Tag Archives: Mobile Web

My Experience So Far With Firefox 6

Firefox 6 will be officially released tomorrow (Tuesday), but it became available on Mozilla’s servers yesterday.  If you download it before the official release, it will be marked as beta, but it’s actually the final release.

First things first: If you decide to install Fx 6, remember that it is a new version, not an update.  Although it should install properly over the older version, it is always best to uninstall the previous version first, especially if you are using a version earlier than Firefox 5.  Just look for Firefox in your list of programs and click uninstall.  When prompted, do not check the box to remove personal data.  You’ll want your stuff, which should appear just like the old stuff if you allow your extensions to update.

I’ve found 6 to be flawless so far.  It’s faster than 5, nearly as fast as Chrome.  It is, however, still slower than Chrome and Internet Explorer when loading, depending on how many extensions and other add-ons you have installed.  A “clean” copy is just as fast as the other two.  That’s the price you pay for versatility when you use Mozilla products.  Personally, I think it’s worth the few seconds wait a couple of times a a day.  I practically live in my browser, as I use cloud applications almost exclusively, and so my browsers stay open.

Firefox 6 seems to be better about releasing memory than 5 was, and it’s certainly much better than the versions prior to 5.  I ran it on a netbook with one GB of RAM for about three hours, and it performed just fine except for one period of about 20 seconds when it froze in Gmail while I was typing a long reply.  For a netbook with a 1.5 GHz processor and that amount of RAM, I consider that good performance.  Chrome isn’t any better on that machine.

HTML5 seems to run better on 6 than on 5.  If you don’t know what that is, don’t worry about it.  It’s the upcoming replacement for Flash, and you won’t notice any difference.  All of my important extensions were already available in new versions, although a few themes and personas didn’t transfer.  Since I don’t use the ones that didn’t anyway, who cares?

Based on my admittedly limited experience, I declare Firefox 6 ready for prime time.  Since the geeks at Mozilla think so too, I’d say you’re safe giving it a drive around the Web.  You can get it here.

Update: Forget about Firefox for Android.  Clunky, takes up a lot of space, and you don’t need all the bells and whistles on a phone.  The Android browser works just fine.  IMNSHO.

Another note: if you’re feeling adventurous (and running WIndows), you might want to take a look at Pale Moon, a customized Firefox version optimized for fast operation in Windows.

I’ve got the new mobile version on my Thunderbolt, as well.  I’ll let you know.

Some Interesting Prophecy — Can mobile phones change human history? Are they already doing it?

If you’re not interested in Social Anthropology, just quit reading right here.

History of cellphones = History of Culture?

About three years ago I read this article and, seeing the potential for following the idea, saved it in a file to be read in July of this year.  I just reread it.  Wow!  In the light of current events and the recent past events, it makes Mark Pesce look almost clairvoyant.  I commend it to those so inclined.  Scroll down to the second article on the page.

Last month, The Economist, that fountainhead of Ur-Liberalism, proclaimed humanity “halfway there.” Somewhere in the last few months, half the population of the planet became mobile telephone subscribers. In a decade’s time we’ve gone from half the world having never made a telephone call to half the world owning their own mobile.

It took nearly a decade to get to the first billion, four years to the second, eighteen months to the third, and—sometime during 2011—over five billion of us will be connected. Mobile handsets will soon be in the hands of everyone except the billion and a half extremely poor; microfinance organizations like Bangladesh’s Grameen Bank work hard to ensure that even this destitute minority have access to mobiles. Why? Mobiles may be the most potent tool yet invented for the elimination of poverty.

To those of us in the developed word this seems a questionable assertion. For us, mobiles are mainly social accelerants: no one is ever late anymore, just delayed. But, for entire populations who have never had access to instantaneous global communication, the mobile unleashes the innate, inherent and inalienable capabilities of sociability. Sociability has always been the cornerstone to human effectiveness. Being social has always been the best way to get ahead.

Anthony Weiner, victim of a digital mob

Aaaamen! Aaaaamen! AAAAMEN. Amen. Amen. Hallalujah!

People who consider themselves independent, well-informed thinkers played right into Andrew Breitbart’s hands. Suckers. Now let’s see if the Dem. candidate who runs for the seat to replace the well-liked Weiner can beat the Republican. Did Nancy Pelosi and the President just give away a House seat? Suckers!

You would think that just one member of Congress would suggest that Weiner’s privacy was worth protecting, even if his actions were not and the man himself a creep. You would think there’d be a chorus denouncing the parasites in the media whose sustenance is the misery of others and insisting that not until a law is broken should citizens be deprived of representation. After all, polls taken at the time suggested Weiner’s constituents still supported him, somehow distinguishing between his private life and his public service. More than a tree grows in Brooklyn. Common sense does, too….

Anthony Weiner, victim of a digital mob – The Washington Post.