On this week's EIC Squared podcast, ZDNet's Larry Dignan and I discuss the executive exodus at Yahoo, the launch of Firefox 3 and Bill Gates' last days as a full-time Microsoftie. We also talk about the impact of millennials, the younger generation brought up digitally, on the corporate workplace. Will they turn off their Facebook, MySpace, iPod, and Twitter while they crunch numbers for a sales report or resolve configuration problems in a data center?
Watch the show on CNET TV.
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Barely two days old, Firefox 3 has already been downloaded more than 12.3 million times at the time of writing. If you haven't downloaded it yet, you can grab it here for Windows, Mac, Linux, and a Portable Windows version.
The price of early adoption, even on a heavily-tested browser like Firefox 3, is early questions. Here are four you're likely to come across, and please add your own in the comments below. I'll do my best to answer them.
Question one: How do you kill the "awesome bar"?
Answer: A Howitzer, a crowbar, … Read more
The Firefox 3 honeymoon is over.
It is indeed awesome, but it could use a little tweaking to keep your surfing a high-speed affair, right? You're in luck, because there are some easy tweaks.
The other day, we pointed you toward how to get rid of the updated address bar's new features completely, but why not just tweak what you see, instead? Here are some tips to bail you out.
1. Control how many listings you're getting. The default number of sites that show up on the Smart Location Bar, or "awesome bar," of the … Read more
Netflix To Eliminate Profiles Feature http://www.netflix.com/Help?p_faqid=3962&nlid=20427.1001220.127.116.11.0&eid=T1dbO9MEwQ0c … Read more
Here's a quick tip to increase page render speeds in Firefox. If you get confused, you can watch this tip on video at CNET TV.
As with most of these tricks, you'll need to head on into about:config.
The new Firefox 3 gives you a little warning when you go there and I will too. You need to be aware that messing about in about:config can destabilize Firefox. There, you've been warned. Now the fun part. Making your own strings.
By default, Firefox waits 250 milliseconds before it begins displaying a page. We can change … Read more
That's great, but what if you frequently visit a Web site, that's perfectly healthy, and you'd rather not let people know that you visit that site if they're borrowing your computer for a minute?
Thanks to wickednix for sending us this tip. You can see this tip in action at CNET TV.
In the "awesome bar," type "about:config".
Go ahead and agree that you'll be … Read more
According to Tipping Point's Zero Day Initiative, the vulnerability, which it rates as critical, was reported within the first five hours of Firefox 3's release.
"Once the vulnerability was verified in TippingPoint's DVLabs and acquired from the researcher, the vulnerability was promptly reported to the Mozilla security team," said a representative.
Although the Zero Day Initiative team does not offer specifics until the vendor has a chance to patch it, the blog post did say this vulnerability, which also affects Firefox 2, requires … Read more
YouTube's playing cute, but word is that the Google subsidiary is testing longer videos that would be more attractive to Madison Avenue. That would be a huge shift, and CNET News.com's Greg Sandoval explains why.
Philadelphia thought its nascent plan to build a city-wide Wi-Fi operation was going to be stillborn. But at the very last minute, a group of investors has emerged to take control.
News.com's Daniel Terdiman continues his tech tour of the southern U.S., and he made a recent pit stop at the factory that makes the Corvette.Listen now: Download today's podcast … Read more
Take this statistic with a grain of salt, but Mozilla said more than 8 million copies of Firefox 3 were downloaded in its first 24 hours online.
Mozilla, which is behind the open-source Web browser, was trying to set a download record for the software. The 24-hour period lasted from 11:16 a.m. PDT Tuesday to the same time Wednesday, and Mozilla said it's waiting for the Guinness Book of World Records to review the results.
The download rate, which peaked at 14,000 per minute Tuesday, was still going strong at more than 6,000 per minute … Read more