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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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 Released

    By | September 19, 2007 | 0 Comments

    Firefox 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 was just released which fixes the following security issue:

    Code execution via QuickTime Media-link files

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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:


  • #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:

    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)
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    Tune Up Your Firefox about:blank Page

    By | September 16, 2007 | 0 Comments

    Isn’t Firefox about:blank page bit boring? Just a white backgrund and nothing else. Have you ever wanted to make it look different? Guess what. You can do that now with Firefox Stylish add-on.

    Some cool looking about:blank pages

    Firefox about:blank

    Firefox about:blank dark

    I had some problems after installing “about:blank – FF blurry” style. It messed up all my other styles. Maybe that’s just me, but don’t say that I haven’t warned you. Use it on your own risk.

    You can find many about:blank pages styles here or even create your own one.

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    Opera 9.5 Post-Alpha Released

    By | September 14, 2007 | 0 Comments

    Opera 9.5It’s been 10 days since the very first Opera 9.5 Alpha release. Today Opera team released Opera 9.5 Post-Alpha version. This build includes lots of bug fixes as well as some minor new things, for example: X button on notifiers. Regardless bug fixes there are still some known issues:

  • Wand doesn’t save anymore
  • Yahoo mail beta might crash Opera
  • Some UNIX packages are missing
  • Opera 9.5 won’t work on Windows 98/95
  • Changelog

  • [272376] Cursor in source viewer positioned at the end
  • [277681] Some order lists are displayed as unordered lists
  • [279302] Line wrapping does not work correctly in some cases, causing overly long lines of text and horizontal scrollbars; often seen at Wikipedia
  • [280678] Files are often saved with the incorrect file extension
  • [281550] Setting an external source viewer does not work
  • [267842] View bar is available in the customization dialog again
  • [274676] Original text color (inside tables) not reverted when closing content blocker dialog
  • [267859] Numbers (and borders) not shown in configured speed dial entries
  • [273030] Text squished/mashed together after removing thumbnail
  • [273822] Link focused by inline find cannot be activated (Enter doesn’t work after spatnav)
  • [281879] Show cached images randomly breaks
  • [282003] Lots of unread messages and drafts after upgrade
  • APNG 1.0 support added. Will work as animated gifs on webpages and skins
  • Select custom application when downloading files
  • Add multithreading to mail for improved performanced
  • Added x button on notifiers
  • Fixed IE bookmark folder import
  • General stability fixes
  • Tons of layout/js fixes
  • Windows specific changes

  • Greatly improved performance with alpha transparency (animations, scrolling)
  • Mac specific changes

  • Further tweaking of tabs in native skin
  • Removed page loading spinner from Address bar
  • Rounded edges on many dialog Title bars
  • Fixed application window focus/activation problems
  • Fixed problems with Flash problems with wmode=opaque and CSS hover
  • Prevent some start-up freezes
  • Pulsing progress bar
  • As you know it’s not a final Opera 9.5 release, use it on your own risk.

    Windows Classic

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    Firefox 3 Pre-Alpha 8 – New Nightly Build (13 Sep 2007)

    By | September 14, 2007 | 0 Comments

    FirefoxYet another nightly build from Firefox team. It’s Firefox 3 Pre-Alpha 8, 13 Sep 2007, this version includes only one bug fix (according to changelog) which is:

  • #395862 [Firefox:General]-Help > About broken in trunk [All]
  • Partial Landings/WIPs/Incoming:

  • #395066 [Firefox:Places]-Hang when trying to clear browsing history [All]
  • Everything else seems to be the same since the previous nightly build.