Firefox 2 theme for Firefox 3

Fantastic!  Borr has ported the Firefox 2 theme for Firefox 3.

Full power of new gecko engine with a good old Firefox 2 face.

His blog is written in both Russian and English, if you want to practice your Cyrillic character recognition skills.

Why I prefer the Fx2 theme

I’m a happy Firefox user again — I just find that theme really easy to use and clearer than the Fx3 offering.

  • The BACK and FORWARD arrows are clearly left and right arrows, and not primarily circles with arrows inside.  To my eye with the Fx3 theme I see a circle first, then the arrow inside.  With the Fx2 theme I see the arrow first.
  • The RELOAD icon is chunkier and I find easier to see — I really am quite myopic!
  • The STOP icon is solid, red, reliable.
  • The PRINT icon in Fx2 is, I find, easier to read.  In Fx3 to my mind it looks more like a hard drive icon.

Tab Mix Plus issue (and workaround)

It appears that the Tab Mix Plus (TMP) add-on has an issue with this theme.  For some reason TMP interferes (their developer used the word ‘handles’) with the icon, and so it depends on the size of the images that the theme author uses.

What happens, with this and other themes, is a mismatch in which icon is being shown on background tabs, so you get half red icon / half grey icon:

Tab icons are wrong

However, there is a work-around that requires the Stylish add-on to be installed.  Use this Stylish code to overrule the TMP meddling: Custom Firefox tabs close button (Firefox 3).

A bit of a faff, but at least there is a workaround that still allows me to use my favourite Firefox 2 buttons.

Photos

Mum and me in early 1972.
My Mum holding me in early 1972. Scanned from a positive film.

There’s a scene in the film Bruce Almighty where Bruce’s girlfriend complains that Bruce has no interest in her current relationship-oriented project of collating an album of shared photographs.

Well that very same project was what Jane and I got up to yesterday … only it was our photos we used not ones of Jim Carey and Jennifer Aniston.

Over the course of far-too-many-hours we sorted through two filled-to-overflowing filing boxes of photographs and firmly filed more than half of them away in photograph albums (Boots have a two-for-one offer on just now).

We’ve still got about 800 photos left to album-ize, but at least most of them are now sorted.

In celebration of the really terrible photos I found — which now fill two and a half mini albums of their own — I’ve started a new blog to share them with the world: My rubbish photos.

Sorting photos

For most of today I’ve been sorting out two file-storage boxes filled to overflowing with photographs.

They are now, for the most part, stored neatly in photo albums (Boots have a two-for-one deal on them just now).

Only got about 800 photos to file away now.

And to celebrate the photos too rubbish to throw away I’ve started a new blog to share them with the world: My rubbish photos.

Audio playing too fast

Here’s a weird thing. Ever since installing my new webcam (Logitech QuickCam Pro 9000 with QuickCam v11.7 software) and after using it for a while, mostly with Seesmic my MP3s play at about 3x or 4x normal speed.  They should like a chipmunk band!

I’m still trying to work out what the issue is.  Could it be to do with the way that Adobe Flash Player is interacting with the webcam and audio input/output?

Strangely, normal service resumed as soon as I’d closed the Seesmic tab in Firefox and closed down Twhirl (Twitter client).

I’m also not sure what software/drivers I should have installed.  It came with QuickCam v11.7 but the download version (for XP) from the Logitech website is QuickCam v11.5.  Hmmm…

Update, pt.1

Saturday 21 June

I’ve just uninstalled Adobe Flash Player and reinstalled it.  Everything appears to be working as expected now, which is promising.  That may have been the issue … I’ll keep an eye on it.

Update, pt.2

Friday 27 June

The problem is still continuing, although not as much as previously.  It happened again this morning when I fired up WinAmp.  However, I’ve discoverd that if I exit from Last.fm that fixes the problem.  Not sure what’s going on.  Seems to have happened around the time when I upgraded to Firefox 3 and installed the Logitech webcam.

Investigations continue …

Update, pt.3

Wednesday 02 July

Having lived with this issue over the last couple of weeks, it certainly looks as though the main culprits are Flash player in Firefox 3.0 and Last.fm.  The audio in WinAmp just went ‘chipmunk’ again this morning and wasn’t resolved until I did the following:

  1. Stop WinAmp playing (not exit, just stop)
  2. Exit Last.fm for Windows 1.5.1.29527
  3. Start WinAmp playing again

Music returned to its normal tempo.  Very odd, rather annoying.

Update, pt.4

Monday 28 July

I’ve now not experienced the chipmunk audio effect for nearly two weeks now.  I found somewhere on the Adobe website that in order to run the Flash uninstaller fully it required a /clean switch:

  1. Download the Uninstaller
  2. Open the Windows Command Prompt ( Run > cmd ).
  3. Navigate to the directory where the uninstaller was downloaded.
  4. Run “Uninstall Adobe Flash Player.exe /clean.”

After that I reinstalled Adobe Flash Player 9.0.124.0 and all has been well again ever since.

Flight of the navigator

Today’s big task at work will be to keep working on coding the left-hand navigation for our new website design.

Disappointingly I don’t appear to be able to acheive the design that I want using CSS alone, due to the extraneous code that our content management system software adds to the unordered-list — it throws in a span tag with a class of “current<whatever>” between the li and a, which just throws my design by about 2 pixels, but enough to notice.

I’m loathe to use JavaScript to achieve the result, so I’m going back to the drawing board … [puts on thinking cap] … hmmm.