Mozilla Firebird Gets New Download Manager
Saturday November 29th, 2003
The latest nightly builds of Mozilla Firebird feature a new download manager for saving files. The Downloads sidebar and progress windows have been replaced by a new combined Downloads window that lists all current and completed downloads. Cancelled and failed downloads also remain in this list, with a 'Retry' option to allow transfers to be attempted again. A 'Clean Up' button lets users keep the Downloads window tidy by removing all completed, cancelled and failed downloads. There are also new preferences for the automatic removal of downloads from the list.
To streamline tasks such as saving cached images, the Downloads windows does not appear for files that take less than two seconds to transfer. A confirmation dialogue is displayed if you try to exit Firebird with downloads still in progress, eliminating the frustration of accidentally stopping your downloads when you're done browsing. For Windows users, an alert similar to the new mail notification from the Mozilla Application Suite and Mozilla Thunderbird appears near the taskbar when all downloads have completed. See the download manager QA page and the forum topic about the new Downloads window for more information.
#48 Average resoluton is not 1024*768
Thursday December 4th, 2003 4:59 PM
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Ben wrote: "the average screen resolution is 1024x768".
This is not correct. According to TheCounter's latest publicly-available stats <http://www.thecounter.com/stats/2003/May/res.php> , more people are using 800*600 than any other resolution. (Talking about "average resolution" doesn't make much sense -- from those figures I calculate that the average resolution is approximately 880.64 * 625.24.)
This underscores Ben's point that using a sidebar for any semi-essential browser UI is a very silly idea. But it also demonstrates how computer programmers often overestimate the specs of computers used by the general public.