Firefox Crash and Burn

I first installed Firefox 3.0 on launch day and within a day or two had it running on all my machines.  I’ve been pretty happy with it and all my add-ons seem to work fine. It’s just that well, Firefox 3.0 crashes. A lot.  On all of my PC’s. Everything from a Celeron based UMPC to a dual core Thinkpad to an AMD64 based Gateway.

Don’t get me wrong, it recovers elegantly from a crash (most of the time) but if this were IE, there would be a lot of screaming, press coverage and hand wringing.

Just to give you an idea, I’ve had 2 crashes this morning on my UMPC. On my much more powerful Media Center PC , Firefox crashed yesterday and showed the most bizarre behavior afterwards. It refused to acknowledge my home page and kept bringing up a blank start page. It turns out that Firefox didn’t really close but that there was an open session in the background. Killing that fixed the problem but it sure wasn’t an obvious fix given what was going on.

So now I’m stuck with the old  Microsoft dilemma in Firefox. Is it the browser or the add-ons that are causing the problem? The more things change…

Hide and Go Fly

Yeah, um, normally, I’m not afraid to fly. I do it just about every week, but stories like this one scare me a little.

He hid what where? Why?

This is Why People Don’t Trust Funny Accountants

Accountant Uses Toilet Humor in Check Scam

He creates a porta-potty company called “Mr. John” to help steal $2.8 million, Manhattan D.A. charges.

(Update: Fixed Link)

Chicago Gator: Urban Legend No More

You thought it was just an urban legend but an alligator was caught  in the Chicago River today.  Apparently Animal Control in Chicago is not equipped to catch a  ‘gator.  That’s going to be a problem when that 50’ monster hiding in the sewers come crawling out!

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Really Hard Boiled Eggs

If you’re making hard boiled eggs and you walk away for too long, be aware that all the water will boil out causing the eggs to explode out of the pan with a large pop that scares household pets.

I’m not saying that I did this or anything. This is just a public service announcement. Move along. Nothing to see here.