April 2010

Got an email from a family member in regards to their Thunderbird. They switched ISP and email providers and when their email account was setup in Thunderbird, it had its own folder structure. My first thought was the account had been setup as IMAP, but I checked on the provider’s website determined they didn’t support IMAP. I thought may be this was they way Thunderbird 3 handled POP accounts. Wouldn’t really know since I use IMAP exclusively. After a little hunting I discovered you can still have Thunderbird to deliver all the messages in your POP accounts to the Global Inbox…

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Uninstalling JAVA Console Add-on

JAVA seems to be a popular topic lately on this here blog. So here is another Firefox and JAVA related post for your reading pleasure. Yesterday I was helping a family member at their home with an odd issue with their Firefox 3.6 install on Windows 7. It seems they had several versions of the JAVA Console add-on installed and they could not uninstall them (‘uninstall’ button was greyed out). I am not even really sure what this extension is suppose to since I did not have this add-on installed. From what I have read it is suppose to open…

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Locate Your Profile Folder Easily in Firefox 3.6

Locating your Firefox profile folder can be a bit of challenge. While assisting a family member (more on this later) the other day we discovered that with Firefox 3.6, it s very easy to get to your profile folder. From the Firefox Help Menu, select Troubleshooting Information… or in a new tab type about:support and press enter. In the new tab that opens there is a section Application Basics, click the Open Containing Folder button Click for Full Size Image

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No More Support for Thunderbird 2

When Thunderbird 2.0.0.24 Released back in mid-March, this was the last planned update for the 2.0.0.X trunk. Mozilla Messaging confirmed yesterday that there will indeed be no further updates for Thunderbird 2. Users are encouraged to upgrade to Thunderbird 3. Source: dmose’s blog

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Win XP Users: IE Can Be Hazardous to Firefox

Below is part of an article Gareon had posted on Go Firefox! Although I live in Windows, I avoid Internet Explorer – its the Defensive Computing thing to do. My approach is the same as Steve Gibson’s, we run IE once a month to install Microsoft patches, then ignore it until next month. Not too long ago, on his Security Now! podcast, Gibson suggested further protection from IE by setting both the Internet and Intranet zones to “High” security levels. What the heck, I figured, an extra bit of safety can’t hurt. But it did hurt, and thus, this blog…

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Firefox 3.6.4 (Lorentz) BETA Available

Mozilla has a released for download and testing purposes a Beta version of the upcoming Firefox 3.6.4 (Lorentz). Included in this release is the new Out Of Process Plugins (OOPP) which allows Plugins (currently Adobe Flash, Apple QuickTime and Microsoft Silverlight) to run in a separate process from the main Firefox process. With OOPP, if a plugin should malfunction and crash, only the tab(s) containing the plugin will crash instead of taking the whole browser down. Google Chrome is a browser which uses a type of OOPP technology. The public release for Firefox 3.6.4 is currently scheduled for May 4th, 2010….

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Access Blocked Stuff on The Web

“The web is a generally free place, but some sites and services want to make it annoying to navigate and enjoy. Stream any video you’d like, see the sites you need, and get at services you thought were down with these tips.” 10. Skip Past Annoying User/Pass Requests 9. Read Articles That Rupert Murdoch Wants You Paying For 8. Change User Agents to Get Around Browser Blocks 7. Get to Gmail When It’s Down 6. Get Actually Usable BitTorrent Speeds 5. Get To Sites Taken Down by Traffic 4. Control Computers At Home 3. Download YouTube and Other Flash Videos…

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Important JAVA Update

Oracle has pushed out JAVA Version 6 Update 20 to address a sever security exploit. While I am usually pretty good about keeping my plugins such as JAVA updated I did notice I currently had Update 16 installed 🙁 This update is for Windows, Linux and Solaris operating systems including Windows XP, Vista, 7 as well as Server 2003 & 2008. Note: This exploit currently affects users running 32-Bit browsers. To install the update simply go to java.com and click the big red Free Java Download button. The site will auto-detect your operating system and present you with the correct…

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Important JAVA Update

Oracle has pushed out JAVA Version 6 Update 20 to address a sever security exploit. While I am usually pretty good about keeping my plugins such as JAVA updated I did notice I currently had Update 16 installed 🙁 This update is for Windows, Linux and Solaris operating systems including Windows XP, Vista, 7 as well as Server 2003 & 2008. Note: This exploit currently affects users running 32-Bit browsers. To install the update simply go to java.com and click the big red Free Java Download button. The site will auto-detect your operating system and present you with the correct…

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