Firefox Progress of Ongoing Downloads Revert to old style

Once again, like the pdf thing that Mozilla did a while back.  The new download window:

  • Takes up a whole tab
  • Cannot be resized
  • Blocks any bookmarks on your bookmarks toolbar

Unfortunately the only fix to the old style, aka, before FF21 is to do two things:

  • Revert from private browsing (Preferences > Privacy > History > Custom Settings)
  •  Open about:config and toogle browser.download.useToolkitUI to TRUE
Un-tick private browsing :(

The analogy is that private browsing does not remember any downloading history, so the browser.download.useToolkitUI change will not show any downloads in the old style list.

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Ghostery, it’s better than nothing or is it

Ghostery is probably better than nothing but several facts exist.

  1. Ghostery filters are updated by Ghostery company Evidon, Inc themselves.  This feel a little closed source for me, it means that they could white list some trackers if they felt like. 
  2. Ghostery is closed source, they claim that you can look thought their xpi package to see what is inside it, but that is like M$ asking their someone to look into their exe file to see what is inside.
  3. You may not disassemble or reverse engineer Ghostery for any purpose other than reviewing the code for personal edification, so much for trying to be open source soon…
  4. Participating in the GhostRank program (default)  This is a no-brainer.
  5. Merger, Sale, or Reorganization of Evidon
    If Evidon should ever file for bankruptcy, or have its assets sold to or merged with another entity, information Evidon receives from you, from the Website, is an Evidon asset and may be transferred.
  6. And this: http://venturebeat.com/2012/07/31/ghostery-a-web-tracking-blocker-that-actually-helps-the-ad-industry/

    “After all, the thinking goes, many ad networks sell their advertisements via real-time bidding, so they often lack a clear idea of where their tags are appearing. In short, online ad networks are just as hungry for information about web users as they are for data about themselves. Ghostery gives them that information.”
    “This gives Evidon a clear target market and even clearer plan of attack: Use Ghostery users to build the tracker database, then turn around and license the data to ad networks who can use the data to bolster their own efforts.”

So in essence, the use of Ghostery is helping ads networks find better and more covert ways to track you online presence and these guys are using you to make a nice little database….
I’m not bothering to go any further and look at the chatter on the wire, do not install it.  Stick with adblock-lite +Fanboy Adblock List + Tracking List + Annoyance Block List.

If you still don’t get it, too bad your a sad panda.

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Dodo Australia wins worst prize for crappy service 2012

It is about time they got their medicine.  In early 2012, I wrote a how to on getting money back from Dodo’s prepaid 3G internet.  Simply because it was impossible to use.  Slow and not completely loading pages all time time.  Oversubscribed, according to their technical staff.

The article goes on to say how the CEO of Dodo was absolutely gutted
HELLO, SHOULD OF HAD YOUR EAR TO THE GROUND, YOU DESERVE TO FEEL ABSOLUTLEY GUTTED.

You just lost the game!

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/dodo-rated-worst-brand-of-the-year-by-product-review-consumers/story-e6frg6n6-1226534393828

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Complaining to Coles Supermarket via Twitter Complaint AU

A while back Coles opened up a Twitter account (@Coles) which got flamed from the start.

They immediately abandoned it and it was desolate for some time, but it now seems that they are responding to their tweets trying to fix their “customer service”.

Using twitter to complain is a great way to vent your anger publicly, everyone can troll though the previous tweets and see what a others are complaining about.

Apart from twitter, there are other ways to complain, all of which are good to follow up on your public complaint with private details, such as name and address.
https://www.coles.com.au/Coles/Coles-Feedback.aspx
Online.CustomerCare@coles.com.au
1800 455 400

@auspost is another well supported twitter page, where hundreds can complain and the rest of us can look down on Australia Post’s performance.

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Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3750640AS Drive Fail Not Spinning Up

Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3750640AS hard drive is not spinning up, turning slowly.

The fault was the drive was not rotating up to full speed and then ticking constantly.

Opening the drive, I found out why:

Head is missing from this Seagate Barracuda
Full of dirty ground up filings
Soiled dust filter

This website explains the phenomenon of the platter coating coming off and confirms that these drives suck so many ways!

Here is some photos of another drive of the same model.  This one has a bearing issue, constant squealing.  A good reason to avoid these drives!

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Arch linux is impossible to install for the beginner, don’t wate time on it

“Arch Linux, a lightweight and flexible Linux® distribution that tries to Keep It Simple.”

Thats statement is so full of shit!

It is noting but a terror to install, even if you downloaded the iso and ‘burnt’ it to a usb key, you have fuck all chance of installing on a host system without downloading everything again.  As of August, Arch has dropped theit automated install (Arch Installation Framework), forcing users to go back in into the dark ages of fdisk and parted…

And to add insult to injury, if you do not have a internet connection, you cannot install.
https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Installation_Guide

Fuck that, don’t waste time with arch.

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Do Not USE GMX email to backup gmail!

If you are searching on a way to automatically backup gmail on a third party web email provider, stay away from GMX.com

Not only is there no default setting for https but its “mail collector” only gets mail from gmail’s INBOX ONLY.  To add insult, they recommend that email in remote emails accounts should be moved into the inbox so that their mail collector works properly.

Q. Can messages be retrieved from subfolders of my third party account?
A. Mail Collector only retrieves messages from the inbox of your third party account. If necessary, please deactivate any filter rules for sorting messages in those accounts, so that all incoming messages will remain in your third party account’s inbox.

To delete your GMX account, follow the setting from here.
http://help.gmx.com/mail/settings/myaccount/details/delete/

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