Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Firefox 3 Download Day

Mozilla announced today is THE Firefox 3 Download Day 2008. As previously mentioned, Mozilla Firefox is trying to break a Guiness World Record, namely, most downloaded software in 24 hours. The clock started running at 11:16 a.m. California time, and will stop 11:16 a.m. on June 18th. As of 11:18 p.m., the program has been downloaded 4,462,665 times.

The striking thing visually on my laptop was that the browser did look like other Mac OS X applications. Apparently, this is a chameleon property, and Firefox 3 will mimic the native look and feel of whatever operating system you are using.

As far as substance goes I found the browsing zippier, as promised. I feel like someone has greased up my scrolling. ("Look ma, the scroll bar is on roller skates, wheee!") This single feature made Firefox win TOTI.

They also added an add-ons manager, a better password handler, an improved download manager, an enhanced bookmarks menu, and an awesome bar. The awesome address bar (or smart location bar) guesses more accurately which sites you're trying to reach by using your browsing history.

I haven't found the downside yet, but feel free to jump in on the comments. Overall: A.

Runner up:

Requiem For A Day Off is a recut trailer by benjifilms on YoutTube. He took scenes from Ferris Bueller's Day Off and set it to "Lux Aeterna," the full orchestral remix by Clint Mansell from the film Requiem for a Dream. The transition from comedy to drama is delightfully successful. This of course, is the same genre of mashup as previously mentioned on TOTI (Shining Trailer Recut). Good work.

(From Popurls, Bspcn, Wikipedia)

1 comment:

Ed said...

Actually, Firefox 3 is annoying. When I loaded it, it reverted back to some cache of bookmarks I had 3 months ago, so now I have to go through and get them all back. Still, very pretty, very zippy.