I’ve Come Over all Open-Source

I’ve been testing the Mozilla based Firefox web browser since version 4. It’s changed alot over that time.

What is it about the browser that I like?
There are some many points I could list here, I’ll stick to 3 that appeal to me the most.

1. Tabbed Browsing
A wonderful feature I first use in the Opera browser. It cuts down on the number of items open on your task bar, plus you can shut them all down at the same time if you need too. The part of this feature I love is the way you can open a Folder of favourites in separate tabbed windows. I read 10+ websites a day when I get home, it’s great to just open all of them and work my way though them.

2. Internet Annoyances
Built in Popup blocker that works very well keeps those crappy adverts from hindering your browsing experience.
The following one is not meantioned much as a feature but I love it, it’s remote picture linking. Basically stopping websites loading in pictures from other sites ( normally adverts ). This is configurable so that if you visit a site that shows mainly remote pictures you can still enjoy the without much fuss.
URL masking via the status bar, this is one of my bugbears about some websites, FireFox gives you the options to disable this, thus allowing you to see the true URL of a link.

3. Customised
I like to toy with things, in IE you haven’t alot of choice, your stuck with that same boring button combination and lovely windows default colored browser header. The themes that are being build for Firefox are wonderful they allow you to customise the look and feel of the browser. 
The 2nd thing is the extensions, these rock and give you a wonderful set of enhancements to choose from. Like the GoogleToolbar that does every thing that the IE GoogleToolBar does.
Configurable extensions for Mouse Gestures allow quick and easy navigation without touching the keyboard.
There are new themes and extensions being released all the time.

With Firefox’s final version nearing it’s release, I can say that I’m extremely happy with switching from IE.

Other Software post

Firefox – 0.9
Firefox empowers you to browse faster, more safely and efficiently than with any other browser.
At first you’ll think that the browser is quite basic, but it has alot of great features, plue there are loads of addons avaiable to download for it, along with themes.

Thunderbird – 0.7
A great mail program, I use this as my standard mail application.

Ad-aware is a multicomponent detection and removal utility to get rid of spyware and malware.

Another great piece of software, that removes malware and spyware, along with tell you of changes make to registry settings, missing shortcut paths among other things.

Well hope you get to try some of these applications out.

Some Freeware

Software that is free isn’t always useful or hasn’t got many features. Here is a quick list of useful freeware programs that i find handy.

ConTEXT (1.17MB)
A free handy text editor, aimed at developers more that other, but quite useful.

Agent Ransack (792 KB)
Agent Ransack is a free tool for finding files and information on your hard drive fast and efficiently.

AM-Notebook Lite (830 KB)
A system tray utility that provides an easy way to store notes, TODOs and other data.

I’ll add some more later