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Favorite FireFox extensions – We still need IE

Sunday, September 17th, 2006



I read this post and it clearly shows that you simply can’t stop using the Internet Explorer engine.



Joel on Software talks about his favorite FireFox Extensions. I was already using two of the three, but did not know about IETab.

“IETab takes advantage of the fact that Internet Explorer is available as an ActiveX control, which is available to be embedded in any Windows application, to open certain websites in Firefox using Internet Explorer. Whenever a website comes up complaining that you need to get “Netscape 4.0 or some other modern browser” you can just right click on the tab and it’ll pop up right in Firefox being rendered by Internet Explorer. You can set up a list of websites that always come up in IE tabs.”

An excellent addition. It allows me to avoid having to load IE separately for certain Microsoft sites. Well done!


Well my friend, you can get the best of all worlds by using Smart Bro.


Browse the web smarter … use Smart Bro.


Tony Sticks

Mind Vision Software (MVS)

This time, you’ll need to secure your FireFox…

Saturday, September 16th, 2006

When I heard about FireFox for the first time and how cool it was and how secure it was. I thought that what makes FireFox really secure is the fact that it’s not a widely used browser. I also thought that, if it became a major player in the browsers market, it will soon be discovered to be vulnerable too. Just like Internet Explorer.Today, I read an article that proves my theory.



Firefox browsers with a version number below are vulnerable. Please upgrade your Firefox to the latest version. The Mozilla foundation has released a security advisory for this problem. Note that the beta versions of Firefox 2 are also vulnerable!

Note: security advisory means “Service Pack”.

So we’re now running to the same problem in FireFox that we originally faced in Internet Explorer. Please keep in mind that this is just the beginning and that you’ll be reading more articles about such problems in the future.

What I want to say is that FireFox had 2 major advantages:

1. It’s secure…well, now you know it’s not after you read the above article.
2. Its cool… well, you can try Smart Bro to see that it’s not

Browse the web smarter … use Smart Bro.

Tony Sticks,
Mind Vision Software (MVS)

Microsoft WELCOMES Firefox on Vista!

Tuesday, September 12th, 2006

This is an interesting article about the browsers’ wars:


Yesterday I encountered a very interesting post – Microsoft Invites Mozilla Devs Over – where Microsoft the “non-compatible” giant invites Mozilla developers to help makes sure Firefox runs smoothly on Vista!

It took me a few hours to try and understand what does it mean without getting into too much conspiracy theories (which, I have to admit, blossom when I hear a news like this:). Also I don’t want to dive into pink dreambad made by Microsoft – I’m hurt and I had too many disappointments in the past.

Instead, I’ll write down what this move can mean (without no feelings at all):

1) Microsoft finally acknowledges Firefox is here to stay – realizing that Internet Explorer is not going to be the dominant browser for the second time (Last round was when they had Netscape on the floor).

2) Microsoft finally found out a way to kill Firefox – Let’s hardwire it into propietary Vista and then give IE internal system level advantages. Once both browsers will have to play by the same playground rules IE will win.

3) Microsoft is changing towards and open source model and they found out a way to create enough money to replace their revenue stream coming from proprietary software sells (Does someone knows how?).

4) Microsoft wants to recruit these open source developers and maybe reduce the R&D capacity behind Firefox (Not an ever lasting strategy against open source developers – the people).

5) Microsoft decided to stick to their two face strategy – on one hand they are a proprietary giant and on the other hand they are open source friendly. It works both for CIOs as well as for developers who find a glimpse of hope in Microsoft’s statements about open source.

It probably has other interpretations or none at all:)


What do you think of this? It’s really weird, no?


Browse the web smarter … use Smart Bro


Tony Sticks,

Mind Vision Software (MVS)

Firefox Gains, IE Loses

Monday, September 11th, 2006

Hi Guys,


I read this small post here. I thought you may be interested in.



This is some good news for anybody who is a fan of Firefox.

Mozilla’s Firefox gained half a percentage point in market share at the expense of Microsoft’s Internet Explorer during August, continuing the steady climb of the open-source browser, a Web metrics firm said.Firefox now owns 11.8 percent of the global browser market share, said Net Applications, a jump of .5 percent from July’s 11.3 percent. Internet Explorer, meanwhile, now accounts for 83 percent of browsers used to surf the Web; that’s down from July’s 83.5 percent.


I think Smart Bro should jump into this competition. I’m really confident it will get 100% of the market. hmmm … ok .. maybe 99.9% 😉


Browse the web smarter … use Smart Bro.


Tony Sticks,

Mind Vision Software (MVS)

Smart Bro Forum

Thursday, September 7th, 2006

We’re glad to announce the creation of this Smart Bro forum . This new forum is meant to help Smart Bro users contact with each other to discuss issues related to Smart Bro and its functionality.

We will be very happy to see you here.

Visit Smart Bro forum.

Browse the web smarter … use Smart Bro

Best regards,
Tony Sticks.

What Are The 7 Most Common Time Wasters?

Tuesday, September 5th, 2006

Hi again.


FYI, I’m not intending to keep talking about Smart Bro in every article I write (or put) in this blog. I read the following article and found that it may be useful to some of you, so here you go:


What Are The 7 Most Common Time Wasters?


Check Out The Following!


1. Email.


Email is without a doubt a very important factor in operating your Online business. After you’ve mastered sending and receiving email, there’s no limit to the people or organizations you can reach at the press of the send button.

There is a downside to the marvelous convenience of email. Think of all the time the average business person spends checking email accounts. You could easily waste half your work day on email.


2. Pop Ups.


Are you bombarded with pop ups at every turn on the Internet? Pop ups will slow down your surfing and it’s down right frustrating trying to get rid of these annoying unwanted ads. As you know, Internet Explorer is not packaged with a good pop up blocker. So you will definitely need to download one if you plan to surf the Internet regularly. You can easily use Smart Bro integrated popup killer to get rid of this problem.


3. Surfing.


How often do you plan to check a website resource, and click unrelated links.

Fight mindless surfing!

Remember your goal. Ignore links that distract you from your objective. If you are looking for information on the latest “Computer Virus Hoax” why are you visiting music sites or downloading screen savers?


LOOOL! 🙂 I like this one.


4. Forgetting To Write Down Your Objectives.


Open Notepad (or Quick Notes in Smart Bro ) or write what you plan to do on a sticky note. And check off the goals as you accomplish them. This listing method works great if you overloaded with too many task.


5. Time Limits.


Learn To Set a time limit! This will force you to focus on accomplishing your objective within the designated time frame. For example, limit yourself to 30 minutes checking email, or 1 hour researching a topic.


6. Telephone/Television Distractions.


Unplug your telephone. Turn off that television. The telephone is a big time waster. Ignore urges to check your voice mail or answering machine for messages every few minutes. Only return important calls.

No more soaps! That’s right! While you are working tape your favorite programs. Watch them after business hours.


7. Family Distractions:


Make your home office “Off Limit” during work hours. Tell family members to handle any minor problems while you are at your computer. Close the door to your office. Place a sign on it “Do Not Disturb During Work Hours.”



Browse the web smarter … use Smart Bro


Tony Sticks

Mind Vision Software (MVS)

Be extremely cautious of free downloadable software…

Monday, September 4th, 2006

I read this article and I thought you may be interested in reading it:

There are literally thousands of sites that offer cool toolbars, awesome cursers, and other appealing stuff to computer users. If you aren’t sure if you can trust the site or have no idea that it is safe, don’t download things from it.

What you are really doing is exposing yourself to spyware and possibly more. You can wind up downloading a lot more than just the program you thought you were.

BTW, Smart Bro isn’t spyware or ad-ware.

If you get e-mails containing links to get rid of spyware, ignore and delete them. These links will most like be the actual spyware itself that it is claiming to get rid of. If you think you may have spyware on your machine, go to a reputable site to get removal tools.

Make sure you have your browser preferences set to limit cookies and pop-ups.

Tip: Smart Bro Popup killer is active by default. If it’s not active, double click the popup killer icon in the status bar.

Usually the pop-up is activated by some active content or by scripting. Adjust your browser setting to reduce or prevent scripting or active content from happening. This can help curb and decrease the number of windows that pop-up unannounced.

Tip: In Smart Bro you can easily disable scripting on websites that show many annoying messages and popup’s by unchecking the “Enable Scripts” in the “Content” menu.

Most browsers and toolbars offer the option to block all pop-ups. This option is good but it will block even regular windows you have clicked on from coming up. All you would have to do is hold the control key while you click on the site you are trying to pull up. This will let the window come through.

Tip: In Smart Bro you can use ALT key instead of Control.

There are also some cookies that are considered spyware because they show what web sites you have been on. You can adjust your cookie setting to keep them to a minimum and can also go into your Internet options and delete them whenever you like. It is best to delete all your cookies once a day.

Tip: You can adjust Smart Bro to clean cookies upon exit. This can save you from periodically cleaning your hard drive from history files.

Browse the web smarter … use Smart Bro

Tony Sticks
Mind Vision Software (MVS)

Linking Back to Smart Bro

Sunday, September 3rd, 2006

Today, I’m going to ask you a favor. It’s about linking back to Smart Bro.

I know that many of you may not have websites, others maybe very busy with their own work. But I just want to let you know that by doing this; you will help Smart Bro development and marketing (not selling of course!). Linking back to Smart Bro will help its rank on search engines and make it seen to a larger number of people out there.

I will put some information below that can help you link back to Smart Bro.

To get HTML code for Smart Bro link, please click this link

Thank in advance for your help spreading Smart Bro.

Browse the web smarter … use Smart Bro

Tony Sticks
Mind Vision Software (MVS)

Why you should use FireFox

Friday, September 1st, 2006

Today I was surfing the Internet and found this website about FireFox. This site shows why you should leave Internet Explorer and switch to Mozilla FireFox.

The reasons were:

1. FireFox is free, like Smart Bro 😉
2. Supported OS: Windows, Linux, Mac OS.
3. Tabbed Browsing like Smart Bro again. I used FireFox and it’s really cool, but I don’t think it can beat Smart Bro tabs flexibility.
4. Extensions. I will give FireFox that because I didn’t need extensions and I didn’t really looked at that to be honest.
5. Themes: Smart Bro supports skins but not themes 🙁
6. Built in search engines: Smart Bro supports quick search in Google, Yahoo, MSN and Ask.
7. Speed: well, I’m not sure about that!!
8. Printing … Fixed.
9. Better Homepage: come on… you can do better.
10. Popup blocker: Integrated popup killer is supported by Smart Bro too.
11. Automatic Updates: We have this too.
12. Plugins: Smart Bro works like Internet Explorer. All the mentioned plugins just work for me.( Acrobat Reader, Flash Player ,Java ,Quicktime ,RealPlayer ,Shockwave ,Windows Media Player)

Now here’s why you should use Smart Bro instead of FireFox:

1. Integrated Form Filler.
2. Flash filter.
3. Enable customizing what to download from the Internet (Sounds, Images, Videos, Scripts) to save bandwidth.
4. Integrated home page, search page and News page.
5. RSS reader.
6. History cleaner to protect your privacy.
7. Quick Notes to help you remember.
8. Minimize to system tray with password protection.
9. Light and Quick.

Of course, I don’t want to make this blog become a battle of which browser should win FireFox or Internet Explorer but I really hate giving FireFox more than what it deserves. I really think it’s a very decent browser and in some cases it beats Internet Explorer but just keep everything in its real state, no more.

Browse the web smarter … use Smart Bro.

Tony Sticks
Mind Vision Software (MVS)

Internet Explorer 7.0 Evaluation!

Thursday, August 31st, 2006

I downloaded Internet Explorer 7 couple days ago and played with it a little bit. The new browser has a cool interface that’s a little bit close to FireFox. I liked this new interface very much as it provides wider space to enjoy the webpage content. It also features the tabbed interface (just like Smart Bro). The Internet Explorer menu is hidden by default to save space. The browser seemed lighter than Internet Explorer 6.0.

In general (compared to the previous versions), this is the best version released with lots of features that all of us (before Smart Bro) always wanted.

To be honest, I was expecting a more feature-rich browser than this from Microsoft considering the heat it’s receiving from FireFox. I was expecting that Microsoft will collect every single feature in all the available tabbed browsers and integrate them into the Internet Explorer (in their own way of course). This didn’t happen. For instance, the tabbed interface is not flexible as I expected. I found that new instances of the browser kept showing up for new windows (when hitting Shift+Click link). I found also that you can’t filter flash or ads. I found that they integrated quick search into the browser, but it’s weird that they’re relying on Google for the search by default instead of MSN.

In general the new Internet Explorer is cool for a change, but if you’re really addicted to Smart Bro (like myself), you’ll find it a little bit hard to ride ?

Browse the web smarter…use Smart Bro.

Tony Sticks
Mind Vision Software (MVS)