A Cleaner Firefox

If you are as obsessive as me about having a clear desktop, a clean browser is an essential for you, too. Today, I finally got what I desired out of Firefox. As a bonus, I also got around integrating Firefox with Windows Seven as much as possible without installing any external applications, like Winfox.

Tidying it up

The very first step in tidying Firefox up, is to install Omnibar. Omni bar is an add-on that will integrate “location bar and search bar into one”, and also “shows search and url suggestions”.

Omnibar gives you one, clear address+search bar

After installing Omnibar, I was struck by the picture: the bookmarks toolbar I once loved so much looked so ugly, now. So, I just hid it.

After I had done all that, I installed Compact Menu 2, a very cool add-on that let’s you hide the menu bar inside one, tiny button. So, that’s just what I did.

By doing just these three simple steps, my Firefox now gives me about 70 pixels more reading space, and 70 pixels less crowded, clickable widgets.

Windows Seven Taskbar Integration

After that, I was tempted, and persuaded, to try out "NEW Glasser by SzymekPL”, which gave me a very nice, sleek glass effect on the whole Firefox frame.

Firefox with Glasser

This was too cool to leave it alone, so I just Googled for Taskbar integration, and found out that in Firefox 3.6, taskbar integration is a built-in feature, and is simply disabled by default. So, I got on with it, and enabled it by first typing “about:config” in my location bar, and then toggling “browser.taskbar.previews.enable” to true. Now, I have individual tabs preview in my Windows Seven taskbar for Firefox.

Taskbar thumbnail previews for Firefox 3.6

If you want to take it even further, and use jumplists and another Windows Seven goodies in Firefox, you can install Winfox, but I, personally, don’t fancy the idea of installing another application just to smooth my original application up a little.

Windows 7 on My VAIO-Z

I finally succeeded in updating my VAIO Z530N OS to Windows 7. Yeah, it was a hard and lengthy process to get everything working just the way I wanted, but I did it.

I really think Sony e-Support should mention that if you want “Vaio Care” software to work correctly, you have to first update your BIOS.

But I really have to say that it was worth it. Seven is so much better than Vista in so many ways, that writing a comparison seems almost futile.

There are still many things to install, but I’ve got most of it underway. This time, I guess I won’t be installing Eclipse, since from the time I started using Intellij IDEA I’ve hardly ever opened it.

Also, I think I’ll need an SVN client, and also Apache Maven installed.

Well, that’s seems like it for today.

Windows 7 on my VAIO Z

Yesterday I upgraded my Windows Vista Business to Windows 7 Ultimate. And I have to say, it made a real difference.

First of all, the waking time has shortened by lots. When I wake my VAIO Z530N laptop from standby, everything is just there; no waking up message, no delay, nothing. And resuming Windows from hibernation is also a lot faster. With Vista, it took about 2 or 3 minutes to actually get the system running. With 7 it is less than a minute.

And top all of that with cool new features lake "shake", "snap", "pin to taskbar", "live taskbar", etc. Paint and WordPad have also been equipped with the new 2010 Ribbon.

All in all, I don’t regret having updated it. The only thing I have a problem with right now, is my built-in MotionEYE webcam, which is not recognized by Windows.