Entry: on using 1.0 11/12/2004



I've downloaded and installed Firefox 1.0. I had some problems updating all of my extensions but I guess that's mostly because the servers were swamped, just like in the old days of Netscape 6.0. But trust me guys, Firefox is much, much better than that old monster. I'd almost say better than Netscape, but I haven't tried it's latest version myself.

As for Opera, well that's also another dilemma because its my favorite browser in Warnets having used it as (often times) the only alternative to IE. I avoid IE more for pragmatic reasons nowadays, simply because its default configuration leaves me gritting teeth and biting nails everytime some pr0n sleeperware takes over without management seeming to notice (or care, more likely). Opera's single browser mode is more workable, though, especially in version 7.2 and above. Of course that owes no little nod to the fact that single browser mode was a last minute feature wish which was not quite ready at Firefox 1.0's launch time.

As for the extension problems, I've resolved most of them by first uninstalling all of them then googling for their individual updates the day after launch (November 10th) so that most of them have been updated now. But I think updates.mozilla.org is a bit less congested nowadays, so if you wanna get them plugins and extension goodies you better get them now before the NYT ad comes up and the servers become swamped again (which is a good thing because it means more new Firefox users:)

One thing I would appreciate happening though is the return of the online/offline button at the bottom right corner of the browser window, like the one the old Mozilla Browser had. By pressing the button Mozilla Browser would go offline and we could surf the cache instead of downloading content expensively online. The normal way would involve navigating Firefox's 'file' menu to acces the 'work offline' menu item. Very useful when you want to be online for as small a time as possible, disconnecting after data has been downloaded and connecting again to continue 'exploring' (pun intended). Some people in our dial-up world still actually have to pay their local phone acces by the minute, you know:)

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