Author Archive: Vygantas

Vygantas is a former web designer whose projects are used by companies such as AMD, NVIDIA and departed Westood Studios. Being passionate about software, Vygantas began his journalism career back in 2007 when he founded FavBrowser.com. Having said that, he is also an adrenaline junkie who enjoys good books, fitness activities and Forex trading.

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Opera Mini 4 Final Released

By | November 7, 2007 | 14 Comments

Opera Mini 4 FinalSeems that Opera Mini 4 Final was just released. Isn’t it too early to release the final version of it? You may check it yourself by downloading it. That’s what I am trying to do now (107 KB), it’s been the 5th time and I still do get “Error: Connection to server lost” while downloading.

Anyway, Opera Mini 4 introduces lots of new features (Opera Link, Mouse Cursor, Start Points and more) which give you everything or at least most of the things which you would like to have in the mobile web browser.

Opera Mini Features
Download Opera Mini 4
Opera Mini Live Demo

I’ve missed “Opera Mini vs. iPhone” video in the home page, where is it?

UPDATE: Peter Bortas from Opera contacted me regarding downloading issue, and told that they have fixed some problems and it should be working fine now.

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2007 October Browsers Market Share Results

By | November 5, 2007 | 1 Comment

2007 October Browsers Market Share ResultsNew month and new market share results. You may check September results here.

Let’s begin with Internet Explorer. This month it slightly gained 0.01% of the market share and reached 77.87% from 77.86%.

Firefox lost some market share this month and felt from 14.88% to 14.85% (0.03% decrease).

Not so good month for Safari as well. As Firefox, it lost some market share too, from 5.07% to 5.05% (0.02% decrease).

During the previous 4 months, Opera was losing market share all the time. However, this time they have nicely increased it, from 0.87% to 0.99% (0.12% increase).

Netscape had a huge drop in October, its market share felt from 0.72% to 0.64% (0.08% decrease).

Opera Mini market share gets stronger with every month, this time it increased it from 0.39% to 0.41% (0.02% increase).

Here’s a graph of current browsers market share. Thanks to HitsLink.

Market Share 2007 October

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Flock 1.0 Released

By | November 5, 2007 | 0 Comments

Flock 1.0So what is Flock is? Flock is a social web browser (that’s how Flock developers call it) which is based on Mozilla’s Firefox platform. I’ve just installed it and it looks fascinating. I even don’t use most of those integrated services (expect Youtube, Flickr and del.icio.us) but this interface is so well balanced and looks astonishing. Latest Flock release (1.0) includes all the security fixes from Mozilla Firefox 2.0.0.8. What else is new in Flock 1.0?

Flock 1.0 Screenshots
Click on the Picture to Enlarge.

Changelog:

  • Flock 1.0 has added a “People” sidebar to support new service integration with Facebook and Twitter.
  • Flickr and Youtube have been promoted to “People” services.
  • Several performance and stability enhancements have been implemented and several memory leaks have been fixed.
  • Added People services for Facebook and Twitter
  • However, there are still so many known issues which have to be fixed.

  • Several Firefox extensions including FireFTP and Chatzilla are known to be incompatible with Flock’s toolbar causing icons to be misplaced or missing.
  • Your Windows account must have administrator priviliges to install Flock. This restriction will be removed in an upcoming Flock release.
  • Flock has been tested for users with up to two thousand friends. Beyond a thousand friends, unforeseen challenges may exist. Closing the People sidebar may return your surfing speed to normal. If you are incredibly popular with more than 2000 friends, we would love to hear about how the People sidebar is working for you. Please send your feedback to popularitycontest at flock.com.
  • Facebook friends will occasionally not show up in the people sidebar. To fix this problem, open the Accounts and Services sidebar (click on the key symbol) and find your facebook account in the topmost field. Click on “Forget Account.” Then log back into facebook, and your friends should appear in the people sidebar.
  • When uploading to Facebook, if no album is specified, the photo will be uploaded to a default album for the application, which will be created if necessary. Regular albums have a size limit of 60 photos. Default application albums have a size limit of 1000 photos.
  • Clearing your Twitter status causes an alert to show up indicating “An Error Updating Your Status”. Twitter does not allow an empty status message.
  • Flock is unable to upload files with the “.jpeg” extension to Piczo.
  • Accessing own private Photobucket photos when not logged in to Photobucket does not bring you to the Photobucket login page.
  • If for some reason the upload process fails, perhaps a network connection issue, tags and descriptions associated with the photos will be lost.
  • When using Hotmail in plain text, dragging a picture from the media bar the email recipient will receive blank content.
  • Some valid Flickr accounts are not discoverable through the media search bar.
  • Flock will not auto discover your account when logging into Ma.gnolia using your Facebook account ID.
  • If your computer’s clock is too slow or fast, you may experience errors when publishing your favorites to Del.icio.us or Ma.gnolia.
  • Drag’n Dropping a local favorites folder onto your Online favorites does not work correctly. A folder with no name is created that includes a blank favorite.
  • When customizing the blog editor toolbar, the customize window has duplicate icons.
  • Replacing a Blogsome blog entry does not work correctly.
  • Replacing a self-hosted WordPress blog entry does not work correctly.
  • Craigslist searches will not show up in the search flyout when searching from the browser’s search box.
  • Web clipboard content don’t always migrate when updating Flock from 0.9 to 1.0.
  • Photos dragged to the uploader but not yet uploaded will not migrate when updating Flock.
  • When importing IE settings and starting Flock for the first time, if two or more sites are set as home pages, Flock will only import one of those page.
  • Firefox live bookmarks not always handled properly during import.
  • Firefox bookmarks are not being indexed when imported. The Flock star will not highlight when one of these pages are visited nor will it show up in search from the search bar.
  • Download Flock 1.0.

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    Firefox 3 Pre-Milestone 9 (Alpha 9?) 2007 11 05 Released

    By | November 5, 2007 | 0 Comments

    Firefox 3 Pre Milestone 9 (Alpha 9)One more Firefox 3 Alpha nightly build for you from Firefox team. Firefox 3 Pre Milestone 9, 2007 11 05.

    Fixed:

  • #332748 [Firefox:Places]- Figure out how much history we can show by default (browser. history_ expire_days now set to 180 days) [All]
  • #402379 [Core:XPConnect]- Crash with Venkman profiling [@ JS_IsSystemObject] [All]
  • #402404 [Core:DOM]- Cycle collector crash on shutdown with setUserData [All]
  • Partial Landings/WIPs/Incoming:

  • #402422 [Core:XSLT]- XPathResult crashes when holding nodeset and accessing stringValue/ numberValue/ booleanValue [@ nsXPathResult: :GetStringValue] [All]
  • #381795 [Firefox:Places]- places indexes need review [All]
  • #401949 [Firefox:General]- Bug 395248 caused a Txul regression on Linux [Lin]
  • Regressions/Annoying/Common bugs:

  • #333965 [Firefox:Places]- Places’ search feature hangs [Win]
  • #337761 [Core:XPCOM]- Folder does not open anymore for dragged link [All]
  • #339804 [Firefox:General]- Multiple login requests for authentification proxies if sessionstore is enabled [Win]
  • #385245 [Firefox:Places]- history sidebar very slow (way slower than fx2) [All]
  • #386343 [Firefox:General]- Breakpad doesn’t work [Win]
  • #388209 [Firefox:Places]- bookmarks menu dnd indicator not visible if I want to drop an item before a separator [Win]
  • #394079 [Firefox:Location Bar and Autocomplete]- Location bar autocomplete hangs after first character is typed; regardless of speed of character input [Win]
  • #394910 [Firefox:Download Manager]- The download always goes to browser.download.lastDir when browser. download.use DownloadDir is false [Win]
  • #398085 [Core:JavaScript Engine]-Crash on Load [@ js_Interpret] [All]
  • #400075 [Core:ImageLib]- long delays painting the app when it’s brought to the foreground. [Win]
  • #401075 [Firefox:Places]- livebookmark folder favicon is replaced by default folder favicon [Win]
  • Download now.

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    Opera 9.5, One More Beta

    By | November 4, 2007 | 0 Comments

    Opera 9.5 BetaOne more Opera 9.5 “Beta” (not Beta 2) release from Opera’s Desktop team. I suggest that you should use this build only for testing; it still contains lots of bugs and known issues as well.

    Changelog

  • Find in page now continues search from the location of the last mouse click
  • Fixed a freeze when syncronizing Opera
  • Fixed skandiabanken.no certificate installation
  • Fixed crash when reindexing mail
  • Removing mail from filters now works again
  • Removed support for www.w3.org /TR/REC-html40 namespace
  • Confirm exit while logged in to link now works
  • Fixed an issue with link synchronizing
  • Fixed nickname handling in addressbar
  • Setting cache to off really means nothing is written to disk. (PS: View source doesn’t work without disk cache… )
  • UNIX specific

  • Plugins sometimes don’t work properly
  • FreeBSD 7 builds
  • Added a lot of applications in the Suggests line in deb packages
  • The command line switch -notrayicon is now respected again
  • Mac specific

  • This build will use the same settings as 9.50 Beta
  • Known Issues

  • Gmail compose window is just 1px tall
  • *NIX builds crash when connecting to IRC
  • Download Opera 9.5 for Windows (Build 9624)
    Download Opera 9.5 for Windows (Classic Installer) (Build 9624)
    Download Opera 9.5 for Macintosh (Build 4517)
    Download Opera 9.5 for UNIX (Build 1652)

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    Firefox 2.0.0.9 Released

    By | November 4, 2007 | 1 Comment

    Firefox 2.0.0.9Not so long time ago Firefox 2.0.0.8 was released with lots of fixes, however, after 2.0.0.8 there were few new issues which had to be fixed, and Firefox 2.0.0.9 did that. Here’s the changelog for it.

  • Bug 400406 – Firefox will ignore the “clear” CSS property when used beneath a box that is using the “float” property. There is a temporary workaround JS/CSS code available for web developers with affected layouts.
  • Bug 400467 – Windows Vista users will get “Java not found” or “Java not working” errors when trying to load Java applets after updating. To fix this, users can right-click the Firefox icon and “Run as administrator”, then browse to a page with a Java applet — doing this once will fix the problem and permanently restore Java functionality.
  • Bug 396695 – Add-ons are disabled after updating. Users can fix this problem by opening their profile folder and removing three files (extensions.rdf, extensions.ini and extensions.cache)
  • Bug 400421 – Removing a single area element from an image map will cause the entire map to disappear. There is no workaround available at this time.
  • Bug 400735 – Some Windows users may experience crashes at startup. There is no workaround available at this time.
  • Download Firefox 2.0.0.9.

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    Netscape Navigator 9.0.0.3 Released

    By | November 4, 2007 | 0 Comments

    Netscape Navigator 9.0.0.3Both, Netscape Navigator 9.0.0.2 and after bit more than a day, 9.0.0.3 came out. Version 9.0.0.2 changes:

    Issued fix to point Netscape search to updated search engine.
    Removed “Report Bug” button

    Netscape Navigator 9.0.0.3 includes security fixes which were originally fixed in Firefox 2.0.0.9.

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    IE7 Pro 1.2 Released

    By | October 31, 2007 | 0 Comments

    IE7 Pro 1.2IE7 Pro is a great add-on for IE7. And if you are using Internet Explorer 7, I have some news. IE7 Pro 1.2 was just released and here’s the changelog:

    Ad Blocker:
    Rules Counter added.
    Table filter added.
    Support for “Contains” match.
    Table filter as a separate section in the Ad Blocker rules added.
    Default Ad Blocker rules updated.

    IE7Pro Menu and Preference Window:
    Shortcut for “Clear Privacy” feature added.
    Uninstall Plugins from the Preference Window now.
    Check for updates Manually now.

    Autoform ignore parameters now.
    Support for “View Selected Source Code”.

    Download IE7 Pro 1.2.

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    Opera Renews Its Deal With Google

    By | October 31, 2007 | 0 Comments

    Opera, Google DealGoogle is default search engine integrated to the Opera desktop browser and will stay there for at least 2 years (that’s then this deal expires) or more.

    That means profit for both, Google and Opera.

    Google pays ~80% (77% in Q3) of each click value to its publishers. Not really sure about Opera, but that should be more than 80% I guess.

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    Firefox 3 Pre-Milestone 9 (Alpha 9?) 2007 10 26 Released

    By | October 26, 2007 | 0 Comments

    Firefox 3 Alpha 9Everyone is polishing their web browser and Firefox team is not an exception. They have just finished new Firefox 3 nightly build. Please not that this is not a final version, use it on your own risk. Changelog? Here it is.

    Fixed:

  • #362549 [Core:GFX: Thebes]-[Mac][Cairo] Tab content bleeds into loading tabs [Mac]
  • #382358 [Firefox:Places]-move places properties back into localizable location before betas [All]
  • #384112 [Core:Widget: Gtk]–moz-appearance: menulist-button broken in GTK [Lin]
  • #389628 [Firefox:General]-Implement UI for full page zoom [All]
  • #399128 [Core:Disability Access APIs]-Events (still) missing for collapsed XUL combo boxes. [Lin]
  • #395144 [Firefox:Download Manager]-Figure out what to do when we are supposed to open an application with download resume [All]
  • #397266 [Core:Disability Access APIs]-Crash on multitab dialog pages when JAWS is running. [Win]
  • #397293 [Core:XP Toolkit/Widgets: XUL]-Crash [@ CGBitmapContextCreateImage] with xul, opacity [Mac]
  • #398886 [Firefox:Password Manager]-resetting a master password does not clear existing password manager logins [Win]
  • #399815 [Firefox:Download Manager]-Store autoResume in moz_downloads table to indicate if a download should auto-resume [All]
  • #399858 [Core:Disability Access APIs]-Crash [@ no stack] with label, input type=image [All]
  • #400025 [Core:SVG]-SVG stroke on text is rendered on… something else [Win]
  • #400619 [Core:Plug-ins]-NPRuntime-based plugins can’t query DOM immediately after NPP_SetWindow [Win]
  • #400751 [Firefox:Password Manager]-Migrating from an existing SeaMonkey installation causes errors in password manager due to old style encyption [Lin]
  • #400809 [Firefox:Location Bar and Autocomplete]-remove unneeded/unused parts from the urlbar binding [All]
  • #400892 [Firefox:Password Manager]-Saving form passwords broken when info bars are not available. [Lin]
  • #400759 [Core:Security: PSM]-PSM should build with NSS size optimization [All]
  • Partial Landings/WIPs/Incoming:

  • #321402 [Core:Layout: Block and Inline]-bug 320502 caused text/inlines inside XUL boxes (often -moz-inline-box) to disappear (Folder view does not display header info in Domino Web Mail (inotes)) [All]
  • #389366 [Core:Layout: Canvas]-Canvas’s .getImageData is returning premultiplied alpha pixels [All]
  • #396695 [Firefox:Extension/Theme Manager]-add-ons go into “needs to restart” loop commonly after a firefox update [Win]
  • #399476 [Firefox:Places]-bug #387996 caused Txul and Ts regressions [All]
  • #399706 [Core:Security: PSM]-glibc detected: free(): invalid pointer attempting to select cert [Lin]
  • #399838 [Firefox:Download Manager]-Automatically init (not open) the download manager when starting the app [All]
  • Regressions/Annoying/Common bugs:

  • #333965 [Firefox:Places]-Places’ search feature hangs [Win]
  • #337761 [Core:XPCOM]-Folder does not open anymore for dragged link [All]
  • #339804 [Firefox:General]-Multiple login requests for authentification proxies if sessionstore is enabled [Win]
  • #385245 [Firefox:Places]-history sidebar very slow (way slower than fx2) [All]
  • #386343 [Firefox:General]-Breakpad doesn’t work [Win]
  • #388209 [Firefox:Places]-bookmarks menu dnd indicator not visible if I want to drop an item before a separator [Win]
  • #394079 [Firefox:Location Bar and Autocomplete]-Location bar autocomplete hangs after first character is typed; regardless of speed of character input [Win]
  • #394910 [Firefox:Download Manager]-The download always goes to browser.download.lastDir when browser. download. use DownloadDir is false [Win]
  • #398085 [Core:JavaScript Engine]-Crash on Load [@ js_Interpret] [All]
  • #400075 [Core:ImageLib]-long delays painting the app when it’s brought to the foreground. [Win]
  • Download.

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