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Feb. 15th, 2004 | 11:42 pm
mood: busybusy

The lightweight version of Mozilla has changed names and released a new version, FireFox. I am thrilled with it. I use it along with the Guidescope proxy and I just don't ever see ads or popups. Yes, I really mean ever. Here's a good writeup from johnwyles.com on the new Firefox web browser.

While I'm listing things, I should mention that I've paid the $12 yearly fee for sneakemail.com, and I use optionally-disposable addresses from there for everything. I get maybe ten spam emails from the world out there in an entire year, and that's it. By contrast, the Yahoo! account I used to use is forever uninhabitable and fills up with hundreds of spam messages per week, whenver I bother to check it.

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Chef Monkey

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from: chefmonkey
date: Feb. 16th, 2004 03:35 am (UTC)
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Yes. I've been using it since Phoenix 0.2, and have converted a great many people in my office.

While on the topic, I'll plug an incredibly useful pie-menu plug-in for Mozilla/Firefox, called RadialContext. By default, it attaches to the right mouse button, but I find that interferes with context menus that other extensions install (e.g. Linky, Googlebar, and Needle Search, all of which I also recommend); so, I've reassigned it to the middle mouse button (which I now use more than the right when using Firebird [yes, Firebird, but basically 0.8; I got sick of waiting, noticed that the tree had only one bug opened on it {relating to the readme file, of all things}, and grabbed a nightly]).

One measure of the usefulness of a tool is how frequently you miss it when you're sitting at a machine that lacks that tool. Radial context ranks pretty high by such a metric.

Go get yourself a copy. No, now. No, don't go somewhere else, just open the link in a new tab and install it right now. No procrastinating. You won't regret it. Plus, I don't want to have to do it myself if I ever come over.

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Chef Monkey

Re: been using mozilla for a while....

from: chefmonkey
date: Feb. 16th, 2004 11:08 am (UTC)
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The key reason is that Firefox doesn't take several days to load. It's the right tool for the right job, without abundant extra junk to get in the way and slow things down.

But this is easily identified as a religious issue, with many parallels to the emacs-versus-vi debate.

As a zealot, I feel compelled to point out that the mozilla swiss-army-knife-plus-a-kitchen-sink is being put on a back burner (if not completely abandoned) in favor of the component approach (Firefox, Thunderbird, etc).

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Mark Russell

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from: unatone
date: Feb. 16th, 2004 08:21 pm (UTC)
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Thanks, I just installed it and so far I like what I see.

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Firefox Extensions...

from: anonymous
date: May. 13th, 2004 04:54 pm (UTC)
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Triple Entendre,

I also has some links to many useful extensions you can download for Firefox:

http://www.johnwyles.com/archives/2004/05/11/firefox_extensions.php

Regards,

John Wyles

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