Chrome not available for Linux

Wednesday, September 3, 2008 at 1:02 | Posted in browsers, computer, google, internet, linux | 4 Comments
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Google have launched their open source browser called Chrome. Or short of launched, at least. It is funny that an open source browser is not available for the true open source environment. I hear that Chrome is not going to support Linux until it leaves beta.

Judging from the history of other Google apps, it may well take months or even years before I am going to get a chance to acquire first hand user experience of Chrome. Which is a pity as much of what they have cooked sounds like a treat. Not that I would be unhappy with Firefox. It is the best browser in the World until proven otherwise.

This comic book tells you all you ever wanted to know about Chrome and probably a lot more as well.

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Firefox 3: first impressions

Saturday, March 22, 2008 at 5:52 | Posted in browsers, computer, internet, ubuntu | 2 Comments
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I installed Firefox 3.0b4 the other day and have been using it in parallel with 2.0.0.12. I must say that I am not very impressed. There is not much visible difference between the two.

To install Firefox 3.0b4 to my Ubuntu 7.10 I first fetched the tarball file here and extracted it to my desktop. I then navigated in Nautilus to the freshly created Firefox folder, double clicked the Firefox file and chose Run. I found these instructions here.

All my settings, including bookmarks and saved passwords, were neatly imported but I suddenly discovered that I was unable to play flash video and audio files because the plug-ins were not imported. To fix this I ran this command line in Terminal:

sudo ln -s /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins/* Desktop/firefox/plugins/

Now that it was all settled for surfing I started to compare the two. I soon noticed that while switching between 3.0b4 and  2.0.0.12 I was logged out of many places that I never log out of. That is a small inconvenience which will eventually go away as I am going to use Firefox 3 exclusively. I was glad to notice that bookmarks added or deleted in one version were updated when the other was turned on.

The most hype around Firefox 3 has been about its supposedly faster speed. I do not detect a difference but that might very well be bacause I have taken these steps for ages ago so my Firefox runs fast as it is, much faster than with default settings.

Some buttons in  the navigation toolbar look different but other than that, I do not detect much of a difference. I do not complain, though. It is a good idea to use the latest software versions. Many improvements are not visible but they are there, nevertheless.

I am probably going to use Firefox 2 and 3 in parallel as long as  3 is in beta. As soon as the first regular release becomes available, it is going to be goodbye to Firefox 2.

No address bar?

Friday, June 15, 2007 at 18:41 | Posted in browsers, google, internet | 6 Comments

I was just browsing search arguments that have brought visitors to this blog. I detected that two visits were generated by an exactly correct URL to an entry in this blog. That is to say that somebody, who already knew the URL, had entered it into Google rather than their browser’s address bar? No “link:” argument, just those URL’s.

Beats me, is there a browser without an address bar? Just to be sure, I also googled those URL’s. And surprise, surprise! Google returned links exactly where you would expect. 🙂

R.I.P Firefox 1.5

Wednesday, April 25, 2007 at 0:14 | Posted in browsers, firefox, internet | Leave a comment

Firefox 1.5 is supported by Mozilla today but no longer tomorrow, according to Mozilla. Upgrading to Firefox 2 is therefore overdue. I did it for ages ago, I am happy to say.

R.I.P.

via Robitaille

Playing with Firefox

Friday, April 13, 2007 at 5:48 | Posted in browsers, firefox | 2 Comments
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SeeJay has discovered a weird way of playing tricks with Firefox. I found it at Kristjan in Tallinn.

Just enter this in your Firefox address bar and see what happens:

chrome://browser/content/browser.xul

It is probably totally useless but CyberNet is collecting ideas on how to pull a prank with it. They suggest a cute one themselves.

Flush Explorer

Wednesday, April 4, 2007 at 14:00 | Posted in browsers | 4 Comments

I am in a web café in Tallinn and I saw for the first time in my life how terrible this blog looks like in IE. My suggestion to all those still using that excuse of a browser is: flush it!

 I had an awfull sea voyage. I’ll post about it later.

Updated to Firefox 2.0.0.3

Wednesday, March 21, 2007 at 20:09 | Posted in browsers, firefox, linux, ubuntu, WordPress | 3 Comments

Firefox 2.0.0.2 was released for less than a month ago but it was already time to say goodbye and upgrade to 2.0.0.3 (release notes here). As “usual” by now, I have Robitaille to thank for giving notice. Since my memory is not what it used to be and memorizing terminal commands is not the most effective way to use that limited resource, I am posting here as a reminder to self that this Ubuntu tutorial has the easy way to install the latest release of Firefox.

Just as last month when I upgraded from Firefox 2.0 to 2.0.0.2, all bookmarks, plug-ins, passwords, log-ins and stuff like that were imported without a problem. With one curious albeit harmless exception. For some odd reason, WordPress.com logged me out. I never log out anywhere (except my bank account) when using my home computer but apparently WordPress does not recognize the cookie after update. No big deal, I can live with logging in about once a month if that is how often Firefox is going to be updated.

I noticed a feature in 2.0.0.2 which was not around in 2.0. It is the spell checker being automatically active whenever I type something in any web editor. This is of course nice when I write in English but being a multi lingual user who writes in four or five languages, it looks sort of funny when just about every word is underlined with red when I am out of lingua franca. I do not bother to search a way to switch the feature off, though. It is not like writing in one language for hours, I keep switching between them all the time so the spell check can just as well be there.

As long as updating is so smooth and easy, I do not mind doing it this often. Having the latest release is not only cool, it may even some time in the future spare me from getting in serious trouble.

Firefox updated

Sunday, February 25, 2007 at 3:40 | Posted in browsers, firefox, linux, ubuntu | 1 Comment

Thanks to Robitaille, I was promptly informed about the release of Firefox 2.0.0.2. Since I had Firefox 2.0 running under Ubuntu 6.06, I figured out that an automatic update to 2.0.0.2 would not be likely to happen, at least not any time soon. That is why I updated the browser manually.

All my bookmarks, preferences and passwords were imported without any problem whatsoever and all plug ins seem to work normally. Most of the sites that I am always logged in to also kept me logged in. There was one noteable exception, though. I was thrown out from WordPress.com of all the places I never log out of on my own computer. So I logged in and hope to stay that way.

The release notes are here.

Edit: Also the settings for making Firefox faster were imported by the update.

Making Firefox faster

Saturday, January 20, 2007 at 11:01 | Posted in browsers, computer, firefox, internet, Web tools | 8 Comments

3-Bein Peter has detected that his Firefox is running slower since the latest update and it also snatches more memory and other resources than it used to. I do obviously not know about Peter’s update but there are some easy steps to improve the performance of Firefox that anybody can manage. I caught this method from Karru and detected a slight improvement of the speed.

This is what you need to do:

1. Type “about:config” in the address bar and press “enter”.
2. Double klick the line ““network.http.pipelining””. This changes the default value “false” against “true”.
3. Double klick the line “network.http.proxy.pipelining”. The same thing happens here.
4. Double klick the line “network.http.pipelining.maxrequests”. In the window that opens up, change the default value “4” against “30”.
5. That’s it. You are done. :-).

Peter notes that Firefox occupies much more resources than Opera and even IE. For a year ago, Aabram performed an unscientific comparative test on usage of memory of Firefox and Opera. He detected that Firefox uses much more memory on intensive surfing than Opera. The article is written in Estonian but even if you do not read the lingo, Aabram has inserted desk top captures with numbers displayed during the test.

Bloglines subscription for Firefox

Wednesday, October 25, 2006 at 4:18 | Posted in browsers, firefox, gadgets, internet, rss feeds, Web tools | Leave a comment
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As could be expected, Bloglines annouces that their one click subscription tool for any RSS feed in your browser also works with Firefox 2.0.

I have a hunch that this feature is going to be much more appriciated among the Firefox users than the similar gadget for those perverts who prefer IE 7.

Cool but who would use it?

Thursday, October 19, 2006 at 9:36 | Posted in browsers, gadgets, internet, rss feeds, Web tools | 8 Comments
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Bloglines announces a new gadget. Any RSS capable site can be subscribed to Bloglines with one single click.

I guess this is cool. But the down side is that it only works with IE 7. So who would use it? I do not know anybody who would know somebody who would use Internet Explorer.

I got some mail

Sunday, August 6, 2006 at 21:55 | Posted in browsers, computer, e-mail, internet, Web tools | 2 Comments
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I was expecting somebody to send me some pictures for an exhibition. They arrived yesterday by e-mail. All eight of them were attatched to one single letter. So I had a large message in my inbox, about 17 Mb.

The size of that message was not a problem in the context of my mail box as such. I use Gmail with a limit of 2 Gb and that is not likely to get exceeded during my lifetime unless everybody else starts sending me that large letters. Anyway, Gmail swallowed the letter without a problem.

Since I do not want to log in to my mail box all the time, I use Opera’s mail client to check it out for me. A small envelope appears in my screen whenever something pops up and I can read the message with the first chance I get. I only need to visit my mail box in webmail mode every now and then to empty the filtered trash folder.

Yesterday I was wondering why my mail client did not react although I knew that some comments had been added here in the blog. Normally I would have received an e-mail notification of them. So I checked the mail box and discovered that large letter. And those notifications of course.

While Gmail had no problem with a king size message, Opera certainly did. It was less than succesfully trying to read and download it. After a while the browser more or less freezed.

I closed Opera and checked in to my mail box using Explorer. I downloaded the pictures manually and saved them on my hard drive. Then I archived the letter as the very point of Gmail is that you never need to delete anything. I thought I was ready to return to Opera.

But Opera was stubborn. It insisted on trying to download that letter although it was no longer in my inbox. I logged in again and changed my settings to “Enable POP only for mail that arrives from now on”. That letter was not going to arrive again.

But once Opera has gotten the idea that something needs to be downloaded, it is not a fellow likely to give up. It continued its efforts to get hold of the letter, thus making the rest of my surfing experience happen in slow motion. It did not give up untill I deleted the mail account, restarted the browser and added back the account. My surfing speed returned to normal and my mail started to arrive as usual.

Today I uploaded those photos to a server where they can be easily reached by the shop who is going to print the copies for that exhibition. They are very nice pictures indeed. It is so pleasent to get mail. Up to a point, that is.

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