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A little Firefox nostalgia

The Firefox 3 robot declares victory. Design apparently by Nobox.

I’ve started using Firefox a lot more lately. The browser feels like a new beast lately, especially Firefox Nightly which I started using because of the CSS Grid Inspector tool.

Firefox 55 was released on the stable channel yesterday and it is also pretty snappy. Chrome is starting to feel a little sluggish by comparison (although it’s possible that I’m imagining it).

I found myself thinking back to the marketing campaign for Firefox 3 back in 2008 (I think). At the time, Firefox wasn’t on its current 6-8 week release cycle so developments took a bit longer.

For some reason, Firefox 3 was a big deal back then. I don’t remember why but I do have a vivid memory of the robot imagery that Mozilla used to publicise the release. I found this image on Flickr earlier this afternoon.

Almost a decade later, there is still something about this robot imagery that I love.

Firefox making moves on Chrome

If you’re curious about this “new” Firefox that people are talking about lately, you may find this article interesting:

It’s tempting to just dismiss this browser as a “has been” and stick with Chrome. Chrome is a great browser and dominates the Web. Still, I think having a spunky challenger with a strong focus on an inclusive and open Web is important.

Just as it successfully challenged Internet Explorer back in the day, Firefox could help keep Chrome in check where it counts.

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The Firefox DRM implementation – a glimmer of light

Mozilla’s decision to implement DRM code is disappointing and Cory Doctorow’s article titled “Firefox’s adoption of closed-source DRM breaks my heart” is worth reading for his perspectives. I noticed one positive aspect of the Firefox implementation, though –

There are other ways in which Mozilla’s DRM is better for user freedom than its commercial competitors’. While the commercial browsers’ DRM assigns unique identifiers to users that can be used to spy on viewing habits across multiple video providers and sessions, the Mozilla DRM uses different identifiers for different services. And unlike the commercial browsers’ DRM, the Mozilla implementation does not intentionally leak any information about the user’s system or its configuration to video services.

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Firefox 29 is a good looking browser

Update (2014-04-30): I tried it out for a bit and then encountered two things that bugged me enough to switch back to Chrome:

  1. A blinking cursor on a random space on a page that I have seen in previous versions and irritates me;
  2. The Evernote extension is about 2 generations behind the current Chrome and Safari versions.

Mozilla released its latest version of the Firefox browser today. Version 29 boasts the new Australis design and it is a good looking browser! I only just started playing with it and might default to it for a bit (I like new shiny things).


]2 Firefox 28 – not too shabby looking


]3 Firefox 29 – a pretty good looking browser.

Here is an intro video if that tickles you too: