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Chrome to limit full ad blocking extensions to enterprise users - 9to5Google
An example of the problems you get when one company effectively controls the browser market. Remember, due to video DRM, Chrome effectively ISN'T open source.
opensource  google  evil  advertising  web  browsers  chrome  via:reddit  firefox 
may 2019 by mcherm
Former Firefox VP on What It's Like To Be Both a Partner of Google and a Competitor via Google Chrome - Slashdot
The perspective of one Firefox employee on what it was like when Google was sponsoring them while also taking over with Chrome. Some conspiracy theory thinking.
personal_net  firefox  google 
april 2019 by mcherm
Private by Design: How we built Firefox Sync - Mozilla Hacks - the Web developer blog
Firefox sync keeps data secure from Mozilla by using the passphrase to generate 2 keys - one authenticates to Mozilla's servers and the other is used to encrypt/decrypt *in the client*. Article discusses why they thought this approach was better for users than several alternatives used by other browsers.
privacy  security  encryption  firefox  via:HackerNews  design  architecture  chrome  browsers 
november 2018 by mcherm
mac - Disable two-finger swipe on Firefox - Super User
There is a way to disable "two-finger swipe for back" in browsers which is far too easily triggered by mistake: System Preferences / Trackpad / More Gestures and deactivate the checkbox for "Swipe between pages"
mac  browsers  firefox  chrome 
december 2016 by mcherm
Mozilla breaks our hearts, adds DRM to Firefox - Boing Boing
Firefox added DRM to the browser, saying if they didn't everyone would stop using the browser. And they may be right, but it's sad.
drm  CoryDoctorow  firefox  mozilla  via:boingboing 
may 2014 by mcherm
PyPy.js: Now faster than CPython
JITs galore! This guy has PyPy running on Javascript in the browser. He can run pystone faster than cPython (!!) and he discusses the differences between the Javascript JIT for Firefox and that for Chrome and why Chrome's is (eventually) better.
python  pypy  javascript  firefox  chrome  jit  via:reddit  blogworthy 
may 2014 by mcherm
RaiderSec: How Browsers Store Your Passwords (and Why You Shouldn't Let Them)
The way browsers store your passwords is not secure against a program running under your user, except for Firefox if you use a master password.
browsers  security  cryptography  firefox  chrome  ie  via:HackerNews 
june 2013 by mcherm
Checkboxes that kill your product — Alex Limi
A short rant on why offering configurable products is dangerous: instead, make it so you CAN'T adjust the product, but then allow plugins which can. Firefox.
firefox  usability  via:HackerNews 
march 2013 by mcherm
ChatZilla :: Add-ons for Firefox
An IRC client for Firefox; quite useful.
firefox  extension  useful  irc 
january 2013 by mcherm
Microsoft Mobile OS Banning Firefox
Microsoft won't let Firefox run on windows phones. Didn't they get sued over this once before?
browser  firefox  ie  microsoft  via:HackerNews 
may 2012 by mcherm
Comparing the security and privacy of browser synching
A review of password and bookmark sharing across browsers. Firefox is the only one doing it right.
security  privacy  browsers  firefox  chrome  via:twitter 
april 2012 by mcherm
A Firefox plugin that tells you what kinds of things are snooping on you from a given web page and allows you to block them if you please. For instance, block the Facebook "like" button that otherwise could track where you go even if you DON'T click on it. Also block "Vibrant Ads" to eliminate the horrible IntelliTXT.
firefox  plugin  security  privacy 
march 2012 by mcherm
PrintPDF :: Add-ons for Firefox
A plugin for Firefox that prints pages to PDF.
useful  firefox  plugin  PDF 
march 2012 by mcherm
Message to Certificate Authorities about Subordinate CAs at Mozilla Security Blog
Mozilla puts certificate authorities on notice about misbehaving. They'd better not be issuing sub-certs that give global approval for anything, no matter how good their reason.
cryptography  security  firefox  mozilla  ssl  via:HackerNews 
february 2012 by mcherm
Convergence - SSL without a list of trusted roots
An attempt at building a PKI infrastructure that is not dependent on a list of trusted root certificates.
security  ssl  cryptography  pki  blogworthy  firefox 
february 2012 by mcherm
Iran has been Man-in-the-Middle hacking Gmail with a fraudulent cert
This is real. This is serious. I want Firefox and other browser makers to be MUCH more careful who is allowed to produce a trusted root cert. Single failure leads to permanent removal is the ONLY acceptable choice.
security  cryptography  via:reddit  firefox  google 
september 2011 by mcherm
DigiNotar Removal Follow Up at Mozilla Security Blog
Mozilla explains how badly DigiNotar screwed up: not only did they sign evil certs, they kept it secret.
security  cryptography  ssl  mozilla  firefox 
september 2011 by mcherm
ant video downloader firefox addon tracking my browsing « InterWeb Task Force
widely used firefox plugin secretly phones home with your browsing history.
via:HackerNews  security  firefox 
may 2011 by mcherm
Bug 647959 – Add Honest Achmed's root certificate
A gag bug to add a root certificate for "Honest Achmed's Used Cars and Certificates".
via:HackerNews  security  funny  cryptography  firefox 
april 2011 by mcherm
disabling websockets for firefox 4 : Christopher Blizzard
an interesting flaw was found in the websockets protocol. Firefox delays the rollout of websockets because of it.
security  firefox  html5  via:reddit 
december 2010 by mcherm
Why Tabs are on Top in Firefox 4 « Alex Faaborg
Why the firefox team choose to put the tabs on top (like chrome). A detailed analysis of the advantages of each choice.
browsers  ui  userinterface  firefox  design 
june 2010 by mcherm
HTTPS Everywhere | Electronic Frontier Foundation
This is a great idea: a Firefox extension that automatically uses HTTPS instead of HTTP on a configurable list of sites that allow either. Prevent anyone from spying on you; run the net the way it should have been designed. And it's from the ever-wonderful EFF.
security  eff  cryptography  encryption  firefox  extension  via:boingboing 
june 2010 by mcherm
Preventing attacks on a user's history through CSS :visited selectors
Firefox's plans for how to protect against the attack that detects links you've visited by styling them differently and then detecting it.
security  via:BruceSchneier  firefox  browsers  privacy  webdevelopment 
june 2010 by mcherm
Stopping Development for Windows Mobile «
Firefox is now ceasing to develop for Windows Mobile phone OS because Microsoft has said they won't allow native applications (other than their own) on the platform.
firefox  via:slashdot  mobile  microsoft  appstore 
march 2010 by mcherm
Dear Mozilla, Please Don't Kill HTML5 Video! | Brian Crescimanno
A well-argued position in favor of Mozilla supporting the h264 format. But I fear it may miss the point that they're legally bound NOT to unless they pay a large sum of money. Perhaps instead of refusing to support it they should be setting up a separate contributions fund and when that's full they'll support it.
firefox  mozilla  video  via:HackerNews 
march 2010 by mcherm
HTML5 video and H.264 – what history tells us and why we’re standing with the web · Christopher Blizzard
YouTube is now using HTML5 but with a proprietary format for the video. Firefox won't display it because it's a proprietary format. Learn from history (like GIF): use an open format!
patent  ip-law  firefox  google  opensource  youtube  standards  video  w3c  GIF  via:reddit 
january 2010 by mcherm
Firefox to Microsoft: GTFO : programming
(I noticed this before the article.) First, Microsoft wrote a Firefox extension, one that has full system access and can run arbitrary code. Then they had Window Update auto-install it on all copies of Firefox without consulting the user. Oh, and it had a bug such that you couldn't disable it. Then it had a big security hole. Firefox responded by adding it to the list of known exploitative plugins and presented a dialog for disabling it.
via:reddit  Microsoft  security  firefox  browsers  windows 
october 2009 by mcherm
What the Internet knows about you
There's a vulnerability that lets web sites see what's in your browser history.
security  via:HackerNews  firefox  browsers 
september 2009 by mcherm
The Firefox 3.5 fiasco - Frans Bouma's blog
Version 3.5 of Firefox has slow startup time for some people, because it attempts to read large quantities of files from temp directories as a potential source of entropy for its secure random number generator. But that's not a good choice for several reasons.
security  cryptography  firefox 
july 2009 by mcherm
Firefox stability to get a boost with multiprocess browsing - Ars Technica
Look, Google's Chrome managed to shake things up at Mozilla. First they added private browsing to Firefox, now they're looking at deeper things like running tabs in independent processes. Even if no one uses Chrome, I will consider it to have been a huge success.
via:ArsTechnica  ArsTechnica  firefox  browsers  personal_net  chrome 
july 2009 by mcherm
Microsoft may be Firefox's worst vulnerability | IT Security |
Microsoft installs vulnerability into Firefox as part of a .Net framework upgrade, and does so without informing anyone and in a fashion that makes it quite difficult to uninstall.
security  Microsoft  windows  firefox  evil 
june 2009 by mcherm
Security Fix - Microsoft Update Quietly Installs Firefox Extension
A Microsoft Windows Update silently installs a Firefox extension... one which cannot be uninstalled normally. This is NOT acceptable behavior. Consider the security implications...
security  Microsoft  firefox  plugins  via:slashdot  automatedupdates 
june 2009 by mcherm
Dear Adblock Plus and NoScript Users, Dear Mozilla Community »
Apology from the author of the NoScript Firefox extension because he released a version that messed with another extension (AdBlock to prevent it from blocking his own ads).
apology  via:ArsTechnica  plugins  monkeypatching  firefox 
may 2009 by mcherm
A clever idea -- a browser plug-in that takes your universal password and hashes it with the domain of a site to produce a per-site password. This avoids the problem where hackers crack one site and get your password to everywhere. (Also helps against phishing.) Web site available for cases where you can't install the plugin.
security  encryption  cryptography  via:CodingHorror  firefox  plugin 
may 2009 by mcherm
PC Pro: News: Mozilla "worried" about becoming Microsoft
Interesting. Mozilla does not WANT to be the universal standard for browsers; they want a more diverse ecosystem.
browsers  web  internet  mozilla  firefox 
february 2009 by mcherm
CSS - Quirks mode and strict mode
Essential documentation on "quirks mode" and "strict mode" and how to control them in browser page rendering.
webdesign  webdevelopment  html  ie  firefox  standards  refs 
january 2009 by mcherm
Firefox in Russia dumps Google for Yandex | Webware - CNET
Firefox switches to a default search engine other than Google in one region (Russia).
via:digg  personal_net  firefox  google 
january 2009 by mcherm
Internet explorer mystery #1376: Ned Batchelder
Technically, it's a bug in Firefox: Firefox does something sensible but the JavaScript language definition requires something completely ridiculous. Either way, it's an interesting bit of JavaScript knowledge about hoisting. [...] Later, in response to many other comments, we find the true answer: the ridiculous case is undefined in JavaScript (technically, it is illegal but it not required to be a syntax error). Firefox's choice of how to interpret it is far superior.
mypostings  programming  programminglanguages  languagedesign  javascript  ie  firefox  browsers  bugs  via:NedBatchelder  NedBatchelder 
december 2008 by mcherm
About the Python Extension (pythonext) -
An extension to Firefox for building extensions in Python.
python  firefox  extension 
october 2008 by mcherm
Google Chrome
Google introduces their new browser: "Google Chrome". And they got Scott McCloud to write a comic to present it.
google  browsers  opensource  firefox  chrome  ScottMcCloud  comic  presentation  googlechrome 
september 2008 by mcherm
Bank of America to support Firefox, finally | Community
Yes, it's mid 2008 and Bank of America doesn't officially support Firefox yet. I guess some banks are really backward.
banking  firefox  via:digg 
july 2008 by mcherm
Cutting Edge Browsers and Their Development Tools - CSS-Tricks
A rundown of the current offering in firebug-like-things on modern browsers.
css  webdevelopment  webdev  webdesign  tools  firebug  firefox  ie  opera  browsers 
july 2008 by mcherm
First look: Mozilla Weave 0.2 puts Firefox in the cloud
Weave (from Mozilla) is another reasonable solution for a replacement for Google's synchronizer for sharing Firefox bookmarks, history, cookies, passwords, etc across multiple computers.
firefox  mozilla  bookmarks 
july 2008 by mcherm
Firefox 3: Google Browser Sync Discontinued, No Firefox 3 Support
A Firefox extension from Google that I use a LOT is being discontinued. What will I use instead to keep my accounts synched? [Update: 3 months later I'm using Weave, but it's not as good]
google  googlebrowsersync  firefox  extension 
june 2008 by mcherm
John Resig - Cross-Site XMLHttpRequest
Firefox 3 supports cross-site calls from javascript. The server must include a header that authorizes it for that request. A fairly elegant solution, I think -- I hope it gets adopted by other browsers.
xss  firefox  javascript  webdevelopment  ajax  security 
june 2008 by mcherm
Firefox 3: Fonts and text
Apparently, the rendering of text in Firefox 3 is totally revamped: it can handle kerning, ligatures, even highlighting PART of a ligature when selected. It will also search around for a font (any font) that can render an otherwise unavailable character.
typography  fonts  firefox  via:digg 
june 2008 by mcherm
When the fall is all that’s left [dive into mark]
The Acid3 test was released, it highlighted bugs in all 4 browsers, Opera and Apple had a race to fix them first. The Firefox team just griped. It's like a review: it's not about what score you get, it's about the conversation you have afterward.
MarkPilgrim  diveintomark  standards  firefox  opera  apple  webdesign  rant  browsers  webstandards  mozilla  acid 
may 2008 by mcherm
It's a GreaseMonkey script that forces you to stop browsing the internet.
firefox  extension  timemanagement  productivity  GreaseMonkey  todo  useful  internet 
march 2008 by mcherm
Firefox 3 Memory Usage «
Interesting review of what the Firefox developers did to minimize memory usage. Does YOUR application get this kind of delicate care?
firefox  programming  memory  optimization 
march 2008 by mcherm
Google Browser Sync
A key Firefox extension: this replicates your entire environment (almost) across multiple computers.
firefox  extension  google 
january 2008 by mcherm
FireFTP :: Firefox Add-ons
A wonderful little Firefox extension to perform FTP.
firefox  extension  useful  ftp 
january 2008 by mcherm
S3 Firefox Organizer
Firefox extension for using Amazon's S3 storage service.
firefox  extension  amazon  useful 
december 2007 by mcherm
XULRunner - MDC
Build stand-alone programs on the mozilla platform.
firefox  mozilla  webdev 
october 2007 by mcherm
Tamper Data :: Firefox Add-ons
A useful extension for Firefox which allows you to inspect the http (and https) headers being sent and received. Also allows you to modify them which is even more interesting.
webdevelopment  programming  security  useful  firefox  extension  software  testing  debugging 
october 2007 by mcherm
MozBackup - Backup tool for Firefox and Thunderbird
An extension to back up your entire firefox profile. But it's Windows only.
firefox  extension  personal_net 
january 2007 by mcherm
TADSEE | Firefox Add-ons | Mozilla Corporation
Extension to obtain pages out of caches. May be useful.
firefox  ex  extension  useful  via:digg 
january 2007 by mcherm
Slogger - Mozilla extension to capture http traffic
An extension to capture http traffic. As I write this I haven't tested it yet.
mozilla  extension  firefox  useful  webdevelopment 
december 2006 by mcherm
pageaddict | Firefox Add-ons | Mozilla Corporation
An extension to monitor how much time you spend on various kinds of websites.
firefox  extension  useful 
november 2006 by mcherm
Aardvark Firefox Extension
Allows removal of pieces of the page. Really useful for printing and other stuff too.
firefox  extension  webdevelopment 
november 2006 by mcherm
Firefox 2.0 Extension Fixes -
Temporary version of Aardvark extension that works with Firefox 2.0
firefox  extension  temp 
november 2006 by mcherm
Mark Shuttleworth » Blog Archive » Firefox and Ubuntu
Mark Shuttleworth on why to call it "Firefox" in Ubuntu.
personal_net  firefox  ubuntu  debian 
october 2006 by mcherm
Graphing requests with Tamper Data
Blog entry about a possibly useful extension called "TamperData" that allows intercepting and modifying requests. I'm bookmarking the blog entry because the actual extension has lousy docs.
personal_net  useful  webdevelopment  firefox  extension 
october 2006 by mcherm
Venkman Walkthrough
Javascript debugger (for Firefox)
firefox  mozilla  javascript  refs 
october 2006 by mcherm
An extension somewhat related to greasemonkey, but oriented more for interactive use and use by non-programmers (or at least people who aren't experts on DOM).
greasemonkey  extension  javascript  firefox 
september 2006 by mcherm
Mozilla DOM object reference
Reference for Mozilla/Firefox describing the objects available to javascript.
refs  javascript  xul  mozilla  firefox 
september 2006 by mcherm - greasemonkey: index
Home site for the GreaseMonkey extension for Firefox.
useful  firefox  GreaseMonkey  extension  javascript 
august 2006 by mcherm
FireBug -
Good Firefox extension for web development.
firefox  extension  javascript 
august 2006 by mcherm
Web Development Bookmarklets
Some very handy bookmarklets for javascript development.
javascript  personal_net  useful  firefox 
august 2006 by mcherm
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