Category: Firefox

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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    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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    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.

    Why Firefox Is Blocked?

    By | August 21, 2007 | 2 Comments

    It’s all about ads blocker…

    You’ve reached this page because the site you were trying to visit now blocks the FireFox browser.

    And here’s why:

    Software that blocks all advertisement is an infringement of the rights of web site owners and developers. Numerous web sites exist in order to provide quality content in exchange for displaying ads. Accessing the content while blocking the ads, therefore would be no less than stealing. Millions of hard working people are being robbed of their time and effort by this type of software.

    This is interesting but it won’t change anything.

    P.S. Not only Firefox can block ads. Will it block those too?

    Web Browsers Flame War. Wanna Join?

    By | August 19, 2007 | 2 Comments

    Just kidding, don’t do that.

    There’s an interesting thread (Have Firefox pre-installed as default browser) posted.

    I haven’t read it all, just 1 out of 50 comments or so and found that it’s just another flame war (or will be the one soon).

    There’s even a comment from Daniel Goldman (Opera Software).

    I’m sure we (I work for Opera Software) could work some revenue sharing plan with Dell. Part of our revenue from the desktop browser comes from Google.

    Any other companies wanna join too and try to get their stake from Dell? Everyone is just talking about how good or bad their favorite browser is.

    One more interesting comment by sazar

    There are other options besides Firefox, why promote one over the others? This will simply create a browser monopoly of sorts with Firefox. IE comes bundled with the OS and allows people to get online for the first time, this shouldn’t be a handicap. If the user is savvy enough, they will be able to download the browser by themselves.

    I agree.

    Internet Explorer (IE) vs. Safari vs. Firefox vs. Opera

    By | August 14, 2007 | 74 Comments

    It’s about time for another article. I really like unusual things to do, so will try something different this time too. You probably read dozens of articles with the similar name. Yes, it’s “Internet Explorer (IE) vs. Safari vs. Firefox vs. Opera”. However, I am not interested in web browsers features, speed at this moment. No, I will compare those web browsers web pages design. That’s right, enough of those regular “Internet Explorer (IE) vs. Safari vs. Firefox vs. Opera” articles. It’s time to try something new.

    “Internet Explorer (IE) vs. Safari vs. Firefox vs. Opera” – Web Design Battle
    I will analyze every web browser main web page and see how does it looks, what is good or bad, see if it renders correctly in every web browser (using, etc.

    Before starting to review web design itself, let’s see how well it’s coded. We will use – This page is not Valid (no Doctype found)! Failed validation, 209 Errors
    Ouch. – This Page Is Valid XHTML 1.0 Strict!
    Good coding. No errors. – This page is not Valid HTML 4.01 Transitional! Failed validation, 3 Errors

    Haven’t passed this test, but only 3 errors were found. Not bad. – This Page Is Valid XHTML 1.0 Strict!

    Good coding. No errors.

    Now we will use to see if web pages are being rendered correctly in any web browser.

    Internet Explorer – didn’t rendered correctly in a few web browsers.
    Firefox – renders correctly in any web browser.
    Safari – didn’t rendered correctly in a few web browsers.
    Opera – renders correctly in any web browser.

    Please note: rendering tests maybe be not accurate due rendering software.

    OK, we’ve passed some regular tests, let’s review start pages web design now.

    Firefox Design
    Click to Enlarge.

    When you open web page for the first time, it gives you a very nice impression. Colors are very well organized; whole interface is not messed up with no need stuff. In the left there is very catchy “Download Firefox – Free” text/button so everyone will understand that this web browser is free. That’s a very good thing. Right after the text there is a version number, another great thing, helps you to know about the latest version and “Release Notes” tells you what’s new there.
    Right after that, Firefox team presents some cool features, for example: “active protection”, “thousand useful add-ons”, etc. Although I think they should remove blue background from those red “check” markups, let’s go the right side now. We see awards, yet another great thing which can attract more potential users. In the footer I’ve also found a language selector, another plus. Now one more thing I didn’t like was their links system. “Download Firefox – Free” link is underlined which tells you that it’s a link, while links with text like “Enjoy a Better Web Experience” are more like promotional words than links, they are not underlined so you can’t say it’s a link (unless you mouse over on it). In the “Special Editions” corner there’s another different kind of link. This time when you mouse over, text become underlined. So there is like 3 different styles of linking which can confuse not experienced web surfers a bit.


    • Catchy download button.
    • Includes “FREE” in the start page.
    • Version number included.
    • Release notes.
    • No validation errors.
    • Site renders correctly in any web browser.
    • Reasons to try Firefox.
    • Possible to change language.


    • Links system might be confusing to new web users.

    Internet Explorer

    Internet Explorer Design
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    Although Internet Explorer start page contains so many errors, it does look nice. Actually, for me Internet Explorer page is more beautiful than any other web browser. It contains nice glassy buttons, some effects and well chosen colors. In a few words I would call it “Vista style”. Right after navigation there are some new features listed, for example: New Look, Tabs, Printing, etc. which gives you a nice impression of what you can expect from Internet Explorer browser. You can’t instantly find “download” button as it’s not really separated from whole content, that’s a bad thing. Links (in the picture) also needs some improvements, “download”, “take a tour” and “watch video” are same size, color, but only two of them are links. Yes, there is a small “arrow” which should tell you something, but I think that “watch video” shouldn’t look same as links because it’s not a link and it’s not a good idea to confuse site visitors. Right after promotional picture you can find a list of new features and reasons to try this browser. One more thing which I didn’t like was advertising in the right corner, that’s not professional.


    • Good looking site.
    • New features listed.
    • Reasons to try Internet Explorer 7.


    • Lots of validation errors.
    • Doesn’t renders well in all web browsers.
    • Links system might be confusing to new web users.
    • Advertising in the right corner.


    Safari Design
    Click to Enlarge.

    Right after I’ve opened this page, thought: grey… Grey color is dominating there, from top navigation to background. For me grey color is more like a depression color so I really don’t like Safari start page color scheme. However, not everything is bad here. Big screenshot instantly allows you to see how does Safari look and it’s pretty easy to notice “Download Beta Now” button too, although it’s not so catchy as Firefox one. If they could add a full version number, that would be great. Right after button you can find word “FREE”. Another great thing; before downloading users should know, whether this browser is free or not. What we see next is the top 12 reasons to try Safari, yet one more plus. I kind a like their way of showing those 12 reasons with some fading. Looks nice and doesn’t require new page loading. First reason is “Blazing Performance”, and here you go, we see performance graph. Of course, Safari is the winner there. Yes, that’s another big plus to Safari web design. This trick helps to convince users and try Safari 3 Beta.


    • Reasons to try Safari.
    • Includes “FREE” in the start page.
    • Safari screenshot in the start page.
    • Performance graphs.
    • No new page loading required when viewing 12 reasons to try Safari.


    • 3 validation errors.
    • Grey (depressing color) dominates there.


    Opera Design
    Click to Enlarge.

    OK, no offense, but for me this new design is the worst one. I used to like their previous tries, for example this one:

    Opera Old Design

    Not a perfect design (After Opera 9.2 it used to look even better), but much better than the current one. In the top I see old style grey buttons, not a good thing, it needs upgrade. After old navigation there’s a big picture, no idea why but it contains stuff and no browser screenshot, bad idea I would say. After that strange picture we see promotional text which says “The coolest, fastest, and most secure Web browser available”. Although that’s not a bad thing, but they should include some reasons why it’s so cool or so. In the right side we see green “Download” button. This button should include “FREE”, this is a MUST for Opera, click here to see why and that’s almost all, after download button we can find other “Opera Software” products promotions.


    • No validation errors.
    • Site renders correctly in any web browser.


    • Old style navigation.
    • No “reasons to try”.
    • Only a few words of text.
    • Where’s “FREE”?


    If there would be a beauty contest, Internet Explorer start page would win, but it’s not all about beauty. Web design should render correctly in any web browser, contain most important information in the start page, have nice user friendly interface, etc. So… And the winner is… Firefox. It had no validation errors, nice interface, most important information listed, well chosen colors and much more. Regarding second place, probably that would be Safari, it had nice navigation and performance graph. Third goes Internet Explorer. I know, it’s cute design, but that’s not enough. And the last one… Opera. Start page needs serious improvements, maybe they will make a new design after Opera 9.5 is released, I don’t know.

    Also, this is only my opinion.

    EDIT: I’ve just rewrote my conclusion, Internet Explorer was in the second place due it’s beauty and third one – Safari. It’s really hard to decide.

    What’s your favorite web design?

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    EDIT2: Why those pages?
    I have used Google Search and thought what would users type in order to find that web browser.

    So it was like: Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, Opera. I took a first result (which most searchers clicks) and analyzed that page.


    Foxkeh From Japan

    By | August 14, 2007 | 2 Comments

    Meet Foxkeh. It’s a new toy which was born in Japan and was created to support Firefox promotional campaign.


    Is it cute? Maybe. I find it kinda funny and friendly looking toy. blog also says: “Could this go into mass production if there’s enough public demand?!” So it’s up to you I guess.

    Also, take a look at this promotional banner. For me it looks much better than the standard ones.


    Firefox 3 Got New Download Manager

    By | August 13, 2007 | 2 Comments

    Good afternoon everyone, first of all, sorry for not posting more than a day, my internet connection was down. But finally it’s fixed now. So let’s do the news.

    One of the most interesting and great features in Firefox 3 was announced plug-ins “manager” (which rocks).

    This time they are upgrading download manager. What’s new there? It became more user friendly. Now Firefox 3 download manager “separates” them by downloading stage, for example: active downloads are being shown in one line, while completed in another one (same with paused and canceled). When download is completed you can check it’s info by clicking small “Information” icon which shows download url and location in which it was saved, thought it would be great if I could see download url and location where it’s being download all the time (like Opera’s download manager).

    Firefox 3
    Picture source.

    New Firefox 3 download manager also includes a search bar and might get more upgrades soon.

    More Great Stuff In Firefox 3

    By | August 11, 2007 | 4 Comments

    Firefox team keeps adding great features and last nightly build is not an exception.

    What you can do now is see installed plug-ins in very friendly way, also enable or disable them, for example: Flash and/or DivX players.

    Here how it looks:
    Firefox 3 Add-ons, Plug-ins
    Picture source.

    Using Firefox 2 you can type about:plugins (in the address bar) and get similar information but in not so friendly way. Actually, you will see more than a few lines of text. Seems Firefox teem playing trying to make Firefox 3 as friendly as possible.