Help Firefox Win a Guinness World Record

This from DownloadSquad:

Mozilla is attempting to break a Guinness World Record for the most downloads in 24 hours with its upcoming Firefox 3 release.

“Download Day” is nothing new for the Firefox crew, and it’s really a great way to spread the word to the world about software. Sure, people can download things whenever they want, but there’s something cool about all doing it at once…it’s like Hands Across America. Except it has little to do with hands, and it’s global. You get the idea.

Learn more at DownloadSquad and sign up to download Firefox 3!

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500 million Firefox downloads

Yesterday Mozilla announced that Firefox has been downloaded 500 million times!!

Firefox just reached 500,000,000 downloads. This is an absolutely phenomenal milestone for Firefox. It is sort of hard to imagine what that number means. For some perspective, that’s roughly the audience size of 10,000 Rome Colosseums combined. It would be the weight, in kilograms, of 8,500 Boeing 747 airplanes. In dollars, for $500 million you and 15 of your friends can fly to the International Space Station.

To celebrate they’re asking that we help people in need:

OR, you can affect change and invite 15 of your friends to play a game and feed 25,000 people. With your help we can break another milestone today with FreeRice.com –500,000,000 grains of donated rice in one day. Imagine helping to feed the hungry while picking up some new vocabulary too!

This is great news! Now if more libraries would just make Firefox their default browser on patron stations – imagine how many more downloads Mozilla would be able to report??

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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 :)

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.