Opera Files Antitrust Suit Against Microsoft

OK, I swear I won’t take anything else verbatim from my source article other than the title. Kudos to James Niccolai for coming up with such a hot headline! That said, I’ll get down to business. Opera Software, the Norwegian maker of the alternative Opera browser, has filed an antitrust suit against Microsoft in the European Union. The suit accuses Microsoft of stifling competition by bundling Internet Explorer with Windows and not following accepted industry standards within that browser. As my friend i80and pointed out earlier today, something similar happened with Netscape about five years ago. Microsoft ended up paying…

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Google Toolbar Updated, but Only for IE

It often seems as though Google’s Firefox releases lag behind their releases for Internet Explorer. Recent case in point: the Google Toolbar. Just yesterday, a new version of the toolbar was released, with new features like Google Gadget support, saving settings on Google servers so they can go anywhere you do, revamped Google Bookmarks functionality, integration with Google Notebook, and Web History access. I’m very happy about the news, and I looked for a Firefox version. Is there one anywhere? No, of course not. As with the last version of the toolbar, Google will probably not release an update for…

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Why FireFox is Blocked: The Misguided Campaign to Stop AdBlock

Image via WikipediaYesterday I the Why FireFox [sic] is Blocked campaign in my post revisiting Explorer Destroyer. I said it was a subject for another post. This is that other post. I will deconstruct some of the reasoning behind the campaign, and will point out why it is flawed. First, some background. The blocking campaign was most likely started from this long thread on AdsenseChat.com, where Danny Carlton and others presented various methods for catching AdBlock usage and redirecting them to a “Stop Thief!” page. Several rational-minded users tried to talk some sense into the Firefox-blocking fanatics, to no avail.…

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Revisited: Explorer Destroyer Opinion

A long time has passed since I wrote “” — over a year and a half — and I realize I have a slightly different opinion on the site now than I did then. While I still think it’s ridiculous to block IE, I somewhat agree with the site’s sentiment, if not its methodology. Going so far as to block Internet Explorer completely is probably a little extreme. The first option, a simple note, is probably better. Even better would be for the site owner to simply work the message into their content. I have done so with a couple…

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IE7 Bashed by Users and Developers Alike

I’ve definitely made my share of complaints about Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, versions 6 and 7. Apparently, I’m not the only one who doesn’t like IE. Lots of people turned out to bash various aspects of the browser and the development practices behind it in the comments on an official blog post celebrating the one-year anniversary, as it were, of the browser’s release. OK, so I knew I wasn’t the only IE hater in the world, but the turnout was so significant, PC World published an article about it. Well, Computerworld did, but you know what I mean. Posters complained about…

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Google Browser Sync: Buggy and Vengeful Yet Loved

Everyone in the country has heard of Gmail by now (and if they haven’t I’d like to meet them and find out why), and people have definitely heard of the Google Toolbar, but Google has lots of other services and browser extensions. One of those is Google Browser Sync, an extension for Firefox that (supposedly) synchronizes your bookmarks, search history, browsing history, passwords, and sessions across computers. I say supposedly because it doesn’t always do its job. There have been numerous reports on the Google Firefox Extensions group that Browser Sync deletes bookmarks, or adds in loads of additional spacers.…

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WOT Upgrade: Changes, Feedback, and More

Looks like I’m . Not even published for ten minutes and that last post of mine is hereby obsolete. No matter; it’s all mostly a thought dump anyway. 😉 So, as promised, here’s my run-down of new features and changes in the latest WOT release. First, the interface has undergone a major overhaul (?). The rating bars are bigger, and now have distinctly colored rating blocks instead of a full-length gradient. I do like that; it makes ratings easier to figure out. What I don’t like is the fact that the indicator of your own current rating is about 40…

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New Version of WOT Released

WOT‘s that you say? “What’s WOT? Why should I care about a new version?” Well, you should care, and I’ll explain what WOT is right now. WOT (identified in about:config parameters as “weboftrust”) is a browser add-on (currently for Firefox only, but an Internet Explorer version is coming soon [scroll down]) that provides ratings for websites you visit. Think of it as an entirely user-driven McAfee SiteAdvisor (don’t bother asking about them, please; not worth the time because of ). Sites are rated in four categories: Trustworthiness, Vendor Reliability, Privacy, and Child Safety. I’ll cover the old and new interfaces…

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Mozilla to Leave Bugs in Firefox 3?

Apparently, Mozilla will be fixing only 20% of the bugs currently on file for Firefox 3’s final release. There are now about 700 bugs marked “blockers” in the tracker, but only 140 of those will be fixed before the final FF3 release. (Blockers are bugs that justify delaying a release, by Mozilla’s terminology.) It’s surprising to me that Mozilla would be willing to leave as many bugs in; the planned bugfix schedule leaves around 550+ bugs still in the browser. Supposedly, they are prioritizing bugs based on their effect on everyday user experience, but I suspect the real reason they’re…

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Buzz Around New Gmail Macros

As many hardcore Gmail users know, Mihai Parparita, one of the Google Reader developers, wrote a script nearly two years ago named, aptly, Gmail Macros. Since then, the members of the GMail Power Users group on Google Groups have made countless modifications, and released several different versions. Some of the modifications were integrated into Mihai’s script by Mihai himself. Fast-forward to this month, when Mihai re-wrote the “official” version to be compatible with the . Since then, Brent Nef has updated his version, and a new GreaseMonkey (forgive the pun) going by the name of GreenPlastik has also been making…

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