Application Browser

Downgrading to Firefox 1.5

As many of you Mac users know Firefox 2 is one of the buggiest applications for OS X. I personally was having 5-10 crashes per day and that doesn’t mean that it would beach ball for a few seconds and then it would work again, no, Firefox would just completely crash!

So after dealing with a horribly buggy browser for months I’ve finally become absolutely fed up with it! I could have switched to Opera, Safari, or Camino but I decided to switch back to Firefox 1.5. After using it all day yesterday it is so much more stable then 2.0 and even though 2.0 added many cool features I don’t miss them at all.

It wasn’t exactly an easy downgrade though, I had to deal with all of my bookmarks disappearing on me. I’m not sure how this happened because Firefox makes it very easy to switch versions because all of the bookmarks and settings are stored within the Library folder.

I think the problem came in when I downloaded Firefox instead of the latest release which is After installing I realized I downloaded the wrong version then installed That is when my Bookmarks disappeared. Luckily I didn’t have too many bookmarks and was able to rebuild them from memory but it was definitely an inconvenience.

Browser Contest Nintendo

Winner of the Nintendo DS Browser

We have a winner of the Nintendo DS Browser!I wrote the names of all the entries on a piece of paper and then cut them out, put them in a hat and pulled out a name, the winner is MrBlogger of Get your Blog Goodies.

The contest was a lot more successful then the previous one for Joost invites, with about twice as many comments counted for the contest.

So if you are MrBlogger then your Nintendo DS Browser will be in the mail shortly and if you aren’t MrBlogger then you can pick the Nintendo DS Browser over at

If you have no idea what I’m talking about then you can check out my review of the Nintendo DS Browser here.

Apple Browser Cell Phones iPhone

Flash in the iPhone

Mossberg recently wrote an article about frequently asked questions about the iPhone. One of the questions mentioned the ability for the iPhone to play flash video. Mossberg said:

“Apple says it plans to add that plug-in through an early software update, which I am guessing will occur within the next couple of months.”

This is great news. I figured that Apple would add flash support eventually and if they didn’t, hackers would.

Something I noticed in the Settings of Safari on the iPhone is the ability to run Safari without plugins, currently there isn’t any plugins for Safari on the iPhone. I’m wondering what the situation will be about Safari plugins. Who will be able to develop Safari plugins, just Apple, anyone, or anyone that Apple lets do so. I think it would be great for Google to add a Google Gears plugin to the iPhone. I could read my feeds on my phone without even having service. Of course as mentioned above Adobe could create a flash plugin. The possibilities are practically endless.

I could see this becoming as wonderful as the extensions are in Firefox, changing, fixing, or adding functionality to an otherwise simple browser.

Questions About Apple’s iPhone

Browser Contest Nintendo

One week left to get your entries in – Win the Nintendo DS Browser

You still have one week to comment and try to win the Nintendo DS Browser. I loved it and you can see my review of the browser here.

For complete details on the contest check those out here. But, if you want the short version all you have to do is leave a comment on any post here at CyberSurge using a valid email address.

Have fun!

If you want to comment about something a little bit more interesting then this post try out this one:
Ask me about the iPhone
You will still be entered and you will get some info on the iPhone.

Update: The contest is over, you can see the results here.

Browser Contest Nintendo

Win the Nintendo DS Browser

I am sitting at my desk with a brand new, in the package, Nintendo DS Browser for the DS Lite. Would you like it? You can win it!

All you have to do to enter is comment on any post here at CyberSurge. When giving your comment give a valid email address in the email box, I can see it but no one else can. The contest ends on Friday July 6th.

The day after the contest ends I will take all the comments and put them in a hat and randomly select the winner.

I’ll contact the winner by email and get the DS Browser to them after they reply.

Have fun commenting and may the randomly selected win.

If you would like to see my review of the Nintendo DS Browser check that out here. I would give the winner the one that I reviewed but I just can’t let it go so I had to buy a new one to give away.

If you want to comment about something a little bit more interesting then this post try out this one:
Ask me about the iPhone
You will still be entered and you will get some info on the iPhone.

Update: The contest is over, you can see the results here.

Browser Nintendo Review Video

Nintendo DS Browser Review

I purchased the Nintendo DS browser recently and I have to say it isn’t going to blow you away but can be very useful.

I purchased the Nintendo DS browser about a week ago and have been using it ever since. I have tried many websites on it and I think it’s great.

Along the bottom of the screen are all of the buttons you need for the browser. The simple back and forward buttons along with the stop/reload button. A button to show your history, a URL button, Favorites, Find, Settings, Help, SSR/Overview Mode, Load Images, Zoom, and Jump. The history feature will only show the most recent 5 or so pages when you click on it.

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The URL button brings up a keyboard letting you type in a URL to go to, what is awesome about this keyboard is that it gives you dedicated .com buttons. You have 5 of these .com buttons that you can customize to your hearts content.

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Find let’s you search the page that you are looking at for a specific word, just like in firefox when you hit ctrl+f. It also gives you the option to search the web. The web search can be customized by putting in a custom search string, the default is Yahoo!

In settings you can whether or not the browser loads images, how much it zooms by default, user interface tweaks, etc.

SSR and Overview mode are very interesting. SSR will take the entire webpage and show it to you in a single column similar to how Opera Mini does on cell phones. Overview mode though is extremely cool, it will load the entire webpage and show it in the lower screen zooming out and showing you a little box. The box can be moved around and whatever is within that box is shown in the top screen. In this mode you can use the jump button to switch between the two screens, whatever was on top is on bottom.

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More Including a video, after the jump

Beta Browser Cell Phones Video

Opera Mini 4 Beta Debuts

Opera has just debuted a open beta for the Opera Mini 4. You can get the beta by going here.

The new version of Opera Mini will take a guess at what part of the page you would like to read or look at and after a page loads will put that section in focus for you. It also does some cool navigation with the keypad freeing up space on the screen.

Opera Mini 4 beta does some cool stuff like the iPhone does, it loads the entire webpage and shows it in an overview like mode letting you zoom into where you want. The browser also lets you enable a mouse cursor that you control with your phones direction pad.

I’ve been using Opera Mini for over a year and plan on downloading this as soon as I can. Go ahead and check it out yourself.

There is also a video of the browser in action, check it out after the jump.

Apple Beta Browser Windows

Safari, Now for Windows UPDATE

Safari 3 can now be downloaded as a public beta starting today. Steve Jobs announced that Safari will be available for the Windows platform. I haven’t had a chance to play with it because I’m running a MacBook right now however I will try it out as soon as I get a chance.Apple is saying that Safari will be much faster than any other Windows browser, showing these benchmarks:

Up to twice as fast as Internet Explorer and 1.6 times faster then Firefox. Safari for Windows seems to run just as well on Windows as it does under OS X, however I’ve only seen the demos and anybody could make a product look good during a demo. They hope to gain market share in the browser space by doing this and I can only imagine that the key to all of this is to get Windows users into the Apple environment. If they see how well Apple products work under Windows then maybe they will have to consider buying a Mac as their next computer.Check out the Safari for Windows Beta. And I know I said that I wasn’t going to be posting today but I figured that this was cool enough to post about.

Update: I had some time with Safari for the Windows and it is the fastest browser that I have ever used on the Windows side of things, it is incredible. I haven’t had any hiccups at all so it seems that the beta is very far along. It does give you a lot more screen real estate for your web pages and I love that the scroll bars look like you are in OS X. Please everyone go download it and try it out you will enjoy it.

Browser Nintendo Video

Opera Coming to the DS in the US

Opera has been available for the Nintendo DS in Europe and Japan for a few months now but it is coming to the US on June 4th. The browser works very well on the Nintendo DS and is really cool.

My birthday is right around the same time as the release so I’m sure to be asking for it and heck if no one buys it for me, I’m sure I’ll pony up the cash for it. The lack of flash support stinks but it is much better then using my Cell phone if there is a Wifi hotspot available.

Here is a video of some of the features of the Japanese version:

GameDaily XL [via Gizmodo]

Apple Browser Video

Open Source Developers at Google Speaker Series: Camino

Browser Downloads

10 Must Have FireFox Extensions

These are some of my favorite Firefox extensions and I’m running them right now, Some of these I just don’t know how I could live without, and then there are ones that just look cool, like Tab Effect.

  1. IE Tabs
  2. Tab Effect
  3. Super Drag and Go
  4. Paste and Go 2
  5. Foxmarks
  6. Googlepedia
  7. StumbleUpon
  8. Reload Every
  9. Video Downloader
  10. Colorful Tabs