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Posts Tagged ‘Firefox’

Why pay for wireless? Free Wi-Fi at Altanta Hartsfield and other Airports

Posted by conducivetechnology on September 7, 2008

As most airports do these days, they have a wireless network there. Unfortunatly, they try to make you pay $7 for 24h, no matter how long you actually get on there.  Playing around with the network shows that you get redirected to their portal using port 302 with all other common ports being blocked.

The way to get around this is taking advantage of how the routers handle picture files.  Typing in http://www.google.com/.jpg brought up the 404 google page bypassing the redirection.  http://www.google.com/search?.jpg also worked.  This “exploit” should work for most “light” sites like google and slashdot but an intensive site like gmail may not work.  Just add a ?.jpg at the end of the url and it should bypass the redirection page.  Not 100% but hey, you get what you pay for 🙂

For easier browsing a greasemonkey script can be used below.  (Note you must have a browser that supports javascript add-ons like firefox with the greasemonkey add-on.)

http://userscripts.org/scripts/source/32896.user.js

Did this work for you?  Let us know in comments below.

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Firefox 3 Better Photo Quality Hack

Posted by conducivetechnology on June 22, 2008

Firefox 3 has blazing speeds but at a price.  For you photofanatics out there you may notice that your pictures don’t look as rich as they should be.  The culprit is Firefox’s advanced color profile support.  It is not enabled by default.  If quality is more important than speed than take advantage of the hack below to enable this feature and begin browsing in rich color once again.

To enable it, type about:config in Firefox 3’s address bar.  You will see the following message below and just go ahead and click the “I’ll be careful, I promise!” button.

In the Filter field, type gfx.color_management.enabled and set that value to true (its default value is false).   You will need to restart Firefox for this to go into effect.

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Firefox 3 has been released!

Posted by conducivetechnology on June 18, 2008

I have been beta testing the new Firefox browser for a while now and have been anticipating its final release.  Even the IE team from Microsoft celebrated the day with a cake for the Mozilla team.

I have to admit that I have been quite pleased with IE7 and preferred it over Firefox 2 but I feel as though once again I will be switching favorite browsers.  I have also been beta testing IE8 as well as Opera releases but this post is a celebration meant for only one browser Mozilla Firefox 3.0  With over 3 years of testing and development the final release has finally arrived!

IE7 celebrates Firefox 3 release with a cake delivered to Mozilla team.

Here are some new features that are beneficial:

  • Speed and performance:  Firefox3 by far is alot faster than IE7.  They are using a new rendering engine that reduce memory leaks or cycles.  I am not one to believe performance graphs provided by review sites but I can personally see a difference in speed with Firefox 3.  This is of course once the browser is open.  The startup times from a cold start in Firefox unfortunately are still slow compared to IE7
  • Frecency:  This I have found to be one of the neatest features.  As you are typing an address in the address bar it uses a a combination of frequency and recentness—to determine the best suggestions.  I have found this to be quite helpful and can even type just a part of the URL into the browser and be taken directly to the site.
  • Updated bookmarks bar, smart bookmarks, download manager.

Don’t take my word for it though, try it yourself! Firefox can be downloaded below.

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