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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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How to switch from Hangouts to old Google Chat

Google introduced Hangouts to replace the old Google Chat interface and most likely you’ll be using this interface in your Gmail interface as well as on your mobile devices. Hangouts added a several features missing from traditional chat including the Group conversations. However, I, for one, prefer the traditional Google Chat interface that gives me a one shot view of who is online and not.

MEDIAN IF tutorial in Excel 2007 and Excel 2010

Excel 2007 brought a host of new functions to Excel that were missing in Excel 2003. One of these functions was AVERAGEIF which returns the average (arithmetic mean) of all the cells in a range that meet a given criteria. One essential function that is still missing is MEDIANIF or MEDIAN IF which should ideally return the median of all the cells in a range that meet a given criteria.

Video Conferencing Comparisons: Skype vs. GoToMeeting vs. Google Hangout

Programs that allow you to chat by webcam with friends, family and business associates aren’t really anything new, as they’ve existed in some form for over a decade. But the rise of broadband Internet has led to many improvements in video chat technology. Video and sound quality have gotten better, plus new software tools and web based services have been put in place that give a better user experience.