Posts Tagged ‘web-browser’

FireFox 3.6 is finally here

Friday, January 22nd, 2010

Firefox 3.6 has finally landed. Now you can try the latest web browser from Mozilla. The new version comes with some new features: speed, detection of outdated plugins and graphics personas. Most important feature of all is the added securities that makes it the safest browser to use.

You can try it for yourself after you download it from here :

Two Firefox add-ons to increase your productivity

Monday, January 18th, 2010

Below are two firefox add-ons productivity tools that should make your life a lot easier :

QuickFox Notes :

This is a note-taking add-on for Firefox that saves notes as bookmarks in Firefox. This means you get all the convenience of browser-based note-taking, and cross-browser syncing if you’re using Mozilla Weave, Xmarks, or another method to sync your bookmarks between instances of Firefox.

Read It Later :

Read it Later is an extension that works with a Web-based service.  Here’s how it works. Once you install the extension, RiL adds a yellow icon to the “Awesome bar” in Firefox, and a similar icon to the toolbar next to your search. When you’re on a page you want to save for later, just click the yellow icon.

Google Reader fans will also love RiL because it will also clip items from Google Reader without having to view the page first. Once the extension is installed, it adds a RiL icon to Google Reader items (right next to the star). Just click that and the entry will be added to.

Web Browser Market Share Report

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

According to market research firm Net Applications, Internet Explorer had roughly 67 percent of the worldwide browser market in August, while the Mozilla foundation’s Firefox had 23 percent and Apple Inc’s Safari browser had 4 percent. This was true on Aug 2009.


EUROPA: Commission welcomes new Microsoft proposals on Microsoft Internet Explorer and Interoperability

Saturday, July 25th, 2009

The European Commission can confirm that Microsoft has proposed a consumer ballot screen as a solution to the pending antitrust case about the tying of Microsoft Internet Explorer web browser with Windows. This followed extensive discussions with the Commission which centred on a remedy outlined in the January 2009 Statement of Objections whereby consumers would be shown a “ballot screen” from which they could – if they wished – easily install competing web browsers, set one of those browsers as a default, and disable Internet Explorer. Under the proposal, Windows 7 would include Internet Explorer, but the proposal recognises the principle that consumers should be given a free and effective choice of web browser, and sets out a means – the ballot screen – by which Microsoft believes that can be achieved. In addition OEMs would be able to install competing web browsers, set those as default and disable Internet Explorer should they so wish. The Commission welcomes this proposal, and will now investigate its practical effectiveness in terms of ensuring genuine consumer choice.

As the Commission indicated in June, the Commission was concerned that, should Microsoft’s conduct prove to have been abusive, Microsoft’s intention to separate Internet Explorer from Windows, without measures such as a ballot screen, would not necessarily have achieved greater consumer choice in practice and would not have been an effective remedy.

Microsoft has also made proposals in relation to disclosures of interoperability information that would improve the interoperability between third party products and Windows and Windows Server. Again, these proposals require further investigation before the Commission reaches any conclusion as to the next steps.

Microsoft’s proposals will be published in full on its website.

The Commission has no further comment at this stage.


The Commission sent a Statement of Objections (SO) to Microsoft on 15 January 2009 in relation to the tying of the Microsoft Internet Explorer web browser with Windows.

A Statement of Objections is a formal step in Commission antitrust investigations in which the Commission informs the parties concerned in writing of the objections raised against them. The addressee of a Statement of Objections can reply in writing to the Statement of Objections, setting out all facts known to it which are relevant to its defence against the objections raised by the Commission.

Microsoft replied to the SO on 28 April 2009. The Commission is currently considering Microsoft’s reply, and additional evidence in the case. The investigation is continuing.

Install Google Chrome for Mac OS X & Linux

Monday, June 22nd, 2009

*Google has also released official builds of Google Chrome for Linux and Mac OS X (see update below). If you are looking to install Chrome on a USB stick, check out Portable Google Chrome.

The Google Browser port, known as Crossover Chromium, is available for download on Mac OS X as a native Mac .dmg file or on Ubuntu, RedHat, Suse, etc. as standard Linux packages.

Google Chrome for Mac OS X- Screenshot

screenshot - chrome for mac

Google Chrome on Linux – Screenshot

screenshot - google chrome for linux

Google Chrome is built with open source code from Chromium.

How to Install Google Browser on Mac / Linux

Mac users can simply drag the Chromium .dmg file into their Applications folder. Linux users should use the appropriate tools for their respective Linux distributions to unpack the installer package. Google Chrome on Linux is available for both 32bit and 64bit versions.

If you installed Google Chrome on Linux using the .deb package, you can uninstall the Google Browser using the Synaptic package manager or via the following command – sudo aptitude purge cxchromium

Google Chrome for Mac & Linux – Official Builds

Update: The official builds of Google Chromium are now available for Linux and Mac here. The interface and features of Chromium for Mac OS X are similar to that of Chrome for Windows but it’s a developer release and not very stable yet.

Xmarks – A Very Useful Firefox add-on

Friday, April 24th, 2009

If you haven’t tried Xmarks add-on with Firefox web browser then you’re missing on a whole lot of features. If you use more than one computer, keeping bookmarks and passwords synched between the machines can be a bit of a hassle. Actually, it can be a major hassle, unless you’ve got something like Xmarks at your fingertips.

Xmarks is an extension that provides the ability to sync bookmarks and passwords, backup and restore bookmarks, and provide access to your bookmarks from the Xmarks Web site. In addition, you have the ability to set up profiles, so you can separate your personal and work bookmarks if you want to.

Give Xmarks a test drive, you won’t regret it. Additional features include :

Site Info built into your browser

Click on the Xmarks info icon in your location bar to see detailed information about the site you are on, and discover other great sites just like it.

See suggested tags when you bookmark

The next time you add a bookmark, Xmarks will automatically suggest a list of bookmark tags. These suggestions are based on the tags other Xmarks users chose for the same site.

Quickly find tagged bookmarks

Type a tag name into the Firefox 3 location bar (also known as the Awesome Bar) to quickly find sites with that tag.

Internet Explorer 8 Released

Friday, March 20th, 2009

Microsoft has announced that Internet Explorer 8 has been released and can be downloaded now for Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista, and Windows Server 2008.

The final build of Internet Explorer 8 has been released in 25 languages. You can download it directly from these links:

MS Windows XP 32-bit (16.1 MB)

– MS Windows XP 64-bit (32.3 MB)

– MS Windows Server 2003 32-bit (16.0 MB)

– MS Windows Server 2003 64-bit (32.3 MB)

– MS Windows Vista 32-bit (13.2 MB)

– MS Windows Vista 64-bit (24.3 MB)

– MS Windows Server 2008 32-bit (13.2 MB)

– MS Windows Server 2008 64-bit (24.3 MB)

The final build number is 8.0.6001.18702.

An overview of the features and benefits of Microsoft Windows Internet Explorer 8 can be found here. I will try to put the new Internet Explorer 8 in comparison to Mozilla’s Firefox 3 and get back to you with the results.

Mozilla Firefox 3 Release v3.0.7, released on March 4, 2009

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009

Firefox 3 is the best and most secure web browser available today. It really is the one to use to avoid all those pop-ups, spywares and malwares.

On March 4, version 3.0.7 was introduced. It several issues found in Firefox 3.0.6:

  • Fixed several security issues.
  • Fixed several stability issues.
  • Official releases for the Estonian, Kannada, and Telugu languages are now available.
  • Items in the “File” menu show as inactive after using the “Print” item from that menu – switching to a new tab restores them (bug 425844). This issue has been fixed.
  • For some users, cookies would appear to go “missing” after a few days (bug 444600).
  • Mac users of the Flashblock add-on, experienced an issue where sound from the Flash plug-in would continue to play for a short time after closing a tab or window (bug 474022).
  • Fixed several issues related to accessibility features.
  • See the Firefox 3.0.6 release notes for changes in previous releases.

See the complete list of bugs fixed.

Essential Open Source Software for MS Windows

Sunday, March 1st, 2009

If you want to save a few bucks, and in the mean time run a powerful MS Windows environment, you can find in this post some open source, free to download, software that will give you the same high performance and services offered by high cost software packages.

I personally always use the following open source software on my MS Windows XP and Vista desktops :

  • Mozilla Firefox Web Browser.
  • Mozilla Thunderbird Email Client.
  • GIMP – the GNU Image Manipulation Program.
  • Clamwin – an open source Antivirus for MS Windows.
  • OpenOffice – open-source office software suite for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics, databases and more.
  • MPlayer – multi-platform movie player.
  • KeePass – Password manager.
  • Notepad++ – a powerful free text and source code editor and MS Windows Notepad replacement.
  • PuTTY – an SSH and telnet client.
  • FileZilla – free FTP solution, both client and server.
  • 7-Zip – a file archiver.
  • Pidgin – easy to use and free chat client used to connect to AIM, MSN, Yahoo, and more chat networks all at once.
  • TurboCASH -Simple, easy to use application for managing personal finances.
  • Electric Sheep – free, open source screen saver.

Do you have a preferred open source package to share with others ?