Firefox and friends

I think I reached this point many months ago:

My Firefox browser just “updated” to 57. I promptly backdated it to 56.0.2 and turned off automatic updates.

I have a bunch of add-ons I use with Firefox — one of which is essential for the way I publish this blog — and the browser’s new paradigm has already ruined one of them. 57 broke another and I’ve had enough. The aforementioned extension that enables me to publish the Tally Book conveniently would be one of those I’d lose with 57, so 57 simply had to go.

I grew weary of Firefox’s feeping creaturism about the time they told me I really needed the tabs to be moved, because reasons. I then installed the Pale Moon browser, version 24.4.2, and set it up to look as much like the last Firefox version I could stand. Now at 27.6, it still looks like that long-ago-forgotten Firefox, though most of the code, originally a fork of Mozilla’s, has been rewritten, and a whole new rendering engine has been shoved under the hood. It has a couple of quirks, but so what else is new?


  1. In The Mailbox: 11.16.17 : The Other McCain »

    16 November 2017 · 8:04 pm

    […] Dustbury: Firefox And Friends […]

  2. jsallison »

    16 November 2017 · 8:14 pm

    It’s too bad one can’t garner promotions and bonuses in IT for leaving stuff the hell alone. Fiddlers gotta fiddle, I suppose.

  3. McGehee »

    16 November 2017 · 8:15 pm

    Pale Moon won’t support any versions of the extension I specifically referenced in my post.

  4. CGHill »

    16 November 2017 · 8:31 pm

    Sometimes PM drives me nuts. But so far, it’s supported the stuff I need.

  5. Dan T. »

    16 November 2017 · 10:43 pm

    I’m using the new Firefox… they did make it much faster than the old version, and it hasn’t yet hung or crashed (like earlier versions did a lot).

  6. Dan T. »

    16 November 2017 · 10:44 pm

    …but it does keep nagging me that submitting comments in this form is insecure. The site is ‘https’, but I guess the comment submission is still ‘http’?

  7. Chuck Pergiel »

    17 November 2017 · 6:55 am

    I used to use Firefox, but then I got a Chromebook. Sometime after I set up a Linux box (1, 2, 3 or ?) I started using Chrome because of some little quirk in Firefox. I keep meaning to go back, I mean solidarity with Open Source, but I haven’t. I am a little suspicious of Google. I expect their whole empire will collapse at some point and I will be left with nothing. Or more likely there will be a paradigm shift at Corporate Headquarters and everything I use will be canceled. Meanwhile, my standard policy is to use the default settings and only the default settings on everything. If you can’t do what you want with the way things are, then run away. Works for Top Gear.

  8. ETat »

    17 November 2017 · 7:05 am

    It happened to me this morning! Opened mail, tried to reply using my Russian keyboard add-on (AnyKey) – and oops, no go, missy.
    Apparently, it’s “legacy add-on they disabled as incompatible to their standards”!
    How can I turn the clock back? Help! Help!

  9. ETat »

    17 November 2017 · 7:06 am

    oh, and just not FF called you , Chaz, “insecure connection”

  10. ETat »

    18 November 2017 · 8:19 am

    …and I can’t now to search thru google image!

    Curse you, “well-wishing improvers” ot things that aren’t broken!

  11. CGHill »

    19 November 2017 · 3:50 pm

    I haven’t figured out where the comments are going that’s so gosh-darn insecure. (Does it to me, too.)

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