Posts Tagged ‘firefox’

Firefox 4 Beta Review – A quick look

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010
Firefox 4 Beta Review – A quick look


If you are not using Spoon, well…you should. It’s what I use to test in any freakin’ browser. I’ve wrote about it before, so go check it out. Anyway, Spoon’s Browser Sandbox added Firefox 4 Beta, IE9 Preview, and Chrome 6 Beta to its list. I had to take a look at FF4 Beta just to see what all the hype was about. Let’s talk about what I was able to see, shall we?


Skype/Browser Highlighter extensions for Firefox…beware

Thursday, April 8th, 2010

Back story: I am doing a basic redesign for a friend of mine’s father. He has a financial newsletter and HAD a website with a .com that expired, which then was picked up by a domain sitter type company. He then bought the .net and wanted his old site up, but it was done in Cold Fusion, and I am pretty sure you need a special server for that. So I am redoing it in php. It was so bad looking, I couldn’t take looking at it anymore (we are talking 90′s look here), so I went with a clean and easy new look.

Anyway, I put the home page up, which has an order toll free tagline on it it, with a phone number. The crazy thing is, the stupid number would NOT show up. I thought NetBeans (IDE I use) was blocking something. After an hour of screwing around and not finding the issue, I go to bed. Next day, I am at work, and looked at it quickly there. And I’ll be damned if the number is there! At that point, I was thoroughly confused. Same Firefox 3.6.

I check firebug, everything looks fine. I go home, check firebug….and WHAT THE HELL IS THAT!? Something was putting a javascript file in, that isn’t mine, and two hidden inputs at the bottom of the html. Funny thing is, it doesn’t show up when you view the source.

I then use google to search for a bunch of different terms, and finally get the answer.

I’m not sure how I got the actual plugin, because I don’t remember downloading it. But I had the Skype extension installed and enabled, AND the Browser Highlighter addon (an extension by ebay). I disable both of these, and the scripts and inputs disappear, and the phone number on the page is now showing.

I have no idea what the hell these two were doing to Firefox to make it behave like that, but adding javascript to my page that wasn’t mine is very freaking bad. No idea what they did, but they are now gone. So a warning to all of you out there that are having any weird issues with displaying things in FF, see if you have either/both of those addons and disable the HELL OUT OF THEM!

FireShot screen grabber for Firefox

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

I had been a big fan of the Screengrab! plugin for Firefox, but for some reason it will not take screen shots of the sites we create for my work. Must be something we do with our template/cms stuff that conflicts…I don’t know. So I needed a new solution, and I found one. Here is a link to the Fireshot plugin. I have the latest FF version (3.6.2), and I haven’t had any issues. Here is an image of what it puts on the bottom of your browser window:

Fireshot plugin tools

Allows you to do a lot of things…edit the shot, upload it, copy only a selection, copy entire page or window, print…lots of good stuff. Great little plugin if you ever need to do screen shots of your sites.