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Firefox making a comeback?

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For a long time I let go of Firefox. When Firefox was young it was my go-to browser. But then it got bloated and seemed slow.

With only one half decent computer to my name, I spend a lot of time eeking out whatever I can from older computers.

I just enjoy that. I could afford to buy more new computers. But I don’t see why I would. I get a hit – that “new” feeling – from trying out new software. I don’t need to get new hardware to feel that way. Usually when I buy new hardware it’s almost traumatic. I have returned stuff to the superstore because something wasn’t right or wasn’t as advertised. So generally I don’t like buying big ticket items. Only when I really have to. And then it’s fun.

So that’s why I tried out Team Viewer. I now have two Windows XP dummy computers running that. One in the basement. So when I do laundry I’m not just wasting time but working down there. (Our basement contains the bulk of my library, and I like working with all my books around me). One in the dining room because I like the open space of the main floor. And then there’s the main computer in my bedroom, which the two dummies feed off.

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Now that I always have speed at my fingertips, I thought I’d try out Firefox again. It runs fine on my bedroom computer and, as I say, using the two Windows XP computers as dummies, it runs fine from them too.

Second time around I’m happy to get back to Firefox. One new feature that really pleases me is its snip tool. Sure, Windows 10 has it in Edge. But Edge sucks. We all know that. And the Edge snip tool only allows you to upload your snip to the web. No easy downloading.

It seems the Microsoft marketing gurus want us to run out of cloud space so we’ll buy more. So cheesy.

Windows 7 also has a pretty good snip tool. But by far the best snip tool comes with the latest version of Firefox. It makes it easy to snip just what you want and also to download to your computer.

This was snipped with Firefox last night:

After importing my Chrome bookmarks into Firefox, it’s virtually good to go. Maybe I just like a change. I don’t know. I get bored with blogging. And even a little change, like a change of browser, can reinvigorate me.

Much cheaper than running out and buying bulky hardware every week!

 Here’s how you can watch Apple’s iPhone event(rappler.com)


 AdBlock Plus can now stop sites from mining cryptocurrencies on your PC(neowin.net)


 How to Add Mouse Gestures to Chrome and Firefox(maketecheasier.com)


 Creating Richer Content with Zemanta(sovrn.com)


 Off-Ramping Bad Traffic to Get to the Good Traffic(sovrn.com)


 Google Chrome says it will stop the autoplay video madness in January(fastcompany.com)


 Roamit for Windows 10 lets you share files, photos, and your clipboard across devices(windowscentral.com)


 Your next work laptop could run Android apps(mashable.com)


 How to watch a live stream of Apple’s big iPhone event(businessinsider.com)


 Skype’s new ‘Interviews’ feature lets you test candidates using a real-time code editor(feedproxy.google.com)


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More tips for people trying to get the most out of an old computer

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I awoke in the middle of the night last night. Instead of rolling around in bed when that happens, I usually get up and do something.  I also enjoy listening to music late at night. My senses are heightened. It’s quiet. And usually there are some other night owl bloggers with whom I might engage in some friendly banter. So it’s all good.

But last night my faster laptop was in my bedroom. And I wanted to sit at the dining room table, where I have a really ancient laptop set up. I say “set up” because the hinge is busted, so I have to prop up the screen with something moderately heavy.

A bit tired of Spotify and Stingray, I wanted to listen to Naxos online. But this little dining room laptop just couldn’t hack it. After playing sounds for a few seconds it would skip and sputter. That’s what happens with 512 RAM and an atom-style processor.

So I tried the K-Meleon browser, highly touted among old computer hobbyists. But it couldn’t load the Naxos playlist. I tried Firefox. Same thing. Next I tried the ultra-light Midori. The portable version didn’t load. But the installed version did.

This looked very promising and, happy for a few minutes, I thought I’d found the answer. But after a while the whole Midori browser just crashed.

Then it came to me. Duh. Just load Chrome without all my extensions. This meant signing out of Chrome and loading the blank browser, clearing all history, bookmarks, etc. (Not sure if the latter makes any difference but I thought I’d do it anyhow).

Success! This works so well that I am listening to Handel (streaming) and typing this note on Word 97. Next, I’ll try to load up WordPress and see if the music still plays.

It’s the little things in life…  🙂


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Watch Married to the Mob and other golden greats… free!

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I’ve been restoring old computers and learning more about the ins and outs of software and especially hardware. I’ve always enjoyed software but never used to be a hardware person at all. And I thought I never would be. So the only “operation” I did with old computers was remove the HD before tossing them into the electronic recycle bin (we do that in Canada).

I regret that now. Recently a CR-ROM went on the fritz with one of my old computers. And I have thrown out 2 CD-ROMs in the past. One of them might have worked. But they’re gone… because I was stupid and didn’t foresee that I would become interested in hardware too.

I did, however, successfully upgrade some RAM from one computer to another. I was very pleased that I could do that, and it actually worked.

My hardware knowledge is limited, though. So most of my free computing time is spent trying to figure out new ways to get stuff for free, legally. Recently I discovered a Firefox add-on that enables you to do just that. It’s an add-on to watch older or second and third-rate streaming movies. It must be legal because the site that offers these streaming movies hasn’t been taken down.

Anyhow, I tested it out and found an old 80s flick that I never watched: Married to the Mob with Michelle Pfeiffer, who was one of the hottest stars of the 80s. I clicked on the film – via the add-on – and sure enough, it started streaming. Credits over railroad tracks, if I remember right. I wasn’t in the mood to watch the whole thing so clicked if off after a few seconds. But hey, if anyone is interested…

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/search/?q=free+movies&appver=46.0&platform=windows

 


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From Firefox to Chrome

It seems I spoke too soon. Since I discovered yesterday that Firefox works with iOS I launched a campaign to find the best non-Safari browser functional in iPad 2.

So today I discovered Chrome, which in the past I have been somewhat biased against because I didn’t like some of Google’s policies. But I once tried Chrome with my PC and did enjoy some of the apps.

Getting past my prejudice, I tried Chrome for iOS this morning, which I didn’t even know was possible until today. I thought all things Apple and Android were at odds, period.

The result?

I find that Chrome it is even better than Firefox with an old, slow iPad. I particularly like being able to talk into the iPad for web searches (which is built-in with newer Apple devices). That is great. I like talking into machines so much that I also downloaded the Dragon app, which I have tried before. Dragon is a text-to-speech recognition app. I’m using it right now. I guess I’m just getting lazier and lazier and want to get the work done with the least amount of fuss. But I guess that’s good business.

At any rate, I just wanted to pass on that I like Chrome even better than Firefox. Although I may still use Firefox for some applications. Chrome makes it easy to copy and paste web addresses among, you know, Twitter, Facebook and WordPress. So I was able to delete all those apps which were slowing down the iPad. And one of them was crashing way too often.

So things are looking up. I should be getting more news out, more often, to earthpages.org.

Yay!


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Firefox 2 for iOS rocks!

I generally am more of a window shopper – also Windows shopper – than an actual shopper. With the Canadian dollar at yet another low, it seems prices are even more artificially inflated in Canada than usual. This especially so with tech gear.

But with the aging iPad that I’m now typing on, things have slowed down to a crawl. Finding and posting news stories on mobile for Earthpages.org has become a near impossible task. Crash after crash, freeze after freeze, so I finally decided to take a look at the big box store today.

The tablets and notebooks were nice enough. But something inside told me not to splash my cash just yet. So I come home and find that Firefox has been available for free on iPad since last September. Hurriedly downloaded, I’m finding it fantastic compared to Safari, which I never really liked.

Speed and functionality are restored—actually better than ever. I’m very happy. And I didn’t have to spend a dime! Even happier… 🙂


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Gimme Mo-zilla!

Could it be true? I’m almost starting to like Mozilla Firefox more than my old standard, IE. It’s hard to believe that Firefox is based on the more or less defunked Netscape because that’s one browser that I never, ever liked (well, maybe I did in the very early days when I surfed on the university computers…).

So why do I like Firefox?

Well, it seems to run faster on my laptop. And I prefer the intra-search layout. Plus, the tabs at top are smaller.

Does it allow for the Google browser? This I still have to find out… because I really do need the online form spellcheck!