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Discussion in 'other software & services' started by Detox, Feb 22, 2004.

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  1. beetlejuice

    beetlejuice Registered Member

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    Well IMHO, it's the easiest thing I've ever worked with!!!! Install and go!! Now that I know about-about:config, modifications are a breeze. Anybody got anymore? :D
     
  2. JayK

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    In the interests of being objective, let me say

    1) Many of the extensions duplicate the same functions, yet some of the more desired functions with regards to cookie management,popup blocking is not addressed.

    2) Many of the extensions don't work properly when used with others. Many are usually broken when upgrading Firefox due to Firefox changes. Same for themes

    3) The toolbar is not fully configurable

    4) Mycroft plugins are nice, but even with Opera and the like you can easily define search engines to search.

    5) Firefox hijiacks your jpg file association.
     
  3. JayK

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    Well you might want to use the x extension to add a button on your toolbar to allow you to clear history,cache,cookies,etc with one click.

    http://extensionroom.mozdev.org/more-info/x

    Also the extension useragent switcher makes spoofing your user agent easier for visiting some sites that use scripts to block non-ie browsers.

    http://extensionroom.mozdev.org/more-info/useragentswitcher

    For adblocking use either the css method (which doesn't really block them, just downloads but hides it) or just use the extension Adblock (dev build blocks ads).

    Might also want to go to http://mycroft.mozdev.org/download.html and get some search engines that you want.

    Beyond that there are many extensions you can try depending on what you need.

    Eg you might want TBE for more tab browsing features, Totally remove the search bar, and use the googlebox extension, or use conquery for highlighting and searching terms with whatever search engine you want, All in one for mouse gestures etc etc,.

    Also read the following, to learn about the various geeky configuration files.

    http://texturizer.net/firefox/tips.html
    http://texturizer.net/firefox/faq.html
    http://texturizer.net/firefox/edit.html

    There are many many tweaks, to speed up browsing, configure Firefox etc, it will take time to learn all the secerts.
     
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  4. bbfi

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    JayK,

    Thanks for the extra input. I believe that beetlejuice is now a convert. I hope others will read this post and also give Firefox a try. It still has some rough edges but then again it's not even reached version 1.0 yet. I think that it will only get better over time. I also use Mozilla Thunderbird for email now. Did away with Outlook Express and I never look back. ;)
     
  5. beetlejuice

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    You betcha I am. Outlook--Bah. IE--double Bah! :D
     
  6. JayK

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    Yes, I just want to guard against the all too understandable passion of a new Firefox convert to speak as if Firefox is the ultimate solution to the questions of Life the universe and everthing in it, hence the comments about Firefox weaknesses.

    There is no point in raising expectations too high. For example the Opera users who already use a very good browser, might or might not find Firefox better.



    Well no offence, but comapred to Outlook Express, everything looks great. For now, I don't think Thunderbird is mature enough for me to use.
     
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  7. beetlejuice

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    No expectations here, well that's not exactly true. I do expect to feel better about not using IE anymore! :D
     
  8. bbfi

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    No problem. I have heard of some disasters with Thunderbird. Thank God, it works great for me. :D

    The best part of Thunderbird for me is its templates abilities. I can have categories with sub folders which could not be done with Outlook Express with any ease. For years I had to make my templates that had to be opened in the browser not email client. :'( Those days are over with Thunderbird. Everything is done in the email client which makes it a breeze to work with.

    Plus, Thunderbird's security is better than Outlook Express. Just think of all the viruses and worms opened because of Outlook Express. But, you are right in saying that it is not quite prime time for Thunderbird yet. Perhaps by version 1.0, it will be a complete and safe email program for people to migrate to and not have to be under the rule of Microsoft and its poor security. :eek:
     
  9. Grummy

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    OK tried the tweek however my internet banking site would not respond to any other value except 2 . Therefore, I'll leave it at 2. Really nice to learn the about:config tho :eek:
     
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  10. bigc73542

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    I do have both browsers but I do prefer opera. But firefox is an excellent program. ;)
     
  11. JayK

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    Yes, sadly some sites don't work if there is no referrer sent.

    Unfortunately, unlike say Opera, Firefox doesn't have selective referrer blocking, though a patch exists
     
  12. bbfi

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    JayK,

    Do you happen to know where this patch can be found? I would be quite helpful to those of us who want to block referrers selectively (like me and perhaps Gummy, etc.). :rolleyes:
     
  13. JayK

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    You would have to merge the patch in yourself and compile it yourself. It's on bugzilla, I can go look it up if you really think you are up to it.

    Much easier would be to use Beonex which has that patch built in. Unfortunately it's based on a old mozilla version. I think Mozilla 1.0

    Yet another alternative is the extension Referspoof

    http://refspoof.mozdev.org/installation.html#

    It's (the site) is very slow and might or might not work with Firefox.
     
  14. bbfi

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    JayK,

    Not up to it. Don't know how to compile it.

    I like Firefox and don't want to switch.

    It sure is slow. Tried it. Doesn't work in Firefox.

    Okay, I guess I will have to stick with what I got. Block all referrers or none until something better comes along. I appreciate your time and efforts in your suggestions. Thanks a lot JayK, it was worth the try anyway. ;)
     
  15. beetlejuice

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    When running an online scan (such as a²'s) what config? settings in Firefox must be changed to keep OS and Browser info from being picked up by the scanner? If possible I'd like to be completely invisible to them. No info given at all. I checked on the Firefox forum but couldn't find anything. Just thought someone here might know.
     
  16. lynchknot

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    Yeah, Firefox is ok - I guess - :D
     
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    Is your page bare or is it me? *puppy*
     
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    For heaven's sake put some clothes on ronjor. Someone might see you running around the forums naked!

    Some themes are compatible with 9 and 9+
     
  21. ronjor

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    I guess I need to work on my sentence structuring so I don't get any more replies like this one. :D


    :D :D :D :cool:
     
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  22. justhelping

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    http://www.pryan.org/mozilla/firefox/amano/Fx-0_9-O1-Gopher-MNG-Exp.exe

    type about:config in the url address, search for

    network.http.sendRefererHeader

    Then change it to either 4 ,5 or 6.

    * "Send no referrer to 3rd party servers" (network.http.sendRefererHeader = 4).

    * "Send a fake referrer to 3rd party servers" (network.http.sendRefererHeader = 5).

    * "Send the actual referrer to all hosts, but strip off the path for 3rd
    party requests. (network.http.sendRefererHeader = 6).
     
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