Yesterday the IE9 Beta was released so you may want to download it and start testing. However, if you’re still on XP, you’re out of luck:
According to The Register, Ryan Gavin, senior director of IE business and marketing, confirmed that "Microsoft would not put IE9 hardware acceleration features in the current version of its browser, IE8, or back port IE9 to older PCs running Windows XP."
The full story is on Read Write Web.
Firefox automatically checks for updates to addons, but not for plugins such as Java, Silverlight, and Flash. If you’d like to know if these are up to date on your system just run Firefox and head on over to http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/plugincheck/. If anything’s old, you’ll be provided with a link to download and install the update.
The other day I wrote about Friefox’s private browsing mode. Google’s Chrome browser has a similar feature they call incognito mode. To start Chrome in this mode automatically create a new desktop shortcut to the browser with
-incognito on the end of the target line.
You’ve got the perfect set of add-ons installed on your copy of Firefox. Then, you find yourself setting up another copy on a different computer. Easy to install but finding and installing all those add-ons again will be a bit of a pain. Instead of that tedious process, just install the Mozilla Firefox Add-on Collector on both installations. This way you can back up all the add-ons from one copy of Firefox and reinstall them on the new copy en masse.
Additional features include:
- Recommend Collections
Subscribe to an Add-on Collection and get notification when it grows. If you’re creating the collection, there’s space to tell why you like an add-on and give some context for customization.
- Share Add-ons
Ping friends about good finds. Choose “Publish to” and they get news about add-ons in a ready-to-go format endorsed by the source (that’s you!).
- Sync with All Sources
Announce new Add-on Collections and give links that stay current, thanks to Auto Publisher. Sync devices and keep all your browsers stocked with your latest collection.
I love me some search plugins. Those wonderful additions to the search box in Firefox, and more built-in to Chrome via keywords. Recently I was wondering if there was one for searching Netflix. I tried looking on the Netflix site but I couldn’t find one. I do know how to write them myself, but that’s not exactly an efficient use of my time if someone has already written one. So, off to the Google and what do I find? The Myroft Project. This is a directory of thousands of search plugins, including the Netflix one I was looking for. You can search by site name, category, country, and language. If you can’t find it here, you’ll probably have to write it yourself. (If you do, be sure to add it to the directory.)
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If you’re a Firefox user and you use Photobucket for hosting your photos online, you should install the Photobucket Uploader add-on. Just right-click on an image in a Web page and select “Upload to Photobucket” to send it to your account. (Please keep copyright and the rights of the photographer/illustrator in mind while using this tool.)
The single biggest complaint most Firefox users have about Google Chrome is the complete lack of add-ons. I’ve got to admit that I’ve not missed most of my Firefox add-ons but I do understand the problem. But, there are bookmarklets that will reproduce many of the most commonly used Firefox add-ons out there. Check out this post from Read Write Web for a list a further details.