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Getting the green back button in Firefox

In Windows XP, the default theme in Firefox, called Strata, looks like this:

strata-xp

In Windows 7 however, Strata looks like this:

strata-7

What are the differences?

In XP, Strata has green directional buttons, a blue refresh button and a gold home button. In 7, everything is blue. Even the background of the menu is this stupid light sky blue.

The reason this sucks is because we were all very used to the way Firefox looked. It was a familiarity we all liked, but then Mozilla had to go and screw it all up by making the browser "feel better" (but not really) by having it "more closely integrated" with the look of the OS it was installed on. Stupid move on their part.

Thankfully, someone made a theme called XP on Vista, which works in Windows 7 (it's also available for Linux as well), and now it looks like it's supposed to:

strata-vista-on-xp

This looks so much better because it brings back the familiar look we all like.

Unfortunately this probably won't last long. Firefox 4 is due in November and this theme probably won't work in it, but whatever I guess. I'll enjoy it while I can.

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Using Facebook the fast way

Facebook Lite, when it existed, was awesome. But then it went away. Sigh..

HOWEVER.. there is mobile Facebook. It loads so fast and quick you won't believe it.

The address is m . facebook . com.

Login screen:

image

I love the Spartan way it's laid out. Everything loads really quick and you can still get to everything you could before for basic messaging and stuff like that.

The only drawback is that it's a standard HTML login, meaning no SSL, so I wouldn't use this on a public network. At home however it's a-okay to use.

I really dig it. 🙂

ImgBurn vs. Windows - Burning DVDs

It didn't get easy to burn discs from Windows until XP. Sending something to disc is relatively easy. Highlight one or more files or folders, right click, send to disc. In Windows 7 it's more or less the same thing.

ImgBurn is something that's been around since 2005, but I didn't start using it regularly until '08 or '09.

As far as which is the better burning program, it's ImgBurn hands down. It burns discs far more reliably than the Windows way of doing it. Most people know ImgBurn as a utility just to make ISOs, but it also does regular burning as well, and it does it darned good too.

I'll put it to you this way: If you've ever burned a disc in Windows, then tried to read the disc 5 minutes later and it didn't work, it's most likely not the media's fault. Windows messed it up for some reason because it didn't finalize the disc properly. ImgBurn on the other hand always finalizes properly, and if it doesn't, then yes, it's the disc's fault at that point (or the drive itself in rare instances).

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