Archive | February, 2008

Firefox Vulnerability Isn’t a Threat (Maybe)?

There is a kind of major security threat that isn’t really a threat but it is and yeah, I am very confused. Instead of trying to explain things I’ll share with you the information as I got it.

Ronald van den Heetkamp says that he found a vulnerability that effects all versions of Firefox (even the most recent 2.0.0.12 update). Found out about this over at Mozilla Links.

Then I go check out Asa’s blog to see what he is saying about it, and he writes:

This news item on /. and making the rounds on some blogs is not real. It’s not a flaw. This guy’s found a way to read a file that doesn’t contain any personal information and that’s identical for every Firefox install on the planet. It’s simply not a flaw.

His post then points me over to Mike Shaver’s post who does a better job at explaining the situation. It turns out that the vulnerability found does not have access to the user’s setting at all. The files are not stored in the Windows program files (or any other operating system’s equivalent for that mater). Check out his post to see Ronald and Mike discuss the topic on on one via the comments for more information.

I love the Internet.

Firefox Link Assault

Time to check in with what others are saying about our favorite lovable browser. Remember a few weeks ago when I said it seemed like Firefox buzz was dying down? Well these links are proof that rumors of Firefox’s hype and excitement were dying down were overly exaggerated. Here are your links for this week…

Firefox Media of the Week

(I was cheering for the Firefox to take down the stick man!)

Fixing Firefox Popup Annoyances

Two popup window annoyances that come up are when you yourself can not resize a window because the designer has locked it down to that one shape and size and when a web site resizes your windows or moves them around without asking. We will start with that one first.

Stop Resizing and Moving My Firefox Browser

Want to stop the ability for web sites to resize your browser window or move it around? In Firefox go to Tools, then Options the the Content tab. Where you see the check mark box for “Enable JavaScript” hit the Advanced button next to it. Here you can enable or disable the ability for web sites to resize or move your existing window.

Turn Back on My Ability to Resize Any Popup Myself

Now the second situation you might find yourself in is when you want to resize the window but the designer locked it down so that you can’t. Thanks to gHacks.net though for finding this next tweak, you can override the “cannot resize popup” setting when you run into popups that can not be resized.

There is however a way in Firefox to override the “cannot resize popup” setting which in turn makes it possible to resize any popup that you might come across. To do so you need to type about:config in the address bar of Firefox and filter for the term dom.disable_window_open_feature.resizable. Set the value of this setting to true to be able to resize all windows in Firefox.

Restart Firefox and you should be able to resize those popup windows on any web site.

Finger Licking Good – hmmXP

Simple, yet different the hmmXP theme makes a perfect companion for Firefox.

hmmmXP Theme

No huge distractions here. It is simple, lightweight but still gives you that visual refresh you might be looking for when changing your Firefox theme around. The light blueish-purple is a welcome too as it is all very pleasing to the eye. Mix that with the hint of green and the theme – it is delicious. I would lick it if I could, but I have a feeling my monitor wouldn’t like that too much.

Firefox’s Best Map Extensions

Firefox Map ToolsI dare you – no I triple Firefox dare you to find a better list of map related extentions and tools for any browser out there. Thanks to Firefox and some creative map loving developers there is no way you could ever get lost as long as you had a laptop, an internet connection and that lovable Firefox.

Map+ – View the Yahoo Map of any address without having to open a new tab or window.

Get directions from Google Maps – Highlight any address on the web and get directions.

PackageMapping.com Extension – Track your shipments via a map to see where exactly that electric toothbrush you ordered is.

Map This – Launch a Google Map for any address you select on the Web.

All Your Maps Are Belong To Us – convert any mapping service URL or address to Google Maps. Good one for the Google Map fan boys.

Mini Map Sidebar – Mapping sidebar suite for Mozilla Firefox.

GDirections – Find where your going or where you have been on Google and Yahoo Maps based on your selected text and one of various home addresses.

Shazou – A unique Japanese mapping service and tool that enables the user with one-click to map and geo-locate any website they are currently viewing.

GeoLocateFox – Find where any web site’s HQ is with this tool. It tells you the location if contains GeoLocation metadata within the HTML on the web page.

GMiF – An addon for Flickr that will tell you exactly where those photos were taken via Google Maps.

Locator – Finds any location via Google Maps.

Geo – Another extension that opens a Google Map for a web site’s location if it contains GeoLocation meta data or is geographically marked with ICBM.

Know of another I might have missed? Leave a comment and share!

Me.dium Goals, Future and Praise

Me.dium InterviewMe.dium is one of those unique Firefox addons that delivers a service that none so far have been able to duplicate. Giving you a way to chat live with other people on the same page – the idea is simple, yet brilliant. I recently had the chance to get a quick interview in with David Mandell the founder and VP of Marketing at Me.dium.

Does it make you feel nervous at all that your success is so tied into the success of addons for the browser? You have clients for both Firefox and Internet Explorer, but what if addons sometime become “not so cool”.

Sure, industry change always makes us nervous. The key is to continually provide enough value for the user that cool transforms into indispensable. We are trying to provide a tremendous amount of information in a very small space, so there is always the possibility of looking at other ways to display the value, but at this point, the experience of surfing with your friends is so tied to where you are on the Internet, that a marriage between the browser and Me.dium makes sense.

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Your Addons Ready for Firefox 3?

How many of the extensions you use are ready for Firefox 3? Sure it has not been released just yet but now is the time to get the work done early to make sure that when Firefox 3 is released your favorite addons will work. I know of several great extension authors who have already made the leap and others are in the progress of doing so.

Are you worried that your extensions you use won’t work when Firefox 3 goes into it’s final release? Will it stop you from going to Firefox 3 if all your favorite addons are not working?

Voting Closed – Here Are the Results!

Update to Firefox 3 Poll?

Sound off and let me know what you think.

Quick TransLation

I have spoken the English language all of my life, (some may debate how well I write it though) so the Web is not that scary of a place for me. I could see however that for somebody who has not mastered English – it might not seem so welcoming. The Quick TransLation extension for Firefox gives us a tool to all bridge the language barrier we share.

Here is what Quick TransLation looks like in action:

Quick TransLation in Action

Of course that is the English translation of an English word. The highlight is you can select from the status bar flag that is added the language you would like to read that definition in. If you spend your time reading a lot of content on the Web that is from another country, this extension would be a handy addon to make use of.

Little Firefox Goodies for Everybody

Loads of random goodies for this week on and about Firefox. As we come closer to the Firefox 3 release date it looks like we are getting more and more information trickling out about it. Also some other useful tidbits of news, information and more in this week’s link round up.

The Best Stuff You Didn’t See Here This Week:

Firefox Multimedia of the Week:

Firefox Users