Browsers Upgrades

It's been an exciting week on the browser front. Both Opera and Firefox have delivered new browser versions.

First, Opera finally released a Java ME (Micro Edition) of their Opera browser that runs on the Palm Treo. Dubbed "Opera Mini", it bring much of the goodness of Opera 9 to the Palm OS. Quite a bit faster than the default blazer web browser and much, much better rendering. Some small usability quirks (what is with the shortcuts?), but hey, it's free.



And, of course, Firefox 2 has been released. While it seems nice, the best Firefox upgrade of the week came from Lifehacker's excellent "Top Firefox 2 Config Tweaks." Finally a fix for my most hated Firefox mis-feature:
Turn off chrome tooltips
All versions
: I have an irritating Firefox problem on my Mac. When I try to drag a bookmark into one of my bookmark toolbar folders, the tool tip gets in the way and prevents the drop from working. Argh! Like you, I already know what all the buttons on my browser chrome do, so the tool tips aren't necessary. To turn them off, set the browser.chrome.toolbar_tips key value to false. Bonus is, it solved my Mac's bookmark drag and drop problem.
  • Key: browser.chrome.toolbar_tips
  • Modified Value: false
Wow, that makes a big difference.

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In a bit of time, we will have a new browser for Treo :-) http://www.palminfocenter.com/news/9054/new-palm-os-web-browser-in-development/

Posted by Iban on October 25, 2006 at 06:21 PM PDT #

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