A bunch of cunts, mostly in the Australian sense. Except that one guy.

Why is Firefox 1.0 different depending on the day you downloaded

it?

I have 1.0 at work, and I have 1.0 at home. Neither is the preview release.

At work, I can middle-click on the "Home" graphical button to open a new tab. At home, this does not work.

At work, when I Edit->Find, I get a little bar across the bottom of the document window that finds as I type. At home, it's the traditional Find dialogue a la IE.

What gives?
Permalink muppet 
March 1st, 2005
I also notice strange little inconsistencies between computers. I just upgraded to 1.0.1, try getting that version on both computers and see if they go away.
Permalink MarkTAW 
March 1st, 2005
Do you install to a clean directory each time, or install on top of a previous installation?

The latter is not recommended.
Permalink Matthew Wilson 
March 1st, 2005
I thought one of the reasons they got an installer was to prevent that problem.
Permalink MarkTAW 
March 1st, 2005
Sounds like you definitely have a later version at work. Maybe your ISP at home is caching pages? (I know the "find" bar thing across the bottom was a fairly recent change, although I thought it was pre-1.0 - I like it much better)

And "middle click"? You have 3 button mice? I guess I didn't even realize there *was* a middle click!
Permalink bionicroach 
March 1st, 2005
bionicroach - most scrollwheel mice allow you to click the wheel as an extra button.
Permalink r1ch 
March 1st, 2005
I find it wierd that it has links for extensions and themes, but no link to get the latest version?

I installed 1.0.1 over my 1.0, as I didn't see anything on the site advising against it. No problems so far...
Permalink Honu 
March 1st, 2005
The little circle icon in the upper righthand corner is supposed to alert you that an update is available, but when I clicked on it, it only checked my extentions. Maybe because 1.0.1 wasn't a critical upgrade?
Permalink MarkTAW 
March 1st, 2005
Many people have middle buttons. I had 3 button mice long before scroll wheels. In some applications (Maya!!), a middle button is ESSENTIAL.
Permalink muppet 
March 1st, 2005
I saw that update flag when there was a security patch a while ago, had forgotten about it. I would expect them to do the same for regular updates, but not evident so far.

Re 3-button mice, you often can simulate the third button on a 2-button mouse by clicking both buttons simultaneously...
Permalink Honu 
March 1st, 2005
Yeah, colour me stupid but I can't find their update. I got a message about it in the lower right part of my screen, once, didn't click on it, and now I can't seem to find the stupid thing.

Anyone know where it lives?
Permalink ~ 
March 1st, 2005
Options->Advanced->Software Update->Check Now
Permalink Jared M. 
March 1st, 2005
1.0.1 is relatively new. Maybe they're holding off on auto updates until all the manual downloaders are done sucking up the bandwidth.

For the longest time, you could get Microsoft patches first by watching for Q article releases and going to the FTP site to get the patches. It could be days or weeks before it hit Windows Update. They're better about that now. (I suspect their reasoning was to give the patch time in the wild with technically savvy users before offering it to the masses, but that's just a guess.)
Permalink Brad Wilson 
March 1st, 2005
The reason may well be that you have the mice configured differently on each machine. Middle click works the same on the three machines I have Firefox installed on.
Permalink Stephen Jones 
March 1st, 2005
I guess what Stephen said is sort of what I was getting at with the "middle click" question -- I am certainly aware of programmable "extra buttons" on mice which you can configure to activate your USB George Foreman Grill on the salmon setting or whatever suits your fancy, but I didn't realize that is there a standard "middle click" setting in Windows.

In Firefox, "middle click" seems to behave the same way as CTRL+Left Click, but in Windows Explorer, or the desktop, etc, "middle click" doesn't seem to do anything. Is "middle click" something that is basically ignored by the OS, but often picked up by various applications and used for their own purposes? Looks like now I'm going to be "middle clicking" on everything just to find out. Man, I really need to get a life...
Permalink bionicroach 
March 1st, 2005
Middle click is indeed basically ignored by the OS except that it brings focus to the clicked region. That is handy in cases you want to bring another window to the focus, but can't be bothered with finding an area in that window where a left or right click does nothing.
Permalink Meister 
March 2nd, 2005
Middle click does very little for me outside of firefox, but it does bring up the auto-scroll feature of my mouse on any application that supports it - this is something that's built in to Windows.
Permalink MarkTAW 
March 2nd, 2005
Without a middle button I'd have a hell of a time using Maya 5.
Permalink muppet 
March 2nd, 2005
That's odd, Firefox brought up an automatic update page last night, said I needed a new version. Hmm, okay, close firefox, click, click, wait, click, done.

I certainly didn't do anything to initiate it.
Permalink John Wilson 
March 3rd, 2005
They added 1.0.1 to automatic updates on March 1st
Permalink Stephen Jones 
March 3rd, 2005

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