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My Firefox just updated (on my netbook, where I can't turn off the updates). Firefox 29 looks pretty. Sadly, they decided to take out everything that makes it usable and everything that makes it different from Chrome. I don't use Chrome because I don't like the minimalist look, so why would I want Firefox to be like Chrome?

Unsurprisingly, I am not the only one to think that, so I have installed a plugin to put the tabs back below the address bar, and put the add-on bar back at the bottom, so I can now access my Gmail, LJ, DW accounts, and see where links lead to again and the status of a page when it's loading!

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Computers

Jun. 19th, 2011 08:00 pm
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I keep hearing various people at work and in Rotaract talking about how they don't like to go on the computer in the evenings because they sit in front of them all day. I couldn't work out if they were odd or I was until I realised that all they probably use their computers for is work-like things. Whereas I use it to talk to people and watch videos and play games, which is fun stuff. Although I do sometimes have to do work-like (and actual work) stuff on it, it's not a large percentage of the time I spend on the computer.

Although I do have a skewed view of what might be fun (certainly from their point of view). Today I spent playing with Firefox 4 in Ubuntu to install it alongside 3.6 so I can see how much I like it. I've now got them looking almost identical and with the same add-ons. So my hatred of it has turned to mild dislike. And that's mostly about how it handles playing about with your add-ons.

And, at the same time, I played about with TweetDeck in Chromium. My trouble with Twitter is that I only read it in TweetDeck on my main computer. Which I don't turn on if I'm out for part of the evening. Last week I didn't read Twitter on Sunday because I was out, then I didn't read it on Monday because there were more updates than I had the energy to read. Then I was out on Tuesday and Wednesday, busy on Thursday evening and couldn't be bothered on Friday. Which is not the end of the world (I don't feel like I've missed anything much), but it does make it a bit pointless having it if I don't read it.

Since I can use my netbook while lying down, I thought about putting TweetDeck on it. But as soon as I went to the website I remembered they have a Chrome app, which works in Chromium (Linux's Chrome). It's not quite as good as the standalone one because all you can do is decide which columns you want (which match your lists in Twitter) and where you want them. There are no other options. But it's far better than the web, which is a pain to read.

And then I played around with who I'm following and who's in which lists etc. I now have about 7 lists, which I have columns for in Chromium. But they're still in my two columns in TweetDeck, which I can't delete because TweetDeck took away that functionality. But I can't decide whether I'd rather have more people in fewer columns, or fewer people in more columns. Time will tell...

And all of this was fun. And some of it was done while watching Quantum Leap.

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Exciting news: Red Dwarf is getting a new series! Despite Back to Earth not living up to series I-VI I’m excited anyway.

I spent last weekend updating all my Firefoxes to 3.5. My laptop and Firefox Portable were on v3 already, so it was just a case of clicking the button and updating a couple of my add-ons manually. The netbook was a different story…

The trouble with it is that Acer made some programs dependent on Firefox 2 and disabled the check for updates button, so I hadn’t bothered updating. It was faster than my old computer, but it had got to the stage where it was really slow, specially in Gmail where my typing was ahead of what was appearing on the screen. So I found some instructions on the internet about how to install Firefox 3 alongside v2. So I copied Firefox files on the netbook so I could make sure to get back to the old version and followed the instructions.

I briefly had both versions open before I restarted, which made all my old Firefox menus and icons open v3. Which, because it wasn’t installed over the top of the old version meant that it didn’t have my profile. The instructions said that it was easy to get the old version back, but didn’t say how. After spending ages searching the internet and trying things I gave up and set up the new version of Firefox.

Which was all fine except that whenever I opened it it opened up four tabs, which wasn’t what I wanted. I assumed this was a problem with Tab Mix Plus restoring things. A week later I found this was because I’d accidentally set my home page to be all four tabs, which it didn’t even occur to me to do…

It’s worked out ok in the end because 3.5 is much faster, nothing seems to be broken, and I have the Penguin Racing game that’s on the Asus Eee on my netbook. Not that I can play it because it moves, but it’ll be there for future usage…

I’ve also watched lots of new things on TV that all seems to be American. But how exciting is Friday evenings going to look with SJA, HIGFNY and Armstrong and Miller?

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