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Archive for November 2008

Add-on downloads reach a Billion

Monday, 24th November 2008 1:53pm
Last week the billionth add-on was download according to the official Mozilla blog.

Mozilla started recording the add-on downloads in 2005 and it has taken some three years to reach a billion downloads. I actually think there has been more downloads in the last two years or so as people have become aware of Firefox and then also the available extensions.

I think the add-ons have made sure the that Firefox browser is my default browser because there are some extensions that I need for my day to day work like Firebug.

Apart the add-ons I need to have like Firebug, I tend to have other favourite extensions from time to time which I install for a while then later on uninstall if the shine falls off or keep them.

At the moment the add-on that I am playing with is Tab Splitter which splits your current browser in half and allows you to view two web pages at once with the ability to use tabs in both browsers.

This can be very useful when you want to compare two pages side by side and its also useful when you have a big widescreen monitor because I think it enables better use of screen real estate.

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Category: Browsers | Comments : 0

Free security from Microsoft

Thursday, 20th November 2008 1:11pm
Microsoft this week announced that it will retire its Windows Live OneCare product and replace it with a free solution codenamed "Morro".

This is an interesting move on the part of Microsoft especially when you consider the fact that OneCare has been on the market for a less than three years and if it was good then this could be the time it could be getting more customers for the product.

This could also be a sign that Microsoft has failed to remove the stranglehold on the security market by players like McAfee and Symantec and now there are also very good free alternatives like AVG.

This new product is to be made available in the second half of 2009 and is targeted at 'small and not powerful computers' suggesting that maybe its not for every home user but possibly for netbook users.

I use the free AVG anti-virus program and I find it to be very good for me at the moment.

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Category: Security | Comments : 0

Grappling with the new look Hotmail

Sunday, 2nd November 2008 11:33pm
Last week I got a new look Hotmail interface for my account and whilst there are some great new features it will take some time getting used to it.

I am still to figure out how to show the size of the email and the only way I can see the size of an email is if I sort by size itself.

My favourite contacts also disappeared and I had to go through the contacts lists and re-select them.

But having said that I think the new way of organising contacts is great and I quite like the idea of selecting the Cc button for example and then getting a drop down of contacts in tab form and you can easily select the mail recipients from there.

I have been with Hotmail for a long time now and I have seen so many changes but this one looks like possibly the best apart from a few niggles.

There are now more options to play around with you if you have the time to do that but unfortunately I cannot compare with Yahoo! or Gmail because I don't have accounts with both.

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Category: Websites | Comments : 1