And the top extension are... going bye bye!
See why at Ghacks.
Thanks for posting that @dantheman
. Depressing reading, really. I used to read everything ghacks
wrote about FF (Firefox), but since embarking on a migration (exit) away
and towards Slimjet
(after trialling it), I've tended to not spend much time on FF and had just let it languish.
After reading that ghacks
post though, I did some thinking about it and reviewed my exit-and-migration-strategy - which really is more of a trial-and-error path away from FF --> Slimjet
than a real "strategy" per se
I had been on the FF beta channel, which had become unbearable for me, as every new update seemed to break a load of stuff - more than it introduced new/good functionality - so FF had become of incrementally reducing usefulness to me. So, yesterday I did a FF "refresh", but that didn't seem to help matters, so I expunged FF beta and went backwards, installing the latest current "stable" version. - v52.0.1
(32-bit). I restored all the FF add-ons from Sync
(which seems to work quite well nowadays, though, from experience, the corresponding Slimjet Sync
seems better - more reliable). Surprisingly, that version of FF seems to start up quite nicely - not that I'm actually able to use
it very much. In fact, it's not really usable, as the "awesome bar" doesn't seem to work very well. That bar used to live up to its name, but now when one enters a URL and clicks on the "go to" button, presses enter or Ctrl-R
(Refresh), nothing happens.
Can't get it to work. Doing a FF "Refresh" evidently makes no difference. Can't even go to about:config
to see what might be the problem!
No useful help in the discussion forums either. This is what I mean about FF - it increasingly seems to be the case that it is simply nothing but trouble
, a time bandit. Life's too short. I don't want to spend my cognitive surplus worrying about trying to fix such perpetually breaking stuff, nor do I want to have to drag around a mechanic to fix FF for me, wherever I go, for the rest of FF's product life.
There were several FF add-ons and functionality that were my main reasons for sticking with
FF. Now I am in a "replacement mode" where I am finding effective substitutes in Slimjet - substitutes for those FF add-ons and functionality. A key FF add-on for me was Scrapbook
and I now have a good/better and non-proprietary
substitute for Scrapbook in Slimjet. The migration of the old Scrapbook legacy database
(which contains a few thousand records) is still a data management problem to be solved elegantly though, but I can meanwhile use FF to manage that database (though it's a kludgy approach as I had already gone beyond the boundaries of the Scrapbook data management functionality, which is rather kludgy in that regard).
There's one bit of intrinsically useful FF functionality (not an add-on, I think) that I am currently trying to find a substitute for in Slimjet.It is this:
When the FF user right-clicks on a page, a menu pops up, which includes two entries somewhere in the middle of the menu list of entries:
- View page source.
- View page info.
Clicking the "View page info." item gives something like this (see image below) - which offers a seriously useful
piece of functionality that I cannot yet see how to get replicated in Slimjet:
I apologise in advance and acknowledge that, now that I have stated it as being a "...a seriously useful
piece of functionality...", this could well risk drawing unwanted attention to said functionality and be taken as a signal for Mozilla to break said functionality as they strive to maintain their seemingly remorseless dive to the bottom with FF.EDIT 2017-04-09 1628hrs: Page Info window - View technical details about the page you are on