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Crazy XUL

I have started to learn XUL over at XULPlanet and looking at the way Firefox works and have just been playing around and I made something cool.

And no this wasn’t created using the GIMP it was created using only Firefox so give it a whirl just click chrome://browser/content/browser.xul.

WARNING: This will most likely cause a NULL pointer exception when you close the window You have been warned.

That’s it for now but just wait for my XUL applications coming your way soon :)

Editited 2/01/2005: Fixed chrome link as noted in comment

Firefox 1.0

Well after 18 months of development it is finally here. The 1.0 release of Mozilla Firefox and so far it seems to have fixed a few of those little problems with 1.0PR(1.0 Pre-Release).

With this release finally marking as stable it means today more than ever we should be recommending to everyone from your Tech friends to your Grandmother to install and use Firefox.

An interview with Mozilla President Mitchell Baker is over at eWeek and well worth the read it outlines some of the things we might come to expect from Mozilla products in the future.

So get out there and SpreadFirefox

Sick of 16 color tray icons in win2k?

Here at work we I am running Windows 2000 and for the longest time the fact that tray icons could only have 16 colours has annoyed me for the longest time. With a lot of newer programs creating their icons to this high colour made the UI(User Interface) look really bad :(.

However to day I found a solution someone has patched explorer.exe for all service packs of win2k with a simple active x control. You can see it here. So right click with ie view for Firefox or if you are for some reason still using ie just click the link :P. But do please consider switching and enjoy your winXP style hi-color tray icons.


Just last week I was saying how we weren’t going to see a new version of Internet Explorer until Longhorn was released however today I read this article which is saying Microsoft is now possibly ramping up it’s development.

All I can say is that they have a fair way to go in terms of catch-up to do. So I still urge you all too switch2firefox

Death of a Browser

With Microsoft’s decision to not to release any new versions of Internet Explorer independent of new versions of Windows. With Longhorn looking like it’s still at least a year away and might even be held further back if hardware doesn’t catch up to it could be pushed back even further.

But even if Microsoft pulls off the feat of releasing Longhorn on time they might find that they have completely lost their market share. While I was playing around with WINE I thought to try to install Internet Explorer on it for fun. So I grabbed the latest cover CD from a magazine and went on the hunt for the Internet Explorer installer. Only to find that it wasn’t in there of 2 CD’s there wasn’t Internet Explorer included. Wow it was even a browser special it had a couple of IE enhacements such as crazy browser but no IE. Sure 90% of people browsing the internet are using Windows (According to Google zeitgeist) and 88% of those have Win98 or above so they definitely have Internet Explorer installed.

But with comparatively slow bug patching and no new releases until Longhorn Microsoft might face the prospect of another browser war all over again with basically the same product. For those of you who aren’t aware Firefox is a product of the Mozilla foundation which was set up just before AOL bought out Netscape. It will be very interesting as the next year goes by without any new release of IE will Firefox come up from behind and steal the market share? Only time will tell. :grin:

Firefox Tab Extensions

I have been using a advanced tab extension for Firefox lately which I have found very useful for tweaking the way Firefox uses tabs. You can find it here, screenshots are in japanese but you’ll get the idea. A fantastic extension for anyone who wants a bit more from their browser.

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