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Gentle Reader, I am somewhat surprised. That little piece I posted a couple of days back regarding fixing Mozilla's latest brain-fart has produced a ton of private messages—especially since I posted the screenshot below—asking how I did this or that, to restore functionality to the browser. Given all the rather contentious subjects I write about, I never would have figured that as innocuous a subject as this would generate much, if any, in the way of private mail. But it did. Maybe folks are worried about appearing ignorant of techy stuff? I dunno.

So okay, being the helpful, yet at the same time lazy, chap wot aye yam, I figured I'd "answer" all those mails at once, by posting a more detailed run-down on how I got the latest Firefox looking like a real browser again…

[Click picture to enbiggen]

But first, a moan.

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Egads, The New Firefox Is 'orrible!

Not as 'orrible as the ever-decreasing functionality of the latest few versions of Opera, mind; but it's not nice.

For anyone who didn't fall instantly in love with the new, extra-flashy, swoopy Firefox 29 "Australis," this add-on will restore some degree of sanity. Amongst other things, it makes the add-on status-bar available again, via the context ("right-click") menu, brings back those nice, tidy, unobtrusive square tabs, and gives those of us who prefer to use the menu-bar instead of the Big Orange Button the choice to remove said button. Nice!

Oh, and for those who are wondering where the hell the title-bar went, it's restorable via a button at the bottom-left of Firefox's regular customisation facility.

Sanity restored.
Daz


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It's absolutely ages since I did a freeware post. And I've been meaning to do this one for, as it happens, absolutely ages. It should be, I hope, highly useful for those who write and comment on blogs and message boards a lot, using basic html or BB code for things like bolding, italicising, quoting and creating links.

If you regularly use such code, and especially if you dislike it when you bugger up (Ah, the joys of the missing closing-tag!), or just plain don't like the way typing formatting-tags slows your typing down, I've got two freeware utilities to help you out.

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After being constantly annoyed by the way freethought blogs' new layout puts half the content and comments off the right-hand edge of my browser, forcing me to constantly use the much-hated horizontal scroll-bar, I found an easy way to correct it in Firefox. And being a nice sorta chap, I thought I'd share it.

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This article is, by necessity, aimed at Windows users. I used to have Ubuntu too as well, but lack of hard-disk space led to me deleting it, so I can't check stuff out on there any more.

If you're a Firefox user, you might have noticed that there's been a problem, of late, with that browser and videos. The commonest symptom seems to be that the audio track stutters if you scroll the page—even on a separate tab—whilst playing a video, but I've seen reports of page-freezes, stuttering of the page-scroll itself, and other things, too, whilst playing video.

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The address bar containing an RSS icon

A recent post by the Inactive Activist reminded me that I'd planned on a few freeware-related posts, so here's the first of them. A pretty short one to start with.

I love RSS, and it was something of a blow when Mozilla removed the RSS icon that used to appear in the address bar (now known, somewhat grandiosely, as the 'Awesome Bar' ) when you visited a site that offered the service. It's part of a trend I've noticed, roughly since they stepped up the frequency of updates and new versions, that they often take the route of telling the user what the user wants, rather than offering a choice to make the customisation.

Anyway, this handy addon puts the RSS icon back where you want it, so you don't have to hunt around the page looking for subscription options.
Daz

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Another Anti-Google Post

As long-term readers may know, I have a bit of a history of being annoyed by Google. (To be found here  here  here and here.) Whilst there's not much I can do about their seeming desire to take over my entire online life, I have made it something of a mission to at least keep some control over how their search results are displayed, and to keep their annoying 'helpful' features out of my face. In terms of the latter, I was doing pretty well, but it involved several different tweaks which had to be combined.

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