Firefox 4 Beta 1 Is Already Out


Firefox 4 Beta 1

Firefox 4 Beta 1 on Windows XP

Mozilla has released the beta 1 version of Firefox 4. I’ve already downloaded and installed the browser on my Intel P4 machine. It worked great. It loads sites faster compared to its previous versions. It has an almost similar look to Google’s Chrome except for the title bar that was retained. And it doesn’t freeze that much anymore. However, it’s now on top of my Task Manager’s processes list as it eats up more resources compared to the 3.6.x versions. I’ll further test the beta version for updates.

It also has a feedback button at the right side beside the search pane where you can send your feedback to make it better. And since it’s in beta stage, most of your add-ons won’t work.


I already installed the beta version on a Windows 7 machine. It also has the title bar but the menu bar is automatically hidden. Just press the ALT key to unhide it. It’s still on top of my processes list. well, it’s still fast. Here’s how it looks like:

Firefox 4 Beta 1 on Windows 7

Firefox 4 Beta 1 on Windows 7

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Install Windows 7 From a Thumb Drive

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Thumb drives have evolved from storage devices into installation media sources. Operating systems may be installed to computers with defective or no optical drives and netbooks using these devices. Here’s a guide on how to prepare a USB stick and use it to install Windows 7.

First, we’ll be needing a 4-GB thumb drive for our installer and the DiskPart utility. If you’re going to prepare your thumb drive using a Windows 7 system, DiskPart is already present in your system. If not, you may download it from Microsoft’s Download Center. If you already have these, plug in your thumb drive and we’ll start the prep process.

1. Launch DiskPart. Press Windows key + R to open the Run command, type diskpart, and press Enter.
2. On the prompt, type list disk to check your existing drives and their status.
3. Type in select disk #. Replace the hash (octothorpe) with the number that indicates your thumb drive. Check size column to be sure.
4. Type clean. This removes existing partitions.
5. We’ll now create a new partition on the drive by typing create partition primary.
6. Set the partition to be active by typing active.
7. Type format fs=fat32 quick to quick format the partition into Fat32.
8. Load your Windows 7 installation disc and copy all its contents to your thumb drive.

Your thumb drive is now a bootable installer of Windows 7. On a target machine, plug in the thumb drive and make sure the system boots from it and proceed to the installation.

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Friday is Free Day – CCleaner

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Everybody loves freewares – from audio editors and graphics design to games and computer maintenance. If you can just maximize or use it efficiently, you’ll get almost the same result as its paid version counterpart.

My thumb drive is full of freewares 🙂 and I use them most for computer maintenance. I just thought of sharing them and that’s how the “Friday is Free Day” concept came up. Every 1st and last Fridays of the month, I’ll feature freewares that may be essential to computer users. It could be for Windows, Linux, or Mac. If you want a freeware to be featured, send me an email at aenguillo [at] gmail [dot] com.



First up – CCleaner.

With this freeware from Piriform, you can recover drive space as it removes unused and useless files like history, temporary files, and cookies created by web browsers. On the other hand, Windows’  Recycle Bin and Recent Documents folder are cleaned while temporary and log files are deleted. However, only the current user’s temporary files and folders are cleaned.

CCleaner also has a registry cleaner to locate and fix problems in the Registry. An msconfig-like utility is also added which alters Windows’ startup programs. And finally the program may also be used to uninstall programs.

This application is now on version 2.31. It was rebuilt in C++ and is compatible to 64-bit versions of Windows. If you’re having problems with your current version of CCleaner, it is advised that you install and download its version 2.

You may download CCleaner from Piriform’s website or from FileHippo.

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