Monthly Archives: March 2011

Firefox 4.0 Annoyances

If you have been using Firefox 4 over the last few days you will have come across a few things that annoy you, below are some solutions to these problems:
  • Enable Save Tabs on Exit for Firefox 4
  • The status bar was removed in Firefox 4.0, Status-4-Evar is an add-on to put it back
  • If you go to Google, Twitter, Wikipedia and the fonts are bold disable Hardware acceleration to get the fonts to display properly (Just to point out, this effects Firefox 4 and Internet Explorer 9)

Update – Bold Font Fix

Here is a quick fix for the above font issue, Windows 7 font fix. [REG File Mirror]

Basically at some point the font settings in Windows 7 get stuffed & they need resting back to default. You can download the reg file from Desert Tech & apply it to your system, this should fix the font issues for both Firefox & Internet Explorer 9.

Firefox 4.0 Released

Hello new version of Firefox

Firefox 4 has some new features:

  • Firefox 4 is available in over 80 languages
  • Uses JägerMonkey, a new, faster JavaScript engine that is up to six times faster than Firefox 3.6
  • Support for the Do Not Track (“DNT”) header that allows users to opt-out of behavioural advertising
  • Firefox Sync is included by default, allowing you to securely synchronize between multiple computers and mobile devices
  • Certain graphics rendering operations are now hardware-accelerated using Direct3D 9 on Windows XP, Direct3D 10 on Windows Vista and 7, and OpenGL on Mac OS (OpenGL on Linux will be supported in the future)
  • Direct2D Hardware Acceleration is now on by default for Windows 7 users
  • WebGL is enabled on all platforms that have a capable graphics card with updated drivers
  • Native support for the HD HTML5 WebM video format, hardware accelerated where available
  • Firefox button has a new look for Windows Vista and Windows 7 users
  • Tabs are now on top by default on Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux
  • You can search for and switch to already open tabs in the Smart Location Bar
  • The stop and reload buttons have been merged into a single button on Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux
  • The Bookmarks Toolbar has been replaced with a Bookmarks Button by default (you can switch it back if you’d like)
  • Crash protection for Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X when there is a crash in the Adobe Flash, Apple Quicktime or Microsoft Silverlight plugins
  • You can turn any tab into an “App Tab” by right-clicking on it and selecting “Make into App Tab” from the context menu
  • The default homepage design has been refreshed
  • Overhaul of the bookmarks and history code, enabling faster bookmarking and startup performance
  • Per-compartment garbage collection is now enabled, reducing work done during complex animations
  • Additional polish for the Firefox Add-ons Manager
  • Improved web typography using OpenType with support for ligatures, kerning and font variants
  • Web developers can animate content using CSS Transitions
  • Responsiveness and scrolling improvements from the new retained layers layout system
  • HTML5 Forms API makes web based forms easier to implement and validate
  • Support for the new proposed Audio Data API
  • Support for HSTS security protocol allowing sites to insist that they only be loaded over SSL
  • A new feature called Panorama gives users a visual overview of all open tabs, allowing them to be sorted and grouped
  • An experimental API is included to provide more efficient Javascript animations
  • Firefox now supports the HTML5 video “buffered” property
  • Changes to how XPCOM components are registered in order to help startup time and process separation
  • New Addons Manager and extension management API (UI will be changed before final release)
  • Significant API improvements are available for JS-ctypes, a foreign function interface for extensions
  • CSS Transitions are partially supported
  • Core Animation rendering model for plugins on Mac OS X. Plugins which also support this rendering model can now draw faster and more efficiently
  • Web developers can update the URL field without reloading the page using HTML History APIs
  • More responsive page rendering using lazy frame construction
  • Link history lookup is done asynchronously to provide better responsiveness during pageload
  • CSS :visited selectors have been changed to block websites from being able to check a user’s browsing history
  • New HTML5 parser
  • Support for more HTML5 form controls
  • Web authors can now get touch events from Firefox users on Windows 7 machines
  • A new way of representing values in JavaScript that allows Firefox to execute heavy, numeric code (used for things like graphics and animations) more efficiently

Firefox 4 Release Notes

Internet Explorer 9 Released

Internet Explorer 9 has now been released, it is only being released for:

  • Windows Vista 32bit
  • Windows Vista 64bit
  • Windows 7 32 bit
  • Windows 7 64bit
  • Windows Server 2008 32bit
  • Windows Server 2008 64bit
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 64bit

Life Hacker has a great tour of the Best new Features of Internet Exploer 9.

Details can be found on the Internet Explorer page at Microsoft.com

Microsoft Security Bulletin Summary for March 2011

Microsoft have released the following updates this month:

  • Vulnerabilities in Windows Media Could Allow Remote Code Execution (2510030)
  • Vulnerability in Remote Desktop Client Could Allow Remote Code Execution (2508062)
  • Vulnerability in Microsoft Groove Could Allow Remote Code Execution (2494047)

Microsoft Security Bulletin Summary for March 2011

Firefox 3.6.14 Released

Firefox 3.6.14 has been released to fix the following issues:

  • Fixed several stability issues
  • MFSA 2011-10 CSRF risk with plugins and 307 redirects
  • MFSA 2011-09 Crash caused by corrupted JPEG image
  • MFSA 2011-08 ParanoidFragmentSink allows javascript: URLs in chrome documents
  • MFSA 2011-07 Memory corruption during text run construction (Windows)
  • MFSA 2011-06 Use-after-free error using Web Workers
  • MFSA 2011-05 Buffer overflow in JavaScript atom map
  • MFSA 2011-04 Buffer overflow in JavaScript upvarMap
  • MFSA 2011-03 Use-after-free error in JSON.stringify
  • MFSA 2011-02 Recursive eval call causes confirm dialogs to evaluate to true
  • MFSA 2011-01 Miscellaneous memory safety hazards (rv:1.9.2.14/ 1.9.1.17)