Hardy Heron Applications – Firefox 3.0B5

April 22, 2008 at 17:41 | Posted in Cool, Tech | Comments Off on Hardy Heron Applications – Firefox 3.0B5
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Today I am going to write a bit about some of the great new features in Firefox 3.0B5. There are many wonderful advances in both security and in the general User Interface.

On the security front there is the new EV (Extended Verification) system for secure pages. This is a great idea and will really come into it’s own when more site start having EV SSL certificates. Some important sites already do. and you can see how it make it much easier to tell a real site from a phishing one.

Extended Verification

The warnings for SSL certificate errors have also been re-worked and are much friendlier to the average user. I think with this new approach there will be a lot less people just clicking “OK” to by-pass the warning

Sitting squarely in the middle between a UI improvement and a security improvement is the new add-on management

With it it is very simple to turn add-ons on or off which is fantastic for working with troubling sites and for things like having a TOR profile. (I was able to disable all add-ons in my TOR profile with just a few clicks

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Also on the UI/Usability front is the new “applications” panel in the preferences.

It makes managing what application or add-on opens what media a matter of a few clicks. and very friendly to the average user

There are numerous other improvements like the new bookmark and tagging system. Those interested in a more complete review can read more here.

My next post will be on some of the wonderful new features in the latest version of Avidemux.

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Hardy Heron: Day 1, Part 2

April 20, 2008 at 18:33 | Posted in Tech | Comments Off on Hardy Heron: Day 1, Part 2
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Well a few minor bugs are showing up.. but as this is still a release candidate I’m not going to complain. Currently, I have to unplug my webcam when rebooting for some reason or it and part of the system get badly hung up. (it works like a charm if I plug it in after booting). Also, kqemu seems unstable now. Again not a biggie for me as my processor doesn’t support virtualization anyway so the speed increase using kqemu wasn’t huge.

For those interested you can find the specs on my hardware here.

I am very impressed with all the work that has been done to make the User Interface nice to use and many of the applications have some much appreciated upgrades

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Things I like:

Totem has grown up a lot with the addition of DVD support (though not menus yet as far as i can see). it has nice search features and even a youtube plug-in

Totem with YouTube plug-in

Vino, aka Remote Desktop not sports “advanced” features and they are much appreciated ones like encryption and custom port selection.

Vino advanced Preferences

The system monitor also has a snazzy new look

Gnome System Monitor

There are too many other improvements that I will go into.. but some of them are for applications I use that aren’t in the just installed it, bare bones install so I’ll go into them in a separate post.

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