I have a real quick tip for you today, that should help more than a few of you having Flash problems with Firefox. If you ever notice that Flash files or videos are not exactly working right – you might want to first update the RealPlayer. You can download the latest version from real.com.
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Firefox 4 Beta 10 has been released by Mozilla. This update, on the heels of the Beta 9 release, really only brings more stability to an already amazing new browser interface. The official release notes as far as changes go have been pretty sparse, but it seems stability is the big update this time around.
Have you ever noticed something called plugin-container.exe running on your computer and you didn’t know where exactly it came from? Well, I can ease your mind some because this is from Firefox. Ever since Firefox 3.6.4 this extra process has been in there helping protect your browsing just in case Firefox decides to crash.
There has been a pretty cool update to Firefox in the past 24 hours. If a plugin crashes or freezes, it will no longer affect the rest of your browser. You will be able to reload the page, restart the plugin and try again.
Want to speed up your flash video watching? By default, Firefox takes a sort of “snapshot” of whatever you are doing every ten seconds. Why? It is so that the browser can restore itself, just in case of a crash. Now you might ask, what does this have to do with flash videos? Well, the snapshot action is what is causing your ten second delay, at times, with watching flash videos on the Web.
So what is the solution? Time to visit our good friend, the about:config…
The quick fix for this problem, at least for my own sake, is to increase the time between each of the saves performed by session restore. By opening about:config in your Firefox address bar, then typing browser.sessionstore.interval in the filter box, you’ll see a value of 10000, which is in milliseconds. (Meaning your session is saved every 10 seconds.) I changed this to 300000, or every 5 minutes, as I don’t have the urgent need for tab restoration. If you feel like being more on the safe side, try increasing it to something a bit lower, say 120000, or every 2 minutes.
I gave it a shot, and it might not be a life changing experiance after doing so, but it does seem to make the videos play faster, especially if you have several Firefox tabs or windows open at the same time.
Tired of finding mp3 files on the Web, that have no inline player so you can simply check them out as you find them? Well, thanks to the Lifehacker team you can now use Google’s inline mp3 player to stream any mp3 on any web site.
For those you have Greasemonkey installed, the Google Inline MP3 Player script inserts the Google flash mp3 player next to any linked MP3 file. Want to give it a shot? Go check out the Lifehacker page on the topic, and click there to get it installed.
As a bonus, for those of you who might want the opposite of this, we have the Give me the MP3 user script. Once you install this into Greasemonkey, you can pull the mp3 link out instead of using a flash player that is embedded on the web site you are browsing.
So to play, or not to play – you now have the option to do both!
I couldn’t be more blunt with the headline, and it pretty much tells the entire story here. Pixlr, a great online photo editor has now got an extension that will work with Firefox. With it, you have access to import and edit any picture you find into the Pixlr web site.
So who really needs Pixlr? It is a great alternative for us normal people out there who may not need the entire Photoshop suite of tools, just a simple and easy to use editor. Having it online and with easy access via Firefox makes it an even handier tool for the web developers out there to have access to. The only thing you need to have to make it work is Flash.
One more nice feature about the service is it is super quick. Just playing around with the editor on its own, it loaded up in under two seconds easily. To pick up the Firefox add-on for Pixlr, go check out the Firefox Add-on site. To learn more about the Pixlr editor, be sure to visit pixlr.com.
We all like tools that help us feel a little safer, right? Firefox has a slew of tools you can use to add extra security to the platform. One thing I really like about this is each person can decide how much more added security he or she needs. How do you know which of the add-ons are the best?
Here are some of the most popular plugins that help with increasing the privacy or security for your Firefox installation.
The best security you can get in a web browser! Allow active content to run only from sites you trust, and protect yourself against XSS and Clickjacking attacks.
WOT, Web of Trust, warns you about risky websites that try to scam visitors, deliver malware or send spam. Protect your computer against online threats by using WOT as your front-line layer of protection when browsing or searching in unfamiliar territory.
Do you like to pretend that you are a super secret spy when browing the Web? Maybe you just don’t want that nosy brother or sister looking in on what you have been doing. No matter the situation, if you want to stay secret – the Stealther Firefox extension is for you.
FoxyProxy is an advanced proxy management tool that completely replaces Firefox’s limited proxying capabilities. It offers more features than SwitchProxy, ProxyButton, QuickProxy, xyzproxy, ProxyTex, TorButton, etc.
Want Firefox to help you encrypt your secret files and documents? Maybe you just want to learn more about the encryption process? No matter which camp you fall into, the Fire Encrypter Firefox extension is for you. It brings the top secret world of encryption right into your favorite little browser.
Forget your passwords! Sxipper accurately fills in forms, manages passwords and your OpenIDs.
Want more control over your cookies? No, I’m not talking about the ones your grandmother loves to shove down your throat – I am talking about the ones that involve your browser. The Firefox extension CookieCuller gives you total control over which cookies stay on your computer by letting you protect cookies of your choice while automatically deleting the rest.
Flashblock is an extension for the Mozilla, Firefox, and Netscape browsers that takes a pessimistic approach to dealing with Macromedia Flash content on a webpage and blocks ALL Flash content from loading. It then leaves placeholders on the webpage that allow you to click to download and then view the Flash content.
With all this talk about your privacy being attacked and people snooping on what you have been searching about, you are bound to feel a little paranoid. You might be watching over your shoulder as you type. You might be turning the lights out before you get Online. How can you protect yourself from being tracked in your searches though? If you use Firefox, you need the TrackMeNot extension.
Tired of web sites asking you to register to view the content inside? Bypass compulsory web registration with the context menu via bugmenot.com.
Know of another Firefox security add-on that is well worth using, just not that popular yet? Do any of these add-ons make you sleep a little easier at night? Let me know what you think the best security add-on for Firefox is.
We are always talking about adding features to Firefox, what about for those people who would like to take them away? Better yet, how about adding features that let you take other features away? Ok, now I am even confusing myself.
Firefox has some great add-ons to use when it comes to blocking, filtering or checking out the sometimes shady information that may be passing through it.
LeechBlock – This extension is much more for saving you from looking at random stupid links when you should be working. If you can not keep yourself focused, you may need to add this to your own Firefox install.
Flashblock – Tired of seeing the offers to punch President Bush, the Pope or any other important person to win an iPod? The Flashblock add-on has your back as it will block all flash until it is told not to.
Adblock Plus – How could you not love Adblock Plus? Filter out the ads you don’t want to see – and automatically subscribe to filters so you don’t waste time setting these things up yourself. Not to mention, I did interview the creator of the script a few months back (very awesome guy!).
CookieSafe – This extension will allow you to easily control cookie permissions. It will appear on your statusbar. Just click on the icon to allow, block, or temporarily allow the site to set cookies.
Know of another blocking or filtering tool that does a better job?
Time to dive through some of my saved Firefox links of the week – think of this as the best of the best posted somewhere else:
- Undress TinyUrl links with Greasemonkey script
- Australian retailer offers 5% off to Firefox users
- Five Firefox Tips You May Not Know About
- Mozilla Adds Live Chat Support: Eroding Microsoft’s Stronghold?
- The Netscape Story: From Mosaic to Mozilla
- Most Popular Themes for Firefox on Deviant Art
- Play Flash Games Offline Or FullScreen! Using Unplug
- Interclue for Firefox: Getting a clue is now easy (and unobtrusive)
- Mitchell Baker – Reflections on 2007
- Warning on Spoofed Login Windows in Firefox
- a mozilla ipo?
Have an interesting link to share or pass my way? Leave a comment or drop me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll be more than happy to share it with the masses.