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#1 sweidre

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Posted 19 May 2011 - 07:41 AM

Hi, here is an Article by Tech. Republic regarding Firefox vs. Chromium:
"Goodbye Firefox. Hello Chromium."
http://www.techrepub...k&ctype=default
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Posted 19 May 2011 - 07:38 PM

I can kind of understand why that gentleman is considering moving to a new browser. I just updated to Firefox 4.0.1 this morning. After installing I noticed that all the check marks in Options had disappeared as well as the preference check marks for some add-ons. Running Firefox in it's "Safe Mode" with all add-ons disabled I was able to configure Options. I submitted a report at Mozilla's support forum and got a reply from a user there that it's most likely an add-on that is causing this. So some time very soon I'm going to systematically disable each add-on to determine which one is the offending culprit. More fun with Firefox! On a plus note, I found this version to have a much more responsive web page load time, quicker start up and less RAM usage than it's predecessor.

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Posted 19 May 2011 - 10:45 PM

I can kind of understand why that gentleman is considering moving to a new browser. I just updated to Firefox 4.0.1 this morning. After installing I noticed that all the check marks in Options had disappeared as well as the preference check marks for some add-ons. Running Firefox in it's "Safe Mode" with all add-ons disabled I was able to configure Options. I submitted a report at Mozilla's support forum and got a reply from a user there that it's most likely an add-on that is causing this. So some time very soon I'm going to systematically disable each add-on to determine which one is the offending culprit. More fun with Firefox! On a plus note, I found this version to have a much more responsive web page load time, quicker start up and less RAM usage than it's predecessor.

Hi Ritchie,
Thanks for your info! I haveFF3.6.17 & still waiting for important extensions to be developed! (I check every day, but still the extensions are missing, no progress!) Maybe I should upgrade anyhow to FF4.0.1, but prior to doing this I will based upon your lines above disable all extensions in FF3.6.17, update to FF4.0.1, and then try to enable the extensions one by one to find the culprit in this way. Is using "Safe Mode" necessary? An alternative way is to first make a list of all my existing extensions, uninstall FF3.6.17 completely, cleanly install FF4.0.1 from scratch, and finally add the extensions one by one. (The settings of the extensions, I have to do from scratch, but it will not be so time-consuming!) I am not sure what method I will use, maybe I will wait some days prior to decision & action! You say, that " I found this version to have a much more responsive web page load time, quicker start up and less RAM usage than it's predecessor." This is very important, because especially startup time is the main problem for me (not so much the load-time of webpages!)
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Posted 20 May 2011 - 02:32 AM

Hi, here is an article by Wired Epicenter about Mozilla publishing the 50 slowest FF Add-Ons:
"Mozilla Publishes List of the 50 Slowest Firefox Add-Ons
By Mark Brown April 5, 2011 | 2:36 pm | Categories: Cool Apps, The Web"
http://www.wired.com...irefox-add-ons/
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Posted 20 May 2011 - 02:36 AM

Hi, here is an article by ZDNET.com about the need of the new features of FF5:
"New features headed for Firefox 5 ... but do we need them?"
http://www.zdnet.com...need-them/12187
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Posted 20 May 2011 - 02:40 AM

Hi, here is a Video by Tech.Rebublic about the 5 most important FF add-ons:
"Video: Five must-have Firefox add-ons" Enjoy!
http://www.techrepub...ox-add-ons/1101
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Posted 20 May 2011 - 02:44 AM

Hi, here is a blog by Tech.Republic about 10 FF hacks:
"10 handy Firefox about:config hacks"
http://www.techrepub...onfig-hacks/719
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Posted 20 May 2011 - 02:47 AM

Hi, here is the homepage of Chromium about its Projects:
"The Chromium Projects"
http://www.chromium.org/Home
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Posted 20 May 2011 - 02:50 AM

Hi, here is an article by Tech.Republic about Googles promise not to phoning home your data:
"Google promises Chrome is not phoning home with your Web data"
http://www.techrepub...r-web-data/3942
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Posted 20 May 2011 - 03:03 AM

Here is an article by Tech.Republic about FF Security Tips:
"Firefox: Some security tips"
http://www.techrepub...urity-tips/1501
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Posted 20 May 2011 - 05:55 AM

Sweidre, I tracked down the problem. I am using a custom theme called Classic Compact 4.0.8 with a customization add-on for the theme called Classic Compact Options 4.0.8. It was this add-on that was causing the anomalous behavior. Once disabled all the check-marks appeared where they're suppose to. However I have the same set up on Robert's XP Pro 32 bit machine and do not encounter this behavior. So the problem lies with Windows 7 and/or a 64bit operating system with this add-on. After I post this I am going to see if I can contact the developer and inform him of this bug.

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Posted 20 May 2011 - 06:59 AM

After some experimenting I narrowed the problem down even further. The add-on has a option where you can change the OS background color within the theme. I had made a change to that but after reverting back to the default setting everything is just fine now. Problem solved and I can still use the add-on! Cool!

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Posted 20 May 2011 - 03:40 PM

After some experimenting I narrowed the problem down even further. The add-on has a option where you can change the OS background color within the theme. I had made a change to that but after reverting back to the default setting everything is just fine now. Problem solved and I can still use the add-on! Cool!

I am using the default FF theme, I think. Good, that you have Roberts XP 32-bit computer to compare with. The quoted lines above indicate, that you have found a solution. Fine! Your info about FF4 is highly appreciated prior to my attempt to upgrade some day!
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Posted 22 May 2011 - 03:55 AM

Hi, here is an article by CNET.com about FF5 Beta:
"Rapid-release idea spreads to Firefox 5 beta"
http://news.cnet.com...064976-264.html
Is it relly tactically correct by FF to follow in the footsteps of Google Chrome, with frequent releases and hiding menubar & toolbars? In my mind Chrome is not perfect at all, so I think that FF should have kept its own profile! Now Users will have a heck to test and compare all versions! (Opera users have not this kind of problem! Opera users stick to Opera, thats it!
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Posted 23 May 2011 - 04:39 AM

Hi Ritchie,
During the night I have just upgraded FF3.0.17 to FF4.0.1 without any technical problems! First I missed Menu bar and Status bar, but I got them placed correctly. My tabs I also manage to place, where I want to have them. FF4 is really different from FF3, but with many postive features, I noticed! Startup time is really fast now! ( I have not yet tested loading time of websites ). I miss still some extensions, but maybe I can find replacememts for them?! So, in the long run, I think I will get familiar with this new version! Hmm..."In the long run", when FF5 is just waiting around the corner!
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PS. One day I must look into the latest version of Opera also! DS

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Posted 23 May 2011 - 06:24 AM

There are some differences between the versions. Speed, both start up and web page load time is greatly improved with this version. Also they have tried to improve the Page File (virtual memory) archiving that was a real problem with the previous versions which resulted in excessive RAM usage. That's the reason for the introduction of CleanMem to my system (still goin' to use it though). You know they are working on a beta 6 version already.

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Posted 23 May 2011 - 08:50 AM

You know they are working on a beta 6 version already.

FF6 Beta? That means a stressful time ahead regarding only FF. One way is to skip Beta testing & maybe skip Chrome (??). The real beauty with FF is its PlainOldFavorites in sync with IEs Favorites. The extensions of FF are better developed, than the corresponding extensions of Chrome except "Click&Clean". Opera testing? I doubt, for now, at least!
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Posted 01 June 2011 - 06:17 AM

Hi, here are download sites & an article by CNET about the browser Opera:
"Opera - Download.com v.11.11" (including Video)
http://download.cnet...4-10005498.html
"Opera - Download.com" v.11.50 Beta
http://download.cnet...4-10068484.html
"New Opera beta tightens password security"
http://download.cnet...0067773-12.html
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Posted 02 June 2011 - 02:34 AM

Hi, her is an article by ZDNET.com about Microsofts Free Malware Cleaner:
"Microsoft ships free malware cleaner that boots from CD or USB"
http://www.zdnet.com...712?tag=nl.e019
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Posted 02 June 2011 - 03:07 AM

Hi, here is an article by CNET.com about Browser Comparion with a histogram:
"One out of eight people now uses Chrome"
http://news.cnet.com...065430-264.html
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