Firefox 2 beta 1 is out, and it has some nifty new features for all you manic surfer out there.
At Lifehacker they have lined up the a bunch of the shiniest new things by using pretty pictures to illustrate them (screenshots that is).
The features I’m digging the most judging from what I can see in the article are the very welcome integrated spell checker, and the RSS feed integration.
Currently I’m completely ignoring this in v1.x, but since the v2 has a way to link directly to Google Reader, that will probably change in the near future.
Oh yeah, and the supercute pup on the right. That’s a real firefox for ya.
Ain’t it sweet?
Some really nice features have been added to this version, such as live bookmarking of RSS feeds, the extended search options, and a slick upgrade procedure provided by the setup program, and that built in popup blocker I couldn’t live without anymore.
If you haven’t switched browsers yet, maybe it’s time you give this one a shot.
It’s a lot more secure than IE, and it’s l33t as fuck as well :)
It runs smoothly next to IE, so if you don’t like it (which I doubt) you can uninstall it without a problem afterwards.
Recently I was testing a web application and needed to manually delete some cookies it had been setting.
It occurred to me how many cookies my browser was actually keeping track of, and how few of those where actually related to sites I frequently visit.
For a lot of those cookies I could guess their purpose by the name of the URL they where created from, but there where still a shit load of em in there that I didn’t have a clue what they where used for, and who they where from.
Call me paranoid, but somehow I don’t like the idea that some unknown people are keeping electronic taps on me. So clearing all your cookies now and then is one solution, but this also means that all your favourite websites will suddenly have completely forgotten who you are, and will require you to login again. And if you’re in anyway a bit like my you’re probably using different passwords for different sites, and you’ll be forgetting some of those meaning you’ll be hitting that “damn I forgot my password again and now feel like an idiot” button so they can help you out over e-mail.
But luckily there is another way to deal with this issue in Mozilla Firefox. This browser allows you to restrict how cookies are managed, and currently I only allow cookies to remain during a single session, unless the website setting the cookie is in my exception list.
In that exception list I’ll be only putting those sites I want cookies from, which will only be those yummy crunchy ones with raisins.
Like this I’ll be able to logon to my favourite sites without having to re-enter my account details a zillion times, and all other nasty, bad tasting biscuits will be zapped from my hard drive as soon as I exit my browser.
Some nice updates came to my attention this week. Firefox 0.9 has been released by the Mozilla team, which has been my favorite browser for quite a while now . Remember when it was still called Phoenix? Aaah, those where the days. I don’t like the new theme all that much personally, but setting the toolbar to use small icons makes it look tidy enough for now.
Pegasus mail, another nice free piece of software, which I’ve been using for years, has finally received an update. It’s been a while since the last one, but judging from the release notes it makes sense that version v4.2 took a while. It’s good to see that the interface has finally gotten the necessary face lift.
Even though Pegasus is a swell piece of e-mail software that can easily compete with the other major players, it’s old looking interface made it look… well, old I guess.
Last but not least I noticed that Yahoo has increased it’s mail services mailbox size from a mere 6 MB to a sweet 100, with a limit of 10MB per message which should be enough for now. It’s not quite yet the gigabyte GMail is supposed to be offering in the (near?) future, but it ain’t bad either. In fact, my own ISP only offers half that much.