Posts Tagged With: Firefox

Essential Free Software for Mac OS X: My Personal Top 10 Indispensables (plus a few handy extras)

I realised when I was getting my system back to normal (HD faliure – probably post on this at some point) that I have not written any posts about any of the really great freeware I use on my Mac.

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Crazy!!!

I realise that a lot of people do these top ten lists for interesting software or fun software for Macs.  And a lot of them list programs you have to pay for.

My list is for USEFUL SOFTWARE I USE ALL THE TIME. 

And of course all software listed here is 100% FREE SOFTWARE.  

There is NO payware or shareware included.

So here’s my up to date list of all the software I consider indispensable for my happy Mac life.  These are vaguely in order of how often I use them. Continue reading

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How to Stop Downloaded Files Opening Automatically

So I thought I’d write a quick post about this as it was a problem when I installed Firefox on my new system.  Basically what it boils down to is this:

Safari = Evil

Seriously.  Don’t ever use a browser that does things like this by default.  But I digress.

So, I had my Macbook Pro back all fixed and such and I installed Firefox and everything was working fine.  And then I downloaded a couple of pdfs using Firefox and they opened themselves automatically.  And it kept happening.  Whenever I downloaded a file, regardless of type – pdf, mp4, png or whatever, it would open automatically. 

Now, I do NOT like my computer to open things without me asking it to.  EVER. 

I assumed the issue was with the browser I was using, so, naturally, I was looking for a solution in the Firefox preferences.  I should have remembered that this had never ever happened before in all the ten years I have been using Firefox. But thinking logically, if you were having problems with files automatically opening after being downloaded using a browser, you’d think the problem would be with the browser, right?

WRONG!! 

The problem is NOT with Firefox!!  It is with Safari!!!  Stupid stupid Safari.  If you have Safari installed it is causing this problem!!!

But yes, rant over here’s the fix.  Continue reading

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Having a few problems after a Firefox upgrade…

Just wanted to dash out a quick post about problems I had with a recent Firefox upgrade.  I would like to add that I am a loyal Mozilla Firefox user and although I do have Safari (it came with my Macbook Pro) I never use it except when needs must.

Foxkeh – the official Japanese mascot of Firefox

Anyway I upgraded to Firefox 14.0.1 after being prompted by the usual message about security and stability and so on.  And after restarting and all that jazz, I found that half the sites I usually use (e.g. youtube.com) at wouldn’t load and the rest (e.g. Google) were so slow that you could go away and make a cup of tea between each new page.

So clearly something was amiss.  I have actually never had this sort of problem with Firefox, even back on old Windoze.  At first I thought it might be my network running slowly or the website servers being down, but when fired up Safari everything worked fine.  So clearly it was a Firefox problem.

After reading various posts (which didn’t really help) I decided to just try a few things and see if I could fix it myself.  I tried deleting all my cookies and history, rebooting the system etc but nothing changed.  So I decided to uninstall and reinstall a previous version.  For the record I installed Firefox 13.0.1 and it is working like a charm (so far anyway).

For those who want to install a previous version of Firefox you can find one here.  A few words about installing a previous version of Firefox:

1.)  Mozilla will try to dissuade you from installing a previous version as it is not as secure as the most recent version.  However, I have not had any problems.

2.)  “b” means beta, these are often unstable so it’s best to go with the most recent of the previous stable versions e.g. in my case I downgraded to 13.0.1.

3.)  Make sure you uninstall your current Firefox before installing an older version.  If you are using a Mac just drag the Firefox icon from the Applications folder to the Trash.  You’ll probably have to authenticate this unless you’re Admin.

4.)  It’s best to back up your bookmarks just in case of accidents.  I didn’t have any problems but it’s not rocket science to create a backup just in case.  Just go to Bookmarks > Show All Bookmarks

Then from the Star button you can either Backup or Export Bookmarks to HTML.  I usually do both just in case.

 Although this may all seem obvious, I’ll just run through the uninstall/install process quickly.

1.)  To uninstall Firefox (in OS X) simply open your Applications folder and drag Firefox to the Trash.  You should empty your Trash before installing a previous version to avoid potential problems.

2.)  Download the version you wish to install from this page.

3.)  Open the .dmg and drag Firefox into your Applications folder.  You will need to authenticate this if you are not Admin.

A Quick Note:

I have turned off my Firefox updates to stop it returning to the problem version.  It will do this if you leave your Firefox updates to default.  To stop this automatic update happening go to Firefox > Preferences and then from the menu choose Advanced > Update.  Then you have two options, either:

  • Check for updates, but let me choose whether to install them (which can be a pain in the neck as it helpfully checks for you at least once every time you use Firefox)

or,

  • Never check for updates (this is fine as long as you check manually once in a while)

To update Firefox manually simply go to Firefox > About Firefox > Check for Updates.

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