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August 2010

The Firefox 4 Beta is now available for free download, and Mozilla’s urging people to get the word out so they can successfully field-test it. Giving feedback is easy with the Test Pilot Feedback Add-on, where you tell Mozilla whether Firefox made you feel “happy” or “sad” and why. But what exactly is Firefox 4, and why should you care?One noticeable change is the look of the browser. This is designed to make sure you don’t lose track of the many options Firefox offers. For example, tabs (the feature that allows you to have multiple pages open in one window) are now located at the top of the screen. Switching tabs is also made simpler with the addition of a toolbar option. The menu itself is cleaned up, with all options now available in the Firefox buttonsimilarly to the Microsoft Office 2007. Read the rest of this entry »

The Mozilla Firefox browser is just the most well-known face of a foundation dedicated to an open and constantly updating Internet. The Mozilla Firefox team is composed of two parts: a small paid staff and a large, worldwide group of volunteers. Together, these two groups have been working together to create an Internet that is free and unrestricted in its ability to enrich people’s lives.In addition to Firefox, Mozilla also offers an e-mail client, Thunderbird. In addition to a Migration Assistant to help people upgrade from both older versions and other e-mail services like Outlook, Thunderbird has a number of other useful features to recommend it. Add people to your address book with one click, and avoid awkward mistakes with the handy attachment reminder. Read the rest of this entry »

One of Firefox’s most useful features is the ability to customize it to your own tastes by selecting different extensions. You can search for exactly what you’re looking for on the Add-ons home page, but there are a few that are just too good to live without. Here, for your browsing pleasure, are some of the most popular.

  • Adblock Plus: This useful feature goes beyond a standard pop-up blocker and eliminates scrolling ads, banners, trackers, and more. Why have them cluttering up your screen if you’re not going to click on them in the first place? You can also customize it to create varying degrees of permeability.
  • Personas Plus: This “skins” extension offers free access to more than 60,000 designs, from celebrities like Lady Gaga and Bob Marley to fashion brands like Vans and H&M. With over 24,000,000 downloads, this extension appeals to anybody looking to liven up their browsing experience. Read the rest of this entry »

As with any good program, Firefox has a bevy of tricks left over from developing and beta-testing. However, with Firefox, some of these tips will drastically improve your web-browsing experience. Others will just make you look impressive around friends.

  • Smaller icons. We’ll start with an easy one. Just go to the “View” button on the Toolbar, select “Customize”, and click “Use Small Icons”. Depending on how many icons you’ve got on your Toolbar, this can drastically free up your viewing window.
  • Keyboard shortcuts. You may have already discovered that Spacebar will page down, but did you know that Shift-Spacebar will page up? Some other combinations you’ll find yourself using are Ctrl-K, which brings you directly to the search box, Ctrl-L, which brings you to the address bar, and Ctrl-W to close tabs. Read the rest of this entry »

If you’re browsing in a Firefox browser right now, try this. Open a new tab and type “about:mozilla” into the address bar. You should be brought to a red screen with an apocalyptic verse, similar to the Bible’s Book of Revelation. However, that’s only part of the story. You see, five different verses have been included on various shipping releases of the browser. Together, they collectively make up “The Book of Mozilla”, and they can all be viewed at the Book of Mozilla page.So what’s the story behind these passages, which all speak of some monstrous “beast” razing the countryside? The beast is thought of as a metaphor for Netscape Communications Corporation, which originally coined the term “Mozilla” as its dragon-like mascot for Netscape Navigator 1.0. The first verse appeared in Netscape 1.1 in 1995. It mentioned the coming of the beast and threatened blinking tags as a punishment for unbelieversa reference to the fact that bad HTML tags in early Netscape browsers would blink. Read the rest of this entry »