eruthros: Grant Imahara from Mythbusters wearing a Star Trek TOS science uniform and Vulcan ear extensions (Mythbusters - grant in a star trek unifo)
1. I have this problem with reading things that make me angry on the internet - if they show up in firefox's url bar when I start to type something else in, I'll go "oh, I should check that" or "oh, I should see if there are new comments" and then I'll read them even though I know they'll make me hate the world. Like, I'd start typing some other url with an s, and then I'd end up at, even though I knew there would be nothing good there except maybe Glen Greenwald and that I'd read some lifestyles article and it would make me cranky, and then I'd read the comments even though I shouldn't and that would make me despair for humanity. And cranky.

But the thing is, I only do that when I see the name of the site in the dropdown; if I don't see it, it's much easier to resolve not to go there. So I use a handy firefox keyboard command to take things out of the suggestions - I highlight the suggested url that I want to avoid and shift-delete on it, and it is gone. It will reappear if I go there a lot anyway, but since mostly these are places that I don't want to go to, places I just end up out of habit or fear or something, it works for me.

Anyway it is a great tool and I <3 it.

2. Readability! If you use(d) readability, you probably know that they disabled their old bookmarklet in favor of their new browser applet in February. I hate the new applet - it doesn't play well with noscript, it tracks pageviews, it disables printing and saving to pdf, it doesn't work on locally saved html pages or on many secured sites, and it's basically no longer really about quickly getting me a version of a site that I can read - it's about content-management for other people. HATE.

However! There are places to get the old readability bookmarklet hosted elsewhere - Readabilitude (which on my system doesn't require me to temporarily allow scripts every time I want to use it) - and there are also alternatives that have other style features - e.g. Readable (which I haven't used because it does require temporarily allowing js every time).

I was just doing without it for a while, so I was glad when I found those a couple months ago.

3. Unrelated to computers! Many people I chat with have been reading or rereading Harry Potter fic in a burst of nostalgia. But it can be hard to find that exact story, you know, the one where Harry owned a owl-order bookstore, or that one where Snape rescued him from the Dursleys, or that other one where Blaise was a fashion designer, so in case y'all don't know about it I will link here to painless_j's themed lists, wherein ze links to all the fic ze can find for various tropes and plot devices. It's handy both for the purposes of finding that one story you lost and for the purposes of reading all the HP fic featuring glory holes or someone being sorted into a different house or someone taking up a career in mediwizardry.

4. And for anyone who's dealing with too-hot weather, [personal profile] sparkymonster made a post a while back with tips for dealing with hot weather; there are also a bunch of comments full of tips. It's pretty fucking hot here, so I appreciate those.

Firefox 4!

Apr. 17th, 2011 01:17 pm
eruthros: Delenn from Babylon 5 with a startled expression and the text "omg!" (Default)
1. ... whoah firefox 4 is fast. Like. Whoah.

I use chrome for some things, not because I like the interface and options all that much, but because sometimes it's much easier to have two browsers open. And the only thing I regretted about mostly using firefox was that it took so much longer to open and to load pages. But now it is WARP SPEED in comparison to firefox 3.x

I had to excitedly demonstrate this to t'wings, but I was briefly thwarted by the fact that I ask firefox to ask me whether to restore my previous session. I was like "look! I just click the button and ... okay, have to click through that dialogue choice ... but now it is there!"

2. Aaaaah there is no status bar you guys how can I tell if the site is asking for cookies or whether that's where I look to learn things what is stylish doing up there next to the search bar it belongs down in the lower right corner ahh.

3. CookieSafe, you do not work in Firefox 4, stop pretending that you do. Your buttons do not button, your menu does not menu, there is no there there.

I swapped to Cookie Monster temporarily, because I need a cookie manager, but I'd prefer something that has a toolbar button.

4. I love how easy it is to run two firefoxes at the same time. Firefox 4 is in beta, and I didn't want to screw up my old default profile. But otoh I didn't want to do the hard finding-the-bookmarks and session-manager preferences stuff. A little profile manager, a little copy paste, and I have firefox 3.6 and 4 using basically the same preferences but two different profiles.

5. Look the default position of the toolbars in Firefox 4 is just wrong, I'm sorry, what is that with the tabs above the location bar, I cannot deal with change you guys. Fortunately there is a ticky to fix it.

6. Seriously, I don't know why I put this off for so long. I heard such bad things about firefox that the idea of upgrading just felt like irritating work, I think, but wow this is so much better.
eruthros: Ivanova from B5 saying "boom boom boom boom" to Londo -- angry icon!! (B5 - Ivanova boom)
As I have now posted this in response to asides in several comments, I thought I'd put in here in case any of y'all were having trouble.

If you're using Internet Explorer (or Safari) and Horizon, the new default site scheme, together, there's a bug that may give you trouble highlighting text with a click-and-drag. LJ says that they're working on a bugfix, but I haven't seen anything posted to [ profile] lj_releases about the time scheme. (Their first try didn't work.)

If you want to highlight text, you've got several options:
1. Click on one side of the text you want to highlight, and shift-click on the other.
2. Try looking at the page with ?format=light appended to the end of the url.
3. Switch to one of the older site schemes at the viewing options page
4. Switch to a different browser. (This was the advice [ profile] burr86 gave on one of the Horizon release posts after people started reporting the bug. It is to laugh. I can't convince dedicated IE users to switch to Firefox by pointing out that it does extensions! and greasemonkey! and you can turn off flash! and it will practically get your coffee for you! I really don't think "hey, we screwed up, and now you can't highlight on lj" is going to make people switch browsers.)

I think that this means that lj admin shouldn't have made Horizon the default yet, because that strikes me as a pretty big bug -- in fact, most of the last couple-three pages on the aforementioned [ profile] lj_releases post up there are people saying "hey! I can't do this highlighting thing! What gives?"

WMF summary

Jan. 4th, 2006 12:03 am
eruthros: Yoda in Dagobah swamp, caption "slimy? mudhole? my fandom this is!" (SW - slimy mudhole fandom)
For those of you not following the current Windows security hole debacle, here's a brief capsule:

1. This is a huge problem; malicious code can execute if you just look at a wmf picture, or if one is indexed by Windows. (Note: WMF pictures don't always have .wmf filenames; they can be jpgs or bmps or whatever.)

2. The Internet Storm Center has reports that approximately 10% of respondents have already seen exploits intended for this vulnerability.

3. IE will automatically open and trigger the image, and therefore the exploit. Firefox will ask if you want to open the wmf image, but it still won't completely protect you -- wmf images can show up in IM, in email, &etc. Logging in as a user, not administrator, will help too, but if the image is left on your computer and you log in later as an administrator you're still in trouble. Safe browsing alone will not protect you; trusted websites have been compromised (Area 52, for one). Anti-virus updates, while good, are several exploits behind. Basically: safer behavior is better, but won't stave off all exploits.

4. Microsoft will not be releasing a patch until January 10th because ... well, they have some craptastic reason, but basically because they suck.

5. No shortage reputable folks (SANS, F-Secure, etc) are suggesting installation of an unofficial patch, available here -- this patch does not alter windows and is uninstallable. SANS and F-Secure both tested the patch and checked the code; it does what it says it does and is not spyware.

I've seen a couple folks on my flist today with unexpected spy-, ad-, or mal- ware problems, and it occurred to me that they might be having this exact problem, so I thought I'd post the briefest of summaries in hopes that it doesn't happen to anyone else. If you want something more detailed, there are FAQs on wikipedia, SANS Internet Storm Center, F-Secure's blog, and even US-CERT, the United States Computer Emergency Response Team.

Please note: anyone who replies to this post telling me running Linux will make it all better will be thoroughly thumped.
eruthros: X-Files: Mulder in glasses, text "sexier in glasses" (XF - Mulder sexier in glasses)
There are a bunch of new extensions available for Firefox 1.0, and I thought I'd link to a couple particularly good ones:

Session Saver. The coolest extension EVER. Well, after Tabbrowser, anyway. This works, completely and totally and in every way. The Firefox default session saver only works sometimes (in my experience) and doesn't work if your computer crashes or something. I've had the Session Saver extension for a week now, and it rocks my world, because I'm using a w98 computer 'cause my laptop's broken, and thus crashing a lot. No matter how hard I crash -- I can crash hard enough that ctrl-alt-del doesn't work -- Session Saver restores my browser exactly the way it was before I crashed. Word. Right down to where I was on a page. I love it.

MapIt. This is for those times when you're reading about a shop and you don't know where it is and you have to go to all that trouble to copy the address and open Mapquest or Yahoo maps or whatever and paste it in. No more. Now I can select an address and right-click and there's an option right there on the context menu. It's the little things that make your browsing experience so much better...

And... GCache. I love this extension so, for now when I come to a webpage that didn't load properly, all I have to do is right-click to view it in the google cache. My context menu, if you couldn't tell, is now miles long.


Jan. 7th, 2005 01:48 am
eruthros: llamas! (llamas)
It is raining very, very, very hard. All thumpity-thumpity on the roof. And I am in bed. Very cosy.

Also, I just upgraded from firefox 1.0 PR to 1.0 and can finally actually install tabbrowser preferences. Yay! So this meant that I actually, um, stopped mostly using 0.8, which I was clinging to because I had customized it all so purty. I have now done much customizing, which is a goodness, even though I have not yet been able to find the alt-up extension or the click-to-view-flash extension for 1.0, which irritates me. The first let you hit alt-up to go up a level in a directory, which you do all the time because of dead links or people who don't bother to include links to home on every page. And the second lets you make flash animations click-to-view, which vastly improves my browsing experience, because I hate flash ads and flash intros when I don't want to see them. Also, I liked the firebird 0.5-0.8 options menus so much more, because there were tons more options, and I didn't have to futz around for ages trying to find everything I was looking for. (BTW: mozdev? Putting the easily-summed-up "prompt before accepting a cookie" that I was looking for under the option "keep cookies?" and phrasing it as the bland "ask every time" -- grrrr. I miss my old options menu.) I do approve of the option to import cookies from old browsers, but why in heaven they include only IE as an option -- what, because I'm already converted, so I should do it the hard way? Yeeesh.

Also, [ profile] mlechan, what's your schedule like for the hanging out? And for the San Franciscoing? And is anyone else in the area free between now and Tuesday night?

Also, many things happened when we visited Seattle, most of which [ profile] m_shell has talked about. I'm too lazy to do it myself.
eruthros: Delenn from Babylon 5 with a startled expression and the text "omg!" (Default)
I had forgotten how many sites set cookies.

I'm starting to use Mozilla Firebird as my browser. I'd always wanted to use Mozilla, but it crashes my computer every single time. [ profile] fiatlouis finally encouraged me to try Firebird, and I am now a very happy person, as it doesn't crash my computer and is small and fast and has many options I like and a built-in pop-up blocker. *heart Mozilla Firebird*

Anyway, I usually do permanent block/allow of cookies, and I'd been using my last browser(s) for nearly two years now. So I forgot how many sites do cookies. No, tripod can't set cookies. No, neither can anything with "ad" in the url. No. Just no. It's going to take me weeks before I can browse without getting tripped by cookie warnings every thirty seconds. *curses at internet*

On the other hand, Mozilla Firebird! Tabbed browsing and pop-up blocking and modifiable everything in a tiny little 6 MB package! Hot keys for everything! *happy sigh*


eruthros: Delenn from Babylon 5 with a startled expression and the text "omg!" (Default)

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