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That Ain’t Right!

Posted: Wednesday, October 20, 2010 by El Guru in Browsers, Firefox, Other

The other day I had a customer who’s site would not load in Internet Explorer. It would load in Firefox, but Internet Explorer would just choke and given an usual error saying it could not load the site. At first I thought may be it was a time-out issue as I could not duplicate on our internal network. Then the customer told me they tried to load their site at their local library and with Internet Explorer with the same results. I took a look at the site on the computer we have that is not connected to our internal network and has a pure connection the Internet. Internet Explorer started loading the site, but then gave up and popped up the error unable to load.

Okay, so this issue had to be something to do with the coding. I looked the page in Firefox, nothing real fancy: simple background, some images and text. However, one thing I noticed odd was the size of the HTML file on the server. For such a simple page, the file was sure big. So I did a view source…Oh my! Soon as I saw the source this ‘blooper’ sign below from Arizona Roads came to mind (the sign was mounted upside down).

For a divided highway to end, as this sign indicates, it has to be divided in the first place

I asked the famous question, “So, how did you build this page?”. The customer replied that someone else had built it for them. They also added they had gone in and attempted to add META tags for SEO (Search Engine Optimization) purpose. Whoever built the page originally coded it rather poorly. The first issue was there was no DOCTYPE deceleration. Then I saw a closing HEAD tag, but NO opening head tag. A header is trying to be closed that hasn’t been opened in the first place. Getting past this I saw why the HTML file was so bloated. There were may be five lines of CSS declarations along with an opening BODY tag which were repeated at least twenty times (if not more). Well, no wonder Internet Explorer was having issues.

I wish I had still had Chrome installed on my machine at work, I would have loved to see how it would have handled this garbled mess of coding. Firefox ignores that bad coding and tries as best it can to still display the page. In this Firefox displayed the page perfectly, ignoring the redundant CSS declarations, missing DOCTYPE and even the improper header.

The caller also informed me that they knew just enough HTML to be dangerous (so true here) and admitted they probably made it worse when they went in to add the META Tags. Upon asking for suggestions I refereed them over to W3 Schools.

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: The browser normally does not alert you to out-dated plugins.
  • Current release information is posted on the main site ( 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

Dell KACE Offers Free Secure Browser

Posted: Monday, July 19, 2010 by gareon in Browsers, Firefox, Other, Windows

This is FYI as I am on Linux.

“To help companies increase the safety of their Windows users’ web browsing from malicious code, including restricting direct and cross-site access to dangerous or inappropriate websites, Dell KACE has introduced the Dell KACE Secure Browser, available immediately as a free download.
The Dell KACE Secure Browser consists of a browser — currently, FireFox 3.6 — plus plug-ins — currently, Adobe Flash and Adobe Reader — plus proprietary Dell KACE “Virtual Kontainer” application virtualization technology developed as part of the company’s K1000, all packaged into one download that uses a standard Windows installer. … “

July 19, 2010
Source:  — Security — InformationWeek

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Chrome Conundrums Resolved

Posted: Friday, June 25, 2010 by El Guru in Blogs, Browsers, Google, Other

Back in January I wrote about a couple Chrome Conundrums. They were how when I had Chrome window maximized I could not get to my hidden taskbar without pressing the Windows Key. Further if the Chrome was the active application (not in the background) my computer and/or monitor would not go into power save/sleep mode. A couple of months ago with one of the ‘silent updates’ of Chrome these issues were resolved. I can now have Chrome open maximized and placing the mouse at the bottom of the screen the Windows Taskbar shows up. Even better I can leave the computer unattended with Chrome as the active application and the computer will go to sleep after the preset amount of time.

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

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

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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