Firefox fans were bristling with enthusiasm on Tuesday, June 17, and with good reason -- it was Firefox Download Day. Two days later, Mozilla is already reaping the rewards. According to analysis conducted by StatCounter,
usage of Firefox 3 skyrocketed from 7.8% of total Firefox users to
18.9%. Meanwhile, Internet Explorer felt the pressure of Firefox 3's
newly expanded girth, dropping from 56.3% market share to 55.4%, while
Firefox moved up to a cool, breezy 36%. So let's give it up for
Mozilla. Their creative marketing strategy has certainly earned them
some applause and a pint of Guinness -- a joke which I totally did not
steal from the press release.
Couldn't download Firefox yesterday? You still have time to help set the world record. Get clicking!
Thanks to the redefinition of "Day" as "a 24-hour period" - and thanks also to the problems everyone in the world had in logging onto the Spread Firefox website yesterday, Download Day continues, with close to 7,000,000 downloads as of posting time.
Originally, Download Day was scheduled to start at 10:00AM PDT yesterday, and end 24 hours later. However, if you read yesterday's installment of "how to bring a website to its knees", you know that things didn't work out exactly as planned.
Patch Tuesday for June has arrived, bringing a bevy of security fixes along with a very important update for AMD-based Windows XP systems having problems updating to SP3, so pry yourself away from the barbeque grill and find out what's being fixed - and why.
June might be the beginning of summer, but Microsoft's not on vacation. They've been listening to gripes about Windows (Desktop) Search and Windows Home Server, and they're rolling out the solutions we need.
Fragmentation forces the drive head to jump all over the place to find the bits and pieces of files whenever you access them. Defragmentation, then, is the means by which these files are realigned into contiguous chunks. Windows Vista does this automatically, only the slow speed at which it defrags makes us wonder: Is the time spent worth the supposed performance payoff? And do third-party defragmenters, free or otherwise, do a better job? Should you spend money on third-party defrag tools? Our extensive experiments put commercial utilities (and Vista's built-in solution) to the test!