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Mozilla blocks Microsoft’s Firefox plugin

October 19, 2009 Leave a comment

Monday mornings are not known for amusing news, but today is different. I fired up Firefox on my work Laptop and up poped a dialogue warning me that the Windows Presentation Foundation had been disabled.

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The Windows Presentation Foundation plugin caused a stink earlier this year when it was installed into Firefox by a Microsoft update without the users consent or knowledge. Uninstalling the plugin proved initially difficult (later resolved with another update) and last week Microsoft announced it contained a critical security vulnerability.

The block came into effect late Friday, but since I’m a Macintosh user at home I do not (yet) suffer intrusive Microsoft updates that install components without my permission.

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Tree Style Tab

April 27, 2009 Leave a comment

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I first heard about this Firefox add-on in a recent GRC podcast. Steve Gibson was praising the software saying how much it improved and organised his browsing so I added it to Firefox through the Tools>Add-ons window (search in the get Add-ons tab). You can select where you want the tabs to appear, and also what appearance the tabs should use. The image above shows the metal appearance which looks great with the GrApple Delicious theme. It takes a bit of adjusting to but suits a widescreen monitor very well and allows a lot more visible tabs. The other themes allow even more tabs but us Mac users want a bit of style as well.