Closing Tabs in Firefox

Get Firefox!I don’t understand this, even the Scobleizer is saying it. Firefox 2 RC2 was released yesterday and I see Scoble is saying that it is much faster and:

“(it has the improved tabs that IE 7 has, where the close box is on the tab itself, much nicer).”

I agree the tab thing has been a long requested feature, but I still don’t know why. Comparing Firefox to IE, Ugh!

I have had the ability to close each tab that I open from the tab itself for as long as I can remember in the current version! As you do! I can not remember where I read it but I think it was something entitled “Power User Tips for Firefox” or something like that. I would not have a clue of the URL so please don’t ask. But I remember having the same issue with closing tabs being new to Firefox at the time. In this document I read that for those with a three button mouse – hover the tab and click the wheel, tab now closed. For those that did not know the wheel is a button as well; it is.

At least one commenter has said it related to Scoble’s post, smart cookie “Woody” says:

““Middle-click” has always closed tabs. There is no need for the close icon. Middle click on a link opens the url in a new tabs. I imagine must people don’t realize the power of the “middle click”. And if you using an old Mac mouse you never will.”

I have done this for ages and it still surprises me that people are still unaware of this feature, especially self confessed geeks! I just hope that the feature remains in Firefox 2, otherwise I will have to get used to left clicking the now included close icon!


Nice Feature Added to Skype 2.6 Beta

Skype LogoI was fairly damning of the new 2.6 beta for Skype. I was harsh because I did not think that anything was all that new, interesting, useful or innovative. But today I have learned of a new feature that is pretty cool.

They have added a bandwidth indicator. This is a great curiosity tool and just plain interesting. Despite what new users of Skype might think, Skype really does not consume that much bandwidth and this little feature shows you just how much it does use. Down the bottom of the call window there is an icon, hover over it and it will give you a read out of bandwidth in and out.

Skype bandwidth indicator

This feature was one requested by developers but for the rest of use it is useful and interesting. I guess it is like having a thermometer at home, it doesn’t really change what you wear but it is interesting and fun to have and compare. Same with this and geeks love this stuff and it appeals to us.

I am not sure if the feature accurately measures bandwidth in a video call but that would be good to know.

Cool feature Skype boys and girls but where is the record button? By the way you have to enable this feature in the advanced options to see it.