Minh’s Notes

Human-readable chicken scratch

Minh Nguyễn
November 9th, 2004


One and zero tenths

This morning, Ailurus fulgens mozillans (Mozilla Firefox, in binomial nomenclature, of course) has reached version 1.0.

As Brad asked, “What’s different about this version?” Read on for a list of major improvements since Brad’s probable last download…

And, yes Brad, I’m good at advertising my site, Firefox, and Wikipedia. Deal with it! Make the switch!

(This list is by no means exhaustive – there’s lots more, lots more.)

  • Automatically downloads popular plugins for you, with just a click of your left mouse button – no need to download an installer anymore!
  • Official builds are now available in 14 languages, so you can navegar el red en pestañas.
  • An easy way to tell if you’re looking at a phishing attempt.
  • A new FastFind toolbar, which lets you easily do page text searches across tabs (and highlights your search results, too).
  • Live Bookmarks, which appear as folders with dynamically updated information. For example, a Minh’s Notes Live Bookmark (click on the orange icon at the bottom-right of your Firefox window) would automatically update with the latest entries here.
  • Password Manager can display your saved passwords, in case you forgot them.
  • Blocked popups can be viewed via a special menu. There’s no need to “Temporarily Allow Popups” like in IE.
  • A new update feature that’ll automatically update your extensions and themes, and can tell you when your copy of Firefox is out of date.
  • Site icons (favicons) work beautifully now: Firefox remembers them for good now, for instance.
  • A stylesheet switcher, so you can switch designs for many websites. (At participating websites only. Void where prohibited. CA 5¢ refund does not apply.)
  • New default Winstripe theme. To me it looks a lot better than the old default, Qute, which I still consider garrish.
  • Firefox will now automatically import all your IE info, like Favorites, cookies, history, passwords, form data, and some preferences. It will not import any adware/spyware thank goodness.
  • New Theme Manager and Extension Manager, which provide much easier ways to install and uninstall themes and extensions, and provides a lot more information about them.
  • A new Help browser.
  • You can now Copy Image and Set as Wallpaper like in IE.
  • A smaller download (now 4.7 MiB).

Those are all the changes since Firebird was renamed Firefox. You can also see what was added for Firebird 0.7 and 0.8.

Features list adapted from Jesse Ruderman’s Unofficial Changelogs.


  1. Borris Etta

    Hi Minh, I have looked around at your site alot lately and you seem fairly good at giving your advice and opinion on things. Well I need your help...

    When I was in school there was a young woman friend I had named Lisa. We were never in love, we were just friends. We always talked, had fun together, and went our separate ways. But, we always wrote letters and stayed in contact with each other.

    Several years later, I tried to escalate our relationship to a loving one, but it went badly, and I only ended up hurting both of us. Fortuantely, she managed to forgive me, and after that, we still wrote letters. Gradually, however, I lost contact with her.

    A few days ago I was feeling lonely, and wondered what she was doing. I realized I didn't have an address for her, so I googled her name, and found to my complete shock that she is married now and is the mother of a two-year-old daughter!

    My dilemma is that I'd like to send her a congratulatory note (late though it is!) but I don't know whether I should. Since she didn't send me a note telling me about her child's birth, maybe she doesn't want to hear from me at all. I did hurt her (and me), but we do have a history, after all. I'm toying with the idea of just sending a simple Xmas card with something inside for the baby and leaving it at that.

    What do you think?

    Thanks in Advance,