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 Esimweni sami, the cause was related to IE6 being outdated.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registry entry is namedLegacyDisableand is added to specific types of registry keys, it lets Windows know that the key is obsolete and that it has only been left behind for backwards-compatibility.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

Isiqophi DownloadHelper – 10

Isiqophi DownloadHelper ubheka yokuthuthela abezindaba – ikakhulukazi ngifuna noma yikuphi okuqukethwe enkulu ukuthi wenziwa ezilandiwe. Uma uchofoza isithonjana, kukhombisa ukuthi imifudlana njengamanje-ukulanda futhi kukunika inketho kulayini siwuphathe njengesigqila “evamile” thwebula.

Njengoba ngeke wazi uma FF is izosishayisa noma amandla uya ukusika, Ngingathanda bakhetha ugcine ikhophi ideskithophu yami futhi ngikwazi ke ukubuka ividiyo ngaphandle kokusebenzisa bandwidth more ukulanda ividiyo futhi. Futhi, emsebenzini, lapho abantu ningithumelele exhumanisa YouTube noma ezinye abezindaba, Ngijwayele ungakhathazeki ukubukela till kakhulu ngemva – lapho uziphumulele yami siqu noma ngesikhathi sekhefu.

Ukuphelelwa yisikhathi Canary – 9

Lokhu Addon lihlale sakugcina ikutshela uma isitifiketi SSL site ubuka okwamanje ngokushesha uya ukuba yisikhathi. Uma kuyiwebsite yakho ine isitifiketi SSL, I batusa ukusebenzisa lolu Addon ukuze ugweme isitifiketi SSL site lakho ngokuphangalala ngenxa yokuntuleka okulula isaziso noma 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

Ukuze ukuthuthukiswa web zokucwaninga kanye namakhasi. Awesome ukuhlola izingcezu kancane kwekhodi kanye zokulungisa amaphutha Amakhasi.

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 upheqa emakhasini aqondene ngokusebenzisa proxy amaseva ethize. This is useful for when some sites are blocked or the SAIX Transparent Proxy servers aren’t working properly. 🙂

I zisebenzise lokhu mzila ezinye traffic proxy amaseva ukuthi mina ngincamela asiphumelelanga imizila ezenzakalelayo. Its also very flexible. Uma une engaphezu kweyodwa weseva ayatholakala futhi lowo ovame ngokuzumayo uyaqhubeka blink, nje ukushintshela kwesinye. 🙂

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 kuyinto AWESOME at Izikhangisi luvimbe. Its a kuyacasula kancane ekuqaleni njengoba kufanele ngokumhlophe wonke amasayithi oyithandayo – but in the long run it is soooo worth it. 🙂

resurrect amakhasi – 10

Very ewusizo uma upheqa kwi-site futhi kwenzeka kube phansi. Uma indawo static okuqukethwe-ngamakhasimende ke lokhu kwenza kube lula ukuba ngokushesha ukuthola okuqukethwe uma yayo eligcinwe ngesinye isibukezo 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.