New Firefox, Thunderbird, and the Suite – Big Day for Mozilla

FirefoxIt was a big day for the Mozilla Foundation with a new release of Thunderbird 0.8, Firefox Preview Release 1.0, and Mozilla Suite 1.7.3.

This preview release of Firefox is the first of probably two before the full 1.0 release in a few month in 4th quarter of 2004. Download it and try it out (find some bugs) so that Firefox can be the best browser it can be.

Also be sure to check out the new Spread Firefox community marketing campaign. If you know anyone still using IE… have them take the 5 day Firefox Challenge.

What’s New:

  • Global Inbox
  • Comprehensive Data Migration
  • RSS Integration
  • Improved Privacy Controls
  • Improved Quick Search
  • Other New Features…


  • Live Bookmarks (RSS Agregator/Reader)
  • Improved Find
  • Managing Annoyances and Protecting Security
  • Better Bookmarks
  • Strong Encryption For Passwords Available
  • Improved Compatibility for IE users
  • Better System Integration for GNOME users
  • A load of bug fixes
  • Many more…

Mozilla Suite

  • Security Fixes

It’s recommended that if you were using any previous versions of this software that you updated to the newest versions not only for all the freat new features/fixes, but the newest version also fixes a recent security vulnerability.

Confirmed: Apple and Grapefruit Mentos available in the US

mentosI found Green Apple and Pink Grapefruit Mentos at a grocery store up the street (I’d been tipped off they were available). They had several displays, that said “available for a limited time only.” I’ll need to stock up. Maybe they’re just test marketing them. If that’s the case…



flickr logo Flickr is a really cool service that does a million and one things with your photos. You can upload them and store them and trade them and chat with them and add them to a blog and look at other people’s and… and… It has a really slick flash interface. Flickr uses “tags” to categorize images. They’re kind of like photo key words. One of the really cool things about Flickr is that you can check out the most popular tags on this page (the larger the word, the more popular the tag). You can also view all tags. It’s kind of fun to poke around and see what other people have put up there. If you find a tag that you like, you can subscribe to the RSS feed and receive images in your aggregator whenever a new one is added that fits your tag. If you grab the RSS feed from sunset, you could have some nice pictures pop up when you’re reading your daily feeds.

Who Ya Gonna Call?

There is a nice looking proton pack for sale on eBay. I’ve seen this before on eBay. I don’t know if they didn’t sell it, or this is another one. Still, it’s pretty cool!

After doing a little digging, it seems to be a different seller. The previous listing is still available at the builder’s site. You can also check out the build diary. This is one impressive prop… if only I had $700 lying around, I could be Egon Spangler for Halloween!

Crazy Stuff Out There!

I was looking around at some random stuff on the web and decided to take a look at They’re the people who put together that weird Quizno’s commercial w/the singing hairballs. It was actually based on this movie, which I personally like better. They’ve also got some fun singing kittens, pandas and ????’s. I decided to use a handy little Google tool and click the “similar pages” link to the site and found some even more interesting things. had a pretty funny box transformers movie on it.

If you’ve got a fast internet connection, and nothing to do for a little while check out the similar links. Just goes to show that you can find anything and everything out there on the web!

Gmail Invites Galore

GmailI’ve had a Gmail account since early July (I was able to get it from an old Blogger account I had) and haven’t received any invites until the past couple weeks. I initially had 5 to offer and gave away two or three of them. Now it keeps getting bumped up. Whenever I give out an invite, I seem to get a few more. I wonder if Google is being more generous with their invites in preparation for a public Gmail launch (it’s been in beta since April).

If you or anyone you know would like an invite, I’ve still got a few to give away. Just let me know.

Firefox Notes

firefoxJust some random Firefox notes:

They’ve redesigned the website. Steven Garity did the redesign, and they’ve been beta testing it for the past week or so. I think it’s a definite improvement over the previous brown design.

Hopefully with this redesign, version 1.0 is just around the corner. The roadmap aims for a beta release in 8/2004. It’s now 9/2004, so hopefully a beta release is right around the corner.

Also if you happen to search for the word browser or 1 in Google, you’ll get a number one result of the Firefox website. I don’t know who’s searching for “1” but browser makes sense. Via Anne Van Kesteren.

Branding the Presidential Candidates

The branding firm, Landor and Associates, did an interesting survey, asking Bush supporters, Kerry supports, and undecided folks what product brands they associated with both of the candidates. They polled people in these categories: Coffee, Magazine, Technology, Car, Retail, Fast Food, Hotels, Beer. I don’t know if these findings will make you change your vote come November, but it’s definitely interesting.

You can check out the rest of the survey at Landor’s News Site

Shrek Mystery Solved!

Straight from General Mills:

Thank you for contacting General Mills with your inquiry.

There are 6 different marbits in Shrek cereal and they represent the following: Shrek, Princess Fiona, Donkey, Gingerbread Man, Potion Bottle, and Puss ‘n Boots.

We hope you find this information helpful. Please let us know if we can help you again.


Susan L. Fink
Consumer Services

Apparently, it’s Puss in Boots and not Farquaad (from the previous post).

And I guess they are called “marbits” (?) and not marshmallows.

New iMac G5

Apple introduced their new G5 iMac this morning. I think I like it better than the previous (iLamp) model. The design just looks cleaner to me. It has a widescreen 17″ or 20″ display and comes in two processor flavors (1.6GHz or 1.8GHz G5). You can find all the info you need at the Apple site. Just like its predecessor, I’d like to see one in person before I make the final thumbs up or thumbs down call.
iMac G5

Maybe I can check one out when the new Apple Store opens in Des Moines!

Apple Day

apopleWell, tomorrow is supposedly the big day for Apple. Apple Expo is being held in Paris. Rumor has it there will be a new G5 iMac announced at the keynote. There is also talk that they’ll be releasing a new version of the iSight camera as well.

Engadget had a “Design the new G5 iMac” contest with some interesting results. I guess we’ll learn what it looks like tomorrow.