So I accidentally added a misspelled word to the dictionary in Firefox. I wanted to remove it so I looked through the preferences and I even checked out about:config, but no luck. So I did a little research and found that in Linux, Firefox settings are kept in a hidden file in your home folder (like most applications) and your custom dictionary words are kept in a file in that folder.
The hidden folder is called .mozilla and the path to the custom dictionary file is: ~/.mozilla/firefox/xxxxxxxx.default/persdict.dat
The x's represent the name of the Firefox profile and if you don't know what a Firefox profile is, chances are you only have one and it will be the only folder inside of the firefox folder.
One thing to remember is that if you just made the mistake you have to close Firefox completely for it to save the new settings to disk. So the misspelled word just sits in memory and you wont find it in the persdict.dat dictionary file until after Firefox has been closed out.
For Windows and Mac the process is very similar and is covered well in this Lifehacker article.
The new version of Firefox (version 3) is coming out on Tuesday, June 17 and they are trying to set a world record for the most downloads within a twenty four hour period.
From using the betas and release candidates, this version of Firefox is the best yet. It fixes a lot of issues with stability and memory usage; and it also passes the Acid2 test and scores a 71 out 100 on the Acid3 test (using RC3). They also made some good improvements in integrating the UI into each platform (Windows, Mac and Linux).
So if you are a Firefox fan please support them by making a point to download the new Firefox on Tuesday. You can get more details about the world record and Firefox by clicking on the image below.
The new Firefox beta just came out and I have been playing with it a little and to be honest with you I am not that impressed with the changes over the last beta.
The visual enhancements that you can clearly see (ie, shadowed mouseovers on new sleeker icons), are really not that impressive. Personally I think the new icons and such look pretty cheesy, hopefully they will be cleaned up more by the time the browser comes out.
I didn't really test out the anti-phishing alerts because I am not really sure where to go on the web to get solicited. However I do think the idea is a good one and I hope they pull it off well. Only time will tell here.
As far as enhancing the search bar in the top right corner; the suggest feature appears to be nothing more than a drop down of terms you have previously typed in. It doesn't seem that intuitive. I do however like the idea of offering search extensions from a web page, much in the same way a developer can advertise to a browser an rss feed or a favicon. But, I couldn't really test this out to see how it worked.
Also being able to resume your browser session is a nice feature, but it is one that I really don't much care to use. The only reason I got to experience it with this beta is because it crashed a couple of times. But I am sure they will have that fixed up before they release it though (it is just a beta after all).
The new add-ons manager looks promising but you really can't tell if it is any good because you can't install any extensions. This is because of the compatibility restrictions and the lack of 2.0 extensions (this is just because the browser is not out yet). I have also always thought that it would be nice if you could search and browse the themes and extensions within the context of the options menu; instead of it just launching a new window.
The bottom line is that Firefox 2.0 is going to be a great step of improvement from Firefox 1.5, but this beta is nothing to get excited over.
Here is a review I read that inspired the post.
Here is where to get a copy of the beta to try for yourself. Just be careful, it is not a finished product.
The other day I saw this eWeek article commenting on the first beta release of Firefox 2.0. The article pretty well sums up my thoughts on the beta as well. Which is that not too much has changed for the user interface except that the tab closing icon has been moved from the right side of the window and onto the right side of the tab. Which I consider a good thing (however I have long since gotten past accidentally closing the wrong tab). They have also improved the extentions and plugins interface, but I didn't really play around with it all that much myself.
However the one user interface feature they are adding to Firefox 2.0 that I think will keep Firefox's features ahead of Internet Explorer (even IE7) is that addtition of the inline spell checker for form inputs. It will allow you to spell check forms before you submit them; which is a great feature for a blog or other community web system. This feature has been enjoyed by other browsers (i.e. Konqueror) for some time, but I think by Firefox adding the feature it will be a huge visual thing that will help convince the average computer users to leave Internet Explorer behind. And lets face it Firefox is the forerunner in converting average computer users away from Internet Explorer, so it needs all of the niceties it can get (despite where the inspiration may have come from).
They have also done a lot of work to improve the application efficiency. To be honest with you though, I have never found Firefox to be running noticeably slow. However the computers that I use have relatively new processors and a gigabyte or more of RAM.
Security is also tightented down as well; but you really wouldn't expect anything less considering their track record. They have had six releases in less than a year since their last major release. Microsoft definitely can't say the same thing (IE6 released August 2001).
Firefox 1.5 - November 29, 2005
Firefox 188.8.131.52 - August 2, 2006
Unfortunately Firefox 2.0 will not pass the Acid 2 test, but its standards compliance is improved some and still far outshines Internet Explorer 6 (and I imagine IE7 as well). Hopefully by the time Firefox 3.0 rolls around they will have compliance shored up well enough to pass the test. Right now Safari 2, Opera 9 and Konqueror 3.5; as well as a few obscure browsers (iCab, maybe a few others) are the only ones that pass the test.
Here is the link to download the beta. I encourage anyone to give it a test drive.
Here is a link to the Firefox Roadmap. It will give you an idea of when the next release will be.