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tinman (2063)

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tinman spent a few years mucking around industry before going back to school for a Masters. Currently not enjoying the weather in North England..

He wrote Perl that looked suspiciously like C code in 1998, while working as an intern, and has been trying to cure that bad habit ever since.

Journal of tinman (2063)

Monday February 09, 2004
03:39 PM

Firefox ... down ?

[ #17308 ]

Yep, I always upgrade to the latest and greatest Fire$ANIMAL when I read the release announcement.

Now the complaints. I hate the installer for Windows XP. Yes, I realize that some people need the installer, but I prefer the plain old download-and-unzip method. Worse still, for some weird reason, the old profile refused to work, so I had to manually sling the bookmarks and form history and signon thingies into the new profile directory. S'all good.

Onto extensions. Open my bookmarks, go to the developer pages and install.Then, the browser refuses to start, but throws a weird XBL error instead. WTF ? Turns out that Tabbrowser extensions are borked. I have anything from 3-5 extensions, all of which I installed within the first few minutes of getting the new version. I didn't know which extension had caused the crash. yikes! Uninstall (bah, stupid installer), reinstall, try them one extension at a time. Figure out it was TBE, uninstall the whole shebang again and install everything else.

Now my whine is that the browser has changed (I have gotten so used to TBE that the context menus and things had been customized). Do the action that I am used to (right click on tab - left click to close the tab) now results in a "new tab" instead :) gah!

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  • The major complaint I have after only a few hours of playing, is that half of the time, the scrollbars don't show up, even though the content is too big is too big to fit into the window.

    I'm thinking of going back to FireBird 0.70.

  • To be fair, the release notes [] did warn that extensions might well cause problems.

    And whilst you dislike the installer, if it lets people use the flash plugin more easily, I'm all for it...


    • err..ugh :) actually, one of my can't-do-without extensions is the click-to-see-flash plugin :) Most of the flash stuff I see is flashy, irritating advertising. This plugin replaces it with a hyperlink that you have to click.

      I'd prefer NOT to install flash if I could possibly get away from it :)

  • I must admit I'm not impressed either.

    First off it messed my Mozilla 1.6 profile up, though it did leave my FireBird/Phoenix profiles intact....

    I've not been able to download the Linux version at all, the server seems overloaded.

    Flash is EVIL! anything that enables it is also EVIL. Actually flash is a fine technology, it's just all the advertisers use it, and I find animation very distracting. I use a ZAP plug-in bookmarklet [] to control things, and I use the "block images" option with great vigour.


    -- "It's not magic, it's work..."