Archive for November, 2009

Use the Classic Firefox Icon How-To Guide

November 15, 2009

Do you dislike the new (Firefox 3.5 and newer) icon that Firefox uses? Do you wish to use the old one instead? In this quick hack, I’ll show you how to do so. First, you’ll need to download the Firefox 1.0 ZIP release . You will also need a Firefox mini icon

EX1

Now that you have them, extract the Firefox ZIP to someplace (eg: your desktop). Right click on your Firefox (version 3.5) icon on your desktop, click properties, and then in the dialog that shows up, click “Change Icon…” When you are in the “Change Icon” dialog, browse to where you placed the Firefox 1.0 exe. Select that. Now select the Firefox icon. Now click Apply and switch to your desktop. Press F5. The Firefox icon will switch to the classic one.

EX2

That will only change the icon on your Firefox shortcut, not the icon on the Firefox windows. This is why you have also downloaded the Firefox mini icon. Place the minu icon file into “C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\chrome\icons\default” or wherever you have Firefox installed (note that if the folders do not exist, you should create them). Now close Firefox (if you have it open) and restart it. Firefox should now display the icons you specified.

EX3

The “mini-window icon hack” was based on Andrew Turnbull’s Mozilla Network mini-window hack for Windows 95/98/ME systems. Thankfully it still worked for Firefox 3.5 (and perhaps even 3.6, though 3.6 was not tested).

EDIT (March 17, 2012): I just tested this on Firefox 11 and it works fine. It should work just fine on any version of Firefox (past and future).

Come on, you can do better…

November 3, 2009

After seeing that Team Fortress 2 had an update I was excited. What could they have possibly added? Engineer update? Demoman update? My heart was pounding as I right clicked on “Team Fortress 2” in Steam, and hit “View Update News”. What was it? Something remotely exciting? No, not exactly. More like anger inducing.

TF2Anger“Added Bill’s Hat for players who pre-purchase Left 4 Dead 2“. I have not pre-purchased Left 4 Dead 2. I haven’t even played the original Left 4 Dead (which entails an entirely other story). Yet, those of us who purchase Team Fortress 2 are left out. I had very hope that they release Bill’s Hat for all players after Left 4 Dead 2 is release, or… well, we won’t get into that now.