion). For those interested the developer tools have a brand new look as well, could be quite useful.
Thursday: March 18, 2010
- Want to run Internet Explorer 9 on your Windows XP machine? Tough luck.
Microsoft has decided to give Windows XP users the finger and not allow them to use their latest and greatest web browser until they upgrade their OS over to Vista or Windows 7. Yet another reason why I'll be sticking with Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Safari or any other superior browser. Good work, Microsoft.
Wednesday: December 30, 2009
- Looks like you won't be seeing any further Firefox updates until 2010.
In addition, Firefox 4.0, which had been due in 2010, now is 'aimed at late 2010 or early 2011,' with a beta due in the summer of 2010, according to Mozilla.
Monday: November 30, 2009
- Thirty-three tips for optimizing your beloved copy of Firefox.
Covers a wide array of optimization tricks from blocking Flash to tweaking memory usage (of which I will take a deep look at as Firefox is a giant memory hog on my local machine).
Wednesday: October 28, 2009
- Firefox manages to gain thirty million new users in just eight weeks.
The folks at Mozilla are quite proud of their recent little growth spurt which was measured by tracking the amount of times that Firefox actually phones home to check for software updates (apparently it does this every 24 hours).
Tuesday: October 27, 2009
- A list of eight programs that can make your computer run faster.
A comprehensive post that covers some software you should be using for regular computer maintenance. There is also a list of alternatives to popular software to keep your RAM usage low.
Thursday: October 22, 2009
- Fourteen simple tips for super fast web browswing.
Quick summary: ditch Internet Explorer if you haven't already, learn some keyboard shortcuts, and tabs are your friend. There are other great tips and tricks for the slightly advancded web surfer on source article as well (bookmarklets, killing off extensions, disabling flash, etc).
Wednesday: October 7, 2009
- Thirty-five Mac applications to improve your browsing experience.
A good list of plugins and various programs for your beloved Mac that you may not have previously known about. I'm curious to try some of these out, especially the apps listed under the 'taking a break' section.
Friday: August 28, 2009
- Five features that would be nice to see in a future version of Firefox.
Memory management, memory management, memory management. Did I mention memory management? Also, please fix the whole 'Firefox is already running, but is not responding. To open a new window, you must first close the existing Firefox process, or restart your system.'
Wednesday: August 12, 2009
- Five ways in which to spice up your Firefox sidebar.
Airplane pilots and World of Warcraft players alike understand how valuable it can be to get more information at a glance, and a small amount of tweaking can get your browser’s sidebar working to do just that.
Tuesday: July 28, 2009
- Have a peek at some of the potential interface changes coming to Firefox 4.0.
These are just draft ideas for brainstorming but some of these concepts seem to be awfully familiar.
Wednesday: July 22, 2009
- Latest Firefox update fixes five critical security vulnerabilities.
Upgrade to version 3.5 if you haven't already.
Tuesday: June 30, 2009
- Firefox 3.5 officially released and available for your upgrading pleasure.
According to Mozilla, Firefox 3.5 is more than twice as fast as Firefox 3, and ten times as fast as Firefox 2. It would appear that speed is the name of the game with this update. I like speed, speed is good.