One little bit of advice: do yourself a favor and give Firefox 2.0 RC3 a try. Over the past month or two, a few people have told me how much faster the new version of Firefox is when compared with the current v1.5, but I didn’t believe them until I finally got around to installing it last night — it’s amazingly peppy, and it’s been rock stable on the few machines on which I’m now running it. I’ve always found the page rendering part of web browsing to be a bit lethargic on my Macs; Firefox 2 feels comparable to Windows browsing, which is mucho mejor. It’s good enough that I’m changing my default Mac browser back from Safari to Firefox.

(And since my biggest fear about the upgrade ended up not being a big deal at all, I’ll mention that all of the extensions I use regularly — the Google Toolbar, Firebug, Greasemonkey, the extension, the Web Developer Extension — have updates available which are compatible with the new Firefox. The only extension in my installation that didn’t have a Firefox 2-compatible version was Live HTTP Headers; it’s not one I use on a day-to-day basis, though, so I’m OK with leaving it out of my install until it comes up to speed.)