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Installing Firefox and Thunderbird

by David Evans / July 3, 2004 3:04 PM PDT

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Firefox is a free open source web browser I think you'll like. Currently in release 9.1. Tabbed browsing, popup blocking, it offers to import your IE bookmarks when you install it. Not emntioned in the article is that you can easily download "extensions" that add functionality. Just pick the ones you want. For example, I have an extension that lets me select any word, right-click, and look up the word in online dictionaries. Another called "BugMeNot" that lets me right-click on pages that require registration, such as the NYT, and it'll show me a username and password to use for most sites. Another neat extension lets me select an url, then paste it here with the UBBC code inserted around it to either make it a clickable url, or to make it a clickable url that I can put the title of the article into, if you know what I mean. It'll also make your normal bold, italics, etc code for you. Another extension lets you click on a long url and automatically generate a short url for it from Tinyurl. You get the idea. There are quite a few extensions available. Also downloable themes if you want to improve the looks of the browser.

Thunderbird is a free open source email client in the 0.7.1 release I believe, and it's pretty sharp because it has built-in spam protection. You "train" the spamfilter to recognize what is and is not spam, and after a week or two, when you get the spam filter set up properly, you tell the filter to automatically put all future incoming spam into a junk filter, or delete it off the server. Pretty neat.

DE

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Re: Installing Firefox and Thunderbird
by R Bibb / July 3, 2004 4:08 PM PDT

Correction: Firefox version 0.9.1 is the most current release.

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Re: Installing Firefox and Thunderbird
by David Evans / July 3, 2004 4:29 PM PDT

True. My mistake as I meant to type 0.9.1.

Forgot to mention another extension I have installed. Every time Firefox is shut down this extension copies a backup of my bookmarks to the folder that contains all of my datafiles. That folder is backed up each day, burned to cd twice, so no more of those "ohno!" moments with regard to bookmarks.

DE

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Re: Installing Firefox and Thunderbird
by David Evans / July 3, 2004 4:34 PM PDT

And for those interested in downloading Firefox and Thunderbird, you can find both by clicking on the download link on this page.

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Re: Installing Firefox and Thunderbird
by Cindi Haynes / July 3, 2004 10:47 PM PDT

Hi DavE,

I downloaded and used these at one time, and went back to IE and Pocomail. I don't recall now exactly why I didn't like them, but your description makes me think maybe it's time to try them again. Thanks for the info!

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Well, I'm trying them
by Cindi Haynes / July 4, 2004 11:05 AM PDT

And you might have made a believer out of me! I like both programs quite well, I'll know better after playing a few days. The mail program has a lot of the Pocomail functionality, yet is FREE, and the browser is speedy, and the pages look just like they do in IE. Now I just have to check out those extensions you talk about.

So far so good!

--Cindi
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Re: Well, I'm trying them
by David Evans / July 4, 2004 4:06 PM PDT
In reply to: Well, I'm trying them

You can download the extensions from the link I mentioned upstairs, or here's a link. They're adding new extensions every day it seems.

There are a few extensions available for Thunderbird too.

DE

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Re: Installing Firefox and Thunderbird
by Paul C / July 4, 2004 10:57 AM PDT

Dave,

The last time I tried Firefox was a while back and I wasn't real impressed. I decided I'd try again...and NOW I'm impressed.

It loads fast, renders much more accurately than before (a major nit I had to pick with the previous version) and seems stable.

I'm not a big fan of the regular Mozilla browser, but Firefox is a keeper - so far.

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Re: Installing Firefox and Thunderbird
by David Evans / July 4, 2004 4:14 PM PDT

I'm also impressed so far. I installed the Windows versions of Firefox and Thunderbird at work.

I think I'll write to the Thunderbird developers to ask them if they can include a backup utility for email / email boxes / addressbook / filter rules / settings / etc like Pocomail has. That's one very handy feature of Pocomail. You can't backup stuff too much or too often, and the easier it is to do the more likely it will actually GET done!

DE

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Re: Installing Firefox and Thunderbird
by C1ay / July 5, 2004 11:18 AM PDT

Bear in mind as well that there won't be an IE 7. Microsoft is only producing service packs for IE and not developing future versions. CERT, the U.S. government's Computer Emergency Readiness Team, has also suggested that PC users look to sources other than Microsoft for a web browser because of continuing security holes in IE.

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