Posts tagged ‘Firefox’

IE6 is why the USA can’t make progress with alternative energy

If you think the USA has the right decision make savvy to make progress on it’s alternative energy goals, think again …

MS. GREENBERG: Okay. Our next question comes from Jim Finkle:

Can you please let the staff use an alternative web browser called Firefox? I just – (applause) – I just moved to the State Department from the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency and was surprised that State doesn’t use this browser. It was approved for the entire intelligence community, so I don’t understand why State can’t use it. It’s a much safer program. Thank you. (Applause.)

SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, apparently, there’s a lot of support for this suggestion. (Laughter.) I don’t know the answer. Pat, do you know the answer? (Laughter.)

UNDER SECRETARY KENNEDY: The answer is at the moment, it’s an expense question. We can —

AUDIANCE MEMBER: It’s free. (Laughter.)

UNDER SECRETARY KENNEDY: Nothing is free. (Laughter.) It’s a question of the resources to manage multiple systems. It is something we’re looking at. And thanks to the Secretary, there is a significant increase in the 2010 budget request that’s pending for what is called the Capital Investment Fund, by which we fund our information technology operations. With the Secretary’s continuing pushing, we’re hoping to get that increase in the Capital Investment Fund. And with those additional resources, we will be able to add multiple programs to it.

Yes, you’re correct; it’s free, but it has to be administered, the patches have to be loaded. It may seem small, but when you’re running a worldwide operation and trying to push, as the Secretary rightly said, out FOBs and other devices, you’re caught in the terrible bind of triage of trying to get the most out that you can, but knowing you can’t do everything at once.

SECRETARY CLINTON: So we will try to move toward that.

source: July 10th US Dept of State town hall meeting

There’s even video evidence … time index at 26m:34s

Is Firefox 3 really *that* different ?

I was invited to web conference today. I spend a lot of time in web conferences and phone conferences. This one was being hosted on the Sametime Unyte service (formerly WebDialogs). I was connecting from a new machine so I ran the “system test tool” It said I had the right browser, JVM, plugin, and was “good to go”. I entered the meeting and it said I was missing a plugin. I click to install and it can’t find the plugin. So, I go back, hunt and hunt and hunt on the website and finally find the installer. I install. Restart Firefox. Enter the meeting. Same error – missing the plugin.

It turns out (1) the system test tool lied. I did not have a supported browser. I only found out by googling for “Sametime Unyte” and “Firefox 3″.

I found this …

Q. Does Sametime Unyte Meeting support Firefox 3?
A. Currently Firefox 3 is being evaluated but is not currently a supported browser. To see the details of the browsers that are currently supported please review the System Requirements: http://www.webdialogs.com/support/system.asp

Why it is that Firefox 3 seems to be such a dillema ?

Making a multi-PC environment more productive

As noted in a previous post (go search for it using the search window in the upper right if you must), I now use Synergy for my multiple PC/Laptop home office environment. (FYI – I now simultaneously enjoying and struggling with a T61p wide screen as my primary terminal).

The one thing that irks me is the lack of  of the middle mouse button  (aka scrolls wheel) feature that is intrinsic on Thinkpads.

The best (and for now reasonably acceptable) solution is the use a Firefox and Thunderbird plug-in called Grab-n-Drag. It only covers the scroll feature of browsing and email, but since one of my machines is predominantly just that, it covers things pretty well. I hope to figure our a configuration for scrol wheel support across the “now 4 thinkpads” sooner or later but in the mean time, one machine is much happier !

Firefox "click2search"

I just discovered a really cool feature of Firefox 2 – I call it Click2Search. (Firefox should take my idea as they just call it “Searching the Web for Words Selected in a Web Page” … BORING!)

Anyway, from the documentation …

Firefox allows you to search the web for words you select within web page:

1. Select (highlight) any words in a web page.
2. Right-click and choose Search [Search Engine] for “[your selected words]” from the popup menu.

Firefox opens a new tab and uses the currently selected Search Engine to search for your selected words.

Here is a screen shot. (I already performed the action once so you can see the new tab in the browser. Google is my chosen search engine.)