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Posts tagged ‘Mozilla’

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 Outlook Express and Windows 8 Mail

October 28th, 2015

Martin

If you’ve upgraded, or moved PCs, from Windows XP to Windows 8 or even Windows 10, then you may have lost one of your crucial pieces of software: Outlook Express. 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

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