Tag Archives: browser

6,081 visits last month, thanks!

Search engines sent 67.95% of the visitors. Asides search engines, most of the visitors come from Twitter, Ping.sg, Facebook and Stackoverflow.

Firefox is a favorite browser with 60%. Chrome visits constitutes 5% which I am responsible for at least half of Chrome visits I presume.

The top searches are XAMPP, jQuery, Django and PostgreSQL related. I code using CakePHP but no one reads my CakePHP stuff. My top tags are NetBeans, XAMPP and Sex, the combination upsets me.

Top countries visiting are US, UK, Singapore, India and Canada. I had a visitor from Zimbabwe, I didn’t know they can afford computers. Zimbabwe, a victim of hyper inflation, announced last February the removal of 12 zeroes from the currency, i.e. 1,000,000,000,000 Zimbabwe dollars being exchanged for 1 new dollar.

Alright, before I go offtrack, kthxbai.

Google releases Google Chrome Beta

Last December they took the beta tag off Chrome. It’s a rather stable browser already. Today they released a beta for Google Chrome. This is moving pretty fast. In the new beta is some new features:

  • JavaScript speedier
  • form autofill
  • full page zoom
  • autoscroll
  • side by side view

Take a look at window management feature. This is really redundant in Windows 7 which is still in beta.

Window Management

JavaScript is promised to be faster too. (Source: Google blog)

And of course get the beta here.

Lack of a 64-bit Flash Player

I encounter a problem while trying to install the Flash plugin – there is no plugin for 64-bit browsers. This kinda surprise me actually. Flash would be one application that I would last expect to not work in 64 bit. But yeah, it doesn’t:

Player support on 64-bit operating systems

Issue

Adobe Flash Player is not supported for playback in a 64-bit browser. However, you can run Flash Player in a 32-bit browser running on a 64-bit operating system.

Reason

Adobe is working on Flash Player support for 64-bit platforms as part of our ongoing commitment to the cross-platform compatibility of Flash Player. We expect to provide native support for 64-bit platforms in an upcoming release of Flash Player following Flash Player 10.

Solution

To use Flash Player to view Flash content on a 64-bit operating system, you must run a 32-bit browser. (Source: Adobe)

To install Flash, you can always revert to a 32 bit browser. I just somehow like the number 64 that’s all.

Critical IE vulnerability found, browser switch recommended

Critical Internet Explorer vulnerability found, browser switch is recommended.

Serious security flaw found in IE

The flaw in Microsoft’s Internet Explorer could allow criminals to take control of people’s computers and steal their passwords, internet experts say.

Microsoft urged people to be vigilant while it investigated and prepared an emergency patch to resolve it.

Internet Explorer is used by the vast majority of the world’s computer users.

Said Mr Ferguson: “If users can find an alternative browser, then that’s good mitigation against the threat.”

But Microsoft counselled against taking such action.

“I cannot recommend people switch due to this one flaw,” said John Curran, head of Microsoft UK’s Windows group.

He added: “We’re trying to get this resolved as soon as possible.

“At present, this exploit only seems to affect 0.02% of internet sites,” said Mr Curran. (Source: BBC)

Browsing vigilantly is not something a normal user can do unless only use your web mail. The internet is filled with links all around. Even once in a while I ended up on phishing sites I try hard to avoid. It could be just an innocent advertisement.

Description:

A vulnerability has been discovered in Internet Explorer, which can be exploited by malicious people to compromise a user’s system.

The vulnerability is caused due to a use-after-free error when composed HTML elements are bound to the same data source. This can be exploited to dereference freed memory via a specially crafted HTML document.

Successful exploitation allows execution of arbitrary code.

NOTE: Reportedly, the vulnerability is currently being actively exploited.

The vulnerability is confirmed in Internet Explorer 7 on a fully patched Windows XP SP3 and in Internet Explorer 6 on a fully patched Windows XP SP2, and reported in Internet Explorer 5.01 SP4. Other versions may also be affected. (Source: Secunia)

I would recommend a temporary switch to a competing browser.

Why Ubuntu is better than Windows XP

Here’s a screenshot of a website for Windows XP:

Trojan in Windows XP

(Trojan in Windows XP.)

There is an animation of a Windows scanning utility discovering lots of trojan, an anti-spyware tool would be offered at the end. It tricks users into install something that they claim secure.

Here’s the same website in Ubuntu with the same animation:

Trojan in Ubuntu

(Trojan in Ubuntu.)

The screenshot would probably look realistic to a naive Windows XP user. And when you install the additional checking tool, who knows, you may end up with a virus.

I tried installing it in Ubuntu and couldn’t. Me sad.

[Thanks Irene for showing me the site.]

Opera 10 alpha released, passes Acid3 with 100%

Opera 10 alpha has been released, claims to be “30% Faster on the real Web”. So there was a fake web?

Opera used to be my browser of choice because it’s so quick. I dumped her because Firefox has some really good extensions. I then went on to using Chrome just ’cause she’s prettier.

Anyway, you can download Opera 10 alpha here.

Chrome and the refreshing issue

These days I am pretty much using Google Chrome which I think is probably a little faster than Firefox. It actually loads faster than Firefox and the Pokéball inspired Chrome logo is lovely for Pokémon lovers like me.

But the thing that pisses me off is the refreshing. Firefox has Ctrl + F5 which does a forced refresh. Is there something similar in Chrome?

Also missing in Chrome is the beloved Delicious and Firebug plugins.