Posts Tagged ‘mozilla-firefox’

How to Go Back to an Old Version of Firefox

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

When a Firefox update goes haywire, don’t panic; you can always reinstall an earlier version …

My Firefox Nightly version that I have been running for some time now received an update two days ago that rendered it completely unusable. I got weird black bars on the screen that would move around on mouse movement and made it impossible to work with the browser at all. I was not too worried about that at the time as I knew that Nightly versions of the browser sometimes had hiccups like this, and that the next update would likely fix the issue again.

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How to Disable Java in your Web Browser

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

This is a pretty basic trick that many people probably already know, but in light of recent security problems with Java, it’s also a tip that’s well worth repeating …

By now you have probably heard about a new Java vulnerability that is been actively exploited on the Internet. I do not want to rehash all that has been said, and would like to suggest articles on ZDnet and Securelist for that which should provide you with an overview of the threat. Only that much: only Java 7.x is affected by the vulnerability, while Java 6.x versions are not.

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Firefox 8.0.1 Officially Available, What You Need to Know

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

Yet another Firefox release … I wonder how long it will be until we’re up to version 100.0?

You may remember that I published a news article on November 16 about the release of Firefox 8.0.1. The release was available on Mozilla ftp servers and on third party sites like Softpedia, but not officially announced by Mozilla on the Firefox website. While that has not been a big problem in the past, with a few rare exceptions, it has been a issue this time.

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Firefox 10 – What’s New?

Monday, November 14th, 2011

it sounds like many of the changes in this new version of Firefox are more-or-less cosmetic …

After having some initial troubles getting my add-ons to work under Firefox 10 Aurora I had time to look at the changes and new features of this release. Firefox 10 will be the next but one stable release of the web browser which means that stable channel users will have to wait about 12 weeks before they can upgrade their browser to this version.

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Mozilla Firefox Will Become More Memory Efficient

Monday, November 7th, 2011

This is inevitable; I’ve heard nothing but complaints from folks who try to install the latest Firefox upgrade on older computers …

The Mozilla Firefox web browser has quite the bad image when it comes to memory efficiency. You see claims all over the Internet that the browser is eating up more memory than other browsers. Comparisons often are not entirely fair to begin with, considering that most Firefox users have their fair share of add-ons installed in the browser which add to the browser’s overall memory consumption.

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Relieve Stress with Destroy the Web for Firefox

Friday, October 14th, 2011

This seems kind of pointless and silly, but what the heck, it also looks fun … and today is Friday.

We have all been in the situation where something on the Internet is not working out as it should. Maybe it is that captcha that you read wrong for the fifth time, the long comment that you wrote that would not post or that darn website that just won’t open at all.

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Mozilla Talks Silent Updates, Plans Firefox Service

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

It looks like I’m not the only one who’s getting kind of tired of Mozilla’s constant updates …

One of the issues that I hear over and over again when I talk with other Firefox users about the rapid release process is that users are tired of updating the browser every six weeks, and especially so if the update turns out to be another “under-the-hood” update where no changes can be spotted right away. Another common complaint is add-on compatibility, and here in particular the problem that add-ons may be considered incompatible by the web browser whenever a new version of it gets released by Mozilla.

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Mozilla Blocks McAfee ScriptScan Add-on

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

Man, this seems like a tactical blunder on Mozilla’s part; McAfee is a fairly well established security program, and at a time when Mozilla is trying to compete with IE, this definitely won’t help …

Mozilla has made the decision to add McAfee’s ScriptScan add-on for the Firefox web browser to the so called Blocklist. The Blocklist lists add-ons and plugins that are known to “cause serious security, stability, or performance issues with Firefox”.

When users try to open the McAfee ScriptScan or McAfee SiteAdvisor page at the official Mozilla Add-on repository, they are redirected to the add-on’s Blocklist entry.

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Mozilla Firefox 7 Released

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

Get ready Firefox users … here comes another automatic update.

With the rapid release cycle and all, we are seeing more releases of the Firefox browser than before. Mozilla just pushed Firefox 7 to the official ftp server to prepare for today’s release of the browser. Firefox 7 is actually the first version of the rapid release cycle that is showing big improvements over previous versions.

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Mozilla Proposes Extended Support for Firefox

Monday, September 26th, 2011

It’s nice that Mozilla is reacting to customer concerns; this sounds especially helpful for those of us who use Mozilla in a large organization …

Mozilla as you may know switched to a rapid release process this year which basically had the consequence that new Firefox versions get released more frequently. Not every user, and especially not organizations and businesses, have welcomed this new process. One of the concerns that users had was that there was not enough time to certify new releases. With new releases coming out every six weeks, it meant that companies would have to assign more man hours to the certification process, which many could not or would not want to do because of budget constraints.

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