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Firefox 4 RC
Mozilla Firefox ^ | 3/22/2011 | NA

Posted on 03/22/2011 5:57:29 AM PDT by Sprite518

Help make the next version of the world’s best browser.

(Excerpt) Read more at mozilla.com ...


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Computers/Internet; Education; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: 4; browser; dsj; firefox; mozilla
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Hey guys I decided to give Firefox 4 RC (trial version before the release) a try and LOVE IT!

It's a lot faster and has a different look to it. I had to share this with all the freepers. Hope you all like it as much as I do.

Here is the link,

http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/RC/

1 posted on 03/22/2011 5:57:34 AM PDT by Sprite518
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To: Sprite518

Here is that link again...

http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/RC/


2 posted on 03/22/2011 5:57:58 AM PDT by Sprite518
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To: Sprite518

Bookmark for later


3 posted on 03/22/2011 5:59:37 AM PDT by Bean Counter (Stout Hearts!I)
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To: Sprite518

I’ve been using it for a few days now. Definitely faster than 3.6.15 or whatever iteration they last issued.


4 posted on 03/22/2011 6:01:54 AM PDT by andy58-in-nh (America does not need to be organized: it needs to be liberated.)
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To: Sprite518

Unfortunately, it doesn’t work With WinXP or Win2000.

I have XP and my wife has 2000.

And no.. I’m not upgrading.. Don’t have the money to do so.


5 posted on 03/22/2011 6:04:41 AM PDT by Bigh4u2 (Denial is the first requirement to be a liberal)
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To: andy58-in-nh

I like the way the web pages look too. Big improvement from the previous version.


6 posted on 03/22/2011 6:05:31 AM PDT by Sprite518
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To: Sprite518
I've used Firefox RC and also Beta versions 6 thru 12. Somewhere along the line one of them starting deleting some of my bookmarks.
Didn't delete the folders, but as an example, all the links within a folder or the bottom 10 of 20 links within a folder.
7 posted on 03/22/2011 6:07:22 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: Bigh4u2

Who told you it did not work with XP? I don’t think that is correct. Lots of people still use XP. I highly doubt they would cut them out. I bet 2000 would work too, but that would be more believable that it does not work.

According to Firefox’s site it does work with Windows period. It does not specify an Operating System.


8 posted on 03/22/2011 6:15:58 AM PDT by Sprite518
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To: Sprite518

I think they’ve upgraded the rendering engine so that it handles HTML 5 code much better than the old version. Streaming video is much smoother, too.


9 posted on 03/22/2011 6:16:34 AM PDT by andy58-in-nh (America does not need to be organized: it needs to be liberated.)
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To: Sprite518
Hold it. Isn't today the release date of Firefox 4.0 final version?
10 posted on 03/22/2011 6:16:42 AM PDT by RayChuang88 (FairTax: America's economic cure)
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To: Sprite518

How does it compare to Chrome? I like Chrome because it is so fast, but I love Firefox extensions.


11 posted on 03/22/2011 6:17:39 AM PDT by rwfromkansas ("Carve your name on hearts, not marble." - C.H. Spurgeon)
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To: rwfromkansas

It’s like Chrome with Firefox extensions.


12 posted on 03/22/2011 6:26:30 AM PDT by Sprite518
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To: RayChuang88

I don’t know?


13 posted on 03/22/2011 6:27:51 AM PDT by Sprite518
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To: Sprite518

I had to back up to 3.6.3. One of the later updates loaded a bunch of crap, flash junk, java junk, pop-ups, etc., and created havoc.

I like Firefox, but it is becoming a glutware nightmare. [Does FF 4 fix the memory problem FF has had since version 0.7? FF claims it isn’t their fault, but FF continually consumes and fails to release memory.]

I have played around some with Chrome. It is okay, but it lacks much. It does something my other browsers (FF & IE6) won’t do — it loads video from the news networks. I have always had a problem, especially with FoxNews and CBS and their videos.

I am at XPsp2. I have stopped updating most of the software I run, simply because I know XP and my computer just can’t handle it. I’ve been looking around at the Win 7 laptops/desktops, but can’t force myself to spend the money yet — since I am retired and don’t really need a high-powered processing computer.


14 posted on 03/22/2011 6:28:59 AM PDT by TomGuy
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To: RayChuang88

You are right! Here is an article about it,

http://gigaom.com/collaboration/are-you-ready-for-the-new-browsers/


15 posted on 03/22/2011 6:31:09 AM PDT by Sprite518
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To: TomGuy

If you do decide to get Windows 7, then get Professional and not home. This is because it will run your old XP stuff.

Windows 7 Professional is worth the upgrade IMHO. It’s what Windows should have been a long time ago. Very user friendly and easy to use. There is a lot less items to click on now than what Windows has been in the past.


16 posted on 03/22/2011 6:36:59 AM PDT by Sprite518
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To: ShadowAce

tech ping


17 posted on 03/22/2011 6:50:31 AM PDT by raybbr (People who still support Obama are either a Marxist or a moron.)
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To: Sprite518

Been using FF4 for a couple of weeks. I like it. It takes some getting used to the locations of things but it works better.


18 posted on 03/22/2011 6:51:21 AM PDT by raybbr (People who still support Obama are either a Marxist or a moron.)
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To: raybbr
I saw this thread earlier.

Here's my issue :)

I was planning on backing up my laptop this past weekend so I would have backups of all my vital data--my ping list being a part of that. However, my laptop power supply decided on Friday that 8 years was long enough to labor, and it died. Since my youngest son was on it at the time, I did not see any warnings about it being unplugged from the AC power. So the battery lost all interest in my business and went to sleep as well.

Luckily, I found the exact same model power supply on e-bay. It should be here by the weekend.

19 posted on 03/22/2011 6:55:42 AM PDT by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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To: Bigh4u2

Been running FF4 (RC) with WIN XP for 2 days now. No problems, as of this moment.
For some reason it did check mark the “work off line” box, but this is easily corrected.


20 posted on 03/22/2011 7:00:14 AM PDT by donozark ("Never wound a King." Machiavelli)
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To: ShadowAce
I was planning on backing up my laptop this past weekend so I would have backups of all my vital data--my ping list being a part of that. However, my laptop power supply decided on Friday that 8 years was long enough to labor, and it died.

Eight years is pretty good. What brand is it?

So, in other words, no ping list, right?

Oh well, these things happen.

21 posted on 03/22/2011 7:13:30 AM PDT by raybbr (People who still support Obama are either a Marxist or a moron.)
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To: Sprite518

Thanks for the heads up - I just upgraded to Firefox 4RC

So far so good on my XP


22 posted on 03/22/2011 7:17:45 AM PDT by libertarian27 (Ingsoc: Department of Life, Department of Liberty, Department of Happiness)
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To: libertarian27

Your welcome, but I just upgraded to Firefox 4 from Firefox 4 RC. Takes about 2 minutes. Here is the link,

http://www.filehippo.com/


23 posted on 03/22/2011 7:20:28 AM PDT by Sprite518
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To: raybbr
Eight years is pretty good. What brand is it?

It's a Sager. The machine is still running pretty good. Once the power supply gets replaced, I'll be up and running again with no problems.

I bought it in 2003, thinking it will be a 10-year machine:

  1. laptop form factor
  2. Desktop 3.2Ghz CPU
  3. 17" screen
  4. 1G Ram
  5. 2 160G HDD, with HW RAID available
  6. DVD writer
I bought it in 2003. That kind of tech was just making its appearance.

My next 10-year machine will be a real monster. :)

24 posted on 03/22/2011 7:20:38 AM PDT by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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To: Sprite518

That’s what I meant - the FF4 - I read up on it first and a few sites were saying that the RC2 is the FF4 that they are rolling out - it’s out today.

Seems faster - I am on an elderly PC - An HP pavilion from ‘03


25 posted on 03/22/2011 7:25:13 AM PDT by libertarian27 (Ingsoc: Department of Life, Department of Liberty, Department of Happiness)
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To: Bigh4u2

Running nicely on XP Pro right now. Make sure you have XP Service Pack 3 installed with the updates. Firefox 4 RC should function on XP.


26 posted on 03/22/2011 7:25:52 AM PDT by Resettozero
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To: ShadowAce

I have seen several I7 laptops for under $1000.

I can’t figure out why the mfg’s only put in 4gb of ram when they can handle 8gb, considering the extra 4gb costs about $50.

One HP laptop looked pretty good, except that you had to take it apart just to add ram.


27 posted on 03/22/2011 8:12:13 AM PDT by TomGuy
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To: Sprite518

I downloaded it and tried installing it and it said “Must have a newer version of Windows”.

I see others say it works on XP so maybe I’ll try it again.


28 posted on 03/22/2011 8:29:27 AM PDT by Bigh4u2 (Denial is the first requirement to be a liberal)
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To: Sprite518

Just re-downloaded it and this time it installed with no errors or warnings.

Maybe the first download was broken.

Oh, well.


29 posted on 03/22/2011 8:38:31 AM PDT by Bigh4u2 (Denial is the first requirement to be a liberal)
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To: Sprite518

No updated IE Tab Add-on, yet . .


30 posted on 03/22/2011 9:00:35 AM PDT by cornelis
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To: Bigh4u2

Firefox 4 is here now folks. Wish I just waited a few hours! I was using the test version for the last three days and loved it. Oh well enjoy everyone.

Here use this link...

http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/fx/


31 posted on 03/22/2011 11:36:01 AM PDT by Sprite518
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To: Sprite518
Yep. That's the one I downloaded today.\\

The other one that didn't work was probably the RC or maybe Beta.

This one works fine.

Now If I could only speed up my internet...

Seems like 6mbs would be fast, but I'm always ‘waiting for a response’ from websites.

32 posted on 03/22/2011 11:44:23 AM PDT by Bigh4u2 (Denial is the first requirement to be a liberal)
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To: Sprite518

I’m pretty much an Opera guy. Fast, easy to use, and intuitive.


33 posted on 03/22/2011 11:51:34 AM PDT by Free Vulcan (Vote Republican! You can vote Democrat when you're dead.)
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To: oh8eleven

I used to think they disappeared to. What happens is it only save it once in your bookmark system. I used to put a BM in the regular folder and also in a special folder and would only post in 1 of them.


34 posted on 03/22/2011 11:57:19 AM PDT by US_MilitaryRules (Where is our military?)
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To: US_MilitaryRules
What happens is it only save it once in your bookmark system.
That may be true, but I had thirty or so links in one folder and I've used those link extensively for the past three years for a specific project
Late last week, I noticed the links in that folder (sorted in alphabetical order) got cut off after the letter C (a subfolder was still there and still intact).
I did a restore from another backed up bookmark file, and ALL the links, A to Z, popped up.
35 posted on 03/22/2011 12:29:07 PM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: Bigh4u2
Seems like 6mbs would be fast, but I'm always ‘waiting for a response’ from websites.
I had a similar situation that turned out to be a bad cable between the router and the PC. Who knew they could fail just sitting there?
Unplug and replug any cables you use, power down any hardware (cable modem, router, etc.,) leave them off for a full 60 seconds then power back up again.
Make sure you don't have any viruses or malware too.
36 posted on 03/22/2011 12:42:18 PM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: Bigh4u2

Here are two things for you to speed up the Internet.

Google Chrome (latest addition is great... Just like Firefox). Probably the fastest browser.

http://www.google.com/chrome

Download Accelerator Plus along with Speedbit Video accelerator work great too. You have to pay if you want a premium version. Nevertheless, the free version works great.

http://www.speedbit.com/


37 posted on 03/22/2011 2:33:33 PM PDT by Sprite518
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To: oh8eleven

Thanks, but I tried all that.

I even put a wireless card in my desktop, and surprisingly it did go a little faster.

But I think the real problem is that the DSL ‘node’ in my area is getting overloaded.

Especially since a couple of new housing projects has gone up.

It seems to run ok first thing in the morning, right up until about 10 am. After that you sit and wait for a response from the server.

Not sure what I can do about it except move closer to the node. But since I own my home, that’s not going to happen.

I’ll just have to live with it, or get Cable..


38 posted on 03/22/2011 2:35:39 PM PDT by Bigh4u2 (Denial is the first requirement to be a liberal)
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To: Free Vulcan

Give Google Chrome a try.. Last week a new version and it’s fast. I bet it’s faster than Opera.

http://www.google.com/chrome


39 posted on 03/22/2011 2:36:43 PM PDT by Sprite518
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To: oh8eleven; Sprite518

I should also add that not all sites respond slowly.

Streaming video seems to work fine from most sites and downloads are ok.

But the ISP’s slow response is what is really causing the problem. Even ‘tech support’ from Frontier is useless.

They have the same ‘canned’ solution of removing power from the modem, waiting 30 seconds and reconnecting.

Sometimes it helps. Most times is doesn’t.. And it’s a new modem.


40 posted on 03/22/2011 2:44:27 PM PDT by Bigh4u2 (Denial is the first requirement to be a liberal)
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To: Bigh4u2

Have you tried running CC cleaner or Advance System Care?

http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner

CC clearner is free, but Advance Sytem Care cost about $20 a year. Well worth it IMHO.

http://www.iobit.com/advancedsystemcareper.html


41 posted on 03/22/2011 2:54:57 PM PDT by Sprite518
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To: Sprite518

I downloaded it awhile back for kicks. Use it occasionally, they are about equal in speed. I like Opera’s setup a little better, but use Chrome for certain websites it seems to handle better.


42 posted on 03/22/2011 3:03:10 PM PDT by Free Vulcan (Vote Republican! You can vote Democrat when you're dead.)
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To: Sprite518; Bigh4u2

Advance System Care cost about $20 a year.
There's a free version - I've used it for years. Good program.
43 posted on 03/22/2011 3:56:37 PM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: Bigh4u2
It seems to run ok first thing in the morning, right up until about 10 am.
Sounds to me like that's something easily traceable. Have you discussed this with your ISP?
44 posted on 03/22/2011 4:04:02 PM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: raybbr
I'm getting used to the "reload" button in an annoying place, as well as missing my unsupported add-ons. And sticking stuff up top when it makes more sense to have certain items at the bottom.

I'm probably going to have to install a usable theme, too. I'm stuck on a Windows Classic theme as the most efficient visually, for me. I never got excited about rounded edging, particular since it does take up more space.

For some reason, I really miss a fixed "new tab" button. Floating at the end of the last tab is just inefficient.

45 posted on 03/22/2011 7:50:24 PM PDT by Calvin Locke
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To: Bigh4u2
Question: does your broadband connection require the use of a Domain Name Server (DNS) to resolve web addresses? If it does, I recommend ditching the DNS server addresses provided by the ISP and switching to far faster DNS servers such as OpenDNS (DNS primary address 208.67.222.222, secondary address 208.67.222.220) or Google Public DNS (DNS primary address 8.8.8.8, secondary address 8.8.4.4). I use OpenDNS and the increase in web browsing speed has been dramatic.
46 posted on 03/23/2011 5:09:54 AM PDT by RayChuang88 (FairTax: America's economic cure)
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To: oh8eleven

Sorry about the late response.. had to go to bed I work at 1am.

“Have you discussed this with your ISP?”

Yes I have and they had me do the ‘reset’ of the modem.

When I suggested they have a ‘node’ problem because of traffic they claimed it shouldn’t make any difference.

One thing I’m going to try in the spring is replace my telephone lines. Although they’re ok, I figured it was cheap and worth a shot. (I can do the work myself).


47 posted on 03/23/2011 5:57:19 AM PDT by Bigh4u2 (Denial is the first requirement to be a liberal)
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To: Calvin Locke
-- I'm getting used to the "reload" button in an annoying place ... --

A keyboard Ctl-R habit might work for you. Back a page is Alt-leftarrow.

I like Chromium for GUI browsing, but what brings me back to Firefox is the ability to "dump" a URL (via cut 'n' paste mousepress from unrelated applications) on any idle part of a webpage, and Firefox takes me to that URL.

I do most of my browsing with a text-only browser - much faster.

48 posted on 03/23/2011 6:03:55 AM PDT by Cboldt
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To: Bigh4u2
Look at RayChuang88's remark. Your browsing experience may be hung up waiting for address resolve, not for page loading.

Have you done a speed test before and after 10AM? A speed test would show whether you have an overall slowdown or if the slow response is on account of a necessary but usually quick/instant function (address resolution), by an external site, taking too long. It may be that your ISP's DNS is slow, while "the node" is still snappy.

http://www.speakeasy.net/speedtest/ <-- link to one of many speedtest sites

49 posted on 03/23/2011 6:09:22 AM PDT by Cboldt
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To: Sprite518

I downloaded yesterday. Still adjusting to the changes, but will get there.


50 posted on 03/23/2011 6:11:09 AM PDT by EDINVA
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