Year In Review

Best Firefox Add-ons of 2013

“Every month, a committee of Firefox volunteers — who really, REALLY love Firefox Add-ons  — puts their time and effort into finding the best new add-ons. These add-ons are the little pieces of software that add functionality to your Firefox browser and help you customize Firefox to meet your needs and tastes. Can you see why these volunteers like them so much? …” Source: Mozilla | The Den Details  Best Firefox Add-ons of 2013  

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Happy Birthday to Us!

On May 1, 2006, a blog was born. The Firefox Extension Guru’s Blog that is. We debuted on Blogger but within a few months moved over to WordPress. The big Firefox news back in 2005 was the upcoming Firefox 2.0 due out later that year as well as the collapse of an anti-spam extension and the decision not to include Places in Firefox 2. I was never really sure if the blog would last, but it has continued to grow. Currently averages around 1500 views per day. That did peak to nearly 3000 views on they day of and following…

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2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health: The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow. Crunchy numbers A helper monkey made this abstract painting, inspired by your stats. The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 250,000 times in 2010. If it were an exhibit at The Louvre Museum, it would take 11 days for that many people to see it.   In 2010, there were 174 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 1312 posts. The…

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Firefox Release Recap 2010

Happy New Year’s Eve! It is that time again, time for our annual look back at the Firefox releases of this year. In 2010 we saw with retirement of the Firefox 3.0 branch which had been active since the first Alpha release back in December 2006. Development continued on the Firefox 3.5 branch which Mozilla still warns ‘will be maintained with security and stability updates until August 2010’ even though there has been several releases since and more planned in 2011. In early 2010, the final release candidates along with the opening release of Firefox 3.6 in January. Finally, the…

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BYIR: October, November & December 2008

October 2008 Three new Get A Mac ads: Bake Sale – PC finds a creative way to get money to fix Vista’s problems. Bean Counter – Who says you can’t fix a problem by throwing money at it? V-Word – There’s a new naughty word and it begins with ‘V’ Just when you thought it was over the Microsoft-Yahoo merger, take over or whatever it is…any way it is back in the news. The American Technology Research indicated that it is “increasingly likely” that Microsoft would make another bid for Yahoo. Meanwhile a Yahoo investor urges Yahoo to sell itself…

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BYIR: July, August & September 2008

July 2008 In early July came the official word The Firefox 3 Download Day set a world record with 8,002,530 downloads within the 24-hour period. On July 1st, Firefox 2.0.0.15 was released. In mid-July came the first update for Firefox 3, Firefox 3.0.1 which as is regular practice was also coordinated with the release of Firefox 2.0.0.16. At the end of July, Mozilla released the first Alpha of Firefox 3.1 (Shiretoko). And so at last the beast fell and the unbelievers rejoiced. But all was not lost, for from the ash rose a great bird. The bird gazed down upon…

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BYIR: April, May & June 2008

April 2008 April brought several add-on reviews: Abduction – an extension for taking screenshots within the Firefox browser. Domain Lookup – added a context menu item to check the availability of domain names based on the highlighted text. New Tab Homepage – when opening a new tab, your home page loads instead of a blank page. OpenDownload – adds an ‘open’ option when clicking on a download link., This feature is standard in IE and most other browsers. RetailMeNot –  automatically alerts you if the e-commerce site you are visiting has coupon/discount codes available. Three new Get a Mac ads…

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BYIR: January, February & March 2008

January 2008 With the start of 2008 came a handy “how-to” guide for moving Netscape 9 users to Firefox 2. Recall, AOL had announced they would discontinue support for Netscape 9 (based off of Firefox 2) in February 2008. While the below “We Remove Vista…” photo was taken back in October 2007 at A&D Computer in Milford, NH it appeared in Todd Bishop’s Microsoft Blog (now The Microsoft Blog) in late January. Included in January were three Add-Ons Reviews. Organize Search Engines, allowed Firefox users with lots of search engines a better management system to keep their search engines organized….

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A Message From The Guru

First off, a Happy Thanksgiving from The Guru. This long weekend also marks the start of The Blog Year in Review 2008. Going to do this a little different this year as for formatting. Instead of doing 1-month per post as in the past, I am going to try and do 3-months per post. Here is a tentative release schedule (much like that of Firefox 2, 3 and 3.1 or that of any Mozilla project it is subject to change)… January, February and March – November 30th April, May and June – December 13th July, August and September – December…

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