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6 ways to stream local media files to Chromecast

I finally decided to buy a Chromecast to complement the new screen that I bought.¬†Although Chromecast states that it works with TVs, it works with… Read More »6 ways to stream local media files to Chromecast

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Speed Dial

3 Speed Dial Addons for Firefox

Firefox comes with its own speed dial. But, in my opinion, it leaves you wanting for more. For several years now, I’ve been using some add-on or the other to power my speed dial needs and here is a list of usual suspects that you might want to consider.

Protect your privacy with Self-Destructing Cookies

With Big Brother spying and advertising agencies attempting to give you targetted advertisements, protecting your privacy online is getting even more important than earlier. Meet the “Cookie”, the biggest helper to tracking your movement is sitting on your computer via your browser. If you’ve never heard, here’s a direct definition from Wikipedia: A cookie, also known as an HTTP cookie, web cookie, or browser cookie, is a small piece of data sent from a website and stored in a user’s web browser while the user is browsing that website.

Improve your productivity with LeechBlock

With social media today, it is very easy to lose focus on the work at hand and get distracted. If you’re like me, you probably have Facebook open along with Twitter waiting to catch the latest update. LeechBlock is a simple productivity tool: an extension for the Firefox web browser designed to block those time-wasting sites.

Firefox - Mixed Content Blocking

How to stop Firefox from blocking Mixed Content

Firefox 23 added a new feature that automatically blocks mixed content. Mixed content comes into play when browsing secure websites. (i.e. websites with “https”), when the webpage doesn’t serve everything on the https protocol but serves some images on http.

Normally, this isn’t really the big issue. However, if you are concerned about security and especially tracking, then you might want to prevent this happening. Firefox understands that and automatically blocks mixed content. When browsing a secure website displaying mixed content, you might view something like this: “Firefox has blocked content that isn’t secure”.

Firefox - Mixed Content Blocking

As you note in the URL, browsing WordPress.org is likely to throw up this warning. This is because Firefox automatically blocks all active content like scripts that aren’t also served on the https protocol.

Hitting “Disable Protection on This Page” will fix it for the particular page. However, it won’t respect this on other sites. If you’re like me, this isn’t a helpful feature but rather a pain! And, you’ll want to disable this.

Here’s how you do it.

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Opera Turbo

Opera switches to Webkit from Presto

Opera announced today that they have crossed the 300m users mark. The browser has seen an increasing adoption amongst users across all its platforms. I’ve been using Opera for several years now at a time when it was ad-supported.

Opera high-resolution display

Opera releases 12.10 beta; adds Windows 8 support

Opera has always been one of my favourite browers. It’s fast and they have steady update to valuations. It still needs to go a long way to get close to Chrome or Firefox in terms of add-on support, but it’s a good alternate browser, if you need one.