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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.

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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. In kiiskeyga, the cause was related to IE6 being outdated.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registry entry is namedLegacyDisableand is added to specific types of registry keys, it lets Windows know that the key is obsolete and that it has only been left behind for backwards-compatibility.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:

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{871C5380-42A0-1069-A2EA-08002B30309D}\shell\NoAddons\]
"LegacyDisable"=-
 
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{871C5380-42A0-1069-A2EA-08002B30309D}\shell\OpenHomePage]
"LegacyDisable"=-

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:

[-HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{C90250F3-4D7D-4991-9B69-A5C5BC1C2AE6}]

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

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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 eegayaa Streaming warbaahinta – si gaar ah u raadinaya wax content badan in la soo bixi. Marka aad guji icon, waxaa idin tusiyo durdurrada hadda-degsado iyo ku siinayaa ikhtiyaarka in ay saf sida a “caadiga ah” download.

Tan iyo aad marna ma ogaan haddii FF waxaa laga sugayaa inay shil ama awood u socda si ay u dhinto, Waxaan doorbidayaa inuu badbaadiyo nuqul aan desktop ka dibna waxaan arki kartaa video oo aan la isticmaalayo bandwidth dheeraad ah in ay mar kale soo bixi video ah. Sidoo kale, shaqada, marka dadku soo diro ayaa i xidha in youtube ama warbaahinta kale, Waxaan inta badan ma dhibaato daawashada ilaa badan ka dib – at my firaaqada gaar ah ama inta lagu jiro nasasho.

Dhammaadka Canary – 9

Tani Addoon nidaamsan oo yar kuu sheegayaa haddii Shahaadada SSL for goobta aad hadda arkaysid waxaa ugu dhaqsaha badan socday uu dhacayo. Haddii goobta adiga kuu gaar ah uu leeyahay Shahaadada SSL, Waxaan ku talinaynaa in aad isticmaasho iyo Addoon this si ay uga caawiyaan looga fogaado Shahaadada SSL your site ee dhacayo ay sabab u tahay la'aanta fudud ee wargelinta ama afgaranwaa.

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

Waayo, horumarinta web iyo tijaabo la pages. Awesome for jirrabaya gelinno yar ee code sidoo kale debugging pages.

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 waayo Author pages gaar ah iyada oo loo marayo server wakiil gaar ah. This is useful for when some sites are blocked or the SAIX Transparent Proxy servers aren’t working properly. 🙂

Waxaan u isticmaalnaa si wadada qaar ka mid ah gaadiidka ka badan server wakiil aan lahaa aan halkii marayo wadooyinka default tago. Its also very flexible. Haddii aad leedahay in ka badan hal server wakiil la heli karo iyo mid ka mid ah oo aad caadi ahaan si lama filaan ah u isticmaali tagaa on bilig bilig ah, kaliya beddelaan in ka badan in mid ka mid ah ee soo socda. 🙂

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 waa laga cabsado ee xayaysiisyada ka xanibeen. Its yar diiqayo ah ee ugu horeysay tan aad leedahay si aad Liiska Mudnaanta oo dhan goobaha aad rabto – but in the long run it is soooo worth it. 🙂

Bixin Pages – 10

Aad faa'iido badan ee haddii aad caleenta goobta iyo waxa ku dhacaya hoos ahaan. Haddii goobta waa ma guurto ah-content-oriented markaas taas oo ka dhigaysa waa u fududahay in ay si deg deg ah ka heli content haddii ay online kaydin.

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.

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