Firefox 2.0 and IE7 / NNi

(Ed. note - this post was updated at 1737 hrs, CST, USA, 19 Oct 2006 because of some errors.)

Two next-gen browsers are rolling out; Firefox 2.0 and Internet Explorer 7.

Microsoft just announced you can download the official version of Internet Explorer 7. See the two items related to IE7 below on the NEW NET issues list. If you enjoy the tabbed browsing of Firefox, but need to use IE for some sites, you'll like the ability to do tabs in IE7. As with all newly-released software, when installing IE7 be aware you may have problems and plan prior to the install what to do if it causes major problems, which it will for a few people.

Firefox 2.0 Release Candidate 3 is available for download now. The final 2.0 version of the geeks favorite web browser is expected by the end of October. Changes in 2.0 vs 1.5 are minor compared to the wholesale changes in IE.

If you install either version of the new browsers, make sure you keep them updated since there are bound to be security holes in the new releases which the malware industry will quickly take advantage of.


Below is the initial list of issues for the TUESDAY, 24 October 2006, NEW NET (Northeast Wisconsin Network for Economy and Technology) 6:50 pm weekly gathering upstairs at Tom's Drive In, 501 N Westhill Blvd, Appleton, Wisconsin, USA. We're meeting at Tom's because Mister Churro may be closed for painting. Tom's has free wireless, good food and a nice upstairs area where the manager said NEW NET can meet. The final list will be posted on this blog by 1500 hours (3 pm) Central U.S.A. time on 24 October 2006.
  1. Firefox 2.0 or IE7? http://www.mattcutts.com/blog/firefox-20-or-ie7/ IE7 will probably perform like Win XP SP2 when it was released, with 80+% of installers having no problems. Everyone reading this should install IE7 to see how the install goes, but don’t do it on your main machine for a while. Just know what you’ll do if the install of IE7 (or any other program) causes problems. Good option is to have Firefox installed before IE7 install. That way, if the OS doesn’t break you can still browse the web for info about whatever problem the IE7 install caused. Let’s do the about:config comment by Lars at NEW NET.
  2. Hating Microsoft After Update Breaks My Computer With svchost.exe Error http://daggle.com/061016-142021.html Anecdotal caution about loading in IE7. This post explains what Danny Sullivan had to do to fix his computer after installing the new Internet Explorer. Here there be dragons…
  3. Firefox 2.0 RC3 Now Available http://www.pcworld.com/article/id,127520-c,mozilla/article.html The official Firefox 2.0 is expected out by the end of October, but if you can’t wait, the Release Candidate 3 should work well for you.
  4. Dodgeball goes Gauth, reveals GOOG’s masterplan to p0wn your butt http://factoryjoe.com/blog/2006/10/17/dodgeball-goes-gauth-reveals-googs-masterplan-to-p0wn-your-ass/ This post addresses identity management, a concept particularly important in the Web 2.0 world. Chris Messina points out that Google appears to be leading its SkyNet Kool-Aid drinkers down a primrose path to the Walled Ggarden. He advocates use of OpenID. Since he was a catalyst in the BarCamp movement, maybe he can initiate an OpenID campaign combining the BarCamp success with the Adopt Firefox success.
  5. 1,000,000 residents = Happy! Crushing Signup Load = Sad! http://blog.secondlife.com/2006/10/18/1000000-residents-happy-crushing-signup-load-sad/ Once again, Second Life mirrors Real Life. SL now has a million residents, has been adding new accounts at 10,000 per day, has been in the news a lot, and is predicting some days with 50,000+ new resident registrations. Their scale-up problems are causing poor user experience for new users, and you can be sure their tech people are having lots of 20+ hour days. Reuters recently opened an SL news agency, many corporations are investing time and money into SL (I want one of those jobs…), and a “…U.S. congressional committee is investigating how virtual assets and incomes should be taxed.” When Luke and I joined second life in May, there were only 200,000 residents. If SL scales up effectively, the metaverse may have more residents than World of Warcraft in a couple years.
  6. Second Life Uses Drupal http://buytaert.net/second-life-uses-drupal Drupal was one of the topics of discussion at BarCampMilwaukee, so it was interesting to see that Second Life uses Drupal.
  7. FBI Director, Police Chiefs Support Record Retention For Internet http://news.yahoo.com/s/cmp/20061019/tc_cmp/193400408 Have you read 1984 recently?
  8. AT&T Builds WiFi Network For California City http://news.yahoo.com/s/cmp/20061019/tc_cmp/193400391
  9. Putting A Little Lipstick On Muni WiFi http://news.techdirt.com/news/wireless/article/6717
  10. Creative Commons + Flickr = 22 Million Sharable Photos http://www.pbs.org/mediashift/2006/10/digging_deepercreative_commons.html Creative Commons license benefits are explained a little in this post. Exceptionally well-worded was the comment, “…So without going to photography school, and just networking with other photographers, and giving my stuff away with attribution, I’ve got my name out there, I’ve got a lot of incoming links to my website…I didn’t realize that I could make money on photography by giving away as much as I could, that I could build up a portfolio and reputation so I could get paid work...”
  11. Costs up as UAE regulators ban Net phone http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061018/ap_on_hi_te/no_more_skype Would you be upset if your government took away VoIP options like Skype?
  12. Windows virus bites Apple iPods http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/6062074.stm
  13. Flapjax on the griddle for Web apps http://news.yahoo.com/s/infoworld/20061013/tc_infoworld/82808
  14. Flash 9 beta for Linux is available http://blogs.adobe.com/penguin.swf/2006/10/beta_is_live.html
  15. Mac Mini becomes Linux-based IP PBX http://www.linuxdevices.com/news/NS8680369796.html
  16. Sony battery recall to hit 9.6 million http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061019/ap_on_hi_te/japan_sony_battery_recalls
  17. HP passes Dell in world PC shipments http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061018/ap_on_hi_te/pc_shipments
  18. Palm Launches Treo 680, Touts Multimedia Capabilities http://news.yahoo.com/s/cmp/20061013/tc_cmp/193300469 When they add wifi to the Treo 680 and I can use it on my Verizon plan, I’m buying one of these…
  19. Beauties and beasts predicted http://www.news.com.au/heraldsun/story/0,21985,20596076-661,00.html



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