Windows 7

Oddities with 64-Bit Firefox 4 Part 3

Okay this has been fixed now. I can now see the fonts correctly in the 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Firefox 4. An oddity though is under the suggestion of Claus I did run Firefox 4 32-bit in safe mode and the page rendered fine. Now safe mode is suppose to disable all add-ons as well as bypass any custom configuration settings via userChrome.css and userContent.css (not that there were any on this particular profile) and the page loaded fine. So thinking it was a bad extension or plug-in, I started disabling them 1-by-1. With all the extensions and plug-ins…

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7capture

Since the upcoming releases of Firefox 3.5, 3.6 and 4.0 are stalled at the moment, going to take this time to review some of the free software I’ve been using. First up is 7capture. As the name implies it is a screen capture application and works with Windows XP, Vista as well as 7.  I was a big fan of FastStone Capture, but back in 2007 the newer versions were no longer free. Further when I tried to install it on my Windows 7 system, it did not work. So I started looking around for a new screen capture application….

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Important JAVA Update

Oracle has pushed out JAVA Version 6 Update 20 to address a sever security exploit. While I am usually pretty good about keeping my plugins such as JAVA updated I did notice I currently had Update 16 installed 🙁 This update is for Windows, Linux and Solaris operating systems including Windows XP, Vista, 7 as well as Server 2003 & 2008. Note: This exploit currently affects users running 32-Bit browsers. To install the update simply go to java.com and click the big red Free Java Download button. The site will auto-detect your operating system and present you with the correct…

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Sony Vaio equipped with Chrome

Found this interesting story on the Microsoft Blog earlier this week.  Seems Sony has cut a deal with Google (the makers of the Chrome Browser) to have Chrome to be the default browser on new Sony Vaio PCs instead of the usual Internet Exploiter. The deal is a big win for Google, which has struggled to give Chrome a significant share of the market. In August, Chrome captured nearly 3 percent of the market, versus Internet Explorer’s 67 percent and Firefox’s 23 percent, according to Net Applications. The agreement is Google’s first with a computer manufacturer. Microsoft has similar deals…

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Part of the big improvements for Firefox 3.5 was it is suppose to be faster. Unless you have started using Firefox 3.5 with a clean profile, you are going to notice that the initial startup of Firefox can be a bit (or for some user painfully) slow at times. This is especially true for those on Windows. There are a couple quick fixes to improve the startup time of your Firefox. These involve cleaning up temporary files (Windows users) and vacuuming your databases. Both tips come courtesy of Percy at Mozilla Links.

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In a move that has been described as “a step backward in the retail software arena” Microsoft release a statement saying they will NOT bundle Internet Explorer (or any other browsers) with Windows 7 when it it is release in the European Market. Since the computer will not have a web browser installed, users will be unable to go on to the Internet to download a web browser. Microsoft’s “solution” to this is to offer Internet Explorer at no charge on a CD-ROM. Full details are on the Microsoft Blog plus response from the European Union (EU). Yep, this is…

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