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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Firefox 3 Alpha 7 Released

By | August 4, 2007 | 0 Comments

Yet again, we have a new Firefox 3 version: Firefox 3 Alpha 7.

What’s new in it? There are some great stuff like zoom and that’s not all. Here’s a complete list of changes and fixes:

  • Support for Mac OS X 10.3 (Panther) has been removed. Gecko 1.9 will no longer build or run on Mac OS X 10.3
  • Default visited pages history size 9 to 180 days
  • Full page zoom of images, layout and text
  • Many fixes for context menus, clipboard, and drag services on Mac OS X
  • Reworking of XUL menus and popups
  • document.all now returns a NodeList of elements
  • Several new clipboard events
  • A class of wrappers to mediate access between web pages from different origins
  • Cross site XMLHttpRequest specification implemented
  • A method for opening modal dialogs from content
  • Color profile support
  • Text in canvas

Here’s what I got after trying to run Firefox 3 Alpha 7:

Firefox 3 Alpha 7 Screenshot

Oh well… I will wait for Firefox 3 Milestone 8 then, it will be released in the middle of September.

Release Notes
Download Firefox 3 Alpha 7:
Windows
Mac OS X
Linux

Opera 9.23 Build 8805 Released

By | August 3, 2007 | 2 Comments

Today Opera pleased us with a new weekly verion of Opera 9.2x, althought everyone expected to see Opera 9.5, but updates are good anyway. There wasn’t something like a “changelog” in their post… But this new build contains security and stability fixes.

Windows MSI
Windows Classic
Macintosh
Unix

It’s not a final release, only a weekly, use it on your own risk.

Safari 3.0.3 Beta Released

By | August 2, 2007 | 0 Comments

Not so long time ago they have released Safari 3.0.3 Beta. Actually I think it was on July 31st when I wrote “Where’s Safari 3.0.3 Beta?“. It’s recommended to get this update (if you are using any previous Safari 3 Beta version). Sorry for a delay, but somehow I haven’t noticed this release.

Changelog doesn’t say much, but enough to understand what was done.

Safari 3.0.3 Windows changes:
Latest security updates,
Improved stability.

Safari 3.0.3 Mac OS X changes:
Latest security updates.

Download Safari 3.0.3 Beta.

Internet Explorer (IE) – Most Influential Tech Product

By | August 1, 2007 | 4 Comments

Internet Explorer (IE) was voted as the most infuential tech product.

The most influential technology product of the past 25 years is Microsoft’s oft-derided Web browser, Internet Explorer, according to a survey of IT professionals.

Full Story.

2007 July Browsers Market Share Results

By | August 1, 2007 | 2 Comments

It’s about time. Right, new market share results. See June results here.

Shall we begin?

Internet Explorer market share keeps growing. From 78.84% to 78.98% (0.14% increase). Wonder if it will reach 80% or not.

In the previous month Firefox increased it’s market share by 0.01%. However, this month they have lost a bit of it. From 14.55% to 14.37% (0.18% decrease).

And how’s Safari doing? Very well I guess. In the previous month Safari lost some market share, but with an iPhone and other stuff they managed to increase their market share. From 4.49% to 4.56% (0.07% increase).

Last month Opera managed to reach highest it’s market share ever (0.91%). But this month Opera lost some of it. From 0.91% to 0.89% (0.02% decrease).

Netscape browser keeps losing it’s market share. From 0.78% to 0.75% (0.03% decrease). Last month lost some too.

And yes, Opera Mini continues growing. From 0.21% to 0.24% (0.03% increase).

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

Web Browsers Market Share. July 2007

Air Mozilla, Wednesday, Aug. 1 at 3PM

By | August 1, 2007 | 0 Comments

Get ready. Air Mozilla goes live today again.

This week’s show will feature several guests from the Mozilla community including Bret Reckard with Mozilla recruiting, JT Batson for Firefox Support, and Seth Bindernagel with the Community Empowerment program. We’ll finish off the show with the broadcast of Mitchell Baker’s OCSON presentation.

Who: The Mozilla community, host Asa Dotzler, and special guests Bret Reckard, JT Batson, and Seth Bindernagel.
When: Wednesday, August 1, from 15:00:00 – 16:00:00 PDT (UTC -7.)
Where: View the webcast at air.mozilla.com and participate on IRC, IM, or email.
* IRC: join the discussion on irc.mozilla.org #airmozilla
* IM: instant message your questions to the AIM/YIM/GTalk screenname airmozilla.
* email: send in your questions before and during the show to airmozilla -at- mozilla -dot- com.

Source.

10 Reasons Why Opera 10 (Peregrine) Will Be Special

By | July 31, 2007 | 17 Comments

I know, I know, it’s still long way to go and we even haven’t tried Opera 9.5 yet, but it’s worth to read anyway (I guess).

1. Come on, it’s Opera 10. That already makes it special.
2. New rendering engine.
3. Stunning performance.
4. More stability than ever before (no lies).
5. Increased security.
6. Very user-friendly interface. New skin I guess.
7. More applications that runs outside web browser.
8. Advanced stuff for web developers.
9. No more problems with various web pages. I guess that before Opera 10 first releases, Opera browser will already have like 2% +- market share (maybe more, depends on their strategy), so less web developers will ignore it.
10. Something BIG which makes you excite about it. We know that with every new Opera web browser release, they add something fantastic. That’s probably the best reason why Opera 10 will be so special.

Most of those features are basically announced with every new any web browser release… Oh well… Just my 2 cents… They keep hiding all the greatest information :-) So it’s more like a guess. Keep waiting for Opera 10.

Where’s Safari 3.0.3 Beta?

By | July 31, 2007 | 4 Comments

It’s been a month since last Safari 3 release (3.0.2).

Assuming that it only took less than 2 weeks to release Safari 3.0.2 right after 3.0.1 was released this makes me wonder a bit… I am wondering if Safari developers team are developing it silently or they just wanted to get more attention before iPhone release.

If anyone knows any Safari 3 developers blogs (where they are talking about upcoming releases, but not about released versions), please let me know.

Firefox 2.0.0.6 Released

By | July 31, 2007 | 0 Comments

Finally, some new version of web browser, as I was geting bored.

Firefox 2.0.0.6 fixes the following security issues:

  • Unescaped URIs passed to external programs
  • Privilege escalation through chrome-loaded about:blank windows

Every web browser update is important and I strongly advice you to update your Firefox to the newest one. If you can increase your security level for free, why not to do that?

Download Firefox 2.0.0.6

Eh… So Much Of Those Internet Explorer 8 (IE8) Leaked Features

By | July 30, 2007 | 5 Comments

Eh… When I got information about leaked Internet Explorer 8 (IE8) features, I thought there will be some interesting stuff to read… But I was wrong.

So what are those Internet Explorer 8 “BIG leaked” features? Undo close tab and sessions… Oh come on, it took you 1 year to develop that? Was it hard? We are already using all those “features”.

Dear Microsoft, if you will keep “adding/stealing” those “features”, wouldn’t it be better for you just don’t waste your time, burn Internet Explorer 8 project docs and pretend that they even didn’t existed, cause that is what’s going to happen sooner or later.

They will never change.