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It's been around three weeks since my last update to LiveJournal. I was going to try to update weekly, but hey, real life always interrupts, doesn't it? The issue is that I can't really remember anything that's happened since then. But I'll try to piece together some tidbits for your reading pleasure.

So one thing that definitely happened is that I wrote the vast majority of my TAFF trip report, which is all very exciting. My trip took me through Toronto, Seattle, Lake Tahoe, Renovation (Worldcon) and San Francisco, and it will be comprised of six main chapters (Renovation gets two to itself), plus additional writing about Renovation from a variety of fans, most of whom I need to chase for contributions (although [livejournal.com profile] jamesb, [livejournal.com profile] fringefaan and Warren Buff have already written stuff for it).

(Incidentally, if any of the fans that I don't give LJ tags to in this post have LiveJournal, can someone please let me know? I met a lot of fans during my TAFF trip that I haven't associated with LJ handles yet, and it's distressing me. Thanks!)

This is all due to be published in a veritable smorgasbord of fanzines over the next few months, which I'm really rather excited about. In order:

I just need to go through and edit the Toronto chapter for Banana Wings (deadline 10th October) and then write the second chapter on Renovation for SF/SF (deadline 20th October), and that's all handled and it's time to put it all together and start asking fan artists for contributions on pages that look a bit lonely.

On the subject of TAFF, we have announced the candidates for the 2012 Eastbound TAFF trip to Odyssey 2012! They are Warren Buff, [livejournal.com profile] kgkofmel and Jacq Monahan, and each candidate looks to be a strong one, so it ought to be a really good race. If you fancy voting (or just generally giving some money to TAFF) then head on over to the unofficial TAFF website and download a ballot form for more details and information. We also now have a TAFF Facebook page and a TAFF Twitter feed for people to engage with, and, as ever, we remain at [livejournal.com profile] taffnews.

Approximating fanac, we also have the trip I took to the Out of This World exhibition at the British Library with [livejournal.com profile] sarkywoman recently. It was very awesome; there was a giant tripod and a talking robot and headphones with music on them and a decent variety of books in boxes just waiting for you to read about them. We also met [livejournal.com profile] jamesb and [livejournal.com profile] despotliz, which was awesome. At some stage I must write a short article about it, possibly for Mostly Harmless – we shall see! I've also recently written two articles for The Drink Tank and I have an idea for a Banana Wings article, so we'll see how that goes.

Outside of fandom, I went to Leicester last weekend to record a special feature for a comedian's DVD. No, really. There's a comedian from Leicester called Jim Smallman, and he once played a gig at the university comedy club. He was pretty funny and had an awesome tattoo of a Pacman ghost, so I figured I'd go ask if he had a YouTube channel or a DVD or anything similar. He was extremely flattered that I'd asked, and so he added me on Facebook. Next time he played the comedy club, it was the day prior to my birthday and he had the entire audience sing to me, because I was his friend. He also once played a gig in my kitchen and got us tickets to see him compere a comedy club he helped to run, as well as giving us freebies for a show he played as part of the Leicester Comedy Festival.

So when he tweeted saying that he was doing a DVD recording, I knew I had to go; when he found out me and my housemate Josh were going, he immediately said he wanted us as a special feature on the DVD. The show that was recorded was hella funny, and I met Josh's colleague Megan (who got the job I applied for, grrr) which was pretty cool. It was nice to spend some time in Leicester, too, since I was able to visit a couple of people and say hi!

Other than trips to Leicester and London, not a lot has happened in the recent past. I've applied for some jobs (with Ford, and a PR agency in London called Hotspot) and I'm applying for some more (one is a fundraising position with CASE which would be pretty interesting and has potential for travelling around Europe). I'm also looking at the European Space Agency's Young Graduate Trainees scheme, which is aimed at people at my level of qualification, so that'd be awesome. And I'm going to London this weekend for a job fair, staying with [livejournal.com profile] mokatiki and [livejournal.com profile] snowking, which should be really cool, too.

I'm currently contemplating writing a blog article on Chrome for my Proper Blog on my Website. I really want to move over to using it as my primary browser, but the ecosystem of add-ons and plugins and extensions just seems to be so much less developed than the Firefox ecosystem, and I would really miss a couple of extensions. However, it's so much more Mac-like and lightweight, to the point where I have switched to it properly on my laptop. It's currently playing on my mind.
johncoxon: (Default)
It's been around three weeks since my last update to LiveJournal. I was going to try to update weekly, but hey, real life always interrupts, doesn't it? The issue is that I can't really remember anything that's happened since then. But I'll try to piece together some tidbits for your reading pleasure.

So one thing that definitely happened is that I wrote the vast majority of my TAFF trip report, which is all very exciting. My trip took me through Toronto, Seattle, Lake Tahoe, Renovation (Worldcon) and San Francisco, and it will be comprised of six main chapters (Renovation gets two to itself), plus additional writing about Renovation from a variety of fans, most of whom I need to chase for contributions (although [livejournal.com profile] jamesb, [livejournal.com profile] fringefaan and Warren Buff have already written stuff for it).

(Incidentally, if any of the fans that I don't give LJ tags to in this post have LiveJournal, can someone please let me know? I met a lot of fans during my TAFF trip that I haven't associated with LJ handles yet, and it's distressing me. Thanks!)

This is all due to be published in a veritable smorgasbord of fanzines over the next few months, which I'm really rather excited about. In order:

I just need to go through and edit the Toronto chapter for Banana Wings (deadline 10th October) and then write the second chapter on Renovation for SF/SF (deadline 20th October), and that's all handled and it's time to put it all together and start asking fan artists for contributions on pages that look a bit lonely.

On the subject of TAFF, we have announced the candidates for the 2012 Eastbound TAFF trip to Odyssey 2012! They are Warren Buff, [livejournal.com profile] kgkofmel and Jacq Monahan, and each candidate looks to be a strong one, so it ought to be a really good race. If you fancy voting (or just generally giving some money to TAFF) then head on over to the unofficial TAFF website and download a ballot form for more details and information. We also now have a TAFF Facebook page and a TAFF Twitter feed for people to engage with, and, as ever, we remain at [livejournal.com profile] taffnews.

Approximating fanac, we also have the trip I took to the Out of This World exhibition at the British Library with [livejournal.com profile] sarkywoman recently. It was very awesome; there was a giant tripod and a talking robot and headphones with music on them and a decent variety of books in boxes just waiting for you to read about them. We also met [livejournal.com profile] jamesb and [livejournal.com profile] despotliz, which was awesome. At some stage I must write a short article about it, possibly for Mostly Harmless – we shall see! I've also recently written two articles for The Drink Tank and I have an idea for a Banana Wings article, so we'll see how that goes.

Outside of fandom, I went to Leicester last weekend to record a special feature for a comedian's DVD. No, really. There's a comedian from Leicester called Jim Smallman, and he once played a gig at the university comedy club. He was pretty funny and had an awesome tattoo of a Pacman ghost, so I figured I'd go ask if he had a YouTube channel or a DVD or anything similar. He was extremely flattered that I'd asked, and so he added me on Facebook. Next time he played the comedy club, it was the day prior to my birthday and he had the entire audience sing to me, because I was his friend. He also once played a gig in my kitchen and got us tickets to see him compere a comedy club he helped to run, as well as giving us freebies for a show he played as part of the Leicester Comedy Festival.

So when he tweeted saying that he was doing a DVD recording, I knew I had to go; when he found out me and my housemate Josh were going, he immediately said he wanted us as a special feature on the DVD. The show that was recorded was hella funny, and I met Josh's colleague Megan (who got the job I applied for, grrr) which was pretty cool. It was nice to spend some time in Leicester, too, since I was able to visit a couple of people and say hi!

Other than trips to Leicester and London, not a lot has happened in the recent past. I've applied for some jobs (with Ford, and a PR agency in London called Hotspot) and I'm applying for some more (one is a fundraising position with CASE which would be pretty interesting and has potential for travelling around Europe). I'm also looking at the European Space Agency's Young Graduate Trainees scheme, which is aimed at people at my level of qualification, so that'd be awesome. And I'm going to London this weekend for a job fair, staying with [livejournal.com profile] mokatiki and [livejournal.com profile] snowking, which should be really cool, too.

I'm currently contemplating writing a blog article on Chrome for my Proper Blog on my Website. I really want to move over to using it as my primary browser, but the ecosystem of add-ons and plugins and extensions just seems to be so much less developed than the Firefox ecosystem, and I would really miss a couple of extensions. However, it's so much more Mac-like and lightweight, to the point where I have switched to it properly on my laptop. It's currently playing on my mind.
johncoxon: (Default)
It's been around three weeks since my last update to LiveJournal. I was going to try to update weekly, but hey, real life always interrupts, doesn't it? The issue is that I can't really remember anything that's happened since then. But I'll try to piece together some tidbits for your reading pleasure.

So one thing that definitely happened is that I wrote the vast majority of my TAFF trip report, which is all very exciting. My trip took me through Toronto, Seattle, Lake Tahoe, Renovation (Worldcon) and San Francisco, and it will be comprised of six main chapters (Renovation gets two to itself), plus additional writing about Renovation from a variety of fans, most of whom I need to chase for contributions (although [livejournal.com profile] jamesb, [livejournal.com profile] fringefaan and Warren Buff have already written stuff for it).

(Incidentally, if any of the fans that I don't give LJ tags to in this post have LiveJournal, can someone please let me know? I met a lot of fans during my TAFF trip that I haven't associated with LJ handles yet, and it's distressing me. Thanks!)

This is all due to be published in a veritable smorgasbord of fanzines over the next few months, which I'm really rather excited about. In order:

I just need to go through and edit the Toronto chapter for Banana Wings (deadline 10th October) and then write the second chapter on Renovation for SF/SF (deadline 20th October), and that's all handled and it's time to put it all together and start asking fan artists for contributions on pages that look a bit lonely.

On the subject of TAFF, we have announced the candidates for the 2012 Eastbound TAFF trip to Odyssey 2012! They are Warren Buff, [livejournal.com profile] kgkofmel and Jacq Monahan, and each candidate looks to be a strong one, so it ought to be a really good race. If you fancy voting (or just generally giving some money to TAFF) then head on over to the unofficial TAFF website and download a ballot form for more details and information. We also now have a TAFF Facebook page and a TAFF Twitter feed for people to engage with, and, as ever, we remain at [livejournal.com profile] taffnews.

Approximating fanac, we also have the trip I took to the Out of This World exhibition at the British Library with [livejournal.com profile] sarkywoman recently. It was very awesome; there was a giant tripod and a talking robot and headphones with music on them and a decent variety of books in boxes just waiting for you to read about them. We also met [livejournal.com profile] jamesb and [livejournal.com profile] despotliz, which was awesome. At some stage I must write a short article about it, possibly for Mostly Harmless – we shall see! I've also recently written two articles for The Drink Tank and I have an idea for a Banana Wings article, so we'll see how that goes.

Outside of fandom, I went to Leicester last weekend to record a special feature for a comedian's DVD. No, really. There's a comedian from Leicester called Jim Smallman, and he once played a gig at the university comedy club. He was pretty funny and had an awesome tattoo of a Pacman ghost, so I figured I'd go ask if he had a YouTube channel or a DVD or anything similar. He was extremely flattered that I'd asked, and so he added me on Facebook. Next time he played the comedy club, it was the day prior to my birthday and he had the entire audience sing to me, because I was his friend. He also once played a gig in my kitchen and got us tickets to see him compere a comedy club he helped to run, as well as giving us freebies for a show he played as part of the Leicester Comedy Festival.

So when he tweeted saying that he was doing a DVD recording, I knew I had to go; when he found out me and my housemate Josh were going, he immediately said he wanted us as a special feature on the DVD. The show that was recorded was hella funny, and I met Josh's colleague Megan (who got the job I applied for, grrr) which was pretty cool. It was nice to spend some time in Leicester, too, since I was able to visit a couple of people and say hi!

Other than trips to Leicester and London, not a lot has happened in the recent past. I've applied for some jobs (with Ford, and a PR agency in London called Hotspot) and I'm applying for some more (one is a fundraising position with CASE which would be pretty interesting and has potential for travelling around Europe). I'm also looking at the European Space Agency's Young Graduate Trainees scheme, which is aimed at people at my level of qualification, so that'd be awesome. And I'm going to London this weekend for a job fair, staying with [livejournal.com profile] mokatiki and [livejournal.com profile] snowking, which should be really cool, too.

I'm currently contemplating writing a blog article on Chrome for my Proper Blog on my Website. I really want to move over to using it as my primary browser, but the ecosystem of add-ons and plugins and extensions just seems to be so much less developed than the Firefox ecosystem, and I would really miss a couple of extensions. However, it's so much more Mac-like and lightweight, to the point where I have switched to it properly on my laptop. It's currently playing on my mind.
johncoxon: ([LICD] iRon Man)
I'm kinda intrigued by Google+. Sling any invites you may have my way, please?

Oh, I forgot to post here, but I got a first-class master's degree in Physics with Astrophysics. Pretty stoked about that!
johncoxon: ([LICD] iRon Man)
I'm kinda intrigued by Google+. Sling any invites you may have my way, please?

Oh, I forgot to post here, but I got a first-class master's degree in Physics with Astrophysics. Pretty stoked about that!
johncoxon: ([LICD] iRon Man)
I'm kinda intrigued by Google+. Sling any invites you may have my way, please?

Oh, I forgot to post here, but I got a first-class master's degree in Physics with Astrophysics. Pretty stoked about that!

Firefox 5

May. 28th, 2011 06:43 pm
johncoxon: ([LICD] iRon Man)
The Mozilla Foundation have decided that their numbering structure is all wrong and have decided that Firefox 5 will have been released by the end of next month. I strongly suspect that difference between FF4 and FF5 will be similar to the difference between FF3 and FF3.1 - I don't think there's any point to this numbering change. However, my opinion is rather irrelevant to the fact that Firefox 5 Beta is currently available, and FF4 keeps asking whether I want to upgrade.

Now, I use several extensions on Firefox, but only two are absolutely fundamental to my continued use of the browser. The first is the 1Password extension, without which navigating the 200+ different usernames and passwords I have would be a much more significant task. The second is an extension which allows Firefox to read PDFs on the Mac (something which is not included by Mozilla, despite the fact that neither Safari nor Chrome require any work to get this to work).

Guess which two extensions would break if I upgraded to the beta? Congratulations, you guessed correctly! It seems to me that a lot of extensions will start to lag behind the release cycle if Mozilla switch to the proposed cycle, which would see Firefox 7 come out by the end of the year. (Having said that, it might be as simple a thing as the extensions' developers including a "compatible with FF5" flag in the code rather than any major work.) I don't want to switch browsers – there are several Firefox features I'm very fond of (the search engine box, and the huge selection of engines I can use it for, is a good example). But this is driving me up the wall!

Ah, well. The cricket's going well, the exams are going well, and it's Doctor Who in a minute. I have been thinking about TAFF, also, but I'm sure you'll all understand when I say revision has, so far, been taking priority over travel plans...

Firefox 5

May. 28th, 2011 06:43 pm
johncoxon: ([LICD] iRon Man)
The Mozilla Foundation have decided that their numbering structure is all wrong and have decided that Firefox 5 will have been released by the end of next month. I strongly suspect that difference between FF4 and FF5 will be similar to the difference between FF3 and FF3.1 - I don't think there's any point to this numbering change. However, my opinion is rather irrelevant to the fact that Firefox 5 Beta is currently available, and FF4 keeps asking whether I want to upgrade.

Now, I use several extensions on Firefox, but only two are absolutely fundamental to my continued use of the browser. The first is the 1Password extension, without which navigating the 200+ different usernames and passwords I have would be a much more significant task. The second is an extension which allows Firefox to read PDFs on the Mac (something which is not included by Mozilla, despite the fact that neither Safari nor Chrome require any work to get this to work).

Guess which two extensions would break if I upgraded to the beta? Congratulations, you guessed correctly! It seems to me that a lot of extensions will start to lag behind the release cycle if Mozilla switch to the proposed cycle, which would see Firefox 7 come out by the end of the year. (Having said that, it might be as simple a thing as the extensions' developers including a "compatible with FF5" flag in the code rather than any major work.) I don't want to switch browsers – there are several Firefox features I'm very fond of (the search engine box, and the huge selection of engines I can use it for, is a good example). But this is driving me up the wall!

Ah, well. The cricket's going well, the exams are going well, and it's Doctor Who in a minute. I have been thinking about TAFF, also, but I'm sure you'll all understand when I say revision has, so far, been taking priority over travel plans...

Firefox 5

May. 28th, 2011 06:43 pm
johncoxon: ([LICD] iRon Man)
The Mozilla Foundation have decided that their numbering structure is all wrong and have decided that Firefox 5 will have been released by the end of next month. I strongly suspect that difference between FF4 and FF5 will be similar to the difference between FF3 and FF3.1 - I don't think there's any point to this numbering change. However, my opinion is rather irrelevant to the fact that Firefox 5 Beta is currently available, and FF4 keeps asking whether I want to upgrade.

Now, I use several extensions on Firefox, but only two are absolutely fundamental to my continued use of the browser. The first is the 1Password extension, without which navigating the 200+ different usernames and passwords I have would be a much more significant task. The second is an extension which allows Firefox to read PDFs on the Mac (something which is not included by Mozilla, despite the fact that neither Safari nor Chrome require any work to get this to work).

Guess which two extensions would break if I upgraded to the beta? Congratulations, you guessed correctly! It seems to me that a lot of extensions will start to lag behind the release cycle if Mozilla switch to the proposed cycle, which would see Firefox 7 come out by the end of the year. (Having said that, it might be as simple a thing as the extensions' developers including a "compatible with FF5" flag in the code rather than any major work.) I don't want to switch browsers – there are several Firefox features I'm very fond of (the search engine box, and the huge selection of engines I can use it for, is a good example). But this is driving me up the wall!

Ah, well. The cricket's going well, the exams are going well, and it's Doctor Who in a minute. I have been thinking about TAFF, also, but I'm sure you'll all understand when I say revision has, so far, been taking priority over travel plans...
johncoxon: ([LICD] iRon Man)
So recently I've been having issues with Firefox (by 'recently' I mean 'between yesterday and since installing NoScript'). Essentially, whenever I clicked a .dmg file in my browser it took me to a white page and refused to do anything. This would have been annoying but something I was prepared to put up with, if it weren't for the fact that it wasn't happening on my MacBook, running the same versions of Firefox and NoScipt on the same operating system. Disabling NoScript meant that whenever I clicked one, it would automatically be passed to Speed Download (via FlashGot). I reasoned that, if I could stop it being passed to Speed Download, I might be able to re-enable NoScript and stop this annoying behaviour.

First thing I tried in order to verify this was to disable FlashGot and see what happened. As a result, every time I clicked on a .dmg Firefox just wouldn't do anything. The little blue circle would go round and round, but beyond that, nothing. I tried editing the options in Speed Download to explicitly stop it from automatically downloading any file types, but this had no effect. I tried editing the list of file associations within Firefox, which did nothing, so I then tried following the instructions here on resetting that aspect of Firefox. This, similarly, did nothing to solve the problem.

Eventually I decided to search to see if anyone had had any luck with getting Speed Download to stop intercepting files on their Mac. I uncovered a rather odd forum thread regarding Speed Download integration with Growl. As it turns out, Speed Download's faulty Growl implementation was creating a "Recovered Files" folder in your Trash every time you log in - I had noticed this but assumed it was a Mac thing rather than a bug in an app I was running. According to the thread, this stopped happening with Mac OS X 10.6.7 - given that I haven't noticed it in quite a while, this would make sense - and neither the developers of Growl nor Speed Download were able to work out why it was going wrong. At least it's stopped happening now.

Anyway. That same thread also mentioned having trouble getting Speed Download to stop intercepting Firefox downloads, but because everybody had focused on Growl, there was no solution to be had. The person in that thread had even attempted to completely remove Speed Download but that hadn't solved his problem. However, I then found this article, in which someone gave Speed Download a go and decided to uninstall it afterwards. The author, who is my favourite person of the day, noted that to completely remove the app, it was necessary to go to "/Library/Internet Plug-Ins" (note that that's /Library, not ~/Library) and remove the Speed Download plugin from that folder.

Since I did that, Firefox's method of dealing with .dmg files has been restored to normal and I'm not having any more problems. Even putting the plugin back in the appropriate folder after a couple of browser restarts didn't bring the issue back. No idea why this didn't happen on my MacBook, but at least I've managed to fix it!

The reason I'm boring you all with this is because nobody else had actually written anything that answered my question online, so I want to codify it and make sure that there's some chance anyone else in my situation will be able to follow this instead of having to work it out themselves. So, in conclusion, if you're running Firefox with NoScript and Speed Download, and you're seeing white pages when trying to get .dmg files, try moving the Speed Download plugin, restarting the browser, moving it back in and restarting again.

(If I ever get around to making my website any good, guides to fixing problems that I've had will probably occupy a large portion of it - I've learned to do so many things on my Mac by simply Googling until my eyes bleed...)
johncoxon: ([LICD] iRon Man)
So recently I've been having issues with Firefox (by 'recently' I mean 'between yesterday and since installing NoScript'). Essentially, whenever I clicked a .dmg file in my browser it took me to a white page and refused to do anything. This would have been annoying but something I was prepared to put up with, if it weren't for the fact that it wasn't happening on my MacBook, running the same versions of Firefox and NoScipt on the same operating system. Disabling NoScript meant that whenever I clicked one, it would automatically be passed to Speed Download (via FlashGot). I reasoned that, if I could stop it being passed to Speed Download, I might be able to re-enable NoScript and stop this annoying behaviour.

First thing I tried in order to verify this was to disable FlashGot and see what happened. As a result, every time I clicked on a .dmg Firefox just wouldn't do anything. The little blue circle would go round and round, but beyond that, nothing. I tried editing the options in Speed Download to explicitly stop it from automatically downloading any file types, but this had no effect. I tried editing the list of file associations within Firefox, which did nothing, so I then tried following the instructions here on resetting that aspect of Firefox. This, similarly, did nothing to solve the problem.

Eventually I decided to search to see if anyone had had any luck with getting Speed Download to stop intercepting files on their Mac. I uncovered a rather odd forum thread regarding Speed Download integration with Growl. As it turns out, Speed Download's faulty Growl implementation was creating a "Recovered Files" folder in your Trash every time you log in - I had noticed this but assumed it was a Mac thing rather than a bug in an app I was running. According to the thread, this stopped happening with Mac OS X 10.6.7 - given that I haven't noticed it in quite a while, this would make sense - and neither the developers of Growl nor Speed Download were able to work out why it was going wrong. At least it's stopped happening now.

Anyway. That same thread also mentioned having trouble getting Speed Download to stop intercepting Firefox downloads, but because everybody had focused on Growl, there was no solution to be had. The person in that thread had even attempted to completely remove Speed Download but that hadn't solved his problem. However, I then found this article, in which someone gave Speed Download a go and decided to uninstall it afterwards. The author, who is my favourite person of the day, noted that to completely remove the app, it was necessary to go to "/Library/Internet Plug-Ins" (note that that's /Library, not ~/Library) and remove the Speed Download plugin from that folder.

Since I did that, Firefox's method of dealing with .dmg files has been restored to normal and I'm not having any more problems. Even putting the plugin back in the appropriate folder after a couple of browser restarts didn't bring the issue back. No idea why this didn't happen on my MacBook, but at least I've managed to fix it!

The reason I'm boring you all with this is because nobody else had actually written anything that answered my question online, so I want to codify it and make sure that there's some chance anyone else in my situation will be able to follow this instead of having to work it out themselves. So, in conclusion, if you're running Firefox with NoScript and Speed Download, and you're seeing white pages when trying to get .dmg files, try moving the Speed Download plugin, restarting the browser, moving it back in and restarting again.

(If I ever get around to making my website any good, guides to fixing problems that I've had will probably occupy a large portion of it - I've learned to do so many things on my Mac by simply Googling until my eyes bleed...)
johncoxon: ([LICD] iRon Man)
So recently I've been having issues with Firefox (by 'recently' I mean 'between yesterday and since installing NoScript'). Essentially, whenever I clicked a .dmg file in my browser it took me to a white page and refused to do anything. This would have been annoying but something I was prepared to put up with, if it weren't for the fact that it wasn't happening on my MacBook, running the same versions of Firefox and NoScipt on the same operating system. Disabling NoScript meant that whenever I clicked one, it would automatically be passed to Speed Download (via FlashGot). I reasoned that, if I could stop it being passed to Speed Download, I might be able to re-enable NoScript and stop this annoying behaviour.

First thing I tried in order to verify this was to disable FlashGot and see what happened. As a result, every time I clicked on a .dmg Firefox just wouldn't do anything. The little blue circle would go round and round, but beyond that, nothing. I tried editing the options in Speed Download to explicitly stop it from automatically downloading any file types, but this had no effect. I tried editing the list of file associations within Firefox, which did nothing, so I then tried following the instructions here on resetting that aspect of Firefox. This, similarly, did nothing to solve the problem.

Eventually I decided to search to see if anyone had had any luck with getting Speed Download to stop intercepting files on their Mac. I uncovered a rather odd forum thread regarding Speed Download integration with Growl. As it turns out, Speed Download's faulty Growl implementation was creating a "Recovered Files" folder in your Trash every time you log in - I had noticed this but assumed it was a Mac thing rather than a bug in an app I was running. According to the thread, this stopped happening with Mac OS X 10.6.7 - given that I haven't noticed it in quite a while, this would make sense - and neither the developers of Growl nor Speed Download were able to work out why it was going wrong. At least it's stopped happening now.

Anyway. That same thread also mentioned having trouble getting Speed Download to stop intercepting Firefox downloads, but because everybody had focused on Growl, there was no solution to be had. The person in that thread had even attempted to completely remove Speed Download but that hadn't solved his problem. However, I then found this article, in which someone gave Speed Download a go and decided to uninstall it afterwards. The author, who is my favourite person of the day, noted that to completely remove the app, it was necessary to go to "/Library/Internet Plug-Ins" (note that that's /Library, not ~/Library) and remove the Speed Download plugin from that folder.

Since I did that, Firefox's method of dealing with .dmg files has been restored to normal and I'm not having any more problems. Even putting the plugin back in the appropriate folder after a couple of browser restarts didn't bring the issue back. No idea why this didn't happen on my MacBook, but at least I've managed to fix it!

The reason I'm boring you all with this is because nobody else had actually written anything that answered my question online, so I want to codify it and make sure that there's some chance anyone else in my situation will be able to follow this instead of having to work it out themselves. So, in conclusion, if you're running Firefox with NoScript and Speed Download, and you're seeing white pages when trying to get .dmg files, try moving the Speed Download plugin, restarting the browser, moving it back in and restarting again.

(If I ever get around to making my website any good, guides to fixing problems that I've had will probably occupy a large portion of it - I've learned to do so many things on my Mac by simply Googling until my eyes bleed...)
johncoxon: (Default)


I found this video very interesting for a few reasons. It really shows how hard the Firefox team is working to create an intuitive UI for their product, which something that I find very important in the software I choose to use. I'm rather hoping that this attention to detail comes into play with the Mac UI of the new version of Firefox – I have heard that the Mac version of Firefox 4 is not very Mac-like, so I haven't yet tried it out, but I'm hoping to do so soon.

Secondly, it has converted me. I hated the look of Firefox 4's new default tab placement and I had resolved to change it back as soon as I had the chance to do so – however, the video presents a logical and quantifiable reason not to do that, and I cannot really disagree that it makes far more sense in terms of the usability of the software to have the tab bar at the top. For this reason, I'm willing to give Firefox 4 a chance to convince me that tabs-on-top is the right way forward.

Regarding a different part of the UI, I think the new approach with things like login windows and the like is definitely, definitely the right step forward. Having the dialogue box appear and losing it or being unable to do something else in the browser until you've dealt with it is very irritating, and having the ability to switch tab before dealing with it, or even the ability to close it and then reopen it, would be very, very pleasing.

Throughout the video the team talk about this new approach being useful for operating systems that don't have window managers, and being the slow-on-the-uptake sort of chap I am, I was pondering what they meant until they came right out and said they were talking about tablets, presumably such as the iPad (although Firefox on iPad will happen when I grow wings) and the forthcoming selection of Android tablets. I didn't know that they had actually confirmed that that would be happening – is that my fault for skimming over Engadget or is that a sneaky leak?

Lastly, app tabs are a great idea and Gmail will definitely be one of my choices when I get that feature.

In other news, I recently downloaded the Firefox Sync add-on for both my Mac and Windows XP partitions, and it really works rather well. I suspect it will come in even more useful if I manage ever to get an iMac. since it'll sync history and other such things between my desktop and my notebook. It's also going to come in very handy with my iPhone, since the release of Firefox Home. I'm going to go and play with that now – ciao!
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I found this video very interesting for a few reasons. It really shows how hard the Firefox team is working to create an intuitive UI for their product, which something that I find very important in the software I choose to use. I'm rather hoping that this attention to detail comes into play with the Mac UI of the new version of Firefox – I have heard that the Mac version of Firefox 4 is not very Mac-like, so I haven't yet tried it out, but I'm hoping to do so soon.

Secondly, it has converted me. I hated the look of Firefox 4's new default tab placement and I had resolved to change it back as soon as I had the chance to do so – however, the video presents a logical and quantifiable reason not to do that, and I cannot really disagree that it makes far more sense in terms of the usability of the software to have the tab bar at the top. For this reason, I'm willing to give Firefox 4 a chance to convince me that tabs-on-top is the right way forward.

Regarding a different part of the UI, I think the new approach with things like login windows and the like is definitely, definitely the right step forward. Having the dialogue box appear and losing it or being unable to do something else in the browser until you've dealt with it is very irritating, and having the ability to switch tab before dealing with it, or even the ability to close it and then reopen it, would be very, very pleasing.

Throughout the video the team talk about this new approach being useful for operating systems that don't have window managers, and being the slow-on-the-uptake sort of chap I am, I was pondering what they meant until they came right out and said they were talking about tablets, presumably such as the iPad (although Firefox on iPad will happen when I grow wings) and the forthcoming selection of Android tablets. I didn't know that they had actually confirmed that that would be happening – is that my fault for skimming over Engadget or is that a sneaky leak?

Lastly, app tabs are a great idea and Gmail will definitely be one of my choices when I get that feature.

In other news, I recently downloaded the Firefox Sync add-on for both my Mac and Windows XP partitions, and it really works rather well. I suspect it will come in even more useful if I manage ever to get an iMac. since it'll sync history and other such things between my desktop and my notebook. It's also going to come in very handy with my iPhone, since the release of Firefox Home. I'm going to go and play with that now – ciao!
johncoxon: (Default)


I found this video very interesting for a few reasons. It really shows how hard the Firefox team is working to create an intuitive UI for their product, which something that I find very important in the software I choose to use. I'm rather hoping that this attention to detail comes into play with the Mac UI of the new version of Firefox – I have heard that the Mac version of Firefox 4 is not very Mac-like, so I haven't yet tried it out, but I'm hoping to do so soon.

Secondly, it has converted me. I hated the look of Firefox 4's new default tab placement and I had resolved to change it back as soon as I had the chance to do so – however, the video presents a logical and quantifiable reason not to do that, and I cannot really disagree that it makes far more sense in terms of the usability of the software to have the tab bar at the top. For this reason, I'm willing to give Firefox 4 a chance to convince me that tabs-on-top is the right way forward.

Regarding a different part of the UI, I think the new approach with things like login windows and the like is definitely, definitely the right step forward. Having the dialogue box appear and losing it or being unable to do something else in the browser until you've dealt with it is very irritating, and having the ability to switch tab before dealing with it, or even the ability to close it and then reopen it, would be very, very pleasing.

Throughout the video the team talk about this new approach being useful for operating systems that don't have window managers, and being the slow-on-the-uptake sort of chap I am, I was pondering what they meant until they came right out and said they were talking about tablets, presumably such as the iPad (although Firefox on iPad will happen when I grow wings) and the forthcoming selection of Android tablets. I didn't know that they had actually confirmed that that would be happening – is that my fault for skimming over Engadget or is that a sneaky leak?

Lastly, app tabs are a great idea and Gmail will definitely be one of my choices when I get that feature.

In other news, I recently downloaded the Firefox Sync add-on for both my Mac and Windows XP partitions, and it really works rather well. I suspect it will come in even more useful if I manage ever to get an iMac. since it'll sync history and other such things between my desktop and my notebook. It's also going to come in very handy with my iPhone, since the release of Firefox Home. I'm going to go and play with that now – ciao!

On Apple

Jun. 10th, 2010 01:33 pm
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So, some thoughts about Apple's recent activities and news, with a dollop of uninformed opinion.

Apple recently updated their policy on advertisements, and the following is, apparently, a quotation from their new policy: "[The ability to show ads on iOS 4] is provided to an independent advertising service provider whose primary business is serving mobile ads (for example, an advertising service provider owned by or affiliated with a developer or distributor of mobile devices, mobile operating systems or development environments other than Apple would not qualify as independent)."

Although this is bit of a dick move, and there's no denying that, it's also no surprise to anyone at all (or at least, it shouldn't be). Google opened the war against the iPhone with Android and have continued along that path with gusto. That's completely fine, and I have absolutely no problem with Google doing what Google need to do to survive and make a profit as a corporate entity. Having said that, Apple are also a corporate entity and as such, they're going to do their best to outmanoevure their big opponents. They think they can make more money with this new policy so they'll carry on (and will undoubtedly attract attention from regulators!).

The main thing that worries me is that developers will stop using ads and start charging more for their apps as opposed to switching to other ad providers, which would suck for the users who own and use iOS. Having said that, Apple is letting app developers use third-party ads. The gist appears to be that if you're a company that just does advertising, and you're not owned by a competitor to Apple (for instance, Google) you're just fine. For instance, Greystripe, an advertising company that is in partnership with Adobe, is saying that they think they'll be allowed to advertise.

All in all, Apple's decision is not going to be the end of non-iAd advertising on iOS, and so I don't think it will have a massive effect on the average iPhone user. Having said that, if it does, I hope that His Holy Steve will go back on this and allow AdMob back onto the platform. In other news, I would also like him to stop censoring iPhone apps and iron all the T-shirts currently in my washing machine (and that last request is the most likely to happen, at a wild guess).

Moving on. What is all this I'm hearing about video calling not being awesome and shiny?! Yes, I get it, video calls have been possible for the last however many years. But do I know a single person my age who has actually used that functionality? No. Hell, do I know a single person who's used the functionality who doesn't run their own server and code in three different computer languages? I'm struggling to think of any. Will Apple's decision to make this one of the big new features in iPhone 4 make it a lot more popular? Well, if anything is going to provide that momentum, it's going to be this, I think. If Apple makes this work, then Google may well include 3G video calling in Android 2.3 to one-up Apple, and that would be the final approval the tech needs, I think.

Of course, Apple are exaggerating massively when they claim that it's a revolutionary feature. As far as I can tell Apple haven't announced anything revolutionary for about three years now (the initial iPhone launch, and the launch of Mac OS X Leopard at a push). Everything has been an evolution of something else (Snow Leopard an evolution of Leopard, the iPad an evolution of the iPhone and iOS 4 an evolution of iPhone OS 3).

And lastly, I have no idea what's going on with Pulse, the iPad RSS reader that was removed from the App Store after a complaint from the New York Times that it was using their content by pulling their RSS feed in the default settings. It was removed, and then it was gone, and now it's back again. I can't work out whether it was removed and then reinstated by Apple, or whether the app's creators were notified and submitted a version of the app that didn't pull that feed automatically (I've read different accounts on different blogs!). I can see where Apple were coming from with their initial reaction but it still highlights definite problems with the current way Apple are doing things. I hope that Steve gets his act together before it's too late.

On Apple

Jun. 10th, 2010 01:33 pm
johncoxon: (Default)
So, some thoughts about Apple's recent activities and news, with a dollop of uninformed opinion.

Apple recently updated their policy on advertisements, and the following is, apparently, a quotation from their new policy: "[The ability to show ads on iOS 4] is provided to an independent advertising service provider whose primary business is serving mobile ads (for example, an advertising service provider owned by or affiliated with a developer or distributor of mobile devices, mobile operating systems or development environments other than Apple would not qualify as independent)."

Although this is bit of a dick move, and there's no denying that, it's also no surprise to anyone at all (or at least, it shouldn't be). Google opened the war against the iPhone with Android and have continued along that path with gusto. That's completely fine, and I have absolutely no problem with Google doing what Google need to do to survive and make a profit as a corporate entity. Having said that, Apple are also a corporate entity and as such, they're going to do their best to outmanoevure their big opponents. They think they can make more money with this new policy so they'll carry on (and will undoubtedly attract attention from regulators!).

The main thing that worries me is that developers will stop using ads and start charging more for their apps as opposed to switching to other ad providers, which would suck for the users who own and use iOS. Having said that, Apple is letting app developers use third-party ads. The gist appears to be that if you're a company that just does advertising, and you're not owned by a competitor to Apple (for instance, Google) you're just fine. For instance, Greystripe, an advertising company that is in partnership with Adobe, is saying that they think they'll be allowed to advertise.

All in all, Apple's decision is not going to be the end of non-iAd advertising on iOS, and so I don't think it will have a massive effect on the average iPhone user. Having said that, if it does, I hope that His Holy Steve will go back on this and allow AdMob back onto the platform. In other news, I would also like him to stop censoring iPhone apps and iron all the T-shirts currently in my washing machine (and that last request is the most likely to happen, at a wild guess).

Moving on. What is all this I'm hearing about video calling not being awesome and shiny?! Yes, I get it, video calls have been possible for the last however many years. But do I know a single person my age who has actually used that functionality? No. Hell, do I know a single person who's used the functionality who doesn't run their own server and code in three different computer languages? I'm struggling to think of any. Will Apple's decision to make this one of the big new features in iPhone 4 make it a lot more popular? Well, if anything is going to provide that momentum, it's going to be this, I think. If Apple makes this work, then Google may well include 3G video calling in Android 2.3 to one-up Apple, and that would be the final approval the tech needs, I think.

Of course, Apple are exaggerating massively when they claim that it's a revolutionary feature. As far as I can tell Apple haven't announced anything revolutionary for about three years now (the initial iPhone launch, and the launch of Mac OS X Leopard at a push). Everything has been an evolution of something else (Snow Leopard an evolution of Leopard, the iPad an evolution of the iPhone and iOS 4 an evolution of iPhone OS 3).

And lastly, I have no idea what's going on with Pulse, the iPad RSS reader that was removed from the App Store after a complaint from the New York Times that it was using their content by pulling their RSS feed in the default settings. It was removed, and then it was gone, and now it's back again. I can't work out whether it was removed and then reinstated by Apple, or whether the app's creators were notified and submitted a version of the app that didn't pull that feed automatically (I've read different accounts on different blogs!). I can see where Apple were coming from with their initial reaction but it still highlights definite problems with the current way Apple are doing things. I hope that Steve gets his act together before it's too late.

On Apple

Jun. 10th, 2010 01:33 pm
johncoxon: (Default)
So, some thoughts about Apple's recent activities and news, with a dollop of uninformed opinion.

Apple recently updated their policy on advertisements, and the following is, apparently, a quotation from their new policy: "[The ability to show ads on iOS 4] is provided to an independent advertising service provider whose primary business is serving mobile ads (for example, an advertising service provider owned by or affiliated with a developer or distributor of mobile devices, mobile operating systems or development environments other than Apple would not qualify as independent)."

Although this is bit of a dick move, and there's no denying that, it's also no surprise to anyone at all (or at least, it shouldn't be). Google opened the war against the iPhone with Android and have continued along that path with gusto. That's completely fine, and I have absolutely no problem with Google doing what Google need to do to survive and make a profit as a corporate entity. Having said that, Apple are also a corporate entity and as such, they're going to do their best to outmanoevure their big opponents. They think they can make more money with this new policy so they'll carry on (and will undoubtedly attract attention from regulators!).

The main thing that worries me is that developers will stop using ads and start charging more for their apps as opposed to switching to other ad providers, which would suck for the users who own and use iOS. Having said that, Apple is letting app developers use third-party ads. The gist appears to be that if you're a company that just does advertising, and you're not owned by a competitor to Apple (for instance, Google) you're just fine. For instance, Greystripe, an advertising company that is in partnership with Adobe, is saying that they think they'll be allowed to advertise.

All in all, Apple's decision is not going to be the end of non-iAd advertising on iOS, and so I don't think it will have a massive effect on the average iPhone user. Having said that, if it does, I hope that His Holy Steve will go back on this and allow AdMob back onto the platform. In other news, I would also like him to stop censoring iPhone apps and iron all the T-shirts currently in my washing machine (and that last request is the most likely to happen, at a wild guess).

Moving on. What is all this I'm hearing about video calling not being awesome and shiny?! Yes, I get it, video calls have been possible for the last however many years. But do I know a single person my age who has actually used that functionality? No. Hell, do I know a single person who's used the functionality who doesn't run their own server and code in three different computer languages? I'm struggling to think of any. Will Apple's decision to make this one of the big new features in iPhone 4 make it a lot more popular? Well, if anything is going to provide that momentum, it's going to be this, I think. If Apple makes this work, then Google may well include 3G video calling in Android 2.3 to one-up Apple, and that would be the final approval the tech needs, I think.

Of course, Apple are exaggerating massively when they claim that it's a revolutionary feature. As far as I can tell Apple haven't announced anything revolutionary for about three years now (the initial iPhone launch, and the launch of Mac OS X Leopard at a push). Everything has been an evolution of something else (Snow Leopard an evolution of Leopard, the iPad an evolution of the iPhone and iOS 4 an evolution of iPhone OS 3).

And lastly, I have no idea what's going on with Pulse, the iPad RSS reader that was removed from the App Store after a complaint from the New York Times that it was using their content by pulling their RSS feed in the default settings. It was removed, and then it was gone, and now it's back again. I can't work out whether it was removed and then reinstated by Apple, or whether the app's creators were notified and submitted a version of the app that didn't pull that feed automatically (I've read different accounts on different blogs!). I can see where Apple were coming from with their initial reaction but it still highlights definite problems with the current way Apple are doing things. I hope that Steve gets his act together before it's too late.
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I have been having trouble with Terminal.app taking ages to load (that is, to get from login to bash) on my Mac running OS X Snow Leopard (OS 10.6) and I finally found the solution I was looking for. I am reproducing it here because I believe the result should be higher on Google so that people in my situation can find the answer more easily!

Windows 7

Aug. 16th, 2009 11:33 pm
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As some of you will know, and fewer of you will care, I recently upgraded the RAM in my MacBook so it now has a very nice 4GB of memory. One of the many and various upshots of this is that I can now actually install the Windows 7 RC in a virtual machine using VMware and see what's what.

So, I installed it. The installation process was absolutely painless, and a joy to go through, much unlike the Windows ME/XP installations. I got into the operating system, installed VMware Tools and followed a link from the system tray to a page that let me download AVG Free to keep me safe from viruses and suchlike.

A restart later and I'm ready to have a quick poke at the operating system by seeing what happens when I load up one of the only things I ever use Windows for anymore – Minesweeper. The first thing I noticed was this prompt, which came up after I double clicked on Minesweeper in the 'Games' folder.

Cut for images and length! )

At some point I might play some more with Windows 7, but right now, I am going to curl up in a corner and shiver with terror for a while...!

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