…and in browser news and trends, things are getting pretty interesting…
- Firefox turns 20—version 20, that is - Ars Technica
- Firefox 20.0: Find out what is new - GHacks.net
- New In Firefox 20: Private Window, Improved Download Manager & More - AddictiveTips blog
- Download Manager Tweak - Firefox Extension Guru's Blog. I actually like the new Download Manager feature a lot, still haven’t yet shed my Download Statusbar Add-on in Firefox. But I probably could and likely will.
- Download Manager Tweak - Firefox Extension Guru's Blog
- Samsung teams up with Mozilla to build browser engine for multicore machines - Ars Technica
- Mozilla and Samsung team up to kill Chrome mobile - BetaNews
- Newsfox: 188.8.131.52.2 - RSS reader Add-on for Firefox just got some updates. Release notes
- Firefox Stub Installer on Beta Channel - Firefox Extension Guru's Blog. As The Guru points out, newer versions of Mozilla Beta/nightly releases download a small “stub” and than then downloads and installs the main binary sets over the wire. This does keep initial download sizes low, but also can wreak havoc on controlling custom deployments of some of these packages. Chrome does the same thing and they also “hide” their Chromium Dev download sources very well so now I have ended up dropping over to PortableApps.com: Google Chrome Portable/Additional Versions at SourceForge.net to snag and apply my portable Dev builds. Not impressed…especially now that Mozilla is rolling that direction as well. More info here on the Mozilla nightly stub-installer background if you are curious: Mozilla Adds Chrome-Like Downloader to Streamline Firefox Installs - TheNextWeb & Stub Installer in Firefox Nightly – Try it out, Give feedback, and Test it! - QMO – quality.mozilla.org
- Firefox prefetching: what you need to know - Firefox Extension Guru's Blog - Great tweaking tips from The Guru.
…meanwhile over at the other hot-rod shop…
- Google going its own way, forking WebKit rendering engine - Ars Technica
- Blink: A rendering engine for the Chromium project - Chromium Blog
- Does WebKit face a troubled future now that Google is gone? - Ars Technica
- Blink - The Chromium Projects
Sadly, I remain terribly frustrated that Chrome developers just will not add a “sidebar” feature for bookmark management to Chrome like Mozilla has. This is a soapbox I just can’t seem to climb down from with Chrome. Again I say, if it were not for this one missing feature, I might jump to using Chrome/Chromium as my primary browser and relegate Firefox to the #2 slot.
The closest “solution” I have found are tree-style tab organizers…but the drawback of them is having to leave the tabs open. Something I don’t like doing.
- Get A Tree Style View Of Chrome Tabs; Group & Hibernate Them - AddictiveTips blog.
- Sidewise Tree Style Tabs - Chrome Web Store
- Tabs Outliner: the ultimate Chrome tab management extension? - GHacks blog
- Tabs Outliner - Chrome Web Store
Finally…it’s a bit older post, but I really found this post by Alex Limi very fascinating from a power user’s standpoint in using a browser. I don’t at all like the idea of removing control and configuration settings from access. That said, as a sysadmin, you can certain spend many frustrating hours troubleshooting a user’s web-experience problems before finding a buried browser setting that was causing the issue.