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Sunday, August 26, 2007

Fire-up your fox !!

Before firing up my fox, I want to write few lines about the synonym of internet - Internet Explorer

MSIE has been the most widely used browser. It had usage share of about 95% in 2004. The share was very high coz of few reasons like ... Most of the desktops run on Windows. IE is the default browser in Windows and most of the users dint give a damn about what they are using as long as it finishes their work. Opera was an alternative but wasn't free. Netscape navigator became one "buggy" product without any innovation which was a super hero among browsers in 90s.

But, in the second half of 2004, a new kid of entered the scene and started to take over the screen. Name was Phoenix, Mozilla Phoenix. Later the name was changed to Mozilla Firebird then to Mozilla Firefox coz of trademark issues. It decreased the usage share of MSIE from 95 to 86 in 2 years !!!

Firefox is considered as the best browser by many companies but not limited to Forbes, PC World. Firefox dint become a great browser all by itself, but by the features as well as the big developer community which develops plugins for it to do various tasks. Well, now we will see how to Fire UP our Firefox to do various tasks.

  • NoScript - Extra extra Java Script protection for your firefox
  • Greasemonkey - Customize the way your webpages look with thousands of free scripts from userscripts.org
  • Adblock plus - Get rid of all those ad banners
  • FoxyTunes - Control any media player and find lyrics, covers, videos with single click
  • Fasterfox - Tweak performance of Firefox
  • FireBug - Web development evolved ;)
  • Themes - Make your great browser look great ;)

You will certainly feel that Firefox is 200% better that IE6/7 with all the extra added security as well as features. BTW, take a look at new product based on Firefox, Mozilla Firefox Campus Edition

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