Firefox browser upgrade blues

I momentarily got the Firefox upgrade blues when I upgraded my Pre 1 browser to the 1.0 release. As has happened nearly every time I've upgraded Firefox, my installed extensions break.

I figured this upgrade probably didn't change a whole lot on how Firefox handles extensions, so I thought I could rifle through the extension XPI files and tell them it's OK to run in 1.0. Thirty seconds later, I said, "that was easy!" and I figure I'd write the instructions here for other folks whose extensions stopped working after they upgraded to Firefox 1.0.

Before I went to the trouble to write the instructions, I checked to see if there already were instructions out there to forcibly "upgrade" browser extensions. Um, yeah, a few, including comments on several extension pages whose authors hadn't yet upgraded the XPI files.

The first set of instructions I found using Google were from Liew Cheon Fong. So why repeat his work?

I wonder though, rather than unzipping the XPI file, editing the install.rdf file, then rezipping everything back into an XPI file, would it work to edit the exploded XPI file in my Firefox profile directory? I haven't tried it yet, but I think it should work.

Laptop search continues

Despite Chris and his Powerbook coming to my rescue when my company-owned Wintel laptop couldn't connect to a VGA overhead projector at last Wednesday's Denver JUG meeting, I'm still concerned the Mac won't work for me. I wouldn't be able to run JDK 5.0 for some time, and that generally seems to be true for a lot of software: It comes out on the Mac much later or not at all.

Then there's the $700 to $800 "penalty" for buying a Mac, for which Chris had a great response: How much is my time worth when I waste it getting Windows or Windows apps to cooperate.

I did check out the Powerbook at a computer store. The user interface seemed to act sluggish, and I don't think it was just because I was biased by Matt Raible's regular rags about the slow Powerbook. Nothing jumped out at me as being impressive. I certainly did not put the Powerbook through its paces, so in no way was I being fair to the Mac. But the big price tag, and the concern that, say, WebLogic 9 won't run on it makes me want to steer clear for now.

I appreciate the many people who tried to get me to see the light. When I have enough money to afford a second laptop, it'll probably be a Mac just so I can experience what everyone tells me is the one, true way.