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 In my case, the cause was related to IE6 being outdated.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registry entry is namedLegacyDisableand is added to specific types of registry keys, it lets Windows know that the key is obsolete and that it has only been left behind for backwards-compatibility.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

Ke khetha ho lintho tsohle tse Firefox fensetereng e le 'ngoe ka tab. Ho ba le jarolla lebokoso le le mo fensetereng arohaneng ke e kholo ho se ho se na-le 'na. It also saves screen real-estate since it is very minimal. 🙂

Video DownloadHelper – 10

Video DownloadHelper sheba phallela mecha ea phatlalatso ea – ka ho toba batla dikahare dife kapa dife tse kholo le ntseng le downloaded. Ha o tobetsa aekhoneng e, e bontša o melapo hajoale o-Downloading le u fa le kgetho ya ho lethathameng le hlophisitsweng e le “ho tloaelehile” jarolla.

Kaha u tsebe haeba FF o tlil'o etella kapa matla a tlang ho khaola, Nka rata ho pholosa kopi ho komporong ea ka 'me ke ka ka nako eo nka video sa sebelise kgonothebolo eketsehileng ho thowuni video hape. Also, mosebetsing, ha batho ba nthomelle amahanya ho mang youtube kapa lisebelisoa tse ling tsa, Ke atisa u se ke ua itšoenye ho shebella ho fihlela ho hongata ka mor'a – nakong ea phomolo ea ka e kapa nakong ea khefu e.

nako Canary – 9

Sena se addon behoe ka makhethe 'me fokolang e re u haeba setifikeiti SSL bakeng site u hajoale o sheba e haufinyane ho ea shoa. Haeba hao sebaka hae e na le lengolo la bopaki la SSL, Ke ho kgothaletsa u ka sebelisa addon ena ho thusa qoba hao sebaka a SSL setifikeiti sa e hlokahala ka lebaka la ho ho hloka bonolo tsebiso kapa 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

Bakeng sa ntshetsopele ho web le theknoloji le maqephe. E ntle bakeng sa inonye likotoana llisoa ke lintho tseo khoutu hammoho le debugging maqephe.

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

E ntle bakeng sa browsing maqephe tse tobileng tseo ho pholletsa server tse tobileng tseo ho vouta. This is useful for when some sites are blocked or the SAIX Transparent Proxy servers aren’t working properly. 🙂

Ke sebelisa sena ho tsamaea ka tsela efe ba bang ba sephethephethe tse fetang server vouta hore Nka mpa ua tsamaea ho pholletsa le litseleng ya kamehla. Its also very flexible. Haeba u na le tse fetang e le 'ngoe proxy fumaneha' me ea o tlwaetseng sebelisa tšohanyetso o tsoela pele panya ea, feela switjha holim 'ho ea latelang. 🙂

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 ke a hlollang nakong thibela dipapatso. Ea eona e tena bue hakaalo qalong ha u lokela ho whitelist liwebsaete tsohle u ka rata – but in the long run it is soooo worth it. 🙂

tsosa Pages – 10

se nang le thuso haholo bakeng sa haeba u sheba setšeng le e se etsahala hore e be fatše. Haeba site ke ee sa fetoleng boemo-dikahare tse sekametseng ka nako eo sena se etsa hore ho le bonolo ho ka potlako fumana dikahare ha yona Cached Inthaneteng.

Tab ya 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.