Fortunately, they've added a feature that helps with that. When Firefox can't start, it puts up a "Well, this is embarrassing" window - and yes, it is embarrassing - when will Firefox really be stable? That window lets you choose what tabs to reopen or to give up and start a new session. By the way, I've found Gmail to usually be the problem; deselecting that will usually (not always) let Firefox start up correctly.
The idiotic un-awesome bar is slower and more annoying than ever. It regularly locks me up when I fat-finger an address. I seriously cannot understand why so many reviewers gush about this. Nor can I understand why the developers continue to think they've created something good with this. It's horrid.
I'm not the only one that thinks the Awesome bar is clunky and slow - here's someone offering an Awesome Bar Accelerator (no, I didn't try it).
Like Chrome and IE, Firefox now has a "private browsing" mode. Unlike Chrome, which lets you open a specific "incognito" window or tab, Firefox private browsing affects everything once it is turned on. I don't have much need for private browsing, but I would think that the best way to do this would be to offer both specific windows and every window/tab. Choices are good, but Firefox developers often seem to think that their way is the only way.
Oh well: can't live with it, can't live without it. Crappy as it is in some ways, Firefox has enough "must have" features that most of us choose to put up with its problems. That's why I have to give it a 4.0 out of 5.0 - the good outweighs the bad (yet the bad does continue to infuriate me!).
Tony Lawrence 2009/06/29 Rating:
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