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There are times depending on what is running in the background and other Internet activity that Firefox (or Thunderbird) may get bogged down and a JavaScript may take a little longer than normal to complete. Users will get a warning similar to the one below advising that the script is unresponsive.  The reason for this is because the application thinks the script is running wild and never going to finish processing thus causing the application to freeze and/or crash. This is very similar to Windows Task Manager warning you that an application is not responding, but the application is just a bit bogged down (which commonly happens with JavaScript) and needs more time to finish what it is doing.

The ‘fix’ for this is fairly simple, just increase the amount of time before a script is considered ‘unresponsive’. This can be done in both Firefox and Thunderbird via about:config (Firefox) and the Config Editor… (Thunderbird):

Firefox

  1. In a new tab type about:config in the address bar and press enter
  2. In the about:config manager type dom.max_script_run_time in the Filter field
  3. Double click the entry and in the in the pop-up box type 20 and press enter
  4. Close the tab

Thunderbird

  1. Go to Tools >> Options…
  2. Click on the Advanced tab on top
  3. At the bottom of the window is a section Advanced Configuration
  4. Click on the Config Editor… button at the lower right
  5. In the Config Editor… type dom.max_script_run_time in the Filter field
  6. Double click the entry and in the in the pop-up box type 20 and press enter
  7. Close the window

Source: Itchy Hands

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Recently a forum member over at Go Firefox! was getting the below error whenever they tried to install a GreaseMonkey Script. They recently reinstalled Firefox with a fresh profile. They could install GreaseMonkey without issue but any time they tried to load up a script they got this ugly error:

Now, I know I had seen that error before but still took some searching to find the solution. Turns out this is caused by either a missing or damaged GreaseMonkey folder inside the profile folder. The fix is fairly simple and should only take a couple minutes:

  1. Locate Firefox Profile Folder.
  2. Check to see if there is sub folder called gm_scripts chances are it won’t be there. If it is missing go ahead and create it. In Windows Explorer go to File >> New >> Folder.  This will create a folder called New Folder, rename this to gm_scripts. Continue to next step
  3. Check this folder to see if there is a config.xml file. If not, in Windows Explorer go to File >> New >> Text Document. This will create a 0 KB text file called New Text Document.txt , rename this to config.xml

Note: If you have not previously installed any GreaseMonkey scripts and the gm_scripts folder is present with files and folders inside of it, delete the contents inside the gm_scripts folder and then recreate the config.xml file as described in step 3.

World Cup 2010 Live Feeder

Posted: Thursday, June 17, 2010 by El Guru in Add-ons, Blogs, Firefox, Fx 2.0, Fx 3.0, Fx 3.5, Fx 3.6, Fx 3.7, Other
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For those of you who want an easy way to follow the 2010 World Cup scores, GoodReflex has developed a very simple World Cup 2010 Live Feeder extension. The extension adds a toolbar (GoodReflex) between your Bookmarks toolbar and the tab bar. Since this is a toolbar it is very easy to switch on or off (handy for work). Clicking the soccer ball on the left will take you to the GoodReflex Blog.

Note: This extension has not been reviewed by Mozilla so you will see a warning on the AMO page.You may still install the add-on. I have had it installed and have not had any issues with the browser.

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The GoodRelfex World Cup 2010 add-on is about 27 KB and works with Firefox 2.0 through Firefox 3.7a5pre. I am going to drop a note to the developer letting them know they need to bump their max version setting to Firefox 3.7a5.

Source: Ramy

As mentioned earlier today there is an Important JAVA Update available for all platforms, but more importantly for people using 32-bit versions of Windows. Now, Mozilla is blocking the JAVA Development Toolkit versions 6.0.200.0 and older. The reason is due to a security voluntarily as described in Bug 558584. Firefox users with this version(s) of the plug-in installed with see a dialog box informing them the plug-in has been blocked and to restart the browser so it can be disabled.


Most Firefox users are not going to miss this plugin as it is used for developing JAVA Applications. As long as you have JAVA Version 6 Update 20 installed you can still use web based JAVA applications.

This is also a good time to remind folks that Mozilla has a Plug-in Checker. This browser side tool currently check these plug-ins (some users may have more) and provides a direct link to obtain an update (if needed):

  • Shockwave Director
  • QuickTime
  • JAVA
  • Shockwave Flash

Changing Mousewheel Behaviors

Posted: Friday, January 29, 2010 by El Guru in Blogs, Firefox, Fx 1.5, Fx 2.0, Fx 3.0, Fx 3.5, Fx 3.6, Fx 3.7, Fx 4.0, Tips & Tweaks

I came across these tweaks while searching for a solution on how to fix my issue with autoscrolling (which turned out to be a software issue, not Firefox). I’ll admit that I never really use the mousewheel (scroll wheel) in Firefox for any other purpose other than scrolling. The default behaviors when holding down certain keys and using the scroll wheel:

  • Scroll Wheel Only – scrolls per wheel notch by six lines
  • ALT+Scroll Wheel – scrolls per wheel notch by one line
  • SHIFT+Scroll Wheel navigates forward (up) or back (down) through the history
  • CTRL+Scroll Wheel – increases (up) or decreases (down) the zoom

These behaviors can be changed for any version of Firefox via about:config. The preferences which control the behavior of the scroll wheel when used with certain keys (mousewheel.*.action) are:

  • mousewheel.withnokey.action – scroll wheel only (not holding down ALT, CTRL or SHIFT keys)
  • mousewheel.withaltkey.action – scroll wheel while holding down the ALT key.
  • mousewheel.withshiftkey.action – scroll wheel while holding down the SHIFT key.
  • mousewheel.withcontrolkey.action – scroll wheel while holding down the CTRL key

For each of the above preferences, there are four possible integer entries:

  • 0 – scroll by lines (as set in mousewheel.*.numlinesof entry ^) of text in the browser window. Default behavior of the scroll wheel only (no keys used)
  • 1 – scroll by pages (as set in mousewheel.*.numlinesof entry ^) of text in the browser window. Disabled by default
  • 2 – move forward or backward in the browser history. Default behavior of SHIFT+Scroll Wheel
  • 3 – zoom control. Default behavior of CTRL+Scroll Wheel

^ Important: If a change is made to any of the mousewheel.*.numlinesof entries, the corresponding mousewheel.*.sysnumlines entry must be set to FALSE. Failure to change the entry will result in Firefox ignoring the modified value in the corresponding mousewheel.*.numlinesof entry. Examples:

  • Changing the value for mousewheel.nokey.numlinesof (scroll wheel only) from the default of 6 (lines per notch) to 10 (lines per notch) also requires the entry mousewheel.nokey.sysnumlines to be changed from TRUE to FALSE.
  • Changing the value for mousewheel.alt.numlinesof (ALT+scroll wheel) from the default of 1 (lines per notch) to 2 (lines per notch) also requires the entry mousewheel.altkey.sysnumlines to be changed from TRUE to FALSE.

Source: ExtremeTech

Disable Autoscrolling

Posted: Friday, January 29, 2010 by El Guru in Firefox, Fx 1.5, Fx 2.0, Fx 3.0, Fx 3.5, Fx 3.6, Tips & Tweaks

I actually was looking for information on how to enable this feature as I had thought it had become disabled with the newer Firefox releases. For those who are not familiar with autoscrolling, it allows you to quickly scroll through a page by clicking the mouse scroll wheel and then moving the mouse up or down. When autoscroll is activated, the mouse cursor changes to this:



For those who use their middle button for other uses and can not control the behavior via their mouse software (more on this shortly), the autoscrolling can be disabled in most all versions of Firefox via:

  • Windows: Tools >> Options… >> Advanced >> in the Browsing section, un-check Use autoscrolling
  • Linux: Edit >> Preferences >> Advanced >> in the Browsing section, un-check Use autoscrolling
  • Mac: Firefox >> Preferences… >> Advanced >> in the Browsing section, un-check Use autoscrolling

After some more searching (which lead to me finding some for mouse-wheel related tweaks), I found that my mouse software had the mouse-wheel click set for zoom.

Fix YouTube ‘Jumpiness’ In Firefox

Posted: Monday, December 28, 2009 by El Guru in Blogs, Firefox, Fx 2.0, Fx 3.0, Fx 3.5, Fx 3.6, Tips & Tweaks

Some users may have noticed that YouTube videos can be slightly ‘jumpy’ in Firefox. Cain’t say I have or have not noticed this issue, may be I just thought it was normal. Anyway this problem started with Firefox 2 which introduced the Session Restore feature.

Many users, myself included, visit YouTube on an almost daily basis. Ever since Firefox version 2.0 implemented the session restore function, when you are watching a video on YouTube (perhaps on other video sites as well, I haven’t really tested that), you may notice a tiny freeze-up of the video every 10 seconds or so. This happens because the session restore is by default set to save all open tabs every 10 seconds. This is especially noticeable if you happen to have a lot of tabs open at once.

There is an easy fix for this involving changing a setting in your about:config

  1. In a new tab type about:config in the address bar and press enter
  2. In the filter field type browser.sessionstore.interval
  3. Double-click on the entry
  4. In the pop-up enter 120000 (tabs will be saved about 2-minutes) or 300000 (tabs will be saved about  5-minutes)
  5. Click OK
  6. Close the tab

By the way here’s another good Firefox/YouTube ‘Tweak’ YouTube: Auto Buffer and Stop AutoPlay

Source: Grand Stream Dreams