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12/01/04

  11:32:27 am, by The Dreamer   , 109 words  
Categories: Software

Firefox 1.0 Update at work

Well, the upgrade to Firefox 1.0 at work didn't go as well.

It crashed during the update, then the browser wouldn't start afterwards. Had to fire up IE, which looks so unfamiliar now, and download the full setup and install that overtop.

Then it was the process of updating extensions. Noticed a new problem. WindowsUpdate doesn't work. Don't really use now that the work machine has been upgraded to XPSP2 (even though officially IT still hasn't approved it). The other hard one to update was TripleSelect. Work machine only had version 0.2, which it disabled. And, it wouldn't let me install 1.3 until I removed it. My machines at home had version 1.2.

  09:08:23 am, by The Dreamer   , 176 words  
Categories: Home Theatre, Hardware

Dell 1800FP replacement

Well, I was on the Dell site to lookup the number to call (plus to see if I could find any online record of my call).

While, I couldn't find any record of service activity associated with my computer, I did find an order status entry dated 11/30 (the date that I was expecting the replacement to show, since I have NBD service...I called on the evening of 11/26, so they said it would process on Monday and then I would be the Next Business Day after that).

But, the Order Status entry says it is in production....and when I clicked on it....it gives a delivery estimate of December 10-14.

Almost sounds like they are custom manufacturing an 1800FP to replace my bad one. I suppose I should see if Dell even makes an 18" LCD anymore....

Meanwhile...I'm still contemplating if a Dell LCD TV is in my future.....in fact I'm eyeballing the possibility of getting a good price for a W2600, even though I have no idea where I would put such a beast.....

  08:54:09 am, by The Dreamer   , 222 words  
Categories: Software

Firefox 1.0 on my Laptop

Again the upgrade was pretty straight forward.

Though it did complain about update difficulties for TripleSelect. Though it previous version wasn't disabled. And, all my Firefox installs have it.

But, I found an update and installed that.

I depend on TripleSelect to make up for the loss of the IE text selection 'feature', to cut and paste numbers from my 401k providers website into MSMoney. It doesn't use a table to render the table of numbers, so have to use text selection. And MSMoney doesn't like it if numbers are supplied without digits in front of decimal point or containing whitespace on the end....

The only other quirk about Firefox that didn't seem to get fixed in 1.0 is the Window title bar only shows the last updated tab. Closing the tab(s) or switching to other tabs (that have finished loading) won't update the title. Makes it hard to figure out what I'm looking at, especially when reading message forums from last read point. The message subject is either in the title bar or at the top of the page...neither of which are visible due to this quirk.

At least it works on Linux (wonder how those upgrades will go). Of course, my Linux box is headless at the moment, because I'm still waiting for the replacement of my Dell 1800FP.

Now instead of subjecting some poor random forum to a long rambling thought, I will try to consolidate those things into this blog where they can be more easily ignored profess to be collected thoughts from my mind.

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