Where there's fire, there's Firefox

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One thing dominated the web this week, and it has a curly red tail. Firefox launched its latest edition Tuesday, and enough of the world rushed to have a look that the world practically stood still.

Kidding. But the servers ready to serve up Firefox 3 were so overwhelmed at the launch, they couldn't keep up. Later, when things calmed down around suppertime Newfoundland time, they were allowed back up for about 14,000 downloads per minute. That's right - per minute. That's a whole lotta download.

Surf's up - One thing dominated the web this week, and it has a curly red tail. Firefox launched its latest edition Tuesday, and enough of the world rushed to have a look that the world practically stood still.

Kidding. But the servers ready to serve up Firefox 3 were so overwhelmed at the launch, they couldn't keep up. Later, when things calmed down around suppertime Newfoundland time, they were allowed back up for about 14,000 downloads per minute. That's right - per minute. That's a whole lotta download.

Firefox

www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox

For some people, choosing a browser is like choosing a cola; if you don't care about Coke or Pepsi, you may not care about Explorer or Firefox (or any others, like Safari or Opera). But for some people - millions of them, actually - it is very much a big deal. I like Firefox, and quite a lot. That said, I use Explorer as my default browser, which causes some headscratching among some friends. (One went so far as to get mad, which I thought a bit much). It's not my choice. I'm more or less forced to, because several of the web-based programs I use to do my job simply will not work on anything other than Internet Explorer.

Explorer accounts for almost three out of every four browsers, which speaks to Microsoft's dominance in the racket. Yet Firefox, which launched as a browser less than four years ago, is a solid No. 2, and nothing compares to the fervour of its fan base. Even if you've never veered from Explorer and its upgrades, you've benefited from Firefox's innovations: tabbing and auto-fill-ins for search queries, to name but two, started from Firefox.

I'm curious to see what will come out of Firefox 3, other than the boffo publicity stunt of Tuesday's launch. (Asking the fan base to try to set a Guinness world record for most downloads was an inspired bit of marketing, given that it's basically meaningless.)

The cool thing is this: no one knows what the long-term implications are yet. Why? The people who are going to adapt this open-source code were just getting it themselves this week. Let's stay tuned and see what's around the corner.

Elsewhere this week

Mixwit

www.mixwit.com

A month ago, I pointed readers toward Muxtape, a fun site that has a mixtape kind of flair with all the convenience of online streaming. A friend has in turn referred me to Mixwit, which has more, well, wit. It can be personalized easily enough, and you'll want to share your stuff with your bestest buds.

Viral Video Chart

www.viralvideochart.com

Whether it's something new and amusing (a video featuring a band completely comprised of robots), or an "old" classic from, well, months ago, like a would-be beauty queen making a royal mess of why Americans are lousy at geography, viral videos have become a staple of daily life for millions. The Viral Video Chart lets you keep up with what's what, with traffic stats parsed over the last day, week, month and year. Choose the first for the freshest; choose the latter for all-time knockouts, like who's been, um, naughty with Matt Damon or Ben Affleck.

Toon Crisis

www.tooncrisis.com

Here's a shoot-'em-up game that has a loony edge, or at least one like Looney Tunes. With "Toon Crisis," you see a backdrop of urban alleys and streets ... and then cartoon villains start popping up at you. Good, clean fun. (And watch for the boxes; nail one of those and you get "devil fingers," or double the firing power.)

How Many Sequels Were There?

www.monkeon.co.uk/sequels

Not just the classics spark sequels at the movie theatres. For some reason, the likes of "Hellraiser," "Leprechaun" and "Children of the Corn" spawned sequels. But how many, exactly? Here's a movie trivia quiz that rewards those fans who know, and love, their crud.

John Gushue is a news writer for CBCNews.ca in St. John's. E-mail: surf@thetelegram.com. Daily blog: johngushue.typepad.com.

Organizations: En-US, Microsoft, Guinness

Geographic location: Newfoundland, St. John's

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