Windows Update comes with a sort of surprise this time for us firefox users. Microsoft .Net Framework 3.5 SP1 installs an extension named “Microsoft .Net Framework Assistant 1.0“. The add-on adds support for “Clickonce” and the ability to report installed .Net versions to the web server. Well, I suppose you neither like Microsofts way to distribute the add-on (no uninstall routine, the uninstall button is deactivated) nor the way Firefox handles access to your browser. So let’s get rid of it.
I compiled a short list of add-ons for firefox — mostly for developers and even more mostly for my own needs.
Keep in mind, I really like the fox, but on my 4 year old machine (Win XP, 2.8 GHz, ~700MB RAM) it’s like a torture looking at the task manager seeing Firefox using 95% of my CPU and about 200MB of RAM. It’s almost impossible to use any other program while browsing with Firefox. I couldn’t stand it anymore.
CU Firefox, bye bye Thunderbird… Hello Opera!
I easily managed to import all my local bookmarks via Opera’s importer, the only thing I couldn’t get solved was importing one out of 4 email accounts I’m using (maybe because of several subfolders?) and the (logical but) annoying fact, that I can’t import my passwords from Firefox.
BTW: The time I was typing this, Opera used between 2% and 12% of CPU and 95MB of RAM.
Edit: If you encounter similar problems but you are a Mozilla Evangelist and/or you prefer opensource, use Mozilla Seamonkey instead of Firefox and Thunderbird.