Finds of the Week: 30 free fonts / Use Google Drive offline / Free Pixar storytelling lessons / Change Firefox 32 to 64 bit


Finds of the WeekFinds of the Week is a list of web sites I've come across lately that are interesting, fun, or useful (or all three). I hope you enjoy them. -Rhiannon

Free Fonts With Personality And Style
I love fonts, but I'm not usually terribly thrilled with most of the free ones that are floating around. This collection of 30 free fonts from Smashing Magazine has some pretty good fonts that can be used for all kinds of projects. There's a sprinkling of everything, script, stencil, sans, display, headline, and even a multi-color font.

How to use Google Drive offline
Here's are quick directions on using Google Drive offline with a desktop, using Chrome browser, or your mobile phone. (note: site displays a very large pop up ad that take up a lot of the screen.)

Pixar offers free online class in "The Art of Storytelling"
Pixar in a Box is a collection of online classes hosted by Khan Academy that you can take for free. The Art of Storytelling is the newest addition to the line up of classes. There are also classes in Animation, Simulation, Color Science, Virtual cameras, Effects, Patterns, Rigging, Environment modeling, Character modeling, Crowds, Sets & Staging, and Rendering. From the site "Pixar in a Box is a behind-the-scenes look at how Pixar artists do their jobs. You will be able to animate bouncing balls, build a swarm of robots, and make virtual fireworks explode. The subjects you learn in school — math, science, computer science, and humanities — are used every day to create amazing movies at Pixar. This collaboration between Pixar Animation Studios and Khan Academy is sponsored by Disney."

How To Upgrade Firefox 32 To 64 Bit Without Reinstalling
I've been running the 64bit version of Firefox for some time now, and it does seem snappier to me. The 64 bit version is a relatively new introduction to Firefox (but not to some Firefox forks such as Waterfox and Cyberfox, both of which I use off and on). If you have a 64 bit system and want to change from the 32 bit version to the 64 bit version, here's how to change versions without reinstalling Firefox. I do recommend a back up of settings, bookmarks and add-ons before trying anything like this, just in case. My favorite back up add-on is FEBE (Firefox Environment Backup Extension), I've been using it for years with no issues. I've had several issues with MozBackup not being able to restore backups properly over the years so it's not an option for me.

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Thanks for that confirmation.
My copy of FEBE was corrupt.
When I checked the site it said it was not compatible with "ONE" version of Firefox which I mistakenly thought was the reason FEBE was not working.
So I then repaired the problem and all is working again as it has for many years.


You are so welcome, I'm really glad to hear you got FEBE working again. :)

FEBE is no longer available in Firefox for Firefox 36.0

Last time I checked the developer, Chuck Baker, still had older versions of the add-on available at his site that works with older versions of Firefox.


Why are you using such an outdated version of the browser? You cannot expect the developer to still make the extension work for an outdated version.

64 bit Firefox? it's gotta be Palemoon baby!

Pale Moon has been very hit or miss for me over the years so I stopped using it. Works great for others though. :)


Thanks very much Rhiannon particularly for the link to changing over from Firefox 32bit to 64bit. I followed the easy instructions and the 64bit version worked perfectly and my bookmarks, passwords etc were intact. Then uninstalled the 32bit and voila all done in a few minutes.

I'm glad to hear that worked for you. :)