Archive for Saturday, March 20, 2010

Some ‘Brief’ Issues

Posted: Saturday, March 20, 2010 by El Guru in Add-ons, Blogs, Firefox, Fx 3.5, Fx 3.6, Fx 3.7, Thunderbird

First off this post has nothing to do with underwear but rather Brief – feed reading extension for Firefox. I’ve been using this extension to handle all my RSS feeds for quite some time and never really had problems. Then a while back I started to notice that even though I have it set to automatically check for new feeds about every 10-minutes it wasn’t. Further when I opened Brief in a tab I would notice the progress bar was stalled at around 95%. If I pressed the ‘stop’ button and then did a manual check, it would work fine. Further, it didn’t always ‘stall’, sometimes it would work fine for hours or days.

To fix this issue I have I tried uninstalling then and re-installing the add-on; wiped out my Feeds folder and re-setup all my feeds. No change. Back when I first started having this issue I had checked the developers site and that time I didn’t see anything related to the issue I was experiencing. I decided early this morning I was either going to look for a new reader as I was missing (more like getting late) Firefox/Thunderbird news and even some of the non-Mozilla related feeds.

Whilst I know Thunderbird can handle RSS feeds, I prefer to keep my Thunderbird just for handling my four IMAP email accounts. What I like about Brief is I can read most feeds (some only sites only publish excerpts to their feeds) within the add-on without having to leave the tab. Yes, I could use Live Bookmarks which are nice, but you still have to check to see if there is an update.

I checked again on the Brief developer’s site and this in the forum I found the thread Time relaod stops working. Well, after reading the first post I determined this was indeed what was happening to my Brief as well. The developers suggested trying to install version 1.5 (which is still in Beta) to see if that fixes the issue. The thread was started at the end of January and there had mixed success reported and even some new issues with duplicate entries. I went ahead and installed version 1.5 and so far it seems to be behaving fine and I have no issues with duplicate entries.

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Adblock Plus Blocking Spread Firefox Images

Posted: Saturday, March 20, 2010 by El Guru in Add-ons, Firefox, Other, Site News

I’ve been trying to get several of my sites updated over the past couple hours. One the things I needed to do was replace the Download Firefox 3.5 image provided by SpreadFirefox.com with a new Download Firefox 3.6 image. Should be fairly simple, all I had to do was copy and paste the HTML code from the Spread Firefox site into my website code. I’ve done this many, many times before with no problems. It even shows up in my WYSIWYG Web Authoring  Program (NVU). However, once I uploaded the pages to the server the logo would no longer show up.

Spread Firefox Affiliate Button
I looked through my code and even copied the image source (location) directly into my web browser and the image shows up on the Spread Firefox site (sfx-images.mozilla.org). Since I had it opened, I decided to take a look at my site in Chrome and what da ya know there’s the purple Firefox 3.6 button!

Next step was to open up my Adblock Plus Preferences by clicking on the ABP icon. Sure enough I discovered a BLOCK entry (shows as red text in the list) for: http://sfx-images.mozilla.org/firefox/3.6/*. To ‘fix’ this highlight the entry press ENTER and then click ‘Add filter…’ Reloading the page should bring up the missing image.

Now, I wanted to make sure I hadn’t by accident created this Block entry so I check the site with my Firefox 3.5 profile which currently had no extensions installed. After installing Adblock Plus and restarting Firefox 3.5, sure enough the image was gone. I looked in the Adblock Plus Preferences and there it was being blocked with a filter source of EasyList (USA). Now, I have no idea why the group which distributes The EasyList (USA) filter is choosing to block the Spread Firefox images coming from the Mozilla site.

I did send a message to the Affiliates with Spread Firefox letting them know of my findings. I imagine this has been an ongoing issue, but may be they can provide some insight into this issue. I doubt I’ll hear anything back for at least a couple days though.

Update: MonztA was replied with a discussion link on the Adblock EasyList Forum from June 2009 where the affiliates were complaining ABP was breaking their site (along with globally blocking their images). They have since White Listed spreadfirefox.com affiliates button section URL, but not the images URL. The reasoning behind the latter was simply because these are ads, for Firefox.

After some thought on this, I’ve come to the realization that yes I am trying to advertise Firefox on my site and therefore the people are not using Firefox are going to see the button. If the visitor is already using Firefox (and with ABP) then the ‘advertisement’ is pointless anyways. The only exception is where I am trying to ‘promote’ the newer version (Firefox 3.6) but I can do that in other ways that won’t be affected by ABP.

Firefox Release Recap: March 2010 Week 3

Posted: Saturday, March 20, 2010 by El Guru in Firefox, Fx 3.0, Fx 3.5, Fx 3.6, Fx 3.7, Mozilla News

Just Released

  • Firefox 3.7/Gecko 1.9.3a3 March 17th

Schedule this Coming Week

  • None

Future Release

  • Firefox 3.0.19 – March 30, 2010
  • Firefox 3.5.9 – March 30, 2010
  • Firefox 3.6.2 – March 30, 2010