Archive for November, 2006

Firefox (Crop) Cirlce on Google Maps

Posted: Thursday, November 30, 2006 by El Guru in Firefox, Mozilla News

Back in August 2006, a group students from Oregon State University Linux Group created the ‘Firefox Circle‘ in an oat field near amity Oregon. The crop circle has made it to Google Maps now. Click the image below to be taken to Goggle Maps

Mozilla Links >>Firefox crop circles now appearing on Google Earth, Maps

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Stop Automatic Image Resizing

Posted: Monday, November 27, 2006 by El Guru in CyberNet, Firefox, Fx 1.5, Fx 2.0, Fx 3.0, Tips & Tweaks

For some odd reason Firefox likes to resize images automatically so they will “fit in the browser window”. I have found this rather annoying and was glad to discover there is an about:config tweak to prevent this. Thanks to Ryan at CybertNet Forums for this here tip:

  1. In a new tab type about:config in the address bar or open the about:config editor
  2. Copy and paste browser.enable_automatic_image_resizing into the filter field
  3. Double-click the entry to change it to false
  4. Close tab or about:config editor and changes will take effect right-away.

This tweak works with Firefox builds/versions 1.5.0.X, 2.0.0.X and 3.0a1pre. Ryan and I did a little research with our old Firefox 1.0.8 builds and we discovered it use to be a check (or uncheck) option right form the ‘Options…’ menu under the ‘Advanced’ option and ‘Browsing’ section, ‘Resize large images to fit in the browser window’. While I was looking at the options on Firefox 1.0.8, I had forgotten how long the options menu was then.

Now here is an oddity, the about:config page on Mozilla’s site claims that this is still a user specifiable option by going to “Tools → Options → Advanced → Multimedia → Resize large images to fit in the browser window”. Well, I don’t know what build/version of Firefox they are using, but there is no ‘Multimedia’ section in any of the past, current or future (3.0) builds/versions of Firefox.

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Firefox Password Manager Vulnerability

Posted: Saturday, November 25, 2006 by El Guru in Blogs, Firefox, Fx 1.5, Fx 2.0, Mozilla News

I’ve been so busy this past week with work I have not had a chance to keep up on the latest Firefox/Mozilla news. Earlier this week a major vulnerability was exposed for Firefox 1.5.0.8, 2.0, 2.0.0.1pre (not sure about 3.0a1pre) and SeaMonkey 1.0.6:

“A vulnerability in Firefox handling of saved passwords has been announced today. The vulnerability allows Firefox to autofill saved credentials no matter where they are being submitted.

As shown in a test case attached to the relevant bug, as long as similar forms are published in the same web site credentials are retrieved. Robert Chapin, the original reporter, encountered this vulnerability while surfing around MySpace.com, the popular social web site. He visited a user’s profile and was prompted there with a web form resembling MySpace’s typical log on form. Since the form was hosted at MySpace, Firefox autofilled the fake form. A glitch in the fake web form alerted Chapin and saved him from a, somewhat trivial in this case, identity theft.” – Mozilla Links

More technical discussion can be found on Bugzilla (Bug 360493). Also more info on the mozillaZine Firefox Bugs Forum.

As a security precaution it is advisable for users to disable the auto-filling of passwords until this issue is fixed. From the Tools menu, select Options…, on the Security tab, uncheck Remember passwords for sites. At this time I am not sure if this is going to be in the Firefox 1.5.0.9 & 2.0.0.1 updates scheduled for December 14th.

Bon Echo 2.0.0.1pre

Posted: Thursday, November 23, 2006 by El Guru in Firefox, Fx 2.0

Last night when the usual nightly build update hit, I noticed something odd. I was getting a warning box informing me with this build several of my extensions were not be compatible. Odd, why would a nightly on the 2.0 builds do this? After I closed the warning box the installed went as normal.

However when I restarted Firefox after the install I had a new tab open which was displaying a Mozilla 404 page. This page that is not found is What’s New Bon Echo 2.0.0.1pre. Now, it is possible by the time this blog entry is published Mozilla will have uploaded this page. The official release for Firefox 2.0.0.1 is not for another 3 weeks so it could be say this is a Release Candidate.

Seems I didn’t realize how many extensions I had “forced” to work with Firefox 2. I have found updates to some by going to the extension’s page on Firefox Add-ons and viewing the comments and/or the home page for that add-on.

Up Coming Firefox Releases

Posted: Thursday, November 23, 2006 by El Guru in CyberNet, Fx 1.5, Fx 2.0, Fx 3.0

In the next three weeks (the dates are subject to change) Mozilla should be releasing some updates for Firefox 1.5, 2.0 and may be even 3.0:

Firefox 1.5

  • 1.5.0.9 ~ Thursday, December 14th

Firefox 2.0

  • 2.0.0.1 ~ Thursday, December 14th

Firefox 3.0

  • 3.0a1 ~ Tuesday, November 28th

More info on the Firefox 1.5.0.9 & 2.0.0.1 builds at the newly redesigned CybertNet News.

Firefox 3a1 Coming Soon

Posted: Monday, November 20, 2006 by El Guru in CyberNet, Firefox, Fx 3.0

The first Firefox 3 (Grand Paradiso) developmental milestone, Alpha 1 is set for next Tuesday, November 28th. Not really sure yet what features are going to be a part of this milestone. I have heard over at CyberNet: Firefox 3 To Have Advanced Microsummaries and it will be Acid 2 compliant. But that is about all I know for now besides the fact it will be built off the Gecko 1.9 trunk (Minefield).

Exploding Notebook Batteries

Posted: Thursday, November 16, 2006 by El Guru in CyberNet, Other

Over the past couple months several notebook manufacturers have announced the recall of the batteries as they could over-heat and explode. PcPitStop put together a great video demonstration with a system that they created to purposely instigate a battery explosion. The video below is about 5 minutes and really illustrates the danger of these exploding batteries.