Add to Search Bar

The big buzz on the tech front today is about Firefox jumping the Google ship for Yahoo.
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It will be another change I will hardly notice as I don't use the default search in any case.
I have been using the "Add to Search Bar" extension for a long time. I have 10 different searches on it currently and although one is Yahoo I seldom use it.
Also 4 different Google searches including the image search that loads the old style search.
I haven't checked on my regular FF install but I notice on PaleMoon the extension is still at 2.0 although it is currently at 2.7. Works fine so I'm leaving it that way.

"... With Add to Search Bar you can add the search functionality of any page to the search box with no effort. ..."


 Add to Search Bar - Search on Fire

Firefox 33.1.1 Released

Mozilla released an update for Firefox 33.1 on November 14th, 2014 with Firefox 33.1.1: 33.1.1 - Fixed startup crash (see bug 1021265) Users may be prompted to update to the newest release of Firefox or can do so manually within Firefox by going to Help > About Firefox and following the update prompts. Users may also manually download and install the Firefox update via the getfirefox.com site. The next scheduled update for Firefox is November 25th with Firefox 34.

Firefox 33.1 aka The Anniversary Release Released

On November 9th, 2004 Mozilla released the first version of Firefox (Firefox 1.0). On November 10th, 2014, Mozilla pushed out Firefox 33.1 aka The Anniversary Release. Note: The previous release version was 33.0.1 so 33.1 is an upgrade. Some new features of this release include:
  • Users can now add DuckDuckGo as a pre-installed search option.
  • Forget feature - an easy way to tell Firefox to clear out some of your recent activity (last 5 minutes, or 2 hours, or 24 hours).
Users may be prompted to update to the newest release of Firefox or can do so manually within Firefox by going to Help > About Firefox and following the update prompts. Users may also manually download and install the Firefox update via the getfirefox.com site. The next scheduled update for Firefox is November 25th with Firefox 34.

Firefox 33.0.3 Released

Mozilla released an update for Firefox 33 on November 6th, 2014 with Firefox 33.0.3:
  • 33.0.3: Blacklisted graphics drivers that were causing black screens with OMTC enabled
  • 33.0.3 Fix two startup crashes with some combination of hardware and drivers
For more detailed information, please see the release notes. Users may be prompted to update to the newest release of Firefox or can do so manually within Firefox by going to Help > About Firefox and following the update prompts. Users may also manually download and install the Firefox update via the getfirefox.com site. The next scheduled update for Firefox is November 25th with Firefox 34.

Mozilla Developing New Browser Designed For Developers

" ... The upcoming browser will be based on the Firefox browser, so developers will at least be familiar with parts of it. It will also come with developer tools such as debugging capabilities and other tools like Firefox Tools Adapter and WebIDE that will allow developers to code directly in the browser itself. ... "
Source: Ubergizmo
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Firefox 33.0.1/33.0.2 Released

Mozilla released a couple updates for Firefox 33 over the past week:
  • October 24, 2014: Firefox 33.0.1 - Firefox displays a black screen at start-up with certain graphics drivers
  • October 28, 2014: Firefox 33.0.2 - Fix a startup crash with some combination of hardware and drivers
Users may be prompted to update to the newest release of Firefox or can do so manually within Firefox by going to Help > About Firefox and following the update prompts. Users may also manually download and install the Firefox update via the getfirefox.com site. The next scheduled update for Firefox is November 25th with Firefox 34.

Firefox and POODLE Attack

Google researchers announced recently of the POODLE (Padding Oracle On Downgraded Legacy Encryption) Attack which hackers take advantage of sites (around 0.3%) still using the outdated (introduced in 1996) SSLv3 security protocol. Mozilla has announced that SSLv3 will be disabled, unfortunately it won't be until Firefox 34 which will be released on November 25th. However, user can (and are urged to) install the SSL Version Control extension which will disable SSLv3 on the fly. I would not be surprised though if Mozilla pushes out Firefox 33.1 update to have SSLv3 disabled in the coming days or weeks. Google Chrome is already testing changes to disable the fallback to SSLv3. Not sure about Microsoft Internet Explorer or Opera. via Mozilla Security Blog > The POODLE Attack and the End of SSL 3.0

Firefox 33 Released

Mozilla has released the latest update of Firefox on Tuesday, October 14th with Firefox 33. This update contains numerous changes and fixes, which can be viewed in the Release Notes. Users may be prompted to update to the newest release of Firefox or can do so manually within Firefox by going to Help > About Firefox and following the update prompts. Users may also manually download and install the Firefox update via the getfirefox.com site. The next scheduled update for Firefox is November 25th with Firefox 34.

Windows Won’t Install Updates

Some months ago I resurrected a Windows 7 Ultimate computer I had retired a couple years ago after it threw one too many (and consecutive) BSODs. I suspected that all my problems likely stemmed from trying to 'upgrade' it from Windows Vista to Windows 7 when I really should have just bought an OEM version of Windows 7. Doing a clean install of Windows 7 Pro seemed to fix all my problems. This was back in April and I got busy with work and other projects. Plus, at that time I really didn't have a place to keep it setup in my home office. At the time it was more an experiment to see if doing a clean install of Windows 7 would fix the stability issues. I ended up putting the computer back in the closet where it sat until last weekend. I had been wanting to try out Ubuntu again, especially since I am using it in a virtual environment for the VMware ESXI Server Enterprise class I am currently taking. Also, wanted to try out the Windows 10 Technical Preview. Once I booted into Windows I was told I 'May be a victim of software counterfeiting' and that my copy of Windows was not 'Genuine'. While this was an evaluation copy of Windows 7 I was able to get through my college, I was pretty sure there were no time limits on the licence. Turns out there was, but that was only for retrieving the license key from the Microsoft DreamSpark program. That limit was 2-years from when I purchased (or in this case downloaded) that particular version of Windows 7, which was over two-year ago. All was not lost though, whenever I purchase (or download) anything from the Microsoft DreamSpark program I always print the online order confirmation which includes the license key (which is in very tiny print). Since Windows was now in lock-down mode I had two options, buy another license key or re-enter the key. I still had the order confirmation so I tried entering the key again, thinking maybe I either misread one of the characters or fat-fingered the first time around. I was able to get Windows activated and all was well...until... I tried to check for updates and got the message: Windows Update Cannot Check For Updates, Because The Service Is Not Running. Okay, so the service must have been shut off when Microsoft couldn't validate my copy of Windows. I tried rebooting the machine, thinking that maybe the service would automatically be turned back on. Nope, no such luck. Time to turn to the All Mighty Google and found: "Windows Update Cannot Check For Updates" error message. I was presented with two options Fix it for me or Fix it myself. I've been doing PC repair long enough I should have known that it is usually quicker and more reliable to go the Fix it myself method. However, I thought maybe Microsoft could have improved their automated fixes. So I clicked the Fix it for me link and downloaded a Troubleshooting Pack File which I ended up running and had to wait for it to install. When it was all said and done...it had done absolutely nothing. i was still getting the same message when trying to check for updates. I took a look at the Fix it myself directions and all it was opening a command and entering two commands:
  • net start bits
  • net start wuauserv
Not only did this fix my problem, it took less time to open the command prompt and enter those two commands than it did just downloading the useless Troubleshooting Pack File. I do recall the Windows net command from last year when I was preparing to get my A+ Certification. Plus I do use it on occasion when for whatever reason I get a print job stuck in the print spooler. I am now able to check for and install updates on this machine. So far I haven't had any other issues with this machine. I have managed to get Ubuntu (which comes pre-installed with the latest version of Firefox) running fine on another partition. I tried last weekend to install the Windows 10 Technical Preview in Oracle Virtual Box, but kept running into problems. I am going to try to reallocate the disk space and see if I can just install the Windows 10 preview on it's own partition.