firefox quitting without asking to save tabs

So, for some reason, some bright spark decided to remove the “warn on quit” default from firefox. As you can probably tell, I think this is a bad idea, because I often accidentally click command-Q instead of command-W (swap ctrl for command, PC users). If firefox would warn you, you could save tabs you had open or cancel the quit.

Here’s how to fix it: with this add on called ‘always ask’:

Here’s how you used to fix it.

You should find that you are now prompted about whether you actually want to quit, which might save you from any fat-finger moments!

May 13, 2011 | Leave a Comment |

macbook unboxing and first impressions.

The tech world buzzes. Excited geeks hold their breath after muttering about rumours for months. Finally, the moment comes when the Apple announcement gets underway- in this case, a new uni-body series of Apple Laptops, including redesigned Macbook Pros and Macbooks.

In the days after, you can find Macbook Pro unboxing shots, Macbook Pro reviews, and other Macbook Pro information. I happen to think that the 13 inch Macbook is pretty exciting too, as it has a back lit keyboard, 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo Processor and other goodies. It is perhaps the answer to the people complaining about the lack of a 12 inch Powerbook, which had power and portability in a silver case. The only obvious things that make the new Macbook Pro different from the new Macbook are:

You can max out the pro with a faster processor speed, but they do share the 2.4GHz level. The top level Macbook has become the lowest level Macbook pro.

So, after not having a computer of my own for a while, and needing a new computer to do university work, I decided that I would like Macbook, mostly because of price and form factor. My parents were very nice and got me an early birthday present. Here are a few Macbook unboxing shots, more on my flickr.

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Some First Impressions: it’s light. While it isn’t as light as the Air, it is still pleasant to pick up. I thought: “it’s an Air with a CD drive.” It’s curvy, very appealing. It is very glossy, but the screen is bright. The reflections are noticeable, but I’m not the kind of person that gets annoyed with stuff like that. I haven’t tried to use it outside yet, but so far I haven’t had to move to see the screen. The battery life is great, the keyboard is nice to use, and the backlight is something I’ve hoped for in a macbook for a long time.

However, it’s not complete. While OSX is a great operating system, it does lack a little. These are the first things I downloaded to make my computing experience a bit more comfortable. An interesting thing here is that all of these I downloaded from the internet for free, no install CDs at all have been used to set up this computer. This is also a handful of software- most of the things I use on this computer are web pages. At the moment I’m happy with iTunes for music playing, so that side of things is covered from the first boot.

As well as looking good, the new Macbook works. It works well, and in the end, that’s what you want from a computer. I am very happy with it.

October 28, 2008 | 2 Comments |

get your bookmarks anywhere

formerly take your bookmarks with you!

You may be upgrading your computer, not have the luxury of traveling with a laptop, or simply want a back up of your (firefox) bookmarks. If so, this tutorial is for you.


Once you have your bookmarks in firefox, and your Google Account set up, download GBookmarks and follow the instructions to install it. Don’t be overwhelmed- installing addons for firefox is very easy. You will have to restart firefox (close and open the program again.)

Now in your menu bar, you should see a new menu for GBookmarks. Under that menu, choose the Options option. Put in your user name and password for your Google Account. Click the button directly underneath this that says: Import Firefox Bookmarks. You can set up a folder (say, “Firefox Bookmarks” if you wish to) then it’s on to the uploading. If you have many bookmarks, this might be a good time to go and make a cup of tea, take the dog for a walk etc, as you can’t use firefox to surf the net as the bookmarks are uploaded. Once you return from whatever real-life activity you chose, sign in to/navigate to Google bookmarks to check everything worked.

Hooray, you can now access your bookmarks from anywhere you can log in to your Google account from.

Optional but Recommended
For the day to day web-surfing, I’m partial to GMarks for organising, saving and using my bookmarks. While GBookmarks makes uploading to Google Bookmarks as easy as falling over, GMarks works better when it comes to the every day stuff. It is for using your existing Google bookmarks in firefox, not for putting your firefox bookmarks in Google. For instance, once you get your new computer, install GMarks and Firefox to get your bookmarks from Google. It is handy because it can add bookmarks for both Firefox and Google, or just one. All you have to do is to remember to use GMarks instead of regular Bookmarks when you’re doing your bookmarking.

As always, comments very welcome.

March 17, 2008 | 1 Comment |

firefox crop circle

Aliens are here, and they prefer firefox!!

Well, at least, if you take the firefox crop circle at face value.

In true open source fashion, luggers from Oregon State University have shared exactly how they made it.

via jeremy’s blog

August 16, 2006 | 3 Comments |

mozilla mosaic confusion

“Netscape is based on Mozilla. ”

“you don’t want to use Mozilla- it’s so old, that Netscape was based off it”

Have you ever read quotes such as these, and wondered which planet the authour was from?

The confusion arrises from the phonetic similarity of Mosaic, the grandpa of all browsers, and Mozilla, the company behind firefox and thunderbird, the new kids on the block.
Mosaic was cool in it’s time, even revolutionary, but it has since been forgotten to history. So people, when they hear MOZilla, start thinking: “moz.. mos.. mos-somithing.” and thus assume that Mozilla is Mosaic, that crusty old browser, because they can’t quite remember.

The reality is that Netscape followed on from Mosaic, and Mozilla followed on from Netscape, and Firefox, Camino and SeaMonkey from Mozilla.

So please remember, Mosaic != Mozilla, Mosaic is the old one, Mozilla is the new one.

Handy Weblinks:
get firefox

April 4, 2006 | 5 Comments |

upgrading firefox

It has come to my attention (through the statistics for this website) that many people are using firefox 1.07 instead of the newer and safer 1.5. And for you guys out there using internet explorer, perhaps it might be time for you to upgrade to firefox too!

February 19, 2006 | 3 Comments |

blogger hosted rss feeds

Has anyone noticed that Blogger rss feeds are not being refreshed in the firefox livebookmark feature? I can’t refresh live bookmarks because of this bug- and the rss feeds seem to be frozen in early December. Re-subscribing to the feed has no effect on this problem.

In other news, 2006 suddenly showed up with a big bang, while the fireworks were fun, nothing topped the show God put on with Thunder, Lightening and lots of rain.

January 2, 2006 | 2 Comments |

mystery meat and rss icons

John at freshblog has
mentioned that with the new standard RSS icons, People should really put the word feed next to the icon, so that we don’t end up with Mystery Meat navigation.

What is Mystery Meat Navigation?
The term originates from school lunchrooms, where the dish of the day could have been mystery meat denoting a most-likely bad tasting unidentified meat, probably from the bottom of the freezer. You have no idea what it is until you try it.
The same concept applies to Mystery Meat navigation, where you don’t know what the icon-ified link means until you click on it. This is unfriendly to the user, as they don’t want to venture into unknown territory. You actually might lose visitors if your site is not easy to use.

At the moment, the best way to not commit this webdesign crime is to include text next to the icon telling users what it is, but I plan to try my hand at making some webpage buttons myself.

December 29, 2005 | 2 Comments |

standard feed icon

the firefox rss trumpet iconThe firefox trumpet has found itself a standard of sorts, as microsoft has adopted it as the symbol for an RSS feed. is a site dedicated to providing variations of this cool little icon, because not everyone likes orange.

  • Eliminate confusion brought on by acronyms.
  • Break down the international barriers.
  • Bring feeds to the forefront.

Pretty cool site, but a bit ironic that it doesn’t have a feed/livebookmark.


December 25, 2005 | Leave a Comment |

Guide to Safe Searching

Filed Under Category Education, Firefox, Tech by titanium

Travis Dart has a nice safe searching guide. There are somethings on the net you just don’t want to see, and his guidelines are good if you want to avoid these. However, he says to not turn of javascript, as it has many legitimate uses. I disagree, javascript can be used to be very annoying.

I like using No Script, a
firefox extension, which lets you allow sites to use javascript. It is a pain at first as you must allow every site one by one as you visit them. After installing it, I was amazed at the sites that just won’t function with out javascript. It is just a case of sitting down and allowing javascript on your most visited sites.

Overall though, I have been impressed with the stuff I don’t see (popup ads and other annoyances) as a result of this plugin. I also like using adblock for increased safe searching.

Overall though, these are good guidelines, especially for parents who want to protect their children on the net.

December 20, 2005 | 1 Comment |
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