August 04, 2009
Mozilla Firefox 3.5.2 Released

Quick note that Mozilla has released Firefox 3.5.2, so if you don't see a "firefox has updated, restart now?" when you get into the office this morning, go to help -> check for updates to get yourself up to date and protected against a couple of security vulnerabilities.

Mozilla , Security - Posted by Arcterex at 08:03 AM
July 27, 2009
Firefox 4.0 Mockups

Ooohhh.. in addition to the Firefox 3.7 mockups I saw last week, looks like OSnews found the Firefox/4.0 Windows Theme Mockups. Sexxxxxy.... interesting that they are flirting with the chrome-like tabs-on-top.

Mozilla - Posted by Arcterex at 04:26 PM
July 21, 2009
Firefox 3.7 Mockups

The Mozilla Wiki has some Firefox/3.7 Windows Theme Mockups for consumption. Nothing mindblowing, but a good step more towards the uber-cool windows (for one) look integration that was promised for the 3.0 phase (or was it earlier?). I find it interesting that they're moving towards the Chrome/Safari style with the page and tool buttons on the right hand side of the bookmarks bar, but after using chrome for a bit, it does seem a reasonable design paradigm. Very sexy buttons too!

Mozilla - Posted by Arcterex at 08:50 AM
July 17, 2009
Firefox 3.5.1 Fixes Windows Startup Issue

Moving fairly fast, Mozilla has released Mozilla Firefox 3.5.1 which among other things, fixes the slow start up Windows issue.

Mozilla - Posted by Arcterex at 08:40 AM
July 15, 2009
Mozilla Weave with Firefox 3.5

Just a quick FYI, if you are having sync problems using Mozilla Weave with Firefox 3.5 (the little spinner keeps on going forever and the activity log has something like "(NS_ERROR_FAILURE) [IWeaveCrypto.unwrapSymmetricKey]" in it), check out the latest release (at this point 0.5pre1) over at , it seems to solve the problem nicely.

Mozilla - Posted by Arcterex at 09:57 AM
July 08, 2009
Ubiquity 0.5 Released

Mozilla labs has released Ubiquity 0.5, with more/better instructions, internationalization, and "smart" suggestions (ie: 'pasta' will summon yelp results).

Mozilla - Posted by Arcterex at 10:26 PM
July 07, 2009
Open Web Tools Directory

Mozilla labs has launched the Open Web Tools Directory, a "real world" use (if nothing else) of the modern browser canvas.

(Note: a modern browser with canvas is required to view this, like Firefox 3.5, Safari 4, Chrome 2, or Opera 9).

If you just click through the icons, it's fairly unimpressive. However, do some searching with the box at the bottom or the category tabs, and observe the sexiness. Sadly they don't even let you see how badly the Microsoft "modern" browser (IE8) renders this and you just get redirected to the HTML only version.

Mozilla - Posted by Arcterex at 07:59 PM
Solutions to Firefox Extension Issues

The Problematic extensions section in the MozillaZine Knowledge Base is a good resource to find solutions to memory leaks or issues related to extensions in Firefox.

Mozilla - Posted by Arcterex at 09:34 AM
June 30, 2009
Firefox 3.5 Released

Yay! 3.5 is out officially. Hit the Mozilla Download links to get the latest firefox, including, but not limited to:

  • Uber-fast new javascript engine for your gmail, google reader, and other javascript powered apps
  • New awesomebar functionality, including ability to filter by bookmarks only, domain only, and so on
  • Private browsing Porn mode. Lets be honest, this isn't for hiding you buying a new ring for your wife, this is for hiding you surfing for nazi lesbian midget porn from your wife
  • Re-opening of closed windows as well as tabs
  • New icon!
  • ...and much more.

Mozilla - Posted by Arcterex at 10:29 AM
June 29, 2009
What's Happening in Firefox 3.6?

With Firefox 3.5 just around the corner, Mashable has a Sneak Peek of What's On Tap for Firefox in 2010. The high points? Ubiquity built into the awesomebar, actual perceivable performance boosts, web application boosts, and more. Course, we'll never see these until things actually appear in 2010 or so ;)

Mozilla - Posted by Arcterex at 11:11 PM
Firefox 3.5 Slated For Tuesday Release

Lifehacker talked to Mozilla, who Confirms Tuesday Release for Firefox 3.5. See link for some of the great new things in this release. I've been running it since it was in the early 3.1 beta stage with zero problems, looking forward to the final release.

Mozilla - Posted by Arcterex at 08:08 PM
June 04, 2009
Firefox Page Optimization Plugin From Google

Google's Page Speed Optimization Add-on has been released for Firefox. Sadly not compatible with 3.5b4. This looks similar to the one released from Yahoo a while back, called YSlow. It integrates with the Firebug tool to show you how your pages can be sped up.

Mozilla - Posted by Arcterex at 04:08 PM
April 28, 2009
Firefox 3.1 3.5 Beta 4 Available

The renamed Firefox 3.1 beta is now Firefox 3.5 Beta 4 and is Available for Download. Lifehacker has links to where other details are. Release notes are here.

Mozilla - Posted by Arcterex at 09:49 PM
April 17, 2009
A Glimpse Into Firefox's Future

The Future of Firefox looks pretty cool. Lots of video and mockups (more here showing how the ideas of the ubiquity plugin are going to be integrated into the awesomebar (maybe), and how tabs may not be in the Firefox of the future (maybe). Cool to see how the Mozilla guys are looking at the future though.

Mozilla - Posted by Arcterex at 09:31 AM
March 25, 2009
Interesting new Firefox New Tab Page Design

Cool article from Mozilla labs on some new Firefox New Tab Page which uses something called a "Cognitive Shield".

No matter where we put the links to your most visited sites (and their latest news), it always seemed to be a distraction, based upon our own perception and the feedback from thousands of testers. Given that the bulk of those testers are multi-tasking-adept early adopters, we’d expect that feedback to be even stronger from more mainstream users. Our original thought was to place the links along the bottom of the page — outside your foveal vision. In practice, the peripheral vision proved too strong, and the links still drew your eye and interrupted your cognitive flow.

Mozilla - Posted by Arcterex at 12:00 PM
December 31, 2008
Ubiquity 0.1.3 Released

Ubiquity (the power user plugin for Firefox) .13 is out. Hit up the Release Notes for screenshots, download, etc.

Mozilla - Posted by Arcterex at 02:25 PM
December 09, 2008
Thunderbird 3 Beta 1 Available

Lifehacker points out that Thunderbird 3 Beta 1 is Now Available.

Mozilla - Posted by Arcterex at 10:13 PM
Firefox 3: 8 Untold Secrets

I actually found some neat tricks in there, duplicating tabs being one of them...
Firefox 3: 8 Untold Secrets - OS, Software & Networking by ExtremeTech

Mozilla - Posted by aryk at 09:32 AM
December 08, 2008
Mozilla Firefox 3.1 Beta 2 Released

Mozilla Firefox 3.1 is ready for download. This version has some nice new features, the new uber-fast JS engine, the detachable tabs (yay, finally!) and a porn private browsing mode (whohooooo!!!!) and special syntax for the awesomebar (ie: '+' will restrict to only tagged pages).

It is still a beta of course, and most plugins won't work with it, however, it's still worth a look if you're not super dependent on your plugins.

Mozilla - Posted by Arcterex at 03:41 PM
October 17, 2008
Firefox Mobile Alpha Walkthrough

Christopher Blizzard posts a walkthrough of Fennec Alpha 1 (AKA Firefox Mobile Alpha 1) from Madhava Enros.

Mozilla - Posted by Arcterex at 09:14 PM
October 15, 2008
Firefox 3.1 Beta Available

Looks like Firefox 3.1 beta 1 is available. Lots of rendering type changes, the new Javascript engine, and geolocation. See this page for some other details.

Mozilla - Posted by Arcterex at 03:23 PM
August 01, 2008
Firefox 3.1 Features

Webmonkey has some details on some Firefox 3DOT1 Alpha Preview Slick New Features.

Mozilla - Posted by Arcterex at 09:20 AM
June 17, 2008
Firefox 3 Finally Available!

Firefox web browser version 3.0 is finally available. Good job mozilla team, this release looks and works great!

Mozilla - Posted by Arcterex at 01:21 PM
Firefox 3 Download Day Today

So today is June 17th, which makes it Firefox Download Day. Looks like they are still doing some final release steps as the download link is still pointing to firefox 2. Still, looking forward to the final release, as the RCs have been very stable and very good to me. XKCD has some perspective for you though.

Mozilla - Posted by Arcterex at 08:34 AM
June 15, 2008
Firefox 3.0 Field Guide

In preparation for the big June 17th Download Day for Firefox 3, here's a Field Guide courtesy of, covering the new features in depth.

Mozilla - Posted by Arcterex at 08:56 PM
June 11, 2008
Google Gears with Firefox 3

Just saw that Google Gears is now compatible and works with Firefox 3.0 RC2.... whooo!

Mozilla - Posted by Arcterex at 07:02 AM
May 17, 2008
Firefox 3 RC1 Available

Firefox 3 RC1 is now available. No hugely obvious improvements, however I've noticed.

  • The back button isn't quite as disproportionate to the front (slightly smaller)
  • The awesomebar is faster and has had some tweaks to it to make it look much nicer (IMHO).

Mozilla - Posted by Arcterex at 10:33 PM
April 07, 2008
Adblock Plus for Firefox 3 Beta 5

Just a note in case anyone was unhappy that you upgraded to beta5 of Firefox 3 and found that ads were back.... hit up the latest dev build of adblock plus (direct link to here) work dandy.

Mozilla - Posted by Arcterex at 11:35 PM
April 02, 2008
Firefox 3.0 Beta 5 Released

Firefox 3 Beta 5 is up... 750 changes from the previous version, though none are immediately obvious to me in 2 minutes use. Should have checked if the ad-block plugin was updated for it before installing though.... ugh.... is this how "normal" people see the web??

Update: Hit this link to fix this all up nicely (in theory) :)

Mozilla - Posted by Arcterex at 03:10 PM
February 13, 2008
Firefox 3.0 Beta 3 Released

Ars reviews the just-released Firefox 3.0 beta 3 and determines that Firefox 3 beta 3 polishes rough edges. Re-done interface (nice on the Mac), integrated download statusbar, way better memory use than Firefox 2.0, plus lots more. Hit the article up for some screenshots. I'm not too sure about the windows look to be honest, I'm just booting up VMWare to check out how it looks and feels.

Mozilla - Posted by Arcterex at 08:47 AM
February 04, 2008
Firefox 3.0 Mac Nightly Build Has New Theme

Any adventurous mac users out there might be interested that they released a native Mac theme for 3.0 in the nightly build. The theme is a little "more" brushed metal than the actual native apps (to my eyes anyway) it seems, however it still integrates a bit more nicely into the rest of the mac look and feel than the default 3.0b2 theme (not sure I like how they did the tab look though). There's a screenshot linked from the linked post if you're interested.

The nightly build is stable (so far) for me as well... (my first nightly build experiment).

Mozilla - Posted by Arcterex at 10:04 AM
November 20, 2007
Ars Looks at Firefox 3.0b1

First look at Firefox 3.0b1 over at Ars.

Mozilla - Posted by Arcterex at 02:28 PM
December 13, 2004
Firefox Trunk Builds Cool, head to the burning edge to get the latest builds from Firefox's main trunk (the version number is 1.0+). They seem faster, but it's hard to tell if it's really faster or just seems that way. There is some more discussion over at mozillazine.
Mozilla - Posted by Arcterex at 09:29 PM
November 08, 2004
Firefox 1.0 Tomorrow! Whohooo! Firefox 1.0 is still on track for tomorrow! Can't wait (not that the pr2 release that I'm running is going to be much different) for it, and great job to the mozilla folks!
Mozilla - Posted by Arcterex at 10:23 AM
May 24, 2004
Mozilla for Porn = Pornzilla Who said that IE had it all? Pornzilla: Free tools for surfing porn with Mozilla Firefox shows you all the tools, settings, and extensions you need for Mozilla/Firefox to make your porn browsing experience 100x better!
Mozilla - Posted by Arcterex at 10:00 PM
April 23, 2004
Inplace CSS Editing for Mozilla Erik is right about EditCSS, it is pretty damn funky. Basically a sidebar for Mozilla/Firefox which lets you do inplace, realtime CSS editing on the page you're on. It auto loads the CSS file in and affects the page as you type. This looks especially good for complete CSS n00bs like me to help showing exactly what you're doing as you're doing it, instead of the standard edit, save, reload, look loop.
Mozilla - Posted by Arcterex at 10:49 AM
April 22, 2004
Safari Skin for Firefox Pixelperfect 0.2 is a pretty sexy looking skin that'll make Firefox look like Safari. Hmm.... this looks like something that you need window blinds for. Oh well, still looks nifty.
Mozilla - Posted by Arcterex at 04:06 PM
February 25, 2004
Mozilla 1.7 Alpha What's New What's New in Mozilla 1.7a? Well, better pop-up blocking, multiple identities in mail, UI for smooth scrolling, 2% decrease in binary size, 4% improved pageload times, better dynamic style changes, and new SVG backend for a start.
Mozilla - Posted by Arcterex at 01:22 PM
October 30, 2003
NewMonster Now Free Very cool. Just saw on blogzilla that NewsMonster, a news aggregator for mozilla (built into the sidebar) which used to be a for-fee project is now free! Go on and download it now and check it out.
Mozilla - Posted by Arcterex at 02:18 PM
July 29, 2003
MSN Messanger in Mozilla Nifty, MSN Messanger in Mozilla! The screenshots make it look pretty normal. Interesting to try out. Thanks blogzilla for the link.
Mozilla - Posted by Arcterex at 09:41 AM
June 20, 2003
MozillaFirebird Icons and Artwork If you're one of the lucky folks who have joined the Mozilla Firebird revolution, you may want to check out for some sweet looking icons and splash screens. seems to have the same/similar icons, not sure if one is the old/unofficial site or not.

As I was setting myself up I thought that the default mozilla icon really didn't fit the firebird scheme, so I found some different ones, and shared. The things I do for you 12 people out there, I'm so good.

Mozilla - Posted by Arcterex at 11:32 PM
June 19, 2003
Flash Click to Play Extension for Mozilla Firebird This has got to be reason #4,821 to get Mozilla Firebird. An extension called Flash click to play that will display a button instead of a flash object and only play it when you click said button. Makes me want to cry, just like the guy who pointed it out (though not to me).
Mozilla - Posted by Arcterex at 10:51 PM
March 28, 2003
Mozilla Updates Mozillazine has some Independent Status Reports for preusal. MozQuake???
Mozilla - Posted by Arcterex at 10:59 AM
February 03, 2003
More Mozilla Ad-blocking This link is from slashdot from blogzilla from floppymoose. Basically it is a way to block ads (not that I would ever do that) via a user CSS page.

Restart your browser to pick up the styles. Go to your favorite sites and see that many ad images are gone, but other images are still there!
Mozilla - Posted by Arcterex at 11:25 PM
October 31, 2002
Phoenix + XFT Good site with builds of Phoenix compiled with Anti-aliased Font Support, as well as instructions on how to build it yourself, if you don't use RH8 (the binaries for linux require libc 2.3.x). Windows/Mac also available.
Mozilla - Posted by Arcterex at 06:53 PM
September 30, 2002
Perfect Mozilla Anti-aliasing While searching for a way to make my desktop look nicer, I came along a good thread in the gentoo forums. It's the third post from the top, by zepar. This works great for mozilla/galeon/etc when you don't have the XFT enabled mozilla available, and are using the freetype anti-aliasing. Read more for what to do... Put the following (or modify what you have) in your /usr/lib/mozilla/defaults/pref/unix.js file. Don't forget to add your truetype directories into the list as well!
pref("font.FreeType2.enable", true);
pref("font.freetype2.shared-library", "");
// if libfreetype was built without hinting compiled in
// it is best to leave hinting off
pref("font.FreeType2.autohinted", true);
pref("font.FreeType2.unhinted", true);
// below a certian pixel size anti-aliased fonts produce poor results
pref("font.antialias.min", 6);
pref("font.embedded_bitmaps.max", 1000000);
pref("font.scale.tt_bitmap.dark_text.min", 64);
pref("font.scale.tt_bitmap.dark_text.gain", "0.1");
Mozilla - Posted by Arcterex at 10:16 AM
September 24, 2002
Mozilla Key Customization A good doc explaining how to customize Mozilla, and it's keyboard shortcuts. Here's another link to another page with similar info.
Mozilla - Posted by Arcterex at 09:38 AM
August 03, 2002
Looking for an XFT patch Hey everyone.. in the galeon aa-howto from long ago, I mentioned that there were .debs of mozilla 1.0 compiled with the xftp patch. Well, that site is no longer up, and the only patches for mozilla to xft rendering rely on xfree86 CVS bits. Does anyone know of a patch that will apply cleanly against a mozilla 1.0 tree that ads the xft rendering? Please? If so, comment or mail me.
Mozilla - Posted by Arcterex at 11:34 PM
June 08, 2002
MFS (Mozilla from scratch) Want to build a fully optimized mozilla, built for your hardware? Check this article out. Via an osnews article. I finished compiling mozilla 1.0 for my athlon with gcc-3.1 only to get "unresolved symbol" errors. Bah. Maybe you'll have better luck.
Mozilla - Posted by Arcterex at 11:26 PM