I needed to authenticate with a proxy today and with Firefox 3.6 I constantly got user/password dialog boxes. Of course, this is annoying. Some searching lead me to an article on the Mozilla support site which mentions a setting (which you can reach via
network.auth.force-generic-ntlm which, when set from
true, fixes a lot of these popups.
I’ve been using MathML for a while now for some of my documentation work on 3D graphics. Unfortunately the only way at the moment is to use XHTML 1.1 modular doctype to include either or both of MathML and SVG. In HTML 5 these have become embedded content parts of the specification. So for example, using MathML would be as simple as doing:
Unfortunately the only browser to support either MathML or (parts of) HTML 5 at this moment is Firefox 3.5. However, the MathML or SVG embedded content did not render under 3.5. After reading John Resig’s post about a new HTML parsing engine in Mozilla’s Gecko engine I set out to test this engine’s support by downloading the latest nightly and setting
about:config and ‘lo and behold, it renders as expected.
I discovered FireMath today, an addon for Firefox that makes editing MathML much, much easier. Give it a spin. I just wish more browsers than Firefox supported MathML out of the box.
Discovered today that with both Firefox 3.0 and Opera 9.63 on FreeBSD, TinyMCE within WordPress 2.7.1 is not allowing me to use the visual editing mode. I tried the example of TinyMCE and it works without problems. Based on this and the fact it works on Windows, there must be something weird in either WordPress or its included version of TinyMCE with FreeBSD. I logged a post over at the WordPress forums.
For a while now I have been using Zotero on Firefox to handle researching topics. It also allows PDF indexing, but for this you need to set some things up first. Start by installing xpdf from ports, it’s located under
graphics/xpdf. This will install
pdftotext amongst others. Next go to your Zotero data directory, by default this is the
zotero directory under your profile directory in
$HOME/.mozilla/firefox, and create two symbolic links
pdfinfo-`uname -s`-`uname -m` and
pdftotext-`uname -s`-`uname -m` which will point to
Now, when you restart Firefox, Zotero should be able to pick up the files. Check by going into Zotero’s preferences and navigate to the
Search tab. It should state something to the effect of
pdftotext version UNKNOWN is installed.
Currently only Internet Explorer can run ClickOnce applications natively. Now with FFClickOnce, a Firefox add-on, you can also launch these from within Firefox. Quite useful if you don’t want to use Internet Explorer, but do want to test deployment of .NET applications with your favourite browser.
I tried to use Google Analytics for the first time and encountered an error message I’ve seen before.
Firebug would report: urchinTracker() is not defined.
I just could not understand why I would get this error message.
Turns out to be simpler than I imagined.
- I was blocking urchin.js at googleanalytics.com using AdBlock (so for all of you people who blindly trust their results, they’re awfully skewed),
One way around this was to use the code from http://www.buayacorp.com/archivos/google-analytics-urchintracker-is-not-defined/ and the problem should go away. It seems that the suggestion in this thread over at Google groups has already been incorporated with the current urchin.js file.
Went to see the Fantastic Four on Saturday. A pretty good movie to be honest, very funny. Seeing Jessica Alba as Susan Richards (with appropriately dyed blonde hair) was actually enjoyable, of which I had my doubts before going to see it.
In other news, Mozilla/Firefox released Deer Park Alpha 2 is now released.
These are interesting tidbits from the release notes:
- Faster browser navigation with improvements to back and forward button performance
- Drag and drop reordering for browser tabs
- Improvements to popup blocking
Been working on some ideas for my labs@tendra project. This will focus heavily on languages, especially Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Thai and probably Hindi.
And to the question why people still use Windows try setting up your X environment to properly support MathML with Firefox.
Truly, using new fonts within X is a black art still reminiscent of dark and medieval times when we did not know better. I thought we would have progressed that stage by now.
From a user perspective Windows definitely wins hands down in this, drag a file to a Fonts folder, done.
No, X wants us to use crazy incantations of mkfontdir, mkfontscale, fc-cache, ttmkfdir, xset with various fp options and hope xlsfonts shows the font you are after.
Users do NOT want to be bothered with foundries, weights, encoding types, and what not. They just want to add a font, select it in their favourite application and go: “owww, pretty!”
Is that, anno 2004, too much to ask?