Windows Vista

I have been hearing issues about this at Go Firefox! But since I use Chrome for playing videos I was not aware how much on an issue it was. From the Mozilla Add-ons Blog: ” Some Firefox users on Windows Vista and Windows 7 are experiencing problems when viewing videos in Adobe Flash Player 11.3, released on June 8, 2012. Firefox and/or Flash Player may crash or not load videos using Flash Player, or videos may not display correctly. Adobe and Mozilla are working closely to diagnose and address these issues. In the meantime, Firefox users experiencing problems viewing videos in…

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Windows 8 Logo

As we had posted earlier this week there had been rumors of a new ‘Windows 8’ logo coming. It is now official, Microsoft posted the new logo (as seen below along with the past logos) on Friday afternoon. So the color has gone from a teal to more of turquoise now (or is that Microsoft Blue?) However, as Tom’s Hardware points out, Microsoft still hasn’t acknowledged that ‘Windows 8’ is going to be the official title, not just the code name. …Microsoft hasn’t ever confirmed that Windows 8 will be what the next version of Windows will be called, but…

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Big changes are coming to the way Firefox updates. With these improvements users are going to be able to start running the updated version and the update process is going to be a lot smoother for Windows Vista and 7 users. Changes include how the updates are downloaded and installed as well being able to apply updates without Windows Vista and 7 users having to continually giving the application ‘permission’ to update (UAC prompts). More technical details can be found on Laurence Mandel’s Blog.

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We mentioned the Java Console Extension as one of those extensions that a program (in this case Oracle’s Java) installs into Firefox without the user’s knowledge. Unless you are a Java Developer, this extension serves no real purpose for most Firefox users. Many users find they have multiple Java Console extensions and some (or all) are disabled. However, there is no way to remove the extension(s) via the Firefox add-ons manager. A long time ago we posted on how to remove the extension and thought it may be a good idea to post it again.Especially since some users may want…

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Since I have a large monitor I am able to run a very high resolution (1920×1080). As such, I do not have my Firefox window maximized but rather I have it taking the full screen vertically and about half the screen horizontally. There are times I will go to a website, where the developer has decided that the Firefox window should be maximized or a different size. This very annoying as I have to resize the window back the way I want it to be. Even more annoying when I click a link on that site and changes the size…

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No IE10 for Windows Vista

It seems the preview for IE10 release by Microsoft last week will only work on Windows 7 (32-bit or 64-bit) and the future Windows 8. Microsoft has already shut-out Windows XP users from IE9, so now they are following suit with Vista and the future IE10. The good news here is Firefox 5 (due out in late June) will continue to support Windows Vista and (far as I know) Windows XP. Source: Seattle PI: Microsoft Blog

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Okay so Microsoft made a big deal how IE9 had about 2.3 million downloads in the first 24-hours.  Firefox 4 in the first 24-hours… over 10 Million downloads. Plus Firefox gained a 2% market share as well. No doubt from all those Windows XP users Microsoft shut-out of IE9. But to be fair, Firefox was also downloaded by Linux and Mac users besides Windows XP, 2000, Server 2003, Vista and 7 users. Microsoft also addressed why it chose to forgo Windows XP support in IE9: The developer community has been vocal that they want to push the Web forward. The…

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Note: This article is going to be updated frequently over the next few days. Keep checking back for Updates and new () items since the original posting. After months of delays and well over a year in development, Firefox 4 is about to be released. At first glance the new interface can seem a bit over-whelming even for veteran Firefox users. So, I have put together a quick guide to Firefox 4. I am going to really focus on those changes that are going to take a little getting use to. Firefox Button – As part of an effort to…

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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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