New Gmail + Tab Mix Plus = Problem?

It is possible for users of both the new Gmail version and the Tab Mix Plus extension for Firefox to have problems downloading attachments. When clicking the “Download” link, the Gmail tab is blanked, and can only be restored by reloading. Tab Mix Plus developers are working on a fix. In the mean time, there are three possible workarounds: Go into Tab Mix Plus settings -> Prevent blank tabs when downloading files -> EDIT and remove the entries /disp=attd&view=att/ and /view=att&disp=attd/ from the list. Lock the Gmail tab. Middle-click or Ctrl+click on the link.

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Firefox 3.0 Beta 1 Coming Soon?

Supposedly, Mozilla’s on the brink of releasing a first beta build of Firefox 3.0, the next version of my favorite browser. I probably won’t be among the early adopters, mostly because I have over 50 extensions that won’t work with the new version yet, and because if there are any bugs, I can’t have them interfere with my workflow. Hopefully, by the time FF3 is released as a final (probably not this year, by PC World reckoning), most of my extensions will have been made compatible. It wasn’t the case with version 2, but I can dream…

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Regressions in Firefox 2.0.0.8

Mozilla is reportedly rushing to fix several regressions in the latest security update to the Firefox browser, version 2.0.0.8. The patch could be available as early as next week, and will address problems with startup crashes (on XP), two page-rendering issues (all versions), and an odd bug that disables extensions on a fraction of Windows PCs. I’ve noticed some issues with the toolbar reverting to default state, adding things back and removing others, and the address bar failed to respond to the return key earlier today until I restarted the browser, but I have definitely seen the toolbar bug before,…

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Firefox 3 Visual Refresh

Apparently the Mozilla developers working on the next major Firefox release, version 3, are planning big integration changes. Operating system-wise, that is. Firefox will have Windows XP, Vista, and Mac OS X themes, each carefully matched to the existing native applications and interface style. Alex Faaborg, part of Mozilla’s user experience design team, has more details on his blog. I won’t get into too many details. However, I do hope the new ‘Fox will support switching between OS themes if the user wants. I might like to try out a Mac or Linux theme on my XP computer.

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Mozilla Makes Another URI Handler Fix

Firefox was updated to 2.0.0.8 recently, and I noticed that one of the eight patches is another URI handler fix. The 2.0.0.6 update also included a URI handler patch, when Mozilla rushed out that update after the first onslaught of protocol handler bugs. While the bugs are still a Microsoft problem, the Mozilla developers isolated cases when the Windows operating system would mishandle URIs and blocked them using their program, so users of Firefox won’t be affected by the vulnerable handlers. Ultimately, Microsoft needs to patch this on their end, but Mozilla’s taking steps to protect their users is something…

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Mozilla to Develop Mobile Firefox

Mozilla Corporation has said it plans to get serious about developing a mobile browser. As devices like the iPhone have shown, people want a full browsing experience on mobile devices. Mozilla hired two new developers to help with the objective, and will continue developing Mozilla2 with mobiles as a device category. Mozilla2 is due out around 2009. PC World has a more in-depth report. Personally I would love to have Firefox on my PDA. Though Mozilla is likely to encounter competition from Apple and Microsoft, who bundle their own mobile browsers on devices using their operating systems, and Opera ASA,…

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Google Desktop Reviewed

I just tried out Google Desktop and was rather disappointed. It comes preloaded with a monstrous sidebar that takes up about a quarter of the screen. You can set it to auto-hide, but even with that, it won’t if there are dialogs open. And it claims to index chats. That’s not true; it indexes chats in a cursory sort of way that’s buggy (often splits chats into multiple events) and incomplete (only indexes chats from after the program was installed). It most certainly doesn’t index chats archived in Gmail. It’s also a major risk for disk usage. Google Desktop creates…

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[Drools] Rounded Corners… Columns… Templates… Dang! It’s CSS3 :(

I’ve been exploring the features of CSS3 over the last few days, and I’m loving it absolutely. Too bad it won’t be really supported until 2010. It has so many useful features, like native column support, rounded corners, cross-browser opacity control, and all kinds of other useful and cool things. Too bad none of the current browsers on the market support any of the features. Mozilla and Firefox come close with proprietary -moz commands, but all the other browsers (those not based on Mozilla) don’t display them. It could be a while before CSS3 is turned into a standard, but…

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Website (Redux)

‘Ello, everyone. A while ago, I about updating one of my websites with an LCARS template (you know, the Star Trek interface?). I also posted an update to that same post that said the upgrade was canceled. I regret to say that this is true; I didn’t have time to implement the design. It would have required editing graphics files, using all kinds of absolute positioning, etc. It just wasn’t worth the trouble. I did say there was a new template in the works, though. That is true; I’ve been working on it for a while now, say two or…

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