Upgrading to Firefox 3 – and keep your loved extensions

After doing the long awaited upgrade to Firefox 3.0 I realized, that most of extensions would no longer work.

Of course, you might say, they are not compatible with FF3 … that’s true, but does that mean, I have to say goodbye to long trusted fellows? No!

There is a tweak for Firefox, which will allow to keep those extensions:

  • Type about:config into Firefox’s address bar and click the “I’ll be careful, I promise!” button.
  • Right-click anywhere. Choose New>Boolean. Make the name of your new config value extensions.checkCompatibility and set it to false.
  • Make another new boolean pair called extensions.checkUpdateSecurity and set the value to false.
  • Restart Firefox.

Well, this doesn’t make all extensions available in FF3, but at least you can get extensions to work which have been disabled because of the newly introduced security features of FF3.

Trillian & Miranda – a story of two ICQ Messangers

I’ve been using Miranda for quite some time now, and try always to stick with the lastest releases.

The last release is Miranda IM v0.8.0 Build #3. Unfortunatly there seem to bee some issues concerning the ICQ protocol:

  • communication with Trillian does not work anymore
  • contacts seem to be offline, even though they are online

The first issue can be solved using a previous version if the icq.dll. Version 0.3.10.6 seems to be fine. It seems that Trillian can not handle the new message format, which was introduced to Miranda to improve the compatibility with ICQ 6.

The other issue is more severe. AOL seems to have changed something regarding communication with unauthorized contacts … there has been already some discussion at the Miranda Forum.

Tools for Web-Development

When you’re developing web-applications an windows-based systems, there are certain tools you just need! Especially when developing for Internet-Explorer there are a couple of tools that Firefox users already know, but are not that common to IE users.

  1. IEDevtoolbar – this gives you all the infos about the currently displayed web-page you ever wanted to know. Instead of looking at the HTML source code you can view a structured tree-like representation of the DOM. Especially useful is the feature to display the computed css-style for an elemente …
  2. Fiddler 2 – fiddler acts as a proxy to allow to “monitor” all traffic going from and to the IE. This can help to diagnostic potential problems when accessing web-applications.