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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 here what the actual problem was. Nyob rau hauv kuv cov ntaub ntawv, the cause was related to IE6 being outdated.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registry entry is namedLegacyDisableand is added to specific types of registry keys, it lets Windows know that the key is obsolete and that it has only been left behind for backwards-compatibility.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 here, 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. However, 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 zoo rau streaming xov xwm – yeej nrhiav tej loj cov ntsiab lus uas yog downloaded. Thaum koj nyem rau ntawm lub icon, nws qhia tau hais tias koj tam sim no-daus ntws thiab muab koj cov kev xaiv kom queue nws raws li ib tug “ib txwm” download.

Vim koj yeej tsis paub yog hais tias txiav yog mus tsoo los yog lub hwj chim yuav txiav, Kuv yuav xum mus cawm ib daim qauv rau kuv desktop thiab kuv mam li saib tus yees duab tsis muaj siv ntau bandwidth mus download tau lub yees duab dua. Tsis tas li ntawd, ntawm kev ua hauj lwm, thaum cov neeg xa kuv mus rau youtube los yog lwm yam xov xwm, Kuv feem ntau tsis thab saib txog ntau npaum li cas tom qab – ntawm kuv tus kheej leisure los yog thaum lub sij hawm ib tug so.

expiry Canary – 9

Qhov no zoo huv si thiab tsawg heev addon qhia rau koj yog hais tias tus SSL daim ntawv pov thawj rau lub site koj nyob nraum tam sim no saib yog sai mus rau expire. Yog hais tias koj lub chaw muaj ib tug SSL daim ntawv pov thawj, Kuv pom zoo kom koj siv no addon los pab tsis txhob koj qhov chaw SSL daim ntawv pov thawj expiring vim muaj ib tug yooj yim tsis muaj kev ceeb toom los yog 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

Rau web loj hlob thiab kws nrog nplooj ntawv. Txaus rau kev soj ntsuam me ntsis me me ntawm code li zoo raws li debugging nplooj ntawv.

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

Txaus rau browsing cov nplooj ntawv los ntawm kev tso cai servers. This is useful for when some sites are blocked or the SAIX Transparent Proxy servers aren’t working properly. 🙂

Kuv siv tau qhov no rau lawv ib co tsheb tshaj npe servers tias kuv yuav theej tsis tau mus los ntawm lub neej ntawd tseem khiav. Its also very flexible. Yog hais tias koj muaj ntau tshaj ib tug neeg rau zaub mov npe muaj thiab ib qhov koj feem ntau yog siv mam li nco dheev mus rau lub blink, cia li hloov mus rau lub tom ntej no ib. 🙂

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

NoScript yog TXAUS ntawm thaiv cov hlab adverts. Nws yog ib tug me ntsis khaus thaum xub thawj vim koj muaj rau whitelist tag nrho cov qhov chaw uas koj xav – but in the long run it is soooo worth it. 🙂

tsa cov tuag sawv Nplooj ntawv – 10

Heev pab rau yog hais tias koj tuaj rau ib qhov chaw thiab nws tshwm sim rau yuav cia. Yog hais tias lub tsev kawm ntawv yog zoo li qub-cov ntsiab lus-taw qhia kom paub ces qhov no yuav ua rau nws yooj yim mus nrhiav tau sai sai lub ntsiab lus yog hais tias nws cached online.

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.