Upon Further Review

Album Cover: The Open Door EP

"Pretend every slot machine is a robot amputee waving hello."
Death Cab For Cutie / Little Bribes

Posted on September 15, 2004 11:26 PM in Browsers
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I decided to break tradition a bit and wait a couple days before downloading the new Thunderbird and Firefox releases that came out this week. Granted, I did install Firefox 1.0PR at work as soon as it came out, but that was just to get an idea of what I'd be in for when upgrading at home.

In hindsight, my initial thoughts on the new version of Firefox were a little hasty. For instance, Firefox has gotten nicer and now asks where I'd like it to put icons on my computer (as does Thunderbird). Also, in saying that there were no real visual changes to the default dashboard I was quite off the mark. The putrid yellow color of the URL bar when visiting a secure site is definitely new, and the status bar items are either new or in a new location (i.e. Feed Autodiscovery, Style Switcher, etc.).

The main application menus don't seem as sluggish as they did at work, but then again my computer here at home is a beast, so I wouldn't anticipate the same kind of latency issues. I'm still baffled by the Read Mail item under the Tools menu that seems to constantly think I have new mail, yet does not take me anywhere (like Thunderbird, perhaps?) when I click on it. Bizarre.

Of all the new features that have sprung up, though, I have to say that I am happiest about Thunderbird's inclusion of a global inbox. This is one preference that has stuck with me since my Outlook Express days, so it's nice to have all of my mail going to one central place now (though still being sent to individual local folders via filters, of course). It always seemed odd that I had to have a separate trash folder, junk mail folder, sent items folder, etc. for each mail account I set up.

Time will tell if upgrading to the Firefox 1.0PR and Thunderbird 0.8 releases was a smart decision, but based on past experience, I'm going to venture a guess that it was the right move. I'll breathe easier, though, when I know I'm running Firefox 1.0 and Thunderbird 1.0.


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