I realize that it seems somewhat self-serving to have both a Firefox extension of the week and a download of the week feature that, itself, references Firefox. If that's too much alternative browser craziness for you, allow me to apologize in advance. However, this week, I'm taking a look at a unique little variant of the Firefox Web browser that is pretty similar in its overall look and feel to normal Firefox.
I won't bury the lede: Firefox has no official 64-bit version of the browser. Or, rather, Mozilla itself only releases a 32-bit binary for said application. Thus, it has fallen to third-party developers to fashion up a proper x64 version of the popular Web surfing tool and, of course, they have! That's this week's Download of the Week...click the jump to hear about all the juicy details.
If you use any operating system that doesn't start with a "Microsoft" and end with a "Windows" (and some kind of short letter or number designation), then you have utterly failed in your attempt to keep heathen software elements from besmirching the good name and reputation of your precious PC. And woe unto any who utter the forbidden name of a common Silicon Valley manufacturer of said "different" operating systems around these parts--you can trust me on this one. I learned the hard way.
But let it not be said that I wouldn't rise up to the challenge, see the error of my ways, and accept my restatement into PC-only territory with a bit of grace and/or slice of humble pie. I have even made a great sacrifice to prove my noble intentions:
I have come back to you now, as the great Gandalf would say, and I am ready to repeal anything positive I had ever erroneously suggested about non-Windows operating systems. Let this column be the Smoke Monster that forever keeps unwanted products off of my island PC.
As far as I'm concerned, Steve Jobs is the Man in Black; Apple and OSX are lost causes. Based on the platform alone, I can think of five excellent reasons why you should never, ever, ever consider letting any bit of the Apple experience ruin the software sanctity of your Windows system.