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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ZoneAlarm ForceField Beta Released

By | September 26, 2007 | 0 Comments

ZoneAlarmZoneAlarm Forcefield beta has just been released for Windows XP and Windows Vista. It should be working with Internet Explorer 6-7 and Firefox 1.x-2.x versions. So what is it all about? It can protect you from various “bad things”. And as they say: “Protect yourself by creating a virtual “You” on any PC…”

ForceField lets you connect and communicate the way you already do online, only with a combination of protective measures that makes you impervious. It uses a virtualization engine that shields your computer and personal data from Internet and computer-based threats. It also includes numerous protection layers to combat phishing, spyware and dangerous file downloads.

Isn’t that a good idea?

More details.

It’s a Beta only, still many issues needs to be fixed. However, feel free to try it if you are interested.

Known issues:

  • Virtualized surfing – Creates a “bubble of security” around your browsing session that works two ways: it protects your PC from Web site threats such as drive-by downloads; and protects your browsing session from threats on your PC
  • Seamless use – surf as you always do without any special knowledge required and no interruptions
  • Keylogger jamming – protects your browsing, banking and shopping by disabling keyloggers/screengrabbers that may reside on your PC
  • Anti-spyware scanning during your browsing session to protect you as you bank and shop
  • Phishing and fraudulent Web site warning and protection
  • Dangerous download scanning and protection
  • Private browsing to completely erase your surfing tracks from your PC (not yet in the beta)
  • Svelte proportions – ForceField can be deployed to any PC within about 30 seconds in its Instant ForceField form (not available in current beta), making it convenient for on-the-go use on shared public computers.
  • Full known issues list.

    Learn more.

    Download ForceField 1.0.158 Beta.

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    Netscape Navigator 9 Splash Screen Design Contest Entries

    By | September 24, 2007 | 0 Comments

    Netscape NavigatorNetscape Navigator team are running a Netscape Navigator 9 splash screen design contest for a while. While you can’t submit your entries anymore, you may write a comment in their blog regarding your favorite splash screen design. I would go for #2 myself.

    Click here to see all the entries.

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    Opera 9.50 Alpha, Build 9542 Released

    By | September 21, 2007 | 0 Comments

    Opera 9.5It’s Friday again and we’ve received yet another Opera 9.5 Alpha build from Opera team. So let’s check the changelog and see what they have added and/or fixed.

    Fixed

    [BUG 284852] Wand doesn’t save new passwords; old passwords should work properly.
    [BUG 278770] Gmail does not work on 64-bit.
    [BUG 281679] Bookmarks are not sorted correctly.

    Other Changes

    Scrolling when GMail chat window open causes no more repaint corruption.
    Messages will no longer erroneously be marked as drafts or unread when upgrading mail.
    String.localeCompare now works correctly.
    Getters and setters now work on DOM interface prototypes.
    opera:config settings are correctly stored now.
    Files are now correctly saved with file extensions.
    Lots of SVG fixes.
    Lots of stability fixes.

    UNIX Only

    Several fixes to plugins.
    The operapluginwrapper should not take 100% CPU anymore.
    Scrolling with keyboard is now much smoother.

    Mac Only

    Removed proxy icon (icon in title bar)

    Known Issues

    Won’t run correctly on Windows 95 or 98.
    Won’t work correctly on Mac OS X 10.3.
    OS X version may cause persistent freezes on start-up.
    POP server cleaning has been disabled: When disabling the “Leave messages on server” option, existing messages on the server are not removed.
    [BUG 286384] Yahoo mail is broken.
    [BUG 284849] Yahoo! Mail beta may crash Opera
    [BUG 286186] There are no buttons in the customization dialog.
    [BUG 286345] Search in widgets is broken.
    [BUG 285741] Opera might freeze for a while when opening the feeds menu.
    [BUG 271585] The last directory used is not remembered in the Save As and Open dialogs.
    [BUG 264975] Graphical smilies do not work.
    [BUG 280261] Removing messages from filters does not work.
    [BUG 184894] Native OS X UI elements cannot be used in skins.
    [BUG 213115] Queued mail is sent at the next check, instead of waiting for manual action.
    [BUG 280536] Opera on OS X will sometimes freeze when exiting Preferences.
    [BUG 274352] Upgrading with no mail/RSS accounts causes a mail upgrade that never finishes.

    Time to download now (use it no your own risk).

    Windows
    Windows Classic
    Macintosh
    Unix

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    Firefox 3 Alpha 8 Released

    By | September 20, 2007 | 1 Comment

    Firefox 3 Alpha 8 FinalIt’s finally here. Firefox 3 Alpha 8, and not a “Pre-Alpha” version. This version fixes tons of bugs and introduces some new features, check this changelog for more details:

  • Basic and unpolished UI for starring and tagging pages has been added, as well as a richer Location Bar autocomplete algorithm that matches against page title (see Places UI Plan for more details)
  • Prompt for remembering passwords is no longer a modal dialog
  • Built in malware protection
  • Basic and unpolished UI for indicating richer website identity information has been added
  • Support for web-based protocol handlers, though it doesn’t work in all situations (bug 394483)
  • A new Applications preference panel for configuring handlers for various content types (see bug 377784) has replaced the Download Actions dialog and the Feeds preference panel
  • All Firefox add-ons must now use a secure method for auto-updating (bug 378216 and this guide for more details)
  • Firefox now quits properly (instead of just being killed) when Windows is shut down or restarted (bug 333907)
  • Added support for document.elementFromPoint method (bug 199692)
  • DOMWillOpenModalDialog events are no longer fired by the nsIPrompt implementation (bug 391100)
  • TYPE_PLUGIN has been removed from the Extension Manager code (bug 392140)
  • Check full list of all bugs fixed since Gran Paradiso Alpha 7 here (huge list).
  • Download Firefox 3 Alpha 8 for Windows
    Download Firefox 3 Alpha 8 for Mac OS X
    Download Firefox 3 Alpha 8 for Linux/GTK2

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    Happy 25th Birthday, Emotion :-)

    By | September 19, 2007 | 0 Comments

    That’s right. Happy 25th birthday to an “emotion” :-), thanks to Scott Fahlman for this cool invention :-)

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    Firefox 2.0.0.7 Released

    By | September 19, 2007 | 0 Comments

    Firefox 2.0.0.7While Firefox team is working on Firefox 3 it’s still important to fix various bugs in the Firefox 2 web browser. As a result, Firefox 2.0.0.7 was just released which fixes the following security issue:

    Code execution via QuickTime Media-link files

    Download Firefox 2.0.0.7.

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    Have You Found Your Favorite Skin?

    By | September 18, 2007 | 10 Comments

    Web BrowsersToday I was looking for some cool skins. It took me less than to find great looking skin for Firefox web browser, it’s “Blue Ice“.
    However, I haven’t found any great looking skin for Opera and don’t know why. Am I too picky? Or just used default skin for a very long time? I’ve tried some of the Editor’s picks but… Most of them there very old ones or just didn’t fit “my style”. Would you like to share us your favorite skins for your favorite web browser?

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    Mozilla Launches Internet Mail and Communications Initiative

    By | September 18, 2007 | 0 Comments

    MozillaNot exactly “Web Browsers” related post. Some exciting news today. See Mozilla’s Press Release.

    Mozilla today announced a new initiative to stimulate innovation in Internet mail and communications. Mozilla plans to develop Internet communications software based on the Thunderbird product, code and brand. The new initiative also aims to nurture a robust developer ecosystem in order to drive improvements through open source and community innovation, in the tradition of the Firefox web browser…

    Mozilla will provide US$3 million seed funding to establish this new company.

    From SpreadFirefox

    The goals for the new company are:

  • Take care of Thunderbird users
  • Move Thunderbird forward to provide better, deeper email solutions
  • Create a better user experience for a range of Internet communications — how does / should email work with IM, RSS, VoIP, SMS, site-specific email, etc?
  • Spark the types of community involvement and innovation that we’ve seen around web “browsing” and Firefox.
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    Internet Explorer 8 (IE8) Soon To Come

    By | September 17, 2007 | 0 Comments

    Internet Explorer 8 (IE8)We can expect Internet Explorer 8 (IE8) very first public builds later this year after Windows Vista Service Pack release. There are not many details revealed so far but there should be 2 Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 (IE8) versions. One for Windows XP and another one for Windows Vista with some special security features which won’t be available in Internet Explorer 8 (IE8) for XP.

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    Firefox 3 Pre-Alpha 8 – New Nightly Build (15 Sep 2007)

    By | September 16, 2007 | 1 Comment

    FirefoxYet another great Firefox 3 Pre-Alpha 8 nightly build from Firefox team. Changelog:

    Fixed:

  • #278357 [Core:Embedding: APIs]- [FIX]Add flag to nsI Web Navigation: :LoadURI for the popup behaviour [Lin]
  • #375011 [Core:Widget: Cocoa]- menu separators cannot be unhidden if they are created hidden [Mac]
  • #387646 [Firefox:General]- Endcap cleanup [All]
  • #392511 [Core:DOM]-[FIX] innerHTML getter fails to escape entities in attributes properly (so “innerHTML = innerHTML” has an unexpected side effect) [All]
  • #393503 [Core:DOM]-[FIX] Disabling images doesn’t work for with no type attribute [Lin]
  • #393935 [Core:XPCOM]- Crash [@ nsProxyObject: :LockedFind] [Mac]
  • #394676 [Core:XBL]-XBL constructors fire after window. onload event [All]
  • #394792 [Core:Layout: Form Controls]- [FIX]Only bother updating text input commands for focused text inputs [All]
  • #395150 [Firefox:Password Manager]- fillDoc() shouldn’t trudge through each form if there are no stored logins for site [All]
  • #395402 [Firefox:Tabbed Browser]- Remove theme-specific bindings [All]
  • #395828 [Core:JavaScript Engine]- JS leaks on GMail and Google Calendar [All]
  • #395907 [Core:JavaScript Engine]- eval of function declaration does not change existing variable [All]
  • Partial Landings/WIPs/Incoming:
    None

    Regressions/Annoying/Common bugs:

  • #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]
  • #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]
  • #389131 [Other Applications:Reporter]- Reporter should move away from SOAP (Reporter fails to send reports on trunk) [All]
  • #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 Download Dir is false [Win]
  • #395534 [Firefox:Download Manager]- browser. download. lastDir is ignored when right-clicking and “Save Link As …” when browser. download. useDownloadDir is true. [Win]
  • #395773 [Firefox:Places]- Bookmarks backup suggests invalid file name [All] (OS setting)
  • Download.

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