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Firefox 4 Mini Review, and fix.

Been reading a lot about Firefox 4 crashing computers, and having other
problems. I kept getting a nag about upgrading,
so I bit the bullet, and went ahead.

I just successfully installed Firefox 4 on two computers without drama. A core
i7 64 bit Windows 7 Pro machine, and a
little XP N270 netbook. Initially I thought, not a lot of difference with this
new browser.

First big difference noticeable for me, was that he page tabs had jumped from
the old V3 position, right to the top of
the screen. View> Toolbars> Tabs on top, setting unchecked fixed this, and made
it look much the same as the old
version. I feel this is simply personal preference. Mozilla claim it is easier
to see and fetch open Tabs from the very
top of the screen.

After a few hours use, I had forgotten what the old version looked like, but I
knew I was still missing something very
important. Something that I had used daily in the past.

So I headed off to Mozilla, and checked out the old screen shots:
http://www.oldapps.com/firefox.php?images19%4 , and found what it was.

Firefox 4 History drop down window next to Forward-Back arrows is gone:
http://support.mozilla.com/en-US/questions/792269
Quite a thread building there. I think Mr Mozilla better get in and fix this
pretty quick.

However a temporary fix can be grabbed and installed in seconds.
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-us/firefox/addon/backforedrop /

Firefox 4 has a wealth of features that I am yet to explore. They claim super
speed, and easy sync between devices.
http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/features /
http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/mobile/sync /

Story at:
http://www.godzillaseamonkey.com/firefox-4-mini-review-and-fix /

Cheers Don...

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I have it running on windows7 , linux /mephis and xp without fail

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Probably little wrong with it. The problem is not all websites support
it and experience tells me they never will
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When using iinet webmail to access secondary email addresses it denies
access.

iinet's solution is to use IE.        :(



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If my isp told me that I would hurl abuse until they fixed it
  but then I dont use my isp email addy

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I did send them a reply email suggesting that all they had done was
effectively restate what the error message stated. They did not reply...


I'm not too fussed as its only very occaisionally that I access secondary
email addresses via webmail - but yes it's a pissy response.



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Who in their right mind does?
Even a free throwaway like Gmail is better than any Austrlian email
addy
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  if some windows dick code monkey builds for windows only I have no
desire to visit his shit work
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Good to have a choice most don't
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If possible, I would also tend to avoid companies or services like
that, as they are living in the dinosaur age, and have no
understanding of what is going on in the real world.  You would
probably find this reflected in their products and services too.  (ie
Harvey Norman compared to online shopping)

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Not possible in this case, they are Government funded and run. What a
waste providing Armidale with the NBN
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problems. I kept getting a nag about upgrading,
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new browser.
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the old V3 position, right to the top of
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speed, and easy sync between devices.
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Try this add-on memory restart 1.3

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I found that pretty early on, but you can get at your history via other
means, so it's not a big deal for me.

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Just right click the back button.

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You are quite correct Keith, the right click button works fine.

But this is what users are saying in that above thread:
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This is not a solution to the problem, which is stated. The drop down box is one
of the most used features of the
browser, any most used item like this needs reasonable thought before removing.
An option to use the old method is a
minimum requirement.

Clicking and holding is slow and takes time to wait, plus for those with
disabilities using very different pointing
devices should not need to stick and hold, or use a 2nd button.

Using the right key means I need to use a different key, and for people on
laptops the or other pointing devices besides
a proper mouse, its a hassle to need to use the 2nd button.

The improvement is slow, requires you to use a 2nd button, and gives no
improvement to the dedicated button. The new
features of holding down or right click are fine, so long as the faster button
click option remains.

Its a fairly big mistake to take away a feature, when there is no reason. Click
hold and wait....is waiting too long.

The problem that people are continuing to tag as problem, is not fixed. Please
return the functionality as was working
before. Thanks
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And I agree. :-)

Cheers Don...

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Personally I find no problem with it, my main problem with FF4 is that
they have moved the reload button over to the right, and it is a long
way to drive the trackball or touchpad.


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:-)

Fair point, I know we get so familiar with doing it one way for so long, that it
becomes awkward when we try it their
new way. I also keep looking for reload as well as home, so they must have moved
both of them.

Cheers Don...

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I'm pretty sure you can rearrange the icons on the bar with FF4,
although I've gone back to 3.6.17 for now. Anyway, what's wrong with F5?

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You can move it. Right click on the buttons bar, choose customise, and
then while holding the left mouse button down drag the offending
button to where you prefer it. Then click 'Done'

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AHA!
Great work Malcolm.
Now I have to remember where I had the reload and home buttons before. :-)

Cheers Don...

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