11.14.2011

dear mozilla: it's not me, it's you

Dear Mozilla,

First you tell me I need an upgrade. You nag and nag. Upgrade this, upgrade that.

Finally, I can't stand your pleading, and I give in. I upgrade.

As soon as I do, you tell me the upgrade is outdated! You say I need to install a whole new version. And you won't speak to me until I do.

Not wanting to deal with any more of your immature tantrums, I quickly give in. I install your new version of Firefox. There. Happy now?

No! You're not happy! You're never happy!

After I install the new version, then you tell me that the new version is not compatible with the Google Toolbar!! You wait until after we've moved in together to tell me you're unemployed and can't pay the rent?

Look Mozilla, I use my Google Toolbar about a million times a day. It's the only way I Google anything. Google Toolbar is a non-negotiable.

If Google Toolbar isn't compatible with the new version of Firefox, you should have told me first, and given me a choice of whether or not to upgrade. It's Monday morning, I'm barely caffeinated, I have two papers to write, and I really don't need your passive-aggressive bullshit.

I was trying to be kind, but now I'll just be blunt. I never loved you. I only switched to Firefox because Blogger behaved better with it.

I hope you're happy now. You've ruined our relationship. I'm switching to Chrome.

Goodbye.

39 comments:

Unknown said...

Uh oh. Google Toolbar isn't supported in Chrome. Not that I'm a big fan of either Google Toolbar or Firefox (anymore), it was Google that gave up on maintaining the toolbar back in July.

http://googlesystem.blogspot.com/2011/07/google-toolbar-for-firefox-has-been.html

You can thank Google for giving up, not Mozilla.

laura k said...

But Chrome has the same functionality as the Google Toolbar, built in to the browser. I like it.

Unknown said...

Fair enough. I use primarily use Google Chrome too. Just making sure the finger is pointed in the right direction. ;-)

laura k said...

I'm disagreeing with you. My point is that Mozilla should have told me this before I upgraded, regardless of any decisions Google has made.

laura k said...

Now goodbye to you, too, Ms or Mr Unknown with one profile view.

laura k said...

Wow. Chrome is great. I didn't want to switch just because it became A Cool Thing, but now I'm glad I did. It really improves Blogger functioning.

M@ said...

I went through the same thing, missing the Google toolbar when I switched to chrome and then finding the browser made up for it and more. The number of extensions makes it even better now than it was just a year ago. Glad you're happy with the switch!

impudent strumpet said...

For anyone else who's having the same problem and doesn't like Chrome (or anyone who googles upon this), you can make Google Toolbar work by installing Compatibility Reporter. It activates any Firefox add-ons deemed incompatible for the ostensible purpose of reporting on their compatibility to Firefox, but you don't have to actually report.

The only flaw with Google Toolbar is it doesn't enable Google's new tab page.

James said...

I've been on Chrome for a while; so far, only one complaint: about half the time, when I load up my tab set full of web comics, Flash ends up dying.

The good news -- nothing else dies. All the tabs stay up and functional, just with an unhappy black box where the Flash used to be. And 90% of those boxes were ads, so good riddance to them.

toujoursdan said...

You can turn off those nagging updates under Tools, Options, Advanced, Updates. I usually wait until a new version has been out for 6 months before upgrading.

Google Chrome is nice, but I have grown used to Firefox with the Tab Mix Plus add on.

laura k said...

You can turn off those nagging updates under Tools, Options, Advanced, Updates.

Oh yeah, I know. But without the reminders, I would never upgrade - ever.

Amy said...

Wow, I just went through this myself a few weeks ago. I rely heavily on my Google Bookmarks, and suddenly I could not access them on Firefox. No warning, no explanation, nothing. I searched for a solution and discovered finally what you have discovered. Firefox is no longer compatible with the Google Toolbar.

So...I switched to Chrome also. At first I was hampered because I do not adjust well to change, but now I am happy. I imported my Google bookmarks, they sit right on the toolbar, and I am all set once again.

So I feel all your pain, frustration and relief!

laura k said...

Amy, sounds good! Glad you got through the adjustment period easily.

I've never used bookmarks through Google. I bookmark pages through whatever browser I'm using, so mine were in Firefox, and I still had access to them after upgrading to the new version.

I don't want my bookmark folders visible on a toolbar, so to access bookmarks now, I click the wrench, get a pulldown menu, and choose bookmarks. It's one additional click than I used to have, but not a deal-breaker.

Amy said...

Since I use so many different computers (two at home, at least two at work), I wanted my bookmarks "in the cloud." I don't think you can do that when using a browser's bookmarks.

Amy said...

Oh, and I still have to click on the link to get TO my bookmarks so they don't show up individually on the toolbar, just a link to them. Sorry if I was not clear.

James said...

You can get back to your original click-count by putting a single "Bookmarks" folder in the bookmark bar, and putting your regular bookmark folders in that. :)

laura k said...

James, luckily for me I don't do click counts. Those kinds of things become obsessive for me, so the fewer I have, the better!

Amy, right, I forgot you're a Google cloud-er. No wonder I didn't know what you meant when you said Google Bookmarks.

I also use several different computers, but I don't use anything cloud unless forced to - like when using Google spreadsheets or presentations for a collaborative project. Then I use them and hate them.

But yes, that is handy if you like to have all your bookmarks available on every computer. I only really need all my folders and bookmarks on my desktop PC that I use at home. For everywhere else (netbook, work, occasionally a school computer), the memory in the search bar is good enough.

johngoldfine said...

Your 'dear mozilla' letter is very funny--as well as spot on. The google toolbar/mozilla hassle was a dealbreaker for me too.

Amy said...

I can't imagine not having access to my bookmarks wherever I am. I have so many bookmarks, and I use many of them for work purposes. Without easy access, I'd be wasting so much time searching for the pages I need.

Otherwise, I didn't really depend much on the Google Toolbar so I don't miss it at all.

laura k said...

Thank you, John. You're the only person who mentioned it. :)

Amy, what did you do before your bookmarks were available that way? I'm not suggesting that it was convenient or good, just wondering what you did.

I used Google Toolbar as Google. Everything you would ever use Google for, that's what I did on the Toolbar - all my searching. I haven't seen the actual Google website in years.

Plus I had it configured with buttons for image, map, etc. so I could automatically search in those. It was super convenient.

laura k said...

I haven't seen the actual Google website in years.

Until today. And apparently from now on.

Amy said...

What did I do before?? Good question. I had very few bookmarks, I believe. It was quite a number of years ago at this point. I really panicked when I thought I had lost access to the Google bookmarks. Not that I can't find whatever is there, but what a pain...

I use the Google website all the time as my home page is iGoogle. It works as a portal to many other sites for me as I use Google Reader for RSS feeds and blogs, and I have news, weather, sports, and other headlines loaded to that page. In fact, I found JOS when I set up iGoogle and searched for Red Sox gadgets for my home page. And, of course, JOS led me to wmtc, and the rest, as they say, is history!

And yes, I also found your letter quite funny. But I was too fascinated by our similar plights to focus on the humor. Sorry! :)

laura k said...

I use the Google website all the time as my home page is iGoogle.

And that's why I use/miss the Toolbar and you don't. I use the Blogger dashboard as my home page, and I was able to have Google there at the same time through the Toolbar.

I used iGoogle briefly, but gave up on it very quickly. It took too long for everything to load, and I didn't like seeing all my feeds on my home page, rather than going to feeds specifically when I have time to look at them.

What did I do before?? Good question. I had very few bookmarks, I believe.

I wonder. I don't know how that could be. But whatever it was, it wasn't as good as it is now. :)

Amy said...

I don't even know what the Blogger Dashboard is! Perhaps I will go check it out. But I am happy with iGoogle because if I don't see things on one page, I probably won't remember to go check those pages separately.

Different strokes..

laura k said...

You don't have a Blogger dashboard because you don't blog. Using the dashboard as my home page, I can immediately see if there are comments in moderation for either wmtc or JoS.

I like knowing the different ways people manage their information. There are so many different options, and I like hearing about what routes people choose. After all, managing information will (I hope) be my new profession.

laura k said...

I loved iGoogle when I first tried it. The everything-in-one-place motif is very appealing for me. Plus I could spend time customizing it, which is like a drug for me.

But then the all-in-one-place became a burden. It's very easy for me to feel overwhelmed by information and by things I "should" be reading.

Amy said...

Managing information gets harder and harder with so much of it out there and accessible. For me, having my calendar, weather, news, etc., all in one place helps.

But what is more overwhelming for me now is the legal information and sources out there. I spent time with my personal library liaison last week (a new and wonderful development here), and she showed me MORE databases and journals and other sources than I could have dreamed of. I don't even know where to begin or how to do triage on all this stuff.

Work was easier when no one expected you to be able to read everything out there!

Patrick Nuttall said...

Earlier today Firefox automatically installed an update when I launched the browser and then told me that my Divx plug-in was incompatible with the new version. No option to cancel the browser update, it just told me that there were no update plug-ins which were compatible and asked me to click "ok". As if to say, "there's nothing you can do about it, so take it!"

I use Firefox on my Mac and Google Chrome on my PC. Even more frustrating is that my employer only allows us to use Internet Explorer on our work laptops and it is a very old version... They claim that it is the most "stable" version of IE which is apparently version 6 or something. Quite frustrating! By the way, your title is one of my favourite break up lines ever.

laura k said...

Thank you, Patrick N. :)

Amy, I know just what you mean, it's like that in so many professions now. Librarians who are ambitious and thoughtful about their jobs have the same issues.

It's great you have a library liaison now! Sounds like a cool job, too.

Shaun said...

Actually Laura, I'm a long time reader. I've read nearly everything you've written on immigrating to Canada more than once. I have also read nearly every post you've made during the past year or so, but only through Google Reader. This is only the first time I took a minute to chime into the conversation. Lastly, my name is Shaun. I have no idea why Blogger doesn't care to show my name in my comments. My profile is up to date and has been as so for many years.

laura k said...

Hi Shaun, thanks for clearing that up! I'm sorry if I offended you. I've had a lot of trouble with trolls and anonymous commenters, so if someone shows up as "Unknown", with a profile created this month, with 1 view, I am not inclined to be overly friendly! Thanks for reading wmtc.

Shaun said...

I fully understand your position and I do not blame you for being cautious. Keep up the good work!

laura k said...

I went through the same thing, missing the Google toolbar when I switched to chrome and then finding the browser made up for it and more. The number of extensions makes it even better now than it was just a year ago.

Ah-ha! I just found the extension I need. I'll have exactly the same functionality I had with Google Toolbar. (Goodbye Google home page!) This is perfect!

Amy said...

What are these extensions? I have no idea how to find them or even what to look for!

James said...

I just found the extension I need.

Which extension was it you found?

laura k said...

James, I used Google Shortcuts. It's exactly what I needed. I'm sure there are many others I could use, when I have time to explore.

Amy, open a new tab, and click on "Google App Store". Look in the menu on the sidebar for "Extensions". A huge array of icons will come up.

To see what I used, scroll until you see "Google Shortcuts".

This add-on lets you customize a list of buttons. You also choose an icon (like the Google symbol). That icon will sit on your browswer's address bar, and give you access to whichever buttons you chose.

So right now, as an example, my browswer has a G button, when I click on it, I see icons for Blogger, Maps, Images, YouTube, Google Plus, and whatever else I want easy toolbar access to.

Amy said...

Thanks, Laura. I will check it out!

allan said...

David Bowie - I'd Rather Be Chrome

laura k said...

This post is more than a month old, but for the sake of completion...

I did give in to the Chrome "sync" function that allows you to have all your bookmarks whenever you are signed it any computer, and I really like it. I didn't think I would, but I do. Well done, Chrome!