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Firefox 3.5 released

From MozillaZine.org:

Mozilla Firefox 3.5 has been released. Available for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux in more than 70 different languages, Firefox 3.5 is the most recent major Mozilla browser release since the launch of Firefox 3 in June 2008.

Firefox 3.5 can be downloaded from the Firefox product page or via software update. More information can be found in the Firefox 3.5 Release Notes.

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July 1, 2009 at 07:30 Leave a comment

Run Internet Explorer 6 and 7 next to each other

So… you’re a web developer and you MUST test your creations on Internet Explorer.

That’s a fact of life. So, get over the shock (You’re all Firefox users, right ?), and start fiddeling around on your tweaked PC, and… horror… find out that you only have Internet Explorer 6 installed. Darn… and your customer reported he’s using Internet Exploder 7 (sorry for the typo’s 🙂 )…

No problem,  just upgrade to Internet Explorer 7. Tadaaaa…. You’re done. Right ? Not.

Aaaargh… you just realized after rebooting (installing a browser actually requires you to… reboot ??) that the good (?) old (!) Internet Explorer 6 has vaporised from your system !!! Not nice.

Multiple IEsFortunately, we’re not the only ones with this problem.

Drumroll… Enter “MultipleIEs”…

The nice folks at Tredosoft released a tool that allows you toinstall multiple Internet Exploders (I do it again… ah, these typo’s) on your machine.

Oh, and if you haven’t made the mistake of upgrading already to IE7, they also have a solution to install IE7 as a standalone browser next to your existing IE6…

Check it out !

October 22, 2008 at 10:11 Leave a comment

Why is Steve Jobs so stubborn ?

It’s official: Adobe is indeed working on Flash for the iPhone.

Only problem: It’s up to Apple (and Steve Jobs) to allow it to be officially available… So far, Steve Jobs thinks Flash sucks

“At the Flash On The Beach (FOTB) conference in Brighton, Sr. Director of Engineering at Adobe Systems Paul Betlem, confirmed that Adobe is indeed developing a Flash Player for the iPhone. However, Apple calls the shots as to when it’ll be available.”

More info at FlashMagazine.com

The same applies for other tools such as Firefox…

Recently Wired posted an interview with The Mozilla CEO John Lilly. Towards the end of the interview Wired asks the question.

Wired: Are you going to develop a version of Firefox for the iPhone?

Lilly: No. Apple makes it too hard. They say it’s because of technical issues — they don’t want outsiders to disrupt the user experience. That’s a business argument masquerading as a technological argument.

October 1, 2008 at 12:45 Leave a comment

Bi-directional Sync between Thunderbird/Lightning and Google Calendar — Now with free tips a tricks :-)

The end resultWho hasn’t been looking for a long time for a rock solid calendaring system, accessible both at home, work and when traveling ?

When Google Calendar appeared, it looked very promising… with tools like GooSync, you could sync your Google Calendar with your mobile phone/PDA, but not yet to your desktop client (Thunderbird/Lightning) to do your email / organisation…

Queue Lightning, the calendaring extension for Thunderbird which brings the desktop email application one1 step closer to becoming a viable alternative to Microsoft Outlook.

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September 26, 2008 at 12:04 29 comments

So, have you downloaded Google Chrome yet ?

To be honest, I tried to do so

I was able to download the installer just fine, but since I’m stuck behind a company firewall, the installer can’t get  to the actual installer .exe file. (more…)

September 3, 2008 at 21:05 Leave a comment

Something to look out for (if you’re a Firefox user)

Mozilla Labs is working on weave, a nifty online service (with corresponding extension) for storing all of your Firefox settings on a central location. Something Google attempted with their BrowserSync and Opera already has for some time…

More info at http://labs.mozilla.com

July 10, 2008 at 13:01 Leave a comment

Firefox 3 promises to be a speed-monster

Fast(er) Firefox

The latest nightly builds of Mozilla Firefox 3 are now being built with Profile Guided Optimization (PGO), and tests confirmed that Firefox 3.0 is now the fastest browser on the earth and more than 30% faster in JavaScript tests than the latest Opera Beta (9.5.9807)…

The figures

Cybernetnews.com reports the results of the SunSpider JavaScript Benchmark test, used for each of the different browsers. All of the tests below were performed on the same Windows machine, and the Firefox 3 nightly builds definitely came out on top. Here are the results sorted from best to worst (each one is hyperlinked to the full stats):

  1. Firefox 3 Nightly (PGO Optimized): 7.263ms
  2. Firefox 3 Nightly (02/25/2008 build): 8.219ms
  3. Opera 9.5.9807 Beta: 10.824ms
  4. Firefox 3 Beta 3: 16.080ms
  5. Safari 3.0.4 Beta: 18.012ms
  6. Firefox 2.0.0.12: 29.376ms
  7. Internet Explorer 7: 72.375ms

So what is Profile Guided Optimization?

When building (compiling) Firefox, a set of tests are run and the data from these tests are used to optimize the compiled code. The data from the tests enables the compiler to aggressively optimize code in Firefox. The data represents how the program is likely to perform in a production environment. Basically, it runs the Firefox code to see what functions get used the most and optimizes the final code around that data.

Profile-guided optimization is a relatively new feature in both GCC and Visual C++ that improves the quality of generated code.

IE already doing this

IE7 was build with Profile-Guided Optimizations and gained a 8% performance improvement with no additional code change.

For more information about Profile-Guided Optimizations:
Profile-Guided Optimizations in Microsoft Visual C++
Building with Profile-Guided Optimization

 

Sources: gemal.dk and cybernetnews.com

March 6, 2008 at 13:33 Leave a comment

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