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    Default Australis: Win 8.1-like upgrade of Firefox?

    There are mixed opinions about the upcoming Firefox 28.
    Are you going to get the upgrade or hold-off? There are ways to prevent auto-update.


    Here is what will happen when Mozilla launches Australis for Firefox | Ghacks



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    Default Re: Australis: Win 8.1-like upgrade of Firefox?

    The internet, yeah, this forum too, has been real quiet about Google discontinuing the "iGoogle" Home Page.
    I liked it, I used it, complete with my little Hamster, but now it's gone!
    It seems like there are TOO many things changing TOO FAST and I'm not really down with that!

    So I utilized my never-used Yahoo address to create a new Yahoo home page within Firefox.



    I do miss my little Hamster, but the beautiful Avatar theme, sort of makes up for it.

    Australis? No idea what that's all about. ???

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    Default Re: Australis: Win 8.1-like upgrade of Firefox?

    Quote Originally Posted by badrobot View Post
    There are mixed opinions about the upcoming Firefox 28.
    Are you going to get the upgrade or hold-off? There are ways to prevent auto-update.


    Here is what will happen when Mozilla launches Australis for Firefox | Ghacks



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    FF 28, I just checked mine, it's version is 24. I then checked the update and let it do it's thing, and now it says I'm running version 25. I don't know where this FF 28 is.
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    Default Re: Australis: Win 8.1-like upgrade of Firefox?

    Well, I used iGoogle, customized to my own liking, but now it's GONE.

    So, I used my old Yahoo account to create me a brand new home page.



    When you've worked with this stuff as many years as I have, you learn to roll with the waves. lol

    Cheers Mates!
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    Default Re: Australis: Win 8.1-like upgrade of Firefox?

    I'm surprised to know that you guys are using theme packs on your PC. Personally, I stay away from those cosmetics stuffs as those add at least 15 sec on my boot up time and use up some system resources that affects system performance. If I want desktop customization, I create my own wall paper but that's it. I try to keep my desktop customization at a bare minimum. I even have my windows sound disabled. I only have silent notifications of important stuffs. Emails? I get them on my smartphone all the time. I barely check emails on PC.

    But this is me. To each his own. Right?

    By the way, I really hate the other "look" of this forum. The one that imitates the Win 8 modern UI. It comes as a standard interface on mobile devices (smartphones and tablets) and it's annoyingly too difficult to navigate on smallers screens as the text sizes are too small and when you zoom in, the "charms bar" also gets big and occupies half of the screen. Is there a way to get rid of it? I don't think anyone is using that interface.

    Cheers!



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    Default Re: Australis: Win 8.1-like upgrade of Firefox?

    Quote Originally Posted by catilley1092 View Post
    On my computers, I don't use theme packs, what I use is Bing's Image of the Day, it changes at 3AM daily. Bing often has very interesting themes.

    I also like a different look on the computer, plus while I don't know if this is still true, having the same image day after day used to burn it into the monitor.

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    Screen burn out was an issue with older LCD and plasma panels. And the simplest solution to this is just enabling the screensaver or auto-screen off when the display is idle for long periods of time. This is not much of an issue these days. I keep all my 3 monitors on all the time.

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    Default Re: Australis: Win 8.1-like upgrade of Firefox?

    Ok, what the heck, I'll toss my 2 cents in...

    I have over 5k of photos that change every 10 seconds; keep adding to this mostly from photo.net
    BTW, y'all should check out photo.net if you are not, already, aware of it. Terrific site & resource!!

    As for 'burn out or burn in' did more apply to CRTs. Myself, I set my monitor to shut off after I'm away from the PC for a certain interval mostly cus I don't need it throwing heat into the room & to do w/out unnecessary draw on electricity. On the other hand, I don't shut the machine OFF unless away for an extended period of time (some days or more).

    Reminds me of a funny story I'll share w/ y'all. Put the fact that 'AUTO' things cannot happen if a computer is OFF, like Updates, Scans, Defrag, aside for a moment... this is, still, hilarious.

    I had a client few years ago that I had rebuilt, repaired or overhauled their computer. Afterwards I was explaining things, educating, going through various DOs & DON'Ts and "Best Practices". I came to, "Leave it on". To which they said, "Oh??" I explained why. Then they said, "But we were told hackers could get in while we were sleeping". I recall an inability not to belly-laugh. I asked, "Who told you that?" "Oh, a friend who knew all about computers". So, I then asked, " And what keeps those nasty hackers out of your machine while you are out @ work or shopping or over visiting friends, etc, etc?" "Hmmmm", they said. The light came on & they understood. I've laughed about it & had friends & colleagues laugh over it for years since.

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    Default Re: Australis: Win 8.1-like upgrade of Firefox?

    Quote Originally Posted by Drew View Post
    Ok, what the heck, I'll toss my 2 cents in...

    I have over 5k of photos that change every 10 seconds; keep adding to this mostly from photo.net
    BTW, y'all should check out photo.net if you are not, already, aware of it. Terrific site & resource!!

    As for 'burn out or burn in' did more apply to CRTs. Myself, I set my monitor to shut off after I'm away from the PC for a certain interval mostly cus I don't need it throwing heat into the room & to do w/out unnecessary draw on electricity. On the other hand, I don't shut the machine OFF unless away for an extended period of time (some days or more).

    Reminds me of a funny story I'll share w/ y'all. Put the fact that 'AUTO' things cannot happen if a computer is OFF, like Updates, Scans, Defrag, aside for a moment... this is, still, hilarious.

    I had a client few years ago that I had rebuilt, repaired or overhauled their computer. Afterwards I was explaining things, educating, going through various DOs & DON'Ts and "Best Practices". I came to, "Leave it on". To which they said, "Oh??" I explained why. Then they said, "But we were told hackers could get in while we were sleeping". I recall an inability not to belly-laugh. I asked, "Who told you that?" "Oh, a friend who knew all about computers". So, I then asked, " And what keeps those nasty hackers out of your machine while you are out @ work or shopping or over visiting friends, etc, etc?" "Hmmmm", they said. The light came on & they understood. I've laughed about it & had friends & colleagues laugh over it for years since.

    Cheers,
    Drew
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    HACKERS...

    Okay... I really don't understand the mind set of people who are allergic to that word. And I don't understand what gave them an idea that they will be targetted by hackers. I am not saying one should totally disregard the risk but everyone should put it in context. Is he/she a millionaire? Is he/she someone of social value that one could use his/her identity for monetary gains? what is on your PC that is worth to be hacked? Are you guilty of any crime? and so on....

    Hackers don't target eveyone. They target someone for a reason. They will not spend time hacking someone for a few hundred dollars.

    I only keep 2 credit cards. And the one with the smaller credit limit is the one I use for online shopping. And the credit card company keeps calling me for an increase in credit limit which I always refuse. I am not bragging. My point is, we just need to be smart on what we do on our PC. And we should not be overly paranoid about this stuff. Same with our identity, we should know when or who to give our real names and contact info to.

    For free internet stuffs (freewares, etc.) that requires contact info, it's easy... give them disposable info.


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    Default Re: Australis: Win 8.1-like upgrade of Firefox?

    I think, in this context (the anecdote), the term had been used more meaning viruses or @ least both hackers & viruses. Remember, it was said by someone who thought they knew all about computers. So, they may not have even known enough to say malware instead of hackers.

    Sorry, don't know your name,

    Your point is, certainly, valid regarding 'targeting'. An different scenario is criminals propagating Bots... they will simply look for a vulnerable computer, not anything of value from the machine or the End User. But, again that's not a hacker, really, either.

    Cheers,
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    Default Re: Australis: Win 8.1-like upgrade of Firefox?

    Quote Originally Posted by Drew View Post
    I think, in this context (the anecdote), the term had been used more meaning viruses or @ least both hackers & viruses. Remember, it was said by someone who thought they knew all about computers. So, they may not have even known enough to say malware instead of hackers.

    Sorry, don't know your name,

    Your point is, certainly, valid regarding 'targeting'. An different scenario is criminals propagating Bots... they will simply look for a vulnerable computer, not anything of value from the machine or the End User. But, again that's not a hacker, really, either.

    Cheers,
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    Hacking refers to the act. Computer is the environment. Internet is the medium. Malwares/Viruses are the hackers' tools. To me, everything is related. Haha.
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