Finishing up today’s theme of free online storage, I’ll tell you about Ubuntu One…
Ubuntu One offers a free 2GB storage account which integrates nicely with Ubuntu and offers some features for Windows and Mac users as well… It can be accessed via the website in a browser from any computer. There are a lot of neat features, one of them being that the music store sells high quality MP3’s that are DRM-Free! You can sync your files, contacts, bookmarks, notes, music, and more!
Continuing with today’s theme of free online storage… Amazon has announced that they are giving away 5GB of free online storage! They use the word “Cloud” which is becoming more popular these days, but I try to avoid it as it makes me nauseous because of those Windows 7 commercials! Ugh!
But wait, there’s more! Amazon will give you up to 20 GB free if you purchase a complete album… Any album… And the files will be automatically added to your CloudDrive (as they call it). Not a bad deal at all if you were planning on buying an album anyway right?! Plus there are some great deals out there right now!
If you hadn’t noticed yet, Firefox 4 now runs in 64-bit mode by default (at least on Mac anyway). I’ve noticed that Firefox uses up almost double the ram in 64-bit mode compared to when running in 32-bit mode. Also, some plugins (like Silverlight) are not yet compatible with the 64-bit mode of Firefox.
Update: running in 32-bit mode will also help with a known problem with Java MIME types not being recognized correctly.
Here’s how to run Firefox 4 in 32-bit mode (by default) on Mac OS X:
Using Finder, navigate to your Applications folder and locate the Firefox app.
Command+Click (or Right-Click if you have a 2+ button mouse) and go to: “Get Info”.
Check the box that says: “Open in 32-bit Mode” and close the Firefox Info box.
Quit and then Relaunch Firefox.
It’s as easy as that!
Note that 64-bit Firefox does run faster than 32-bit Firefox, but you probably wont notice that much of a difference, and you will reap the benefit of less memory usage, which can be crucial if your system is always low on RAM.
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I’ve received a few questions about this one, so I thought I should put it up here for everyone to see. Note: If you are just looking for the quick solution, skip to the end, otherwise keep reading for the question and answer stuff.
The question is:“How can I install Firefox 4 on Ubuntu 10.10? I tried doing the usual update but it was just a minor update of 3.6, so what gives?”
The answer is: Ubuntu 11.04 will come packaged with Firefox 4 by default, but because of the way Ubuntu does things (I’m trying to keep it simple here), they try to stick with the same version of most programs and only do updates for that. Newer versions will be included in newer releases of Ubuntu. They do this to make sure they have time to test everything and make sure there are no conflicts. It may be frustrating, but you have the option to work around it, and if you’re honest with yourself you’ll admit it is fair and reasonable for them to do as they do.
Now, if you want to have the latest and greatest versions of your favorite programs/applications (like Firefox), then you might want to become familiar with PPA’s. I know I’ve posted some things about them in the past, but never really mentioned anything specific about the PPA part of it. PPA’s are basically an alternate source of applications that are managed by the developers. You can add PPA’s to your sources list just like you would repositories (as they are just that, repositories) and have more frequent updates for your favorite programs, and even programs that are not included in the official repositories by Ubuntu. Note: a word of caution: if you are willing to add a bunch of PPA’s, be prepared as you may encounter bugs from time to time as the newest versions of various programs/applications are not necessarily tested as thoroughly as Ubuntu developers would do when preparing for a new OS release.
OK here’s what you need to do:
Open Terminal (are you getting used to this yet? Applications->Accessories->Terminal) and enter the following code: