Yippee! Snapper in Firefox 2.0

As you know I couldn’t figure out how to get Snapper to work on Firefox 2.0 – well, I found a comment on the Snapper Add-on page that helped me install Snapper on Firefox 2.0 – now I have all of the extensions I want.

1. Right-click on the install link and select SAVE LINK AS.
2. Open the file with winzip or wirar and open the file install.rdf.
3. Change the maxVersion to 2.0.* an save.
4. Install. (might need to right click and OPEN WITH Firefox).

Firefox 2.0 – Initial Impressions

I LOVE IT!! I upgraded while I was away and have had some time to play since then.

My favorite feature? The built in spell checker! I want to make Firefox the default browser on all computers at work so that people stop asking me to figure out how to install a spell checker into our WYSIWYG editor on the intranet.

My least favorite feature? I can’t get my Snapper Extension (the most handy tool ever) to work :( Someone suggested trying Nightly Tester Tools Lite, but it didn’t help – so if you have a way to help me – please share!

IE 7 v Firefox 2

Well you know which one I’m using right now – but if you want to read a couple comparisons, try these:

  • Forward Thinking by Michael J. Miller: IE7 vs. Firefox: The Competition Really Begins
  • Firefox 2, Internet Explorer 7: Random Thoughts

I will eventually install IE7 – I have to if I want to see what my sites will look like – but I want to wait for a few bug fixes to be released first :)

ErrorZilla

A new (or new to me) Firefox extension that makes error pages much more handy.

Rather than the lone “Try again” button, ErrorZilla adds buttons to the error page that allow you to do things like view the Google Cache of the page, find a snapshot of the page from the Wayback Machine, ping the site, or see who owns the site with a WhoIs lookup (assuming, of course, any of this information exists for the site).

Thanks Lifehacker.

Zotero – Only for Firefox 2.0

Well – as you can tell I never finished listening to the podcast – in which I’m sure they mentioned the tiny important fact that Zotero is only for Firefox 2.0 :( I went to the site first thing this morning to download it – but I don’t want to upgrade until I’m sure my extensions will work with the new Firefox – so I guess I’ll have to wait – maybe I’ll give it a whirl on my work computer (not as many extensions installed there). I’ll keep you posted.

On a related side note – my husband was reading my blog last night and turned around and said “What’s Zotero?” Ooops – I forgot to mention that part. This is from their site:

Zotero is a free, easy-to-use research tool that helps you gather and organize resources (whether bibliography or the full text of articles), and then lets you to annotate, organize, and share the results of your research. It includes the best parts of older reference manager software (like EndNote)-the ability to store full reference information in author, title, and publication fields and to export that as formatted references-and the best parts of modern software such as del.icio.us or iTunes, like the ability to sort, tag, and search in advanced ways. Using its unique ability to sense when you are viewing a book, article, or other resource on the web, Zotero will-on many major research sites-find and automatically save the full reference information for you in the correct fields.

Firefox 2 Coming Soon

I was just reading on Blog on the Side that Firefox 2 is due on in October – a fact I must have missed along the way. In her post she links to an article in Business Week about what Firefox will have to do to keep its market share up.

I love the fact that Firefox has 10% of the market which is more than Opera or Safari – but I agree with the author when he says:

But as Mozilla prepares for the October release of the next version of Firefox, the group is facing its biggest challenge yet: Going mainstream. Firefox’s share of the market, however impressive, has been flat after rapid growth in 2004 and 2005. Analysts say that’s because Mozilla has largely reached the natural Firefox constituency-hip college students, Microsoft haters, and tech geeks.

EXPLORER THREAT. To continue to grow, Firefox will have to start winning converts from the rest of Internet-using society. These are the people who don’t know or care what open source means, many of them assuming that all it takes to get on the Internet is clicking on that ubiquitous, oversized lowercase “e.” “The problem is Internet Explorer works,” says Geoff Johnston, analyst at Internet analytics company WebSideStory. “I don’t think they’ll ever get to 15%.”

Mozilla's order will only get taller once Microsoft releases the latest version of Internet Explorer, now available in test mode. The new Microsoft browser already contains many of the innovations that have set Firefox apart. These include “tabbed browsing,” or the ability to have several sites open at once without running several Internet windows. Microsoft has already followed other Firefox features, like pop-up blockers. Some fear Firefox could even lose market share.

Well Firefox fans (since I know most of my readers are using Firefox) it’s time to get our friends and family hooked – before the new IE hits desktops!

Baffled

I realized this morning that I didn’t write anything yesterday – not that I have to write everyday, but I usually find at least one thing noteworthy. I just now remembered why I didn’t write – for some reason on my work computer Firefox crashes when I visit Bloglines. I mentioned earlier that I’m having crashing problems on both work and home computers – I have a list of all extensions installed on both computers, but haven’t had time to go through them and find the culprits.

So it looks like I’ll have to deal with Internet Explorer for today if I want to catch up on my blog reading.

If you’ve had similar problems, feel free to share any tips you might have to solve this silly problem – because I’m baffled!