Mozilla finally turns 1.0. The browser software, four years in the making in an open-source project, arrives on the Web. Netscape says developers wanted to be sure it “would indeed be ready for prime time.” [CNET News.com]

Throw off your IE chains. Well, at least most of the time. A few sites don’t work too well due to ActiveX controls and other Microsoft extensions that some websites have taken advantage of.

One of the coolest things about Mozilla is the ability to block ads by blocking the loading of images from ad servers. I rarely view ads online anymore, except when I have to use IE. To make it even better, most webpages will display faster since the ad images aren’t even downloaded.

When you see an ad on a website when using Mozilla, right click on the image and select “Block Images from this Server.” For more info on caveats and a relatively quick way to block ads from a large number of commonly used ad servers, check out the article at Blogzilla on ad blocking with Mozilla.

Bookmark management is also much better in Mozilla than IE, although that doesn’t say too much. IE on Windows has probably the worst implementation of bookmark management I have seen in any browser.