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March 01 2009

Speed dial in Firefox 3

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The release of Safari 4 public beta saw another browser move towards using a starting page with a panel of ’screens’ showing you your most popular sites. It’s a cool feature and one which other browsers like Opera have had for a while. I’m still sticking with firefox, so I had a search around for similar functionality and found this: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/4810 “Speed dial” for Firefox. Basically replicates the functionality and is pretty handy! gogo!

January 19 2009

Webkit Javascript Debugger

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202px-webkit_logoWhen I have to work with Javascript I prefer to use jquery. When I do AJAX aspects with Jquery I occaisionally find myself with bugs either caused by syntax problems or poor planning. That’s when I turn on Firebug and can usually find the problem pretty quickly thanks to its comprehensive debugging options.

However, for me, Firefox is sometimes slow, crashy and a pretty poor choice for general browsing. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a great browser, but I have stacked in so many great plugins, I think they adversely affect its performance (and I am on a Mac, which is renowned for have the poor cousin port of Firefox). So I often use Safari or Webkit for everyday browsing. But when using that I didn’t have quick access to JS/DOM debugging if I was curious about a page behaving badly.

Well I just met Drosera, a JS debugger and utility knife for Webkit. If you haven’t heard of it, check it out. So far all good and if I didn’t have all of my bookmarks in Foxmarks it might be the final straw for me moving to webkit permanently (I might have to start using delicious again so I’m not pinned down to Firefox for bookmark management).

August 18 2008

Firefox 3 start pages

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I always find it interesting to see what page people use as their start page in their browser.  A lot of people keep it simple and use google as a start page, or their companies website.

I usually change mine on a weekly basis.  The hot sites this week for me are:

Digg (social news website), iGoogle (Personalised home page with HEAPS of widgets), Smashing Magazine (Web design resources) and Sphinn (Seo version of Digg).  For those people new to the internet who don’t know how to add homepages to Firefox 3, go Firefox preferences, main tab and add the addresses to the homepage input box, seperated by |  (http://www.google.com|http://www.digg.com etc).

June 17 2008

Firefox 3 release day!

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Firefox 3 was includes a LOT of new features including a smarter bookmark search, re-worked options sections, nicer standard search, nicer appearance and faster performance.  The browser is BLAZINGLY fast, and best of all is a free download.

http://www.getfirefox.com to download it today.  They are also going for a guiness world record for number of downloads in a day so grab it today and help them get the record.