Tag Archives: Firefox

Chrome and Safari Steal Users from Internet Explorer

Based on the 2010 reports from Netmarketshare.com, the web browsers from Google and Apple have slowly been stealing users from Microsoft’s Internet Explorer. In the chart below, we can see the trends over the last year. (chart by CNET)

This may be partly due to the new browser ballot in Windows 7 that is required in Europe. However, even if that’s true, Microsoft still has no excuse for it’s falling browser marketshare. When the beta version of IE9 was released in February, no affect was seen on the marketshare. We’ll have to wait to see what happens when the finished version is released.

The gains by Chrome and Safari came at the expense of Internet Explorer‘s dropping percentage, which ended the year at 57%, after starting above 60%. Google’s Chrome browser gained almost 5 points in 2010 and ended with 10% of the market. Safari gained about 1.5 points and ended at about 6%. Firefox and Opera remained about the same at 23% and 2%.

The question that we think most interesting is What browsers do Techie Buzz readers use?. Here’s a chart from Keith showing our data.

The Techie Buzz chart shows more readers using Firefox than Internet Explorer. Chrome users are in third place, followed by Safari and Opera. If we can assume that most technology sites have similar stats, this doesn’t look good for Microsoft.

It appears that the more people know, the less they use Internet Explorer. Many people feel that the crucial advantage to using Firefox and Chrome is that they are more easily customized by using Addons and Extensions. Do you think Opera’s adoption of extensions will help them steal share from Microsoft?


Mozilla Slips Up, Publishes User IDs and Encrypted Passwords

Mozilla-Password-Breach Close on the heels of the Gawker Media security breach, Mozilla has disclosed that it had accidentally published a partial database of addons.mozilla.org user account information. As many as 44,000 user ids and password hashes were left publicly accessible.

The affected accounts were inactive ones, which were using md5-based password hashes. MD5 is a weak encryption technique that is crackable. Security firm Sophos explained:

MD5 has cryptographic weaknesses that permit creation of the same hash from multiple strings. This permits security experts to compute all the possible hashes and determine either your password or another string that will work even if it is not your password.

Active accounts on Mozilla’s add-on repository use SHA-512 password hash with salting that offers stronger protection.

The good news is that almost no one noticed. According to Mozilla, the database was accessed by only one person outside of the company. That person is the security researcher who alerted Mozilla about the issue under the Web bounty program, which offers $500 to $3,000 in cash rewards for valid security related bug reports. Nevertheless, Mozilla has deleted the password of all the affected accounts as a precautionary measure.

Fed-up Of Jimmy Wales on Wikipedia? Here’s How To Get Rid Of Him

Wikipedia LogoWikipedia is no doubt one of the best resources for anyone looking to find more information about topics they are researching on. It is also the 5th largest site in the world, however, Wikipedia does not run ads and instead relies on donations from its users to run the huge database of articles it has.

At last count, Wikipedia has over 35 million articles in the English section and there are more documents in other languages too. That’s really good, however, in the past few months, users who visit the website are being shown a banner, which is an urgent appeal from Jimmy Wales, the Wikipedia founder on getting donations for the site.

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Now showing this message is fine and many people including me have already donated to them. However, here is the problem, you will see this banner on every page you visit, no matter whether you have donated or not. This is making it quite annoying for users who have to visit Wikipedia everyday.

Are you fed-up too? Here are some ways to get rid of this Wikipedia message. On you can install the called Goodbye Jimmy Wales to get rid of this message. users can use the called Wikipedia Appeal Remover to get this done.

If you use or Internet Explorer, you can use a script to get rid of the Jimmy Wales Appeal, you will find the User scripts for the same here. Learn more on installing Greasemonkey scripts in Opera and IE.

Firefox 4 Beta 3 For Android And Maemo Released

The team behind the popular desktop browser Firefox Mozilla has released an updated beta of Firefox for Android and Maemo. The new update brings with it number of bug fixes and features including copy/paste in URL bar and new style menus. Firefox for mobile is based on the same platform as Firefox for desktop.

Here is the list of the new features introduced in Firefox 4 Beta 3 for Android -:

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  • Improved support for Android keyboards, both hardware and on-screen
  • New Android-style menus
  • Fixed a bug in opening links from other apps
  • Support for uploading files
  • “Save as PDF” command in the site menu
  • Fixed rendering of Arabic and Farsi text (on devices with Arabic/Farsi fonts installed)
  • Firefox Sync
  • New UI for simpler setup
  • Support for custom Firefox Sync servers

Video :

  • Full-screen open video
  • Improved audio performance
  • User interface
  • Copy/paste in URL bar
  • Search engines appear in the awesome screen as you type
  • Browse recommended add-ons through the add-on manager

For developers -:

  • localStorage API
  • orientation events (new on Android)

Support :

  • Crash reporting for crashes in web content

I had tried the previous beta of Firefox for Android and was left totally unimpressed. The application was slow, took forever to start and by the time it loaded the desktop version of Engadget on my phone I was able to finish a level of Angry Birds. I am yet to try to the new beta but I hope that the Mozilla team has solved these issues.

Android and Maemo handset(s ) owners can download Firefox for their handset from here.

Customize FireFox’s Default Download Manager With Download Manager Tweak

Firefox’s default download manager is great but it has a few limitations.

There are only a few options provided e.g list of downloaded items, the clear list button and search. If you are a power user and looking for a better and enhanced download manager for Firefox, try Download Manager Tweak.

Using Download Manager Tweak, you can get more options like Download them all, a status bar for file downloads, a customized tool bar with launch, “Remove from list” button, “Delete files”, making queues etc .

You can keep an eye on the download progress, can pause specific items and can open the directory where the file downloads are saved. After installing Download Manager Tweak, the default download manager of Firefox will look like the following:

As you can see, there are more advanced options provided at the top of the download window as well to the right of each download item. You can download the files in a new tab, in Firefox’s side bar, Firefox’s tab bar or in a new browser window.

The biggest advantage of the Download Manager tweak extension is the ability to re download items which were deleted by mistake. Simply select the name of the file or item from the list and click the download button which appears automatically at the time of choosing the file .

The Settings tab provides a couple of more options, which you may tweak. You can choose a custom delay time to start the file downloads, can limit the number of download items by days and so on. Should you want to show only specific buttons on the download window, simply select them from the add-on options, as shown below:

Techie Buzz Verdict

If you download a lot of files but don’t use a dedicated download manager or accelerator, it’s a good idea to use the extension and add more features to Firefox’s default download manager. [via]

Techie Buzz rating: 3 (Good).

Top Delicious Alternatives To Hop Onto

Delicious is winding up, you can export your bookmarks so that you have a backup copy. You could also import your delicious bookmarks into Diigo, Xmarks, Chrome, Opera, Firefox and Internet Explorer, however, what now? Which bookmark service can you use to store your bookmarks in the cloud?

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Thanks to the internet you will at-least find a few options for something you want to do, some of them might be free, some not. Here is a list of alternatives you could use for bookmarking in the cloud.

Google Chrome Sync – If you use , it has a handy feature which allows you to sync your bookmarks in the cloud. You could make use of it and have your bookmarks available on any PC running Google Chrome. If you don’t have Google Chrome handy, you will find all those bookmarks in . Alternatively you could also use Google Bookmarks.

Firefox Sync – Just like Google Chrome, also has an option to sync your bookmarks to the cloud. Use this service if you are a heavy Firefox users.

Opera Link – Another browser based backup service, but this time for . I guess I wouldn’t even have to tell Opera users about this. Use this service to backup and sync your bookmarks across Opera.

DiigoDiigo is another good service which provides with an easy way to bookmark web pages on the web. It also has some cool apps which allow you to read those bookmarks on a device like and read the webpages while you are offline. Diigo also offers a called "Read Later Fast" which allows you to store webpages in Google Chrome and read them later.

Xmarks – Many of you might be aware of Xmarks which was recently acquired by LastPass. This service has been very popular and is used by thousands of people. Xmarks also provides users a way to discover new webpages using information stored by other users, something similar to what Delicious provided users with.

I find that these three alternatives should be able to get you over your Delicious hangover, however, if you are looking for more you can always try out one of other options available below.

What’s your favorite bookmarking service? Were you a core Delicious user and are shifting to a new one. If so which one do you prefer to shift to.

How To Import Delicious Bookmarks Into Xmarks, Diigo, Chrome, Opera, Firefox or IE

Delicious is closing down, the first thing you have to do is export your Delicious bookmarks so that you have access to it. Now, what do you do with those bookmarks? Well there are several things you could do now with your Bookmarks.

Few of these include importing them to your favorite browser including , , or Internet Explorer. You can also import your Delicious Bookmarks into Xmarks, however, more on that later.

Also Read: Top Delicious Alternatives to Hop Onto

Import Delicious Bookmarks To Google Chrome, Firefox or Internet Explorer

For Google Chrome

Import Delicious Bookmarks to Google Chrome

Click on the Setting icon in Chrome and select Bookmark Manager. In the bookmark manager click on Organize and select Import bookmarks. Now select the HTML file you downloaded from Delicious and it will be imported to Google Chrome.

For Firefox

Import Delicious Bookmarks to Firefox

Click on the Bookmarks menu and select "Organize Bookmarks" from the menu. Alternatively you can also use the shortcut key "Ctrl + Shift + B". Click on the "Import and Backup" and select "Import HTML" option. Now navigate to the HTML file you downloaded and import it into Firefox.

For Opera

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In order to import your delicious bookmarks to Opera, click on the "Menu -> Bookmarks -> Manage Bookmarks". In the Bookmarks manager, click on the File Menu and select "Import Firefox Bookmarks" from the list. Now navigate and select the downloaded HTML file from Delicious and import it into Opera.

For Internet Explorer

Import Delicious Bookmarks to Internet Explorer

Go to "File -> Import and Export" and select Import from a file. Click on Next and select "Favorites" on the next screen. Click next and select the downloaded HTML file and then choose the folder you want to import the bookmarks into.

Done, you now have your Delicious bookmarks in your favorite browser. Now how about moving it to Xmarks? Turns out it is easy, check the steps below.

Import Delicious Bookmarks to Xmarks

Import Delicious Bookmarks to Xmarks

Xmarks provides an easy way to import your bookmarks from Delicious to your account. Login to your Xmarks account and then head over to http://my.xmarks.com. Now click on the "Tools" menu and select "Import Bookmarks from Del.icio.us". Provide your Delicious username to Xmarks and it will download your bookmarks and add it to a new folder.

The downside of this feature is that it only supports 100 public bookmarks, so your private Delicious bookmarks and those which are above 100 won’t be imported. To get over this problem you can simply download a sync tool for your browser from here and then sync your imported bookmarks in the browser to Xmarks.

Import Delicious Bookmarks to Diigo

Import Delicious Bookmarks to Diigo

Another good service for bookmarking is Diigo. You can also import your delicious bookmarks to this service. To import your bookmarks to Diigo, sign in to the service and head over to this link. Now navigate to the downloaded HTML file and upload it to Diigo.

Using these import guide will ensure that your Delicious bookmarks are not lost.

Note: This article was updated to add instructions for Opera.

Why Is Chrome Winning And Firefox Losing Market Share?

, once the darling of the tech and IT crowd is slowly but surely losing love from the same people who used it because of the crappy Internet Explorer. In the years since it launched, Firefox has become a browser loved and used by a broader range of people. At one point of time, Firefox looked all set to conquer the world and overtake IE.

Firefox vs Google Chrome

However, in the past two years, a browser called has been making dents into both Firefox and IE’s market share. The browser which is barely 2 years old almost has 10% market share. This is definitely something that is worth talking about.

Also Read: Google Chrome Extensions vs. Firefox Add-ons: Head to Head Comparison

So where is Chrome winning users from? Chrome is winning over the same users that Firefox stole from IE, the tech and IT crowd. This has been made more than clear with recent Tech powerhouse sites like TechCrunch and Techmeme reporting that most of their users now use Google Chrome, pushing Firefox to the second position.

So why this change? When Firefox came out more than 6 years ago, it brought about a fresh perspective to a software in which we spent most of our time in on a computer. It also introduced which made our lives easier. However, with all those additions, Firefox in itself started to become bloated, eating precious memory and CPU.

Once Chrome came in, it defined a minimalistic approach to browsing. It got rid of unwanted toolbars and presented users with a simple way of browsing and searching. It also brought a much more sleeker look which helped users focus more on what they needed to have rather than what they should have had.

One of the key reasons people I had talked to who were not switching to Chrome was the lack of extensions, which made them stick with Firefox. However, once Chrome came out with extensions, many users switched to it. Top that with cloud sync and security and it made Chrome a darling of the tech crowd.

Frankly speaking, for the past two years I have used Firefox only when necessary. I hate the fact that it is so bloated that it makes me less productive than I would like to be.

I would say that Mozilla and Nokia are two similar companies who were sitting on the top of the pile, but have been struggling to keep up ever since competition has cropped up. I admit that does provide a better experience, however, people would now ask the question; Why should I switch to Firefox 4 from Chrome when they have delaying it for so long and Chrome is dedicated to adding features every 6 weeks?

Once again, Chrome is bound to grow leaps and bounds in the future. With the Google Web Store around the corner, it would bring more and more people towards it. Alas, Firefox 4 is still a long way from release, hopefully once it comes out it should make the competition more even.

In the end, this is my honest opinion about a browser I loved at one point of time. I have been struggling to find reasons to use it now and I feel that several other users do the same which is why Chrome is gaining over Firefox. There are few questions though which only you can answer. Do you use Google Chrome? Do you prefer it over Firefox now? Would you switch back to Firefox 4 when it comes out? Do let me know your thoughts.

The State of Mozilla: No Armageddon for Firefox

Mozilla has published its annual report for the year 2009, which takes a look at how Firefox is doing competitively and financially, along with what is planned for the future, and frankly, things are looking quite rosy for the open source browser maker.

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Firefox has more than 140 million active daily users and in excess of 400 million total users. The much delayed Firefox 4 will introduce significant performance improvements along with a host of other promising changes. Mozilla is also working on broadening its scope by making inroads into the mobile sector with Firefox (Fennec) for Meego and Android, and Firefox Home for the iPhone.

Financially also Mozilla is doing quite well. In 2009, it generated consolidated reported revenues of $104 million, up 34 percent from 2008 reported revenues of $78 million. This includes a $104,000 loss from long term investments, which is again a considerable improvement from previous years figure of $7.8 million. As before, a significant portion of the revenue comes from Google and other partners like Yahoo, Yandex, Amazon, eBay and a handful of others.

Mozilla has had a partnership with Google since 2004, and has renewed their contract three times, in 2005, 2006 and 2008. Their current contract is up for renewal next year. Some publications like Silicon Alley Insider have already begun dubbing 2011 as the Armageddon year for Firefox based on the apprehension that Google might choose not to renew their contract with Firefox, which is one of the biggest competitors of Google Chrome. However, what they are forgetting is that the search itself is a competitive segment, and Firefox’s large user base will provide Mozilla with plenty of bargaining chips. It’s unlikely that Google will be too keen to let Bing become the default search engine in Firefox without a fight.

How to Disable Instant Previews On Google Search Results

Google Instant previews, which was rolled out the earlier week allows users to previews websites on search result pages. With Instant previews, users are able to see a graphical overview of a search result which highlights the most relevant sections related to the search terms.

If you haven’t noticed the instant preview of search results on Google.com, here is an example:

This feature is useful but can be distracting at times. You hover the cursor over any link and an overlay window starts loading the screenshot of the webpage automatically.If you ask me, I have three words – “Unnecessary UI Clutter”

If you are like me who prefers simpler things and want a minimalist search interface, you may want to turn off instant previews on Google search result pages.

Though Google doesn’t provide any option to disable Instant previews yet, like they do for Google Instant search but you can use a Greasemonkey script for Firefox and Google Chrome and say good bye to Google Instant previews forever.

Firefox users can use this userscript, provided they have the Greasemonkey add-on installed already. Google Chrome users can install the userscript directly because Chrome supports userscripts by default.

Once the script is in place, you will notice a new link named “Disable Instant previews” on the right side of search result pages. Click that link and the thumbnails won’t appear, as long as you are on the same browser tab.

I tested the script in Google Chrome and it worked just as fine. The only downside is that when you open a new tab or restart the browser, you have to click the “Disable Instant previews” link again. Hope Google soon comes up with something in Google account preferences so that users who don’t want to use the Instant previews feature can turn it off permanently.

Script Source: Varun’s Scratchpad