Firefox 2 Browser Released

For the love of all that is holy, people, upgrade your browser to the latest and greatest on the planet:   Firefox – Rediscover the Web

Sure, Internet Explorer 7 was released by Microsoft recently, but it’s too little, too late.  This review from Download.com gave it a 7.0.  In comparison, Firefox got an 8.3 at Download.com.

Some of my favorite highlights of this new update of Firefox 2.0:

  • Live Titles (for bookmarks)
  • Inline spell-checking
  • Session Restore
  • Easier to add and maintain extensions/addons.
  • Strict anti-phishing technology for better security
  • Better handling of RSS feeds

And really a bunch more that I can’t think of off the top of my head.  I already have family and friends enjoying this browser, and having less problems with viruses, spyware, and other annoying problems.  This means less frustrating phone calls for me to answer.

Screenshot of Firefox 2 in action

SteelSecurity Review

SteelSecurity is a suite of applications put together into a single interface. It is aimed at the hardcore gamer who wants his/her computer secure while not having it eat away precious resources while gaming, either offline or online. In fact, I’m the type of gamer that has eschewed antivirus software for years entirely because I got tired of forgetting to shut down the program before I start a game.

Everytime I got infected, I’d just reformat and reinstall Windows all over again. It was a complicated solution to the problem, but I had to have my gaming. With SteelSecurity, it looks to provide the solution that I’ve been looking for as a gamer, and I know many other gamers out there too would find it incredibly useful.

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For iTunes (SpotDJ, The Filter, & Qloud)

There’s been a number of new applications and services recently that are looking to extend the usefulness and fun of iTunes. I’m always looking for new ways to have a better iTunes experience. With that in mind, I thought I’d provide my thoughts on these new iTunes extensions. After the jump, you’ll find my thoughts on Qloud, The Filter, and Qloud.

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Google Analytics

Google Analytics Screenshot

After checking out both Mint and MeasureMaps in this post, I figure I should check out the new Google Analytics, which is a rebranded Urchin software. Analytics, while not entirely similar to either Mint or MeasureMaps, still provides essential stats about your visitors to your site. Google bought up Urchin last year, and Analytics is the result. From what I can tell, it’s an older version of Urchin, possibly because it is the stablest for Google to work with.

Analytics is full of graphs, numbers, and options for you to choose from. In fact, it’s so loaded, that it would be easy to feel overwhelmed, which isn’t a problem with MeasureMaps or Mint. However, it is a good thing, as it covers just about everything you could possibly want to know about your site, and the visitors that come there. Installation is simple; just fill out a few details, and Google hands you a javascript code to put on your site, and 12 hours later, Google has all the information presented for you.