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Posts tagged ‘Firefox’

Firefox: why it’s my web browser of choice

January 19th, 2016

Martin

I’ve been using Mozilla Firefox since version 0.9 way back in the prehistoric era of 2004. Back then Internet Explorer 5 was by far the dominant web browser, and I admit I was just keen to buck the trend. But it quickly became clear that supporting alternative browsers was (and is) healthy for the growing Web. It’s still my opinion that the Web would not be the thing it is today if not for Firefox and the developments and standards it allowed.

I’ve dabbled with the Google Chrome, and as a web developer I need to keep copies of other web browsers around. But why have I come back to Firefox again and again, and why do I stay? Read more

Escape from Windows XP

March 21st, 2014

Martin

Windows XP was a great Operating System when it was released in 2001, and remains popular. It’s easy to use, familiar, and does everything people ask of it. But in many technical ways it’s now out-dated, and Microsoft, makers of Windows XP, will stop providing security updates to it after April 8th 2014.

If you’re still using Windows XP, you need to take action. Read more

Protect and rejuvenate your PC: use obscure software

March 4th, 2014

Martin

In many of the homes I visit I see the same programs being used: Windows, Adobe Reader, Microsoft Office, iTunes, and so on. For many of my customers, these names are synonymous with the tasks they do, and occasionally I’ll hear someone refer to a ‘Word document’ that has never been near a copy of Word, and doesn’t have the .doc file ending to suggest that Word was used to make it. Read more

Know Your Screen: Web Browser

November 1st, 2013

Martin

The Web Browser is one of the – if not the – most-used tools on a modern computer. But I’m finding, when dealing with many customers, that it’s also the most misunderstood. So here’s a guide to understanding exactly what your browser is, and what it does. It’ll help you stay safe, make fixing problems so much easier, and perhaps even make your computing life that little more fun… 😉 Read more

The Beginner’s Guide to Free Software (part 1)

November 26th, 2012

Martin

Everyone loves a freebie, and the World Wide Web has provided us with limitless freebies in the form of news, books, music, video and software. The Internet (on which the Web, and other things, runs) has spawned whole new ways of collaborating to produce this free stuff. This is especially true as collaborative tools have become more sophisticated in the last decade.

So with all this free stuff floating around, why pay for any of it? Is it possible to run our entire computer on free software? I want to have a quick look at this question here, so that you can start to make up your own mind. Read more