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 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 Beta 2 – Tomorrow

By | August 29, 2007 | 1 Comment

Opera Mini 4 Beta 2So here you go, Opera Mini team tomorrow will be releasing Opera Mini 4 Beta 2. Developers promised new features, and as they say, some of them were added by Opera Mini users requests while other ones are completely new. As you know they haven’t just used Opera Mini 3 core, they rewrote it (bugs, bugs, bugs), this Opera Mini 4 Beta 2 also should be much faster as well.

New features? RSS Feeds (not confirmed). I think this one will be added. Why it wasn’t added in the first Opera Mini 4 Beta then? It wasn’t finished.
Opera Mini team also wrote that more than a few Opera Mini 3 features like secure connections and content folding wasn’t added in the first Beta release, but *some* of those features will be in the Beta 2.

One more thing: This is not the last beta. We will have Opera Mini 4 Beta 3 as well. I respect this decision, we want to have stable and finished releases, even if that requires Beta 3 or even Beta 4.

Download Opera Mini 4 Beta 1.

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Firefox 3 Pre-Alpha 8 – New Nightly Build (28 Aug 2007)

By | August 28, 2007 | 0 Comments

FirefoxIt’s been just a few hours since I’ve posted about “Firefox 3 Pre-Alpha 8 – New Nightly Build (27 Aug 2007)”. I have more good news about Firefox 3 Pre-Alpha 8. 28 Aug 2007 build was just released. This nightly build fixes even more bugs than the previous one. Here’s what has been fixed:

  • [Core:Widget: Cocoa]-Aqua menu-style selects supress background, but not foreground [Mac]
  • [Core:Style System (CSS)]-Loading gmail leaks nsCSSValuePair objects [Lin]
  • [Core:Widget: Cocoa]-Listboxes cannot be styled [Mac]
  • [Firefox:Download Manager]-Have the download manager store the referring uri when appropriate (and use it in the front end) [All]
  • [Core:Widget: Cocoa]-ASSERTION: nsMenuX: :AttributeChanged: WRITE SHOW CODE FOR SUBMENU [Mac]
  • [Firefox:Places]-places’ sqlite file can get overly large, do incremental vacuuming [All]
  • [Firefox:Places]-inconsistent use of title / name in bookmarks UI [Win]
  • [Core:Layout: R & A Pos]-Clipped objects are sometimes not fully redrawn after clipping [Win]
  • [Core:GFX]-Full page zoom interacts badly with bfcache [All]
  • [Core:Layout]-Wrong menupopup positioning inside HTML table [Win]
  • [Core:Plug-ins]-nsNPObjWrapper: :GetNewOrUsed() removes PLDHash entries from the wrong table if OOM (JS) [All]
  • [Core:Build Config]-Upgrade Mozilla trunk to NSPR_HEAD_20070820 [All]
  • [Core:SVG]-New style nsSVGEnum [Lin]
  • [Firefox:Preferences]-accesskey duplicates on advanced tab [All]
  • [Core:DOM: Events]-nsDOMPopupBlockedEvent leaks an nsWeakReference [Lin]
  • [Core:JavaScript Engine]-js1_5/Exceptions/ regress-121658.js – Out of memory [All]
  • [Firefox:Places]-js error when I open the view menu in the places organizer (missing the view.sortBy.tags.* string properties) [All]
  • [Firefox:Places]-”view | show columns | name” is not disabled [All]
  • [Core:General]-Excessive memory usage and hang when downloading from [All]
  • [Firefox:Places]-Stop setting the bookmarkFeedURI annotation on livemark children [Mac]
  • [Toolkit:Storage]-crash when I try to VACUUM (StorageUnicodeFunctions: :likeFunction() should handle null aArgv[0] and aArgv[1]) [Win]
  • And just a reminder: This is NOT a final version. It contains bugs, use it on your own risk.


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    Firefox 3 Pre-Alpha 8 – New Nightly Build (27 Aug 2007)

    By | August 28, 2007 | 0 Comments

    Firefox Pre Alpha 8Don’t you just love to install new web browsers builds? Yes, you do. Firefox team yesterday released their new Firefox 3 series build. It’s Firefox 3 Pre-Alpha 8, 20070828 (Trunk). So what does this new build brings? It’s alpha, so basically bug fixes, many of them were fixed. Here’s a full changelog:


  • [Core:General]-Mozilla runs at ~100% cpu usage after connection is interrupted or wakeup from hibernate or standby [Win]
  • [Code:Printing]-”print” prints blank pages (regression) [Lin]
  • [Core:GFX: Thebes]-Font preferences panel selects random fonts in cairo builds [Lin]
  • [Firefox:Tabbed Browser]-Winstripe background tabs polish [Win]
  • [Core:Layout]-Hang or crash when changing text dynamically with bidi and new textframe. [Lin]
  • [Core: Layout: Fonts and Text] -Trunk mac-only topcrash at const [Mac]
  • [Core:GFX: Thebes]-firefox fail to render നെ (U+0D28 U+0D46 – Malayalam NA E) properly in തള്ളിയതിനെ [Win]
  • [Firefox:General]-Split PopupAutoComplete in three: UrlbarAutoComplete, SearchAutoComplete and ContentAutoComplete [All]
  • [Firefox:Extension/Theme Manager]-getItemForID returns an empty nsIUpdateItem if the item doesn’t exist [All]
  • [Core:Layout: Floats]-[FIX]Crash [@ nsFrameConstructorState: :ProcessFrameInsertions] with float, XUL, block-in-inline [All]
  • [Core:Layout]-[FIX]“ASSERTION: assigning special sibling to other than first-in-flow!” with -moz-column, block-in-inline [All]
  • [Core:XP Toolkit/Widgets: Trees]-Crash [@ nsRect::nsRect] with XUL [Mac]
  • [Core:Layout]-[FIX]“ASSERTION: expected the float to be a child of the outer CB” and more with float, block-in-inline [All]
  • Partial Landings/WIPs/Incoming:

  • [Core:Build Config]-Upgrade Mozilla trunk to NSPR_HEAD_20070820 [All]
  • [Core:Location Bar]-Enter key should only go to selected autocomplete item if was used to select item [All]
  • [Firefox:Places]-New starring, bookmarking and tagging UI [All]
  • [Core:GFX: Thebes]-Many fonts and widgets do not display [Lin]
  • Regressions/Annoying/Common bugs:

  • [Core:XPCOM]-Folder does not open anymore for dragged link [All]
  • [Firefox:General]-Multiple login requests for authentification proxies if sessionstore is enabled [Win]
  • [Core:GFX: Thebes]-Increased GDI usage (leading to repainting problems) when viewing sites with lots of images [Win]
  • [Toolkit:Breakpad Integration]-Breakpad doesn’t write minidumps on Windows 2000 (old DbgHelp.dll) [Win]
  • [Firefox:General]-Profile Manager starts then hangs – dialog box not appearing [Vista]
  • [Firefox:General]-Breakpad doesn’t work [Win]
  • [Firefox:Places]-bookmarks menu dnd indicator not visible if I want to drop an item before a separator [Win]
  • [Other Applications:Reporter]-Reporter should move away from SOAP (Reporter fails to send reports on trunk) [All]
  • [Firefox:Menus]-Bookmarks Menu – dropmarker missing [Win]
  • [Core:Plug-ins]-Disable then Enable plugin requires a page refresh to activate [Win]
  • [Firefox:Extension/Theme Manager]-Restart button in Installation tab remains grayed out after an update of multiple extensions [Win]
  • [Firefox:Download Manager]-Downloads no longer remember last download directory – always defaults to Downloads [Win]
  • This is NOT a final build. Use it on your own risk.


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    Web Browsers Finances – Opera Software 2007 Q2 Results

    By | August 27, 2007 | 9 Comments

    OperaGood afternoon everyone. Few months ago I’ve started to monitor web browsers market share growth. Today I am thinking about something new again.

    Oh yes, we all love graphs and various numbers (I love them). So since we are monitoring browsers market share already, what else can we monitor? Finances.

    Opera Software today released their “Second Quarter 2007 Report” which includes some very interesting information. Here are some pictures (had to modify them a bit to make them fit in this blog).

    Opera Software 2007 Q2

    Opera Software 2007 Q2 Results

    As you can see Opera Software managed to increase almost everything (expect stock options costs), from revenues to employees.

    Here are some more interesting information:

    Opera Mini 2007 Q2

    Soon to hit one billion per month. Congratulations to Opera Mini team.

    Opera Software also provided their goals in 2007. Here are they:

    Opera Software 2007 Q2
    Note: This does NOT constitute financial guidance.

    Do you think they can complete all of them?

    The only thing which made me wonder a bit was their “Working with global leaders” page.

    Opera Software 2007 Quarter 2 Results

    Don’t you miss anything?


    I went to their partners page and haven’t found “Yahoo!” there as well. Aren’t they in some kind of partnership? Have they just forgot to add this web giant?

    Second Quarter 2007 Report.

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    Opera 9.5 – More Details Revealed

    By | August 26, 2007 | 3 Comments

    OperaThere was some (one?) complain(s) in the “No Opera 9.5 or Opera Mini 4 Beta 2 or Final Today” post that Opera team haven’t posted anything in THEIR blog. So here you go, they did it on Saturday evening.

    Whole post tells about Opera 9.5 developing, there are still many issues which needs to be fixed before releasing first public build and as Junyor (Tim Altman) said: “We have strict quality standards that have not yet been met”. That explains everything.

    New Features

    Opera always hides most important features which will be available in their next browser release, whether it’s Opera for desktop, Opera for mobile phone or any other one. I really like that. It makes you excite about something what you don’t know and when only a day or two are being left before release, they start to tease you even more. Thank you for that.

    OK, new features/fixes. So not many was revealed, but here are the few:

    An ability to manually update newsfeeds, just press F5 and you are done (I hope they will add some kind of button in the interface too).
    Remember when you’ve clicked View > Encoding menu and it didn’t do anything for messages? Fixed.

    That’s all. Let’s wait.

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    Firefox Campus Edition

    By | August 25, 2007 | 0 Comments

    FirefoxRecently Firefox released their Firefox web browser Campus Edition and as they say:

    Firefox Campus Edition combines the Speed, Security and features of the Firefox browser with Special extras that give you Streamlined access to music, cool sites and useful information.

    Firefox Campus Edition

    With Firefox Campus Edition you can do some cool stuff which includes: music listening while you are surfing (FoxyTunes), facts managing (Zoter) and new sites search/discovering (StumbeUpon).

    What is Firefox Campus Edition?
    Firefox Campus Edition combines the Firefox web browser with special extras that give you streamlined access to music, cool sites and useful research tools. It’s a way to get the most out of the web that’s been created just for students. And it’s free!

    What extras are included?
    FoxyTunes lets you control almost any media player and find lyrics, covers, videos, bios and much more with a click right from your browser.

    StumbleUpon lets you channel surf the Internet to find great websites, videos, photos and more based on your interests.

    Zotero helps you collect, manage, and cite your research sources. It lives right where you do your work – in the web browser itself.

    Download now.

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    By | August 25, 2007 | 2 Comments

    FavBrowser.comNow you’ll probably think: Oh no, one more topic about Why don’t you guys post about web browsers anymore?

    I have some information so would like to share with everyone of you.

    First of all, thanks to everyone who is spreading word, linking to from their sites and just reading this blog. Thank You.

    This week I was playing a bit with the logo but that’s not enough, right? I am thinking about more changes. So here are some of them:

    • New web design. I will try to make it look bit more like a portal. Not really sure when I will finish it. But I don’t want to design this web page just for myself, so if you have any suggestions, please let me know them.
    • More news. From now I will be posting not just about big guys like Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari or Opera.
    • Different posts style. I was just writing about new web browsers releases, included change log and that’s all. I will try to give those posts more “pashion” so every web browser fan would enjoy reading it much more.

    Also some minor changes (added already) like e-mail subscriptions and “Hot Topics”.

    Want anything else? Feel free to offer.

    No Opera 9.5 or Opera Mini 4 Beta 2 or Final Today

    By | August 24, 2007 | 22 Comments

    OperaI was just thinking to write about that and noticed that Junyor from Opera already said: “No weekly of Kestrel today.”.

    There is one reason for that (which now I understand). Opera Mini 4 Beta wasn’t released on Friday as it’s bad day for such releases. So we will get new build on Tuesday or Wednesday (no idea which week) as Opera wants to get as many attention as possible and Friday is not good for that. Don’t expect Opera 9.5 or Opera Mini 4 Beta 2 or Final today.

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    Pingdom Gives Away $120 000 In Free Accounts

    By | August 24, 2007 | 0 Comments

    Mr. Uptime Firefox plug-in is celebrating it’s 1 year anniversary, congratulations. For this reason is giving away $120 000 in free accounts (1000 accounts total worth $120 each) so hurry up if you are interested. For Firefox users only, nice promo.

    Why Pingdom?

    Your website was probably down last month. Email servers, FTP servers, firewalls, and a multitude of other services can also perform poorly or even stop responding entirely.

    The question is, are you aware of it? Do you know when it happens? Do you know for how long? This is where Pingdom comes in.

    We can monitor all aspects of your website and other infrastructure for you and instantly let you know when anything goes wrong. Not only that, Pingdom will also collect a great deal valuable and useful statistics for you.

    Q: Why do I need Mr Uptime?

    A: On a daily basis millions of Internet users encounter websites that don’t work as intended. In most cases you as a user just want to visit a website to get information but can’t because of various kinds of issues. It could be a problem on your end, with the website, or somewhere in between. Mr Uptime will help you by informing you when the website is working correctly for you again.

    Which One Do You Like More?

    By | August 23, 2007 | 8 Comments

    Please take a few seconds and tell me: Which one do you like more? With or without the slogan?

    With: Slogan
    Click to enlarge.

    Without: No Slogan
    Click to enlarge.

    Thank You.