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Wednesday, August 26th, 2009 | Author:

If you’re using *nix and you’ve found this middle-click behaviour annoying, change Firefox‘s middlemouse.contentLoadURL about:config option to false.

Big thanks to Ayman Hourieh for the tip.

Monday, April 06th, 2009 | Author:

I came across 2 bugs on Windows Server 2003 that are also relevant to Windows XP.

Short Circuits

1. Internet Explorer‘s Desktop icon is disabled. When you double-click on the icon, expecting IE to launch, it simply produces an additional shortcut. Subsequent double-clicks again produce more shortcuts. It is possible, as a workaround, to launch IE from the Start Menu.

My first guess was that malware was attempting to make me click on these new shortcuts where the new shortcuts opened further malware. This idea quickly faded though since, if malware were to have the system privileges to produce these symptoms, it wouldn’t need me to provide further privileges.

I eventually found anseo what the actual problem was. I mo chás, the cause was related to IE6 being outdated. If a Windows registry entry is namedLegacyDisableand is added to specific types of registry keys, it lets Windows know that the key is obsolete and that it has only been left behind for backwards-compatibility. In this case, it disabled the intended primaryverbfunction (the double-click) of the shortcut: launching IE.

To fix, you can either update to the latest version of IE or fix the registry entry directly. If you experience this issue even with the latest version of IE then the registry value is the only way I know how to fix it.

Danger, Will Robinson!

Though this is a trivial registry change, the registry is still a dangerous thing to mess with so, as usual, back up your registry: See KB322756. Nobody gets to blame me for trashing their system. 😛

De-Register me!

Paste the following into a .reg file and execute it; or manually remove theLegacyDisableentries referred-to here:


Fire me up!

2. When trying to browse to any site from within IE, IE remains dormant while Firefox is launched. Firefox then loads the page which was originally requested in IE.

While many might most of the time consider this to be a triumph [insert childish laughter here], the site I wanted to browse to was the Windows Updates site which, unfortunately, does not work when using Firefox. The same would apply to other sites which depend on the web browser supporting ActiveX.

De-Register Me Too!

I eventually found the solution anseo, and it turns out to be similar to the solution for the first bugexcept that it is to remove an entire key. Again, ensure you have a backup of your registry before continuing. Here is the relevant content of the .reg file:


I hope that resolves things for anyone else having similar issues. 🙂

Saturday, February 21st, 2009 | Author:

and my Personal Rating (PR) out of 10 😉

I use Firefox so most of these won’t apply to non-FF users. Mar sin féin, I’d be very very interested to hear what other addons my friends, subscribers, and random websurfers find interesting or useful to them. Have your say and let us know why you love the addons you love. 🙂

Personally, I prefer addons that aren’t intrusive. Ideally, an addon must have a minimal interface and give me a measurable benefit for me to keep it installed.

Cacheviewer – 7

This is a GUI front-end for the Cache Firefox keeps of the last few pages and media. I’ve found this addon more interesting than useful right now so I’m probably going to remove it soon.

ColorfulTabs – 9

I love the colours. The tab colour-grouping doesn’t work very well when you reach about 30 tabs though… :-/

Download Statusbar – 10

I prefer having everything in Firefox in a single window in tabs. Having a download box in a separate window is a big no-no for me. It also saves screen real-estate since it is very minimal. 🙂

Video DownloadHelper – 10

Video DownloadHelper Breathnaíonn do na meáin sruthú – lorg go sonrach le haghaidh aon ábhar mór atá á íoslódáil. Nuair a chliceálann tú ar an deilbhín, taispeánann sé leat an sruthanna faoi láthair-íoslódáil agus tugann tú an rogha a scuaine é mar “gnáth” íoslódáil.

Riamh ó tá a fhios agat má tá FF ag dul a tuairteála nó an chumhacht ag dul a ghearradh, B'fhearr liom cóip a shábháil ar mo dheasc agus is féidir liom féachaint ar ansin an físeán gan úsáid a bhaint níos mó bandaleithead a íoslódáil an físeán arís. chomh maith leis sin, ag obair, nuair a sheolann daoine naisc dom a youtube nó meáin eile, Agam de ghnáth ní bodhraigh ag faire till bhfad i ndiaidh – ar mo fóillíochta féin nó le linn sos.

Expiry Canary – 9

Insíonn an addon néata agus íosta tú má tá an deimhniú SSL don suíomh tú ag breathnú faoi láthair ag dul go luath le dul in éag. Má tá do shuíomh féin deimhniú SSL, Molaim duit a úsáid addon chun cuidiú a sheachaint teastas SSL do shuíomh in éag toisc nach simplí tar éis fógra nó miscommunication.

Fasterfox – 8

Fasterfox adds some network optmisation options. Some of the options could make your corporate network admin a little mad with you though. 😉

Firebug – 9

Le haghaidh forbairt gréasáin agus turgnamh le leathanaigh. Awesome le haghaidh tástála giotán beag de chód chomh maith le debugging leathanaigh.

FoxClocks – 6

errtells you the time in other time zones. o.O Was useful for a short timenow its redundant since my head is working it out faster than I can glance. rm -f

FoxyProxy – 9

Awesome le brabhsáil leathanaigh ar leith trí freastalaithe seachfhreastalaí sonrach. This is useful for when some sites are blocked or the SAIX Transparent Proxy servers aren’t working properly. 🙂

Úsáid mé an go haerbhealach roinnt tráchta thar freastalaithe proxy a b'fhearr liom gan dul trí bhealaí réamhshocraithe. Its also very flexible. Má tá tú seachfhreastalaí níos mó ná aon fáil agus téann an ceann a bhfuil tú a úsáid de ghnáth go tobann ar an blink, ach aistriú thar a an céad ceann eile. 🙂

Greasemonkey – 10

Right now, I use this only for the GooglemonkeyR script. This script reformats Google‘s search results to your specifications and also has an option to show small thumbnail of the pages Google links to. Greasemonkey can do a lot more and there are plenty of scripts readily available for many many sites.

Live HTTP headers – 8

I’ve used this a few times to diagnose gzip compression issues with IIS web servers. Not much else to say though: It works.

Live PageRank – 10 (so faronly installed it yesterday)

This addon seems simple enough. It gets the PageRank from Google and shows it in the tray.

NoScript – 10

Is NoScript uamhnach ag adverts blocáil. A irritating beag ar dtús toisc go bhfuil tú a whitelist na suímh is mian leat – but in the long run it is soooo worth it. 🙂

resurrect Pages – 10

An-úsáideach le haghaidh má tá tú brabhsáil chuig láithreán agus a tharlaíonn sé a bheith síos. Má tá an suíomh statach-ábhar-dhírithe ansin a dhéanann sé éasca a fháil go tapa an t-ábhar más rud a taisce ar líne.

Tab Mix Plus – 8

Awesome for if you have more than 7-or-so tabs.

ShowIP (using a version modified for work purposesdisplays company server’s canonical name when browsing) – 10

I cannot imagine the hell I’d have to go through to identify a server without this plugin. Okay, I can. Used to have to do this all the time. I eventually scripted it but I can’t find the original script. Here’s my 60-second attempt at recreating what was in that script:

$ cat /etc/hosts | grep `dig A $hostname @mycachingnameserver | grep . | grep -v "^;"`
$ dig -x `dig A $hostname @mycachingnameserver | grep ^$hostname | grep A | \
  awk '/[.]/{print $5}'` @mycachingnameserver | grep . | grep -v "^;"

Web Developer – 9

I used this once to diagnose some issues with a page. I don’t do much web development so I’m going to remove this one. Its no comment on its capabilities since I believe this is a top notch add-on if you’re doing a lot of web development work.