I guess you all want to clear your Cache in Firefox, so check out the directions below to see how to do that.
1. Go to the top left of your Firefox web browser, and click on the Orange button that says Firefox.
2. Now move your mouse over to Options, then click on Options (you will see it).
3. Now you will see the Options window open, so now click on the Advanced tab, now go to the Network tab below the title for Advanced and look down near the botton and you will see some information saying:
Offline Web Content and User Data:
Your application cache is currently using 0 bytes of disk space.
4. Click on the button Clear Now which is directly on the right side of this information. Now click Ok, and your done!.
The fate of Flash within Ubuntu is completely uncertainty, which is uncertainty within not knowing if Adobe’s Flash player for Linux will be getting many more newer features, as Adobe will be continuing to give security updates to Flash on Linux 11.2 for the next five years which is what we do know right now.
Though “Because of this work, Adobe has been able to partner with Google in providing a “Pepper” implementation of Flash Player for all x86/64 platforms supported by the Google Chrome browser”.
Shumway is a “experimental web-native runtime implementation of the SWF file format”, project developed as free and open-source”.
The sponsored-by-Mozilla “Shumway” is fulfilling two main reasons for existance: to offer a runtime processor for the SWF format and other rich media formats as well (“on platforms for which runtime implementations are not available”), and additionally pushing the open-source web platform in the direction of properly handling the previously handled-by-proprietary-platforms-only web formats too.
Shumway is basically an HTML5 standalone (no native code additionally required) technology which displays Flash content (which is in progress right now to make it work), and that content is in SWF format.
On November 12th, 2012, Mozilla had announced to the public of the Shumway public, embracing the newest technology offered by Shumway.
For interested testers as well, a Shumway extension/add-on can be found and installed under the Firefox BETA (which you can only use in Firefox BETA and not the regular Firefox build).
For more information, check out this about Shumway.
Songbird, the popular open source, itunes alternative music jukebox by Mozilla and made for Windows and Mac has received an update while going up to v1.9. The fixes include the following below:
You can upen up the display pane on the far right side of the app and choose the option “Play Queue” from the drop down icon if you want to see it. After you open it you can drag and also drop music from anywhere into your library to the “Play Queue” to create a brand new on-the-fly playlist manually.
Improvements in Performances
Alot of fans mentioned that the bigger libraries were making the player alot slower, so the Songbird team spent alot of time making things run alot smoother. And a thanks goes to fans who downloaded the new build to test this performance fix out.
New 7digital Store
There is a just recently added music store that is integrated with Songbird from the 7digital team and the team is happy with the success of how it turned out.
Rip CD’s on the Mac
Mac users can now rip music CD’s on the Mac version of Songbird, immediately indexing that ripped music into their libraries, (which iTunes could do for 10 years now already). Any existing Songbird users will be notified with a new add-on for the update process.
As previously mentioned last month, Mozilla will be dropping their XUL (eXtensible interface Language, an XML grammar used by Mozilla to create user interfaces for Thunderbird and Firefox) towards using the Android’s own Native user interface alike. Handling Firefox on Android devices was the reason towards the performance increase update. And Mozilla has now announced that “Flash is going to be a supported plugin in the fourthcoming Firefox for Android native application”. Although the fact that Adobe revealed that they would hault all developments of Flash for smartphones on November 9th, 2011, Flash will still be supported on the Android, respectively.
Clarifying this though, by the “fourthcoming Firefox for Android native application”, Mozilla is referring to Firefox for Android 11 with a release date of January 31st, 2012. Though the current build (Fennec, Nightly Firefox for Android) does support Flash aswell.
And it makes sense for Adobe to make this move, to not support mobile platforms anymore as Apple did not allow Flash to be supported on their iOS devices for so long. So to avoid any more confusion or trouble, they just dropped the support all together. But there is probably a better reason behind this.
So for me, I have a Samsung Galaxy S with Froyo. I always liked Songbird for it’s openness, and freedom. In other words it’s open source-ness and it’s freeware license. There are numerous plugins for it. It’s made by Mozilla, the maker of the king of all web browsers, Firefox. Anyways, you can use this software to sync your android phone with it, and sync your music and playlists. It is buggy but so far it works pretty well. It recognized my Android phone right away. This is one step closer to keeping me from wanting an iPhone when my contract expires, at least for now. I am a music fanatic, so I needed this badly. Hope you enjoy it too. There is nothing to configure if you have the Galaxy S, but if you have a different Android phone you just have to connect it to your computer via storage mode with USB and see if Songbird recognizes it while it’s open. Good luck.
Within the first week of the release of Firefox 4, there were problems speculating on the first release with people saying it is not ready, and there are issues that need to be fixed. I could heavily agree with this as there were some web sites that would not properly display when I started using Firefox 4 in the first week. You could call it more of a beta than an official release in some cases.
And so I downgraded to the release before version 4, version 3.6. And for as long as I enjoyed going back I loved everything going back to normal. I didn’t notice much speed improvements in Firefox 4 when i first tried it anyways. And so a couple weeks flew by and I kept getting the update notification in Firefox, for version 4. I clicked it off for awhile, and eventually I finally clicked “Install” and gave it another shot. Mostly everything worked this time, and it was alot more stable in terms of normal websites displaying and such. So ever since I have been using it. During those two weeks I downgraded though, I came across a couple people I know in real life that said they were not happy with it. I agreed with them, but I always remember from other releases of any other application, everything doesn’t always go directly as planned, you can’t always expect the software update to work perfectly. Like when a big iTunes update would cause Windows machines to shut down, and that was in iTunes 8.
So to this day, from when I guessed I would try Firefox 4, it is indeed working, 98% of the time.
I have tested Firefox 4 as it now is available as the default download from Mozilla’s website. There are many sites that do not display properly, like Apple’s Mac OS X Lion webpage which I wanted to see. Comparing some pages that do not display properly wiht Safari helped me see what was really wrong. My suggestion: Do not use Firefox 4 yet, it is not ready, stay with Firefox 3.6 and here is directions on how to downgrade if you need to do so, like I did. I am using Mac OS X, but I’m guessing that Firefox 4 is the same way between Linux, Mac OS X and Windows.
At 9 P.M. IE 9 was launched today, which is apparently the best web browser coming from Microsoft to date. IE9 now brings forward a new slick GUI (Guided User Interface), better efficiency, integration with Windows 7, and a whole lot more. Take a look below at the newest browser coming from Microsoft.
You’ll notice first that IE9′s GUI is completely changed around and takes up alot less space than before. The reality previously of a billion toolbars is now non-existent. The toolbar at the top is more friendly-pixel oriented than Google’s Chrome. It crams the most needed directional buttons, redifined search feature which is also the address bar, with all the tabs and options that you need all in one slice. With the ability to size the address bar if needed, to fit your own liking, and all the other features are available under just one redifined button, just like in the newest version of Google Chrome. The bar (search/address), is very useful and it provides information on your past search history with Bing and also now including images to help you figure out what you are searching for. You can also add Google as a search engine if you want, which you and I will probably do. Down with Bing.
New Standards and Efficiency
Internet Explorer 9 brings it’s wings out in the direction it’s friendly enemies have endeavored in the attempt for improved speed, reliability, efficiency. Adding into this big competition is hardware speed increases (taking the GPU to help bring the rendering to alot better web app performance), with also alot better HTML5 support. Microsoft’s test page called “Test Drive” allows you to see what these features perform like in games and video demos on the web. There is a few rendering issues but it may of been because of my computer. This is though, a huge hierarchy reached by Microsoft and their IE8 that was out before. Issues that exist now will for sure be fixed as time goes by, every first release of an application has problems. So far this is the most click browser I have seen out of all of them. I still stand by the old Firefox with the open source ego. I’ve been using the same profile between like 6 computers for like 5-6 years. I’m suprised Firefox still launches as fast as it does now with all the stuff I have bookmarked so far.
Support for Windows 7 Application Shortcuts
With Chrome becoming the people browser for it’s skill of building App shortcuts to web apps by which you can pin to the taskbar in Windows 7, this feature has been taken a step further by Microsoft which they have partnered with Facebook, Twitter, and of course Pandora to build their own taskbar-docked shortcuts or I should say “Bookmarks”. This also comes with jumplist support. An example: dragging a Facebook URL from the address/search bar to the Taskbar will give you a shortcut with a jumplist so you can click to navigate between different parts of a certain site. Like in Facebook the News Feed, Inbox or Profile would be all in a list. Plus, when you open that up it will create it’s own window with all the buttons matching the color scheme of the website within itself.
Performance Advisor for Add-ons
The coolest feature to date is the feature for routine users. This is the Performance Advisor for Add-ons which looks after your installed add-ons and will tell you which of them are slowing your web browser down by far. You may not be able to access this list given manually, but you have to wait for a popup to show up in your web browser which will happen when a slow add-on is detected by IE. You can also manually adjust how many seconds the add-on will delay your web browser before it actually notifies you. It’s an extremely cool feature I think and that would be very cool to have in Firefox I believe.
Some Other New Tweaks
And finally, the firefox and other web browsers feature that we all have wanted in IE in the first place. The little “downloads” window where you can monitor your downloads. OK this is not very revolutionary, but it adds some icing onto the whole package of IE9 as a whole.
Here is a IE9 Tab Tearing Demo from Lifehacker:
Management of Tab’s has improved quit a bit in IE9, with the biggest change which is Tab tearing. If it is your desire to separate a tab in a new window, all you’ve got to do is drag the some of a.. from the task bar. It will not refresh the page too, so if you are watching a youtube video it cannot begin the video over again because of moving the tab. And also since it turns into a new window instantaneously you will be able to drag a tab right over on the side of the screen to cause an Auro Snap. Check the youtube video above for a sweet demo.
The newest tab page looks like Chromes, giving you the most recently visited web pages. It’s not anywhere as good looking as the other ones out there though, which I think it’s really ugly, though it is very useful otherwise.
IE9′s other changes include the way it provides new notifications. It acts like a Chrome or Firefox, sliding up the side of your web browser portal until you decide to get off your ass and do something about it. Last but not least is the tracking protection gadget. This will let you disallow some sites to track you when your online. It’s an option that you can turn on or off, and you can block sites with the built-in blacklist that you have to sign up for. This is not unlike the AdBlock Plus that works well in Firefox. For some more details on this feature, you can look at Microsoft’s own blog post on the matter.
IE9 is free for download for windows, check it out here.
Meanwhile, I will be using Firefox still, I don’t care about these features… I am happy with what I got and the “if it isn’t broken don’t fix it” belief of mine.
So I am guessing you are using Windows Vista (any version) 64-bit and you just installed Quicktime for windows to discover a black bar instead of a progress bar with a mute button in Firefox when watching trailers or audio files… well people I had the exact same problem and here’s the fix:
Either go to your desktop icon for Firefox or go to the main Firefox folder which should be located in Computer/Local DIsk (C:)/Program Files (x86)/Mozilla Firefox
1. Right click on the browser icon
2. Select properties
3. Go to the compatibility tab
4. Check the box for “Run this program in compatibility mode for:”
5. Make sure it says “Windows XP (Service Pack 2)” in the drop down list.
6. Press “OK” at the bottom
Restart Firefox if it was launched while you did this.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Mike is an ordinary geek that works weird early morning shifts like some people, that has a striving interest in anything to do with Technology, and with this blog he wants to share what he has learned to show how passionate he is about his hobby.