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June 18, 2008

Firefox 3... Sort of Sucks [someone]

And now for a small geek interlude.

So yesterday was supposed to be some sort of Download Day for Firefox 3, the new, improved, and allegedly memory-leak-free version of that non-monopoly browser.

Now I'm sure all the back-end improvements are very nice, but anyone who actually downloaded it may have noticed some unpleasant changes to the interface. First, the only good theme -- Pinball -- isn't compatible, and never will be. Second, the change from the address bar to the so-called "awesome bar" is pure application-destroying crap. Whose horrible idea was this?

If you want to return Firefox 3 to something approaching the previous, working address bar functionality, the following steps should help:
(1) Install the oldbar extension.
(2) Go to "about:config" (via the address bar).
(3) Scroll down to "browser.urlbar.matchOnlyTyped".
(4) Double click to set this to "true".

You can also tweak some of the other browser.urlbar.* preferences, but this is a start.


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