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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!

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 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)


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Save hundreds of dollars using old computers as dummy keyboards / monitors!

I just tried Google’s Remote Desktop. It’s super easy. All you have to do is add it to the Chrome browser and install one small program on your host computer.

So if you have one half decent computer, you can dust off those old, not so great computers around the home and press them into service as dummy keyboards / monitors linked to your good computer.

It also works for android tablets and iPads, which suddenly fly as fast as your best computer.

I’m doing it right now with an old laptop replete with busted hinge (screen propped up by a weight). The type is fast and responsive. I can open multiple tabs and my ram usage stays down around 300 mb. Perfect for blogging. Not so great for music and really quite mediocre for video. But you can’t have everything for free. Anyhow, I use my tablet for music and videos. So it’s all good.

All you have to remember is to adjust the screen resolution of the host computer (the best one) to match the default screen resolution for your dummy computer (the worst one).

Solid!

– remotely published via ancient laptop with 512 mb ram, AMD mobile sempron processor ( = weak)

Be sure to see my update to this post » Maybe I spoke too soonTeam Viewer seems better than Google Chrome Remote


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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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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!