Tag: mozilla

Firefox Quantum out now

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 ๐Ÿ™‚ 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.ย  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.

Firefox Nightly has GMail issues

If you happen to use a (Mozilla) Firefox Nightly build and want to access GMail or any Google service, you can’t. Not without a configuration tweak. Nightly since v34 has broken all Google Accounts ๐Ÿ™‚ And no its not a cookie handling issue even if that’s what theย  post-login error screen implies.

All you have to do is open a new browser tab, and type “about:config” (without the double quotes of course) into the address bar to access the browser settings.

In the Search field (displayed at top of screen just below the address bar), type “network.http.spdy.enabled.http2draft” (again not with the quotes) and switch it from True (the default) to False.

Then just to be on the safe side go purge all Google related cookies.

Now when you access a Google Account (Google Plus, GMail, YouTube, etc) it will open with no fuss

Of course if you type in the string mentioned above and don’t find a match your Nightly version is ancient and the problem lies elsewhere.