Weekend tech reading: Download Firefox 5 final early

By on June 19, 2011, 2:06 PM

Grab Firefox 5 final ahead of schedule The official release date of Firefox 5 has been set to June 21, which is three days from today. If you do not want to wait until then to play around with the latest stable release of the popular web browser, you can go ahead and download the browser from the official Mozilla ftp siteGhacks

IBM didn’t invent the personal computer but they don’t know that While we were away, IBM celebrated its 100th birthday by claiming, among other things, to have invented the personal computer, soiling the legacy of Ed Roberts and pissing-off all real geeks in the process. Here’s a video in which you’ll see IBM’s VP of Innovation innovating his way to this completely bogus claim at the 2:37 milepost. Cringely

Computer outage knocks United Airlines out of the sky A five-hour computer outage that virtually shut down United Airlines on Friday night and early Saturday is a stark reminder of how dependent airlines have become on technology. Passengers saw their flight information vanish from airport screens, and thousands were stranded as United canceled 31 flights and delayed 105 worldwide. Delaware Online

U.S. Senate proposes prison time for illegally streaming movies, TV Some accuse the United States federal government of being bought and paid for by the entertainment industry when it comes to copyright law. Indeed, when Barack Obama was elected president he initially promised to look into copyright reform, but since has focused his efforts almost exclusively on copyright enforcement. Daily Tech

LulzSec manifesto: "We screw each other over for a jolt of satisfaction" Why did the hackers at Lulz Security ("LulzSec") invade Sony Pictures websites, take down cia.gov, and release 60,000+ e-mail addresses and passwords? For the lulz, of course -- but what might look lulzy to one person could certainly enrage another. Ars Technica

How bad do we really have it? Bandwidth caps around the world Remember the days when unlimited Internet connections were just that? Unlimited? I’m not talking about a generational gap here -- it seems like but a few years ago, that $40, or $60, or $80 got you true unlimited Internet. MaximumPC

With more than $70B in cash, Apple could buy Nokia, RIM, HTC & Motorola Apple's cash is expected to top $70 billion at the conclusion of its current fiscal quarter, a sum so massive it could buy out rivals Nokia, Research in Motion, HTC and Motorola Mobility, according to a new analysis. AppleInsider

".brands" approach with Internet name shake-up Brand owners will soon be able to operate their own parts of the Web -- such as .apple, .coke or .marlboro -- if the biggest shake-up yet in how Internet domains are awarded is approved. Reuters

iBuyPower - Erebus build Designed from the ground up for custom liquid cooling, Erebus has the ability to hold up to ten 120mm fans, four graphic cards, and more! Watch the system come to life in a high-speed video. YouTube




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Guest said:

Good grief... I've barely got to use Firefox 4. :(

Guest said:

and it's still slow... what a surprise. Even IE9 performs better - Chrome FTW!

Guest said:

ff5 is only for bug fixes. ff6 is going to be about speed. that's what i've been told.

Guest said:

and it's still slow... what a surprise. Even IE9 performs better - Chrome FTW!

Really? Are you really saying Firefox 5 is slower than IE9? Your trolling is good, but you gotta work on it more.

gwailo247, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Not sure about slower than IE9, but I've used FF almost exclusively as my browser for the past few years, and it has gotten noticeably slower. But all browsers are just about equally fast in my experience, thankfully I don't live life on a millisecond scale.

But I have had my FF4 crash and lock up repeatedly in the past few months, something which never happened before. Maybe FF5 will fix that, as guest said.

lawfer, TechSpot Paladin, said:

To me Firefox is the fastest, then IE9 then Chrome. That's on my machine though. An specific combination of both hardware and software on your machine, will inevitably affect any of the aforementioned.

Guest said:

I'm running Firefox (nightly) 7.0a1 so this irrelevant to me.

I [sarcasm tone]love[/sarcasm tone] how every time news pops up about a browser, it turns into a debate about which browser is better. Why does everyone need to force what they use on others? If you like tuna sandwiches and you see someone eating a club sandwich do you argue with them about it? If you're religious do you go around forcing your religion onto others? Just let people be, they will choose the browser they want.

gwailo247, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

lawfer said:

To me Firefox is the fastest, then IE9 then Chrome. That's on my machine though. An specific combination of both hardware and software on your machine, will inevitably affect any of the aforementioned.

I would be willing to bet that plugins have a big effect on everything as well. I think that the Skype plugin is a particular source of problems, at least in my case.

@ Elitist Guest

What is wrong with us exchanging our experiences with different browsers? Just ignore the trolls and contribute something.

And we're talking about browsers here. Please move your comments about tuna and club sandwiches here: [link]

negroplasty negroplasty said:

Guest said:

and it's still slow... what a surprise. Even IE9 performs better - Chrome FTW!

Really? Are you really saying Firefox 5 is slower than IE9? Your trolling is good, but you gotta work on it more.

Here it is noob: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/13518459/Chrome-FF.JPG

ET3D, TechSpot Paladin, said:

The problem with frequent browser updates is addon compatibility. Some are still stuck at Firefox 3.6.

Regarding IBM and inventing the PC, far as I know IBM started the Microsoft OS / Intel CPU combination that's currently known as a PC. In that sense they're right, and this certainly had a huge impact on the world of personal computing.

fpsgamerJR62 said:

I'm running the Firefox Aurora channel which is now currrently on version 6.0 Alpha 2. I suppose it will update to version 7 on Tuesday. My experience is that the latest versions of the major browsers are roughly equal in terms of speed and it usually comes down to a matter of personal preference when choosing which browser to run as default.

Guest said:

Ya I don't think FF4 is slower guest..maybe it's time to upgrade that ancient sincle core machine your using. But I have had problems with FF4 crashing also on different machines which I never had with prior versions either. I hope FF% fixes that also.

blimp01 said:

yea ill skip this one since firefox 6 will obviously be coming out in 2 weeks

matrix86 matrix86 said:

negroplasty said:

Guest said:

and it's still slow... what a surprise. Even IE9 performs better - Chrome FTW!

Really? Are you really saying Firefox 5 is slower than IE9? Your trolling is good, but you gotta work on it more.

Here it is noob: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/13518459/Chrome-FF.JPG

Sorry, but Guest is not the noob in this instance. Anyone who thinks those test results are the same for every single person needs a good smack up side the head :P

But now I can vouch for what you said, as my FF4 seems much slower than it was when it was an add-on infested FF3. Before 4, 3 was kicking ass and taking names. Now, IE9 has knocked it down the list.

Guest said:

To the guest that said firefox is slower. The one you tested was peacekeeper, which is one benchmark. You are the noob for thinking that one benchmark is definitive. Besides like lawfer said, a combination of your hardware and software can impact the performance of both; be it positively or negatively. Who knows, for all we know you might have a crappy pentium 4 and a load of garbage plugins or useless toolbars...

Darkshadoe Darkshadoe said:

Truth is..

If you want to make any browser faster, block them from loading ads and data trackers.

Guest said:

I cant believe am saying this about a browser I once loved...but FF4 suck....a snail is faster. I hope FF5 improves on speed. Cant say the same for Chrome cause thats a beast of a browser.

negroplasty negroplasty said:

matrix86 said:

negroplasty said:

Guest said:

and it's still slow... what a surprise. Even IE9 performs better - Chrome FTW!

Really? Are you really saying Firefox 5 is slower than IE9? Your trolling is good, but you gotta work on it more.

Here it is noob: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/13518459/Chrome-FF.JPG

Sorry, but Guest is not the noob in this instance. Anyone who thinks those test results are the same for every single person needs a good smack up side the head :P

But now I can vouch for what you said, as my FF4 seems much slower than it was when it was an add-on infested FF3. Before 4, 3 was kicking *** and taking names. Now, IE9 has knocked it down the list.

Maybe so. At least the other main browsers start loading my page immediately as opposed to FF5 which takes what seems like 5 seconds before it even starts doing anything... and this is on an i7 (25/5Mbps connection with a ping of around 20ms) so I can't imagine what it would be like on a slower single core machine. The reason I started using Chrome in the first place was because I was using an HP netbook for a short period of time and the only browser that would run decently with its crappy hardware was Chrome, everything else would be practically unusable - I think efficiency should speak for itself. I can respect that others have different opinions but I won't lie and say I know why.

Guest said:

My browser is better than your browser, your browser sucks. You should use my browser because my browser is better than your browser, your browser sucks. My toothpaste is better than your toothpaste, your toothpaste sucks. You should use my toothpaste because my toothpaste is better than your toothpaste, your toothpaste sucks.

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