Done. I sent Mr. Wyden a nice letter today reminding him of those of us who's livelyhood depend on the web and how these bill would cause job loss over time. The music and movie industries can suck it.
I use Postbox as well and love that thing. Got myself a family lifetime licence. I use Google apps for my hosting as it is easy and I really don't want to worry about running a server or using something on my domain. (plus the price is right. Free.) I use double authentication with Google and so far have had no issues at all.
I am gonna use a couple of these things in my schema for email. I setup all my email accts now with an All Mail/Archive folder and dump stuff in there to keep my inbox clean. I like the single keystroke folders and am gonna implement those now. Thanks for sharing this.
Well you are sincerely voicing your concerns, and they are concerns that Mozilla is thinking about.
The add-on compatibility reporter doesn't affect the addons that are still working. You test the ones that were disabled to see if they're compatible with the current version (all the ones I use still work) and then you can report that. In the past Mozilla has relied on add-on developers to test and update their add-ons for compatibility with new versions. Obviously with this rapid release process that's just not fair to anyone and it's also a lot less necessary as new versions have smaller changes. You can read more here http://t.co/0Uqc8vky
As for "my way or the highway" the problem is that a lot of discussion happens off bugzilla and so the bugs that get attention are things that had already been considered and decided on. I can promise you that it's not the overall attitude. The "awesome bar" is a great example. You have no idea how many people argued against it and wanted to switch back to the old version because they were used to it. All in all it's just a better feature. However the devs did listen to the number of people who didn't want their bookmarks, or certain bookmarks, showing up in the results, and they did implement ways to hide certain things, or only turn up certain things.
Good luck, and I seriously seriously suggest you test out the compatibility reporter. You can always uninstall it.
Re: add-ons. I'm not sure if they're broken or marked as incompatible. All I know for sure is that after Firefox upgraded, they didn't work. Installing an add-on to check if my other add-ons aren't compatible sounds like work I don't want to do.
Re: status bar. On the Mac the add-ons bar will let me move the window around which is a godsend. Removing the fixed status bar is nutty. The inline, floating status bar never shows the full link of what I'm about to click on - talk about "what's best for the users." Plus the distraction level went through the roof. On a page of search results the floating status bar is always popping in and out like some kind of crazed peek-a-boo. I've gotten to where I don't even pay attention to it anymore.
Granted Chrome's lack of status bar is just as bad. I think the underlying issue with this is that taking features away from users for no good reason is a bug in my opinion.
I don't file bugs simply because I have other things in life that are more pressing and after reading several Bugzilla reports, I suspect that Mozilla's "my way or the highway" stance would trump whatever 2 cents I had to throw in.
I appreciate your comment for sure though and am glad that you took the time to offer options for me, even more so because all I'm doing is complaining.
Are your add-ons actually breaking, or are they not marked as compatible? You can install the add-on compatibility reporter which lets you run all your add-ons and report if they actually work with the new version or not. The add-ons team is making progress so that add-ons no longer have to be manually bumped up a version. It's much smoother than it used to be and it will get even better.
In terms of the status bar, there is the add-on bar but it doesn't let you grab the window with it. When the unified menu button went in there was a lot of talk of leaving some space in so that you could grab the window by the chrome somewhere. Have you tried filing a bug to request that the add-on bar also work this way? I haven't checked extensions myself, but maybe there's already one that restores the status bar the way you like it?
I totally agree about the status bar. Minimized UI (specially when minimized and taking away a useful tool) has it's place and most of the time I agree with what was minimized or removed but with browsers there are a few things you should just leave alone.
I am in the same boat. I quit using FF as a default with exception of once in a while using it for Firebug and of course testing. I am using Chrome for my default but that has it's limitations too. (Like always causing VS2010 to error out when I go into debugging mode for example) And like you I get anxious when a new release happens cause I know something will break. I have quit installing it on my in-laws computer or trying to get others to use it.