If Firefox recommends ad blocking software ...

  • December 24, 2008
  • James Skemp
The other day I installed YSlow on my home machine. When I did so I noticed that they were recommending the major ad blocking add-on, but I didn't think too much of it. I was reading an article that questioned again (id est, old news) whether Chrome would strain the Google/Mozilla relationship. Since the ad blocking add-on blocks Google ads, I wonder if instead of Chrome, it's these recommended add-ons that are causing the strain.

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Current, major, browsers

  • November 23, 2008
  • James Skemp
Do users know that they're not using the current version of their browser? While many browsers will check for updated versions (Firefox, for example), some do not. Anywho, I've decided, looking at the numbers, that I would start adding a check on my sites to alert users if there browser is out of date, and tell them where they can get an updated version. Note that I refer to the desktop version of these browsers, and mention only the major browsers.

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Browser environments for testing

  • November 20, 2008
  • James Skemp
In a previous post I mentioned using virtual machines for testing. Here's the three virtual machines that I feel cover the most options for browser testing (on Windows):  Current versions Looking at the top 10 browsers for this site, using data from Google Analytics, we have; Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, Chrome, Mozilla, Opera, Playstation 3, Konqueror, SeaMonkey, and Camino. Of those, Internet Explorer and Firefox, obviously, account for the largest amount of traffic, at about 86% of all visits.

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Firebug: Don't enable for every site

  • February 8, 2008
  • James Skemp
After a deal of searching, I've finally discovered why my Firefox browser was crashing so often. So often, in fact, that I have Internet Explorer 7 a chance (and it showed how much of a fight it can now put up). The short story: don't enable Firebug for all sites. Gmail has recently been warning about this, stating that slow-downs are likely. One config setting, javascript.options.strict, when set to true, can also cause issues with Google AdSense.

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Gmail and Firefox 2.0.0.5 - issues with JavaScript?

  • July 24, 2007
  • James Skemp
Over the past couple of days I've noticed issues with the Inbox view of Gmail being extremely slow on Firefox (2.0.0.5, the current version). Disabling JavaScript makes the load much faster (naturally), but even switching to Internet Explorer (7) works (with JS on). With Firefox 2.0.0.5 already having a security issue, I wonder if updating was a good decision in this case. Perhaps 2.0.0.5 was released a bit too quickly?

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Three reasons Microsoft Firefox is a hoax

  • November 14, 2006
  • James Skemp
Three reasons Microsoft Firefox is a hoax, in order of when I spotted them. 1) "it's better now ... like seriously ..." 2) Site Ground banner in the bottom left corner. 3) Create a better video, eh? Microsoft doesn't need to reuse the same video they used elsewhere. 4) Free email address?  How 90s/early 00s ... The Register: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2006/11/14/ms_firefox/ Microsoft(R) Firefox | We've Made it Better

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Firefox 1.5.0.7 released today

  • September 14, 2006
  • James Skemp
Firefox 1.5.0.7 was released today.  Once again, I found out about this by seeing a site mention it, instead of my browser notifying me ... Ah well.  It's recommended that you download, so go do it!  Note that the partial download failed for me.  Firefox actually had to download a 6.1 MB file to update Firefox, instead of the under 600 KB file it initially downloaded.  While I was at it, I checked my Extensions for updates, which I also recommend you do as well.

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Four working browsers (at least)

  • August 10, 2006
  • James Skemp

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Build your own Firefox extension

  • June 21, 2006
  • James Skemp

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Essential Firefox extensions for the Web producer/developer

  • April 21, 2006
  • James Skemp

There's a handful of extensions for Firefox that I found absolutely necessary in my day-to-day Web production and development. Below, I've outlined the essentials, as well as those that are near the top of the crop.

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Attention: Where do you put it?

  • April 18, 2006
  • James Skemp

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