Firefox 3.7 and 4.0 Windows Theme Mockups

Mozilla just released its new theme screenshots for Mozilla Firefox 3.7 and 4.0. Compared to the current version — I’m using Firefox 3.5.3 — I think the design is much better. I like it. But, it’s still a mockup and it’s still far(?) from finish.
These are the mockups of Firefox 3.7 for Windows Vista/7 and XP:
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And, this is for Mozilla Firefox 4.0.
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More screenshots are available at Mozilla Wiki (Firefox 3.7 and 4.0 theme mockups). About the interface design, I think Opera has a great visual design.

FlickrSync

Not sure whether this application is right for me or not. It’s called FlickrSync.

FlickrSync is a freeware photo synchronization application for flickr users. It displays your local folders and your flickr sets and it can establish synchronization rules between them. This way you can manage all your photos locally and FlickrSync will keep them updated in flickr.

Available for Windows XP SP2 and .Net 3.0 only.

You are using an incompatible web browser, Facebook said

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I almost have no problems accessing Facebook site using many different browsers. But, I sometime I found problems when using Opera 10 browser. It says that I’m using incompatible web browser. But, it only happens randomly, even when I do the same actions like reloading pages, clicking on the links. And so far, it only happens on Facebook-related pages.

The error page suggests me to use these browsers: Mozilla Firefox, Opera, Safari, Microsoft Internet Explorer, and Flock. I do using Opera, but not the latest stable release. So, is it Facebook? Or, Opera 10 doesn’t play nice with Facebook yet? I’m using Opera Version 10.00 1 Build 1355 on Windows XP when I experience this problem.

NVDA: free and open source screen reader

If you want to see — or, should I say “listen”? — your site with a screen reader, there is a free and open source screen reader called NonVisual Desktop Access (NVDA). What is it?

NonVisual Desktop Access (NVDA) is a free and open source screen reader for the Microsoft Windows operating system. Providing feedback via synthetic speech and Braille, it enables blind or vision impaired people to access computers running Windows for no more cost than a sighted person. Major features include support for over 20 languages and the ability to run entirely from a USB drive with no installation.

Yes, right now it’s only available in Microsoft Windows platform.

Web Browsers' Homepage Designs

I only visit web browsers’ sites when I want to download — sometime, I don’t even have to go to their sites to get updates — or, only when someone/something refers me to an address in those sites. Those are some possibilities. Their websites have beautiful designs, and sometime can be a great inspiration. :)

So, here are some screenshots. I like their designs as inspirations. Not in a particular order:

Camino Browser Homepage

Camino: http://caminobrowser.org/

Opera Turbo for faster browsing experience

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Today, Opera Software released Opera Turbo. It’s a server-side optimization and compression technology that provides significant improvements in browsing speeds over limited-bandwidth connections by compressing network traffic.
I downloaded and installed it right away. When I installed it — on Windows platform, it’s identified as Opera/10.00 (Windows NT 5.1; U; Edition Turbo; en) Presto/2.2.0. I already had Opera 9.64. I do not have to overide my current installation. So, there are two version of Opera browsers now.
Using this Opera Turbo, we can cut the cost of browsing when we are on a pay per usage plan. It will compress the website contents so we will download a smaller page size. It’s available for testing right now and will be available as part of Opera Desktop versions. Interested? You can download it right away.

Opera 10 Alpha Installation Wizard

Opera 10 Installation Wizard
I like this Opera 10 Alpha Installation Wizard. It’s identified as Opera/10.00 (Windows NT 5.1; U; Edition Turbo; en) Presto/2.2.0.

Opera 9.63 is available

Opera 9.63 is available now. This release addresses some security issues and it’s recommended to upgrade from the previous version. Download now. Changelogs for Windows, Mac and Linux are available.

IDrive for Data Backup Solution


Today, I tried a service called IDrive. It’s an online backup service. Why I need this? The reason is simple: I want to keep my data, just to make sure that I have backup for important files. IDrive data provides many options to choose. For example, if I only need less than 2 GB of backup storage, I can get if for free. But, if 2 GB is not enough, I can upgrade it easily. For example, I can get 150 GB for personal use only for USD 49.50. Or, if I want to subscribe monthly, I only need to pay USD 4.95. Just do the math. :)
To make my computer “connected” to IDrive server, I only need to download IDrive software. Currently, it support Windows and Mac. So, after I have a registered account, I download and install the software. Run the software, fill in the account info and voila! I’m connected. Now, I want to prove whether the backup and restore process is easy or not.

Dropbox might be your solution for file-sharing need


Today, I just registered and use a newly open-for-public file-sharing service called Dropbox. That’s right, Dropbox just launched for public few days ago. The first impression: I think I will LOVE it. Here are few features why I think it might be great solution — for me, and I hope for you too. :)
It’s free. But here, free does not mean unlimited. All free account can have up to 2 GB of storage. If you think it’s not enough, other ‘package’ will be available: 50GB for only $9.99/month, or $99.99/year.
Rich of features, but easy to use. I think its design got my attention when I visited the site for the first time. It’s simple and has an easy-to-understand navigation. Some interesting features:

  • Sync contents between your PC with your Dropbox account. But, before you can use all features, you need Dropbox client installed on your computer. The good thing is that its client is available for many platforms: Windows, Linux and also Mac. Anyway, if you visit Dropbox site, you will not see the registration page because the registration is done from the client software. I’ve tried it using Windows XP Home SP2, and it works without any problems.
  • A box for multiple computers. This is good especially if you work on different computers.
  • Access our files anywhere. If we do not have Dropbox client installed, we can access our files using web-based interface. We can also upload new files.
  • Better file management. We can create folders/directories, and set the permission for each files. It means, we can share a file with other friends using a “public” URL.

Interesting? Try it.

Google Chrome Download and Install: First Impression

When I heard about Google Chrome, I was very curious and really wanted to try it. Now, it’s available for download. I could not stop comparing Google Chrome with other browsers installed. Of course, I found that Mozilla Firefox and Opera are way much better than the first release of Google Chrome, at least right now.

Download an Install

Google Chrome Homepage (by Orangescale)
Unlike other browsers, we could not download the executable installation file. At first, we need to download an installer (around 475 KB), and run it. It will download the Google Chrome after we executed it. Wait for some moments, and you will be prompted to the next installation steps. The installation process was really straight forward. Everyone should be able to do it without problems. Anyway, Google Chrome is only available for Windows XP/Vista right now.

Internet Browser Memory Battle

I have some internet browsers installed in my PC and laptop like Opera, Firefox, Flock, Safari (for Windows) and also Internet Explorer. For my OpenSUSE and Ubuntu, I only have Firefox and Opera. Among those, I only use two browsers regularly. For the other, I only use it for web development purposes.
Even I — think — I have enough memory to run some application at the same time, I love when those browsers do not eat too much memory. So far, I like Opera and Firefox (I use the latest version). Not only that I feel comfortable using them, but also because they have good memory management. If you want to reader some detailed analysis, there are some articles on the internet. Here are some:

The good think is that… I use my favorite internet browsers, and they’re also good. Nice.

Get Information About Web Hosting Before You Buy One

I have been blogging for about 7 years. During that period, I experienced different types of situation — especially about dealing with many technical stuff. Let’s take the technical aspects of blogs. In my early years, I tried many blog services. And, when I wanted to move forward, I decided to get my first domain and hosting account. But, sometime I was unlucky because I got a bad service — bad uptime, not-responsive support staff, expensive service, etc.
These days, there are many hosting providers out there. Each of them offers many great features, discounts, and the price — sometimes — does not make any sense. The whole idea is that we — as customer — get many options of hosting providers. If we want to buy domain or hosting account, the process is very easy. The difficult part is getting the best service. Sometime, it’s easy. But, it can be tricky at the same time. Reading as many information about webhosting might be the best practice we can do. Just to make sure that we will make the best decision. For example, get the difference between Linux web hosting and windows web hosting.
There are many resources about web hosting articles, one of them is Web Hosting Articles & Tutorials. This site is provided by Web Hosting Rating. There are many useful articles, and those give us answers on common situation in choosing web hosting service. For example, we have a limited budget. A cheap web hosting account might be our solution. There is an article about finding reliable cheap web hosting. The article gives good information to consider:

When looking for a good web host, see if they provide 24-hour support and then proceed onto checking the response rate by sending a ticket with a question and seeing how long it takes for them to reply. The reason for this is simple – you want to get help as quickly as possible if you encounter any problems, or if the host has any problems.

If we question ourselves whether cheap web hosting is good or not, there is another information about this. Sometime, cheap web hosting can be good. Again, choosing a web hosting can be very tricky. It’s always good to spend few hours reading references. The website I mentioned offers many useful articles and it’s not only about choosing cheap or expensive web hosting. It also has articles about cPanel tutorials, domain names, etc. What makes it better is that it is using blog-like design. As bloggers — or even non-bloggers — this should be good because the articles are well-organized.

Windows Live ID for Everyone

Some of you probably have heard that you can have Windows Live ID. Yes, it’s open for public now. It means that everyone can register. The registration process is very simple, you only need to fill in some registration form fields.
After the registration process was completed, you will be brought to a page, telling that you have your Windows Live ID. It says:

Congratulations on getting your Windows Live ID!!
Now that you’ve got your Windows Live ID, get ready to experience the new set of services that brings your online world together.

Then what? I mean, I have no other useful links, or redirected to other more useful page. I am talking about “I have registered, but were to go next?”. It’s unusual… or, it’s designed this way?

Firefox 2.0.0.6

Mozilla Firefox 2
Just a small update. The latest version of Mozilla Firefox (Firefox 2.0.0.6) has been released. It is recommended to upgrade to the latest version due to security fixes. Some issues fixed:

  • Unescaped URIs passed to external programs (info)
  • Privilege escalation through chrome-loaded about:blank windows. (info)

If you enable the automatic update option for your Firefox browser, the update will be available very soon. You can always manually check for updates from the Help menu. Or, you can always download the software for free at http://getfirefox.com.