Firefox 3.7 Theme

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Techs from Mozilla released Windows theme mockups for the Firefox 3.7 version. And yes, they look great on Windows XP and even better on Vista and Windows 7 OSes with the Aero Glass interface.

Here’s a good news for users of Firefox 3.0 and later! BoneyardBrew and SoapyHamHocks have created a theme based on the mockups. This can be downloaded from the deviantART website. Unzip the downloaded Zip file. Drag and drop the extracted .JAR file to Firefox’ Add-ons window to install the theme. Here’s a screenshot of how it it looks like:

Firefox 3.7 on Vista and Windows 7

Firefox 3.7 on Aero Glass

Install the All Glass Firefox add-on for the glass effect for Windows Vista and 7.

For the Tools button, install the Personal Menu add-on. Right click on an empty area near the search box and select Customize. Drag and drop the Tools and Bookmarks buttons.

Now go to Tools > Add-ons > Extensions menu and select Personal Menu from the list. Click on Options button and go to Advanced tab. Enable Hide Drop-Marker option. Also enable Hide Menus Toolbar and Show temporarily by pressing ALT key options to hide menu bar.

And finally, install Stylish. After installing, copy the “Stylish_Fixes.txt” file from the downloaded ZIP file. Click the Stylish icon on the status bar, select Write new style > Blank style. Paste the copied code, give it a name and click Save.

Thanks to askVG‘s Vishal Gupta for the added steps.

Update:

This theme is not supported on Firefox 3.6 as of now.

Sources:

Tweaking with Vishal

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Wolfram Alpha Google

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You search for something using Google and you also want to see results from WolframAlpha. You usually do this by opening two webpages. If you’re a Firefox user, there’s an add-on that will display WolframAlpha result when you search using Google. It’s called Wolfram Alpha Google created by Sekizaru.

Search on both simultaneously

Search on both simultaneously

According to the Firefox add-ons page, Wolfram Alpha Google will display WolframAlpha results in Google searches. There’s no need to switch between the two sites since you can do both searches at once. It’s like hitting two birds with one stone.

You may download the add-on from the Firefox add-ons page. By the way, it’s an experimental add-on. It hasn’t been tested by Mozilla’s editorial team and it may be alpha, beta or pre-production in quality, performance and features. Here’s a sample search result after I installed the add-on:

Search results

Search results

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Reduce Firefox Memory Usage

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One downside of Firefox is its memory usage. This is an old topic and it has always been an issue until now. Once you open multiple tabs or several windows of it, your system starts to slow down. Here’s a screenshot of my Task Manager with three Firefox windows open:

Firefox memory usage

Firefox memory usage

My system only has 512 MB of RAM. The good thing is Firefox has workarounds on this problem. Here are two things I’ve done to solve it.

A. Reduce memory usage when Firefox windows are minimized.
This setting, which only works in Windows, reduces the browser’s memory usage whenever it is minimized to the taskbar.
1. Type “about:config” on the address bar to be able to configure Firefox.
2. Right click on an empty space and select New>Boolean.
3. Type in config.trim_on_minimize and press Enter.
4. Select True. Press Enter and restart Firefox.

B. Specify a fixed cache capacity.
This improves the browser’s performance by determining RAM usage to cache data. Setting this value to zero turns off RAM caching and slows down browsing. The default value “-1” automatically detects the cache size depending on your physical RAM. You may also manually specify the value in kilobytes.
1. Open Firefox configuration page by typing “about:config” on the address bar.
2.Right click on an empty space and select New>Integer.
3. Type in “browser.cache.memory.capacity“, click OK and enter “-1” for its value. Click OK.
4. On the Filter text box, type in “browser.cache.memory.enable” and make sure its value is set to True.
5. Restart Firefox.

Also, be selective with the add-ons (extensions and themes) you install. Pick out the add-ons you know you’ll really use and uninstall unused add-ons.

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