There’s a whole new version of Mozilla Firefox for Windows, Mac and Linux. Android and iOS (iPhone/iPad) versions are coming soon. The Windows version is 59. Mac is 57. No Linux so no idea 🙂 But I’ll share one thing: this version is super fast! It’s also not a resource hog like previous versions used to be. And what Google Chrome has, sadly, become. If you’ve been reading my posts I never was much of a Chrome fan as besides the bloat it also like to phone home to share all kinds of private user data with its developers as the default setting. Horrible right? Invasion of personal privacy etcetera etcetera.
If you want the statistics on what’s new and fixed in Firefox Quantum, this Tweet about Firefox Quantum core updates should do it.
Significant changes include a complete recode; the biggest since Firefox 1.0 launched in 2004 (really, has it been that long?). A new engine: Stylo. A new interface called Photon whihc is pretty much like Chrome though. For more on everything new in Firefox Quantum follow this link to the official Mozilla Blog. My days of re-hashing content are over : Just too busy discovering new stuff.
What I didn’t like though was not being able to access the Mozilla Addons site for a whole day after the new version landed. No idea why but all I got was a blank screen! Mozilla is also strictly enforcing addon coding rules so my favorite multi-thread download managers no longer work. On the plus side is having a faster Internet connection means files arrive faster in a single stream. But faster is always better.
Let’s set the scene: two mobiles (iOS and Android), desktop computer (Windows), iPad, laptop (Linux). What’s common? Mozilla Firefox of course!
Why? Because by synchronizing your open tabs, browser history, bookmarks and extensions across devices it doesn’t matter which device you’re using. Plus you use your Firefox account to access the Pocket link saving and promoting service. Pretty neat right?
It’s quite simple to setup Firefox Sync. All you need is a verified email address and a password. Every time you sync a new device you do have to confirm the action via click link in email sent you. And another thing.
Sync won’t let you login without the correct password. No brainier that for a service, right. But Sync goes better and the sign-in button won’t activate unless the password’s correct. No not magic but that would be cool. Just intelligent use of public and private keys.
Starting June 30, 2016 Indian news site have put in ad blocker mechanisms. So if you don’t want to be tracked you can’t access their news.
IMHO its no big loss as you can read most of the really important news on sites like the BBC and CNN :p
Or you can use an ad blocker like uBlock Origin on Mozilla Firefox like I do. The plugin is also available on Chrome and on Opera (are there any other noteworthy browsers?)
Of the many ad blockers (free and paid) available ‘Origin is the best. Its completely replaced Ghostery and Disconnect for me. Both add considerable resource overhead (no-no when using an older computer with under 2 GB RAM).
Update@July 12/16: Times of India web edidition isn’t being bypassed by the ad blocker 🙁 but if you click the stop button when the page loads you can read without ads.
And ‘Origin let’s you white list specific pages via Ctrl+Click. Not exact but it should tide you over until the news providers come to their senses.