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Get Firefox!

Okay, so I was already pretty much a dedicated firefox user but like a well seasoned developer (I'd like to think) I try not to upgrade to the newest software on a stable system. Why oh why you ask? This might seem odd to those of you who know how much I loooooove new techie-toys. Simple answer- it invariably bites me in my well padded tush. Most developers are cranking out "critical" updates which invariably break your software. Hey, you developers, would you please test it before you release it? Some (ahem) release updates that not only introduce more problems for you but also break your whole operating system. That's when I get creative with my language. So. Unless you need to, why update your software? For the great new features of course! (Sometimes this is said with great sarcasm) So, other software "upgrades" aside, what do I love about the 1.0PR edition of firefox and firefox in general?

  1. It works. Really it does. Just like the stable release of 0.8 but this is a "technology preview" which means they don't want to promise it is stable. But it seems to be.
  2. Tabbed Browsing. I'm a multi-tasker who usually has 7+ browser tabs open. Extremely handy and they don't take over your Windows Taskbar (UGH!)
  3. Tiny download. I have enough software bloat issues.
  4. Slightly modified searching still works with the '/' key, just like the supergeeks who use vi are used to.
  5. Super duper bookmark editor. Even though I use furl I still have some local bookmarks.
  6. Extensions! Add functionality to your browser. Easily! Ones I have loaded - Sage for feed reading, gmail notifier, tab-browser preferences, quicknote, and Web Developer. I'm thinking of getting the image magnifier extension.
  7. Uninstall extensions easily. YAY!
  8. Excellent popup blocking and if you never want to see an ad, adblock extension is available.
  9. Themes/Skins to make it look a bit better.
  10. Standardized W3C which means it really does play by the rules. Much easier to to develop for when you know the rules, eh?
  11. Starts up FAAAST. Netscape used to be so slow. Firefox, however, could rival IE. And that's just super.
  12. Multiple platform support.

Just get it. You'll be so happy

Robin- I don't know how this compares to safari, but I dunno, you may want to try it if safari isn't cutting it for you :)

tivo- you light up my tv


My mother had a tendency to race home for specific tv shows. She doesn't turn down social engagements to watch her shows but often gets home by a certain time to slide past the hot water maker for tea, turn on the tv, and feed the dog. The thing that I find a tad bit baffling is that the shows aren't that great. There's really only one requirement- it be in Chinese. Oh, and Monk, we do not miss new episodes of Monk without due cause or forgetfulness. I'm sure if she was an appointment oriented person, she'd write it on the calendar- "Monk. 7pm. New."

But hah! We've turned a new leaf and learned a new trick! Tivo!. Techbargains posted a tivo deal and I had forwarded it on to her with a slight suggestion. Come on, $13 a month is worth it to free yourself from the only thing more regular than my alarm clock going off in the morning and me not getting up until an hour later. So yes, we now are the proud owners of a Series 2 Tivo. Every so often after my mother watches one of her recorded shows, I pop in and ask her if she's exhilarated (in Chinese). Somehow, I may be more excited than she is, like the time I hopped around flailing my arms like a 5 year old chirping that I wanted to "demo" the Tivo. Today I experienced Tivo for myself as I watched an episode of Knitty Gritty and sped through the parts I wasn't interested in. Did I mention it recorded the episode at the I'm-not-awake hour of 7 am? Yes! Life is great.

And yes, I set a Season Pass for Monk. Despite having seen almost all the episodes, she wants to watch them again, without commercials. Yes ma'am. I can do that.

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