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By: Ashton Sanders

Firefox Adding and Removing Scrollbar (CSS Fix)

Nov 3 2010

Filed under: CSS,Firefox,HTML

In Firefox, if the webpage you are viewing is not taller than your screen (and doesn’t need a scrollbar), Firefox will completely remove the scroll bar from your screen. This adds 20px of more space to your view space. Unfortunately, if your website is centered, this will actually move your webpage 10px to the left or right when switching between some pages.

This CSS code will automatically force a sidebar onto every page of your website; even if the scrollbar is not needed. That will stop your webpage from moving left and right on different pages:

html { overflow-y: scroll;}

Enjoy,
Ashton Sanders

By: Ashton Sanders

Firefox Prevents Phishing Attempts

Nov 10 2007

Filed under: Firefox

What is a phishing attempt?

Phishing is where someone creates a page to look exactly like a normal page that requests for you to enter your username and password, but it isn’t on the same website, so when you enter your username and password, you end up sending your username and password to someone else.

Then that person can access you account and do whatever they want.

This can be very horrible for your finances if you end up giving your online banking or paypal password to someone.

Here is the Dictionary.com definition:

Phishing: the practice of luring unsuspecting Internet users to a fake Web site by using authentic-looking email with the real organization’s logo, in an attempt to steal passwords, financial or personal information, or introduce a virus attack; the creation of a Web site replica for fooling unsuspecting Internet users into submitting personal or financial information or passwords

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But you don’t have to worry about that if you have Firefox! I accidentally happened upon a Myspace Phishing site (a site that pretends to be myspace), and I got a warning from Firefox 2.0 saying “Whoa! This site looks like it’s pretending to be another site to steal your password.” (or something like that) Then I clicked the button that said “Let’s get out of here!”

Firefox makes the world a better place. Period.
-Ashton Sanders

By: Ashton Sanders

Real Player Recommends Firefox

May 23 2007

WiaF MascotHa! So yesterday I installed real player, and as I finished installing it, the final screen was this:

How awesome is that! Firefox is the best Internet Browser on the planet, ask any computer/Internet nerd. Anyone who knows anything about the internet knows how horrible Internet Explorer is and how awesome Firefox is!

Please make the world a better place, and trash Internet Explorer.

-thnx,
-Ashton Sanders

By: Ashton Sanders

Firefox – Banner Blocker!

May 19 2007

If you still are using Internet Explorer, let me share with you the best internet browser, bar none:

Firefox

There you have it, go get it. More secured browsing, and more capabilities. For example:

Have you noticed how ANNOYING the banner ads have been getting? They are freaking annoying. Like those “true” commercials on myspace… annoying. Well have no fear, Firefox is here with the sweetest extension ever!

AdBlock Plus

With this extension, just about all knows banners disappear! (Select the first option after installing it, and it will use a continually updated list to keep you protected from annoying banner ads!)

-The Internet is Friendly again… okay maybe not friendly… but at least bannerless…
-Ashton Sanders

By: Ashton Sanders

FireFox Vs. Internet Explorer

Mar 1 2007

Which one would you choose?
It’s almost 100% unanimous accross the Computer Nerd and Internet Geek world: Firfox is the best. But What does the rest of the world think? Internet Explorer comes installed on every Windows Machine, and by far most computers are windows machines.

As of September 6th, 2006, Internet Explorer owns 83% of the market share (Down .5% from 83.5% in July) while Firfox Gained .5% to 11.8. So Firefox is very slowly gaining momentum.

Other browsers posted slight gains in August, including Apple’s own Safari (+.03 percent to 3.21) and Opera +.05 percent to 0.64).

(Source: Inews.com.au)

Whats the difference?

There are many differences, but the most important one to me is the extensions. An extension is a program that is added onto your Firefox. These extensions could be anything as simple as “When you double click you go to your home page” or as complex as a whole toolbar full of internet and website editing tools.

Firefox is an open source browser, and it allows programers to create extensions for Firefox. It displays all of the extensions on the Firefox Website.

Here are some of my favorite Extensions:

Web Developer by Chris Pederick
This Toolbar is a must-have for any web developer or Computer programmer. It does everything from validating the webpage you are on to Revealing passwords that Firefox remembered but you forgot. My favorite part about this tool bar is “Outline Current Elements.” This tool will tell you all about the organization and what is happening on your website.
For Example, if you want a picture to align right, but for some reason there is huge space between the picture and the right side of the screen, simply hit this tool and put your mouse over the space and it will tell you what part of your code is creating that space. It may highlight your image. In which case, you have a Margin for your image that you didn’t remember making. Or there may be another object in the way. This toolbar takes the guess and check out of it.

Firebug by Joe Hewitt
This is a Great Tool for validating a page. It will tell you in the bottom right of your Firefox how many error/warnings a page has. You don’t have to press any extra buttons or anything.

Check out Tomorrow’s post for more cool extensions.

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