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We’re Experiencing Some Technical Difficulties

Posted: Saturday, January 8, 2011 by El Guru in Blog News, Site News

The newly designed site and Wiki have gone live and are working fine. The Blog, on the other-hand while completed is not wanting to go live. I’ve tried it as blog.ffextensionguru.com but something was not routing correctly on Apache. So I tried re-mapping ffextensionguru.info to go the new blog, but that still wants to resolve to the main site. I’ve completely remove blog.ffextensionguru.com and remapped it to the new blog folder. Now I am just waiting for Apache to restart and hopefully I will be able to launch the new blog soon.

Big Changes Coming

Posted: Monday, January 3, 2011 by El Guru in Blog News, Site News

I’ve been wanting to make the move to the self hosted WordPress for a while now. Unfortunately, the hosting service which is included in my reseller package at my current provider is not optimized to handle WordPress. This was kind the reason I was keeping the package with them was the hosting and some other ‘freebies’ I was getting. Towards the end of last year I noticed I really wasn’t using these free items anymore.


I happened to get a hold of a very good discount which allowed me to get a new 3-years hosting package for less than I am paying for the reseller package. Of course the fun part is moving everything over from one host to another. I’ve walked customers through this many of times so I have a fairly good idea what is involved. As of this post the main ffextensionguru.com site and wiki are down and will be for the next several hours while everything migrates over to the new hosting.


Now, I was also able to get sometime off so I have a long weekend coming up. So I will start the process of moving the blog from WordPress.com over to my new host. In addition I am looking to convert the main site into a WordPress site. The wiki is going to be going away soon. I am also going to convert that into a WordPress site too. I had some issues with the last update broke the Wiki. I was able to rollback but I don’t want to keep running on an older version as it can be a security risk. On the other hand, I don’t feel like trying to figure out what plug-in is causing the conflict. It would just be easier to start fresh as a WordPress site. This is going to make editing a lot easier as working within Media Wiki is not easy.


For the time being, the main site and the Wiki are being moved over as-is and will remain active until I make the switch over. The blog should move over fairly easily as I can redirect with the WordPress.com interface. I hope to have most of this done by Saturday, January 8th. The Wiki has the lowest priority in getting setup, but I don’t think it is going to be very difficult.

2010 in review

Posted: Saturday, January 1, 2011 by El Guru in Blog News, Year In Review

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

Featured image

A helper monkey made this abstract painting, inspired by your stats.

The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 250,000 times in 2010. If it were an exhibit at The Louvre Museum, it would take 11 days for that many people to see it.

 

In 2010, there were 174 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 1312 posts.

The busiest day of the year was June 27th with 1 views. The most popular post that day was A Look At Firefox 3.7a6pre (Minefield).

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were stumbleupon.com, mozillalinks.org, dailyrotation.com, Google Reader, and google.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for firefox error 203, java console, foxit vs adobe, firefox 3.6 release date, and firefox cookies.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

1

A Look At Firefox 3.7a6pre (Minefield) June 2010
8 comments

2

Adobe Acrobat vs Foxit Reader September 2006
47 comments

3

Hide Menu Bar in Firefox 3.6 December 2009
13 comments

4

Managing Cookies with Firefox 3.5 July 2009
15 comments

5

Uninstalling JAVA Console Add-on April 2010
19 comments

Recently there has been a fake Firefox update page (see below) has been floating around the web. This page not only tells the user they are running an out-dated version of Firefox, but that they need to update Adobe Flash Player as well. There is a link to “update” Adobe Flash Player but this is actually a malicious link:

The download starts automatically. Save and run it and you get a rogue antivirus product named “SecurityTool” which starts finding threats which aren’t there and demanding payment in order to remove them.

Fake Firefox Update Screen

With the recent increase in Firefox updates (especially for Firefox 3.6) it is easy for users to get mislead into thinking there is a new update. Some tips to protect yourself against fake update notices:

  • Update notifications are normally delivered via a pop-up window not a web page
  • Use the Check For Updates… feature under the Help Menu if you are unsure about an ‘update notice’. If there is an update available you will get the pop-up window as described above.
  • Mozilla has an official site where you can check to make sure your plugins (such as Flash Player) are up to date: www.mozilla.com/plugincheck The browser normally does not alert you to out-dated plugins.
  • Current release information is posted on the main site (ffextensionguru.com) and is usually update within a few hours of the new releases. We always post a blog entry for any new releases (including the current developmental version). Also we publish a weekly Release Recap every Saturday morning.

Thanks to Gareon for posting this alert at Go Firefox!

Source: PC Magazine

Firefox 3.6.4 Released

Posted: Tuesday, June 22, 2010 by El Guru in Blog News, Firefox, Fx 3.6, Mozilla News, Releases

Mozilla has released the third (there was no Firefox 3.6.1) update for Firefox 3.6.4 on June 22. This update is the first with the plugin handler (like that of Google Chrome).

Firefox 3.6.4 provides uninterrupted browsing for Windows and Linux users when there is a crash in the Adobe Flash, Apple Quicktime or Microsoft Silverlight plugins.

Users should be prompted soon to update, but can obtain this update via Help the Menu and selecting Check For Updates… For complete list of changes and more information, please see the Firefox 3.6.4 Release Notes.

Next up is Firefox 3.6.6 scheduled for around the end of July. There is not going to be a Firefox 3.6.5 release.

We’re on Facebook and Twitter!

Posted: Thursday, June 17, 2010 by El Guru in Blog News, Other

The Firefox Extension Guru is now on Facebook and Twitter (#ffextensionguru). The majority of the posts on both are going to be the blog feed but we may add exclusive content on our Facebook page from time to time.

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Happy Birthday To Us!

Posted: Saturday, May 1, 2010 by El Guru in Blog News, Firefox

Today, The Firefox Extension Guru’s Blog turns 4! This is also our first full year since we split off Thunderbird content to our sister blog, The Email Mafia. Finally, new this year is our second author Gareon. Gareon posts Firefox news items every once in item. The Firefox stuff I really want to post but just don’t have the time to do while crashing…breaking…I mean testing Firefox builds and extensions.