Monthly Archives: January 2009

How to set the email client of your choice on Firefox 3.0.3

You know how when you click “mail-to” links on the web it opens a default email client that usually isn’t the one you use? Like msn or mac email instead of Yahoo or Gmail? Well you can easily set Firefox (v3.0.3 – I’m not sure about earlier versions) to open the email client of your choice:

    For Mac:

1)  On the browser menu go to Firefox > Preferences. Click the Applications tab. The alphabetical “Content Type/Action” list appears.

The list under the "Applications" tab.

The list under "Applications" tab.

2) Go to mailto and select the email client you want from the drop-down list box.

    For Windows:

1)  On the browser menu go to Tools > Options. Click the Applications menu icon.
2)  (Same as for Mac.) Under the Content Type/Action list, go to mailto and choose the email client you want from the drop-down list box.

Now when you click an email address hyperlink – on craig’s list for example – your browser will open the email page you actually use!

– david

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Google Chrome for Mac

As of January 9, 2009, Google’s new Chromium browser (Chrome for short), already in use for the Windows platform, is in late-stage development for Mac OS  and will be ready by the first-half of ’09 according to Brian Rakowski, Chrome‘s product manager, quoted in a CNET.com article by Stephen Shankland: ‘The Mac and Linux versions are up to the level of a basic “test shell” that can show Web pages.’

I haven’t used the browser much at all since i don’t have a Windows machine, but I’m interested because  supposedly it is better suited to mobile devices: a simpler, more usable design scheme for small touch-screens like that of iPhone (and iPod Touch which I own) and has an amped-up javascript capability, which means that plug-ins and the various Web applications that are for better or worse a growing part of the Web, should work more smoothly. In their promo video trailer touting its release for Windows this fall, Google emphasized Chrome developers’ “sandbox” design approach, whereby each tab remains separate, and each extraneous app or plug-in runs quasi-independent of the browser.

This, the nerdy spokespersons in the mpg clip say, will increase speed and reduce the risk of crashes and cross-‘contamination’ between the multitude of crazy tangential web programs that the typical user comes across while surfing today’s Web.

The CNET article points users and developers to Chrome’s progress, including a weekly schedule/progress rundown, on Google’s “Mac Detailed Status” page at http://sites.google.com/a/chromium.org/dev/developers/how-tos/mac-detailed-status.

– d.g.w.     1/24/09

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