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If you've got a vulnerable version of Firefox, this probes random stuff out of memory. Ordinarily, this would be a bad thing, but if you keep probing random chunks of memory you get some really weird stuff. For example, after a few clicks I got, amongst a load of rubbish,

"The mood does shift after this hope creeps in awareness that change is the only constant we ll get out of this with each others help. No giving in despite how "

I have no idea where it came from, but it's great.

tissp! (the impossible shortest specia), Thursday, 7 April 2005 12:07 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Thinking about it, it's probably from ILX.

tissp! (the impossible shortest specia), Thursday, 7 April 2005 12:10 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I went on it and Firfox crashed! Boo!

Johnney B (Johnney B), Thursday, 7 April 2005 12:12 (fourteen years ago) Permalink Russian.

Michael Jones (MichaelJ), Thursday, 7 April 2005 14:08 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

It crashed mine too, but only after a few clicks.

caitlin (caitlin), Thursday, 7 April 2005 14:11 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Strange, most people who I've told this to seem to have Firefox crash on them. Good chance to plug the session saver extension though.

tissp! (the impossible shortest specia), Thursday, 7 April 2005 15:02 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I don't understand what this does, or why. What do I learn from this?

happy fun ball (kenan), Thursday, 7 April 2005 15:15 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

four months pass...
WTF, Firefox just does NOT work for me. As in, it stopped working when I had it about a year ago, and now I downloaded and installed the new version and it simply won't bring up any website. IE is working fine, it's a new install so I don't have extensions or anything in the cache. Fuck you, Firefox.

Jordan (Jordan), Sunday, 14 August 2005 03:17 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

All I get is XXXXXXXXXXetc

M. V. (M.V.), Sunday, 14 August 2005 03:23 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

i want to install the fucking update, but every time i try it says it's installing, forever, and there's never any progress!

caitlin oh no (caitxa1), Monday, 15 August 2005 00:20 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

two months pass...
in the "NO FUN with firefox" dep't, does anybody (mac users esp) experience like a 10-second freeze whenever you start downloading something? it's weird and ANNOYING

s1ocki (slutsky), Monday, 31 October 2005 22:25 (thirteen years ago) Permalink


jdubz (ex machina), Monday, 31 October 2005 22:34 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

it sucks.

s1ocki (slutsky), Tuesday, 1 November 2005 01:42 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

buy more RAM

Tracer Hand (tracerhand), Tuesday, 1 November 2005 01:56 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

it ain't the ram

s1ocki (slutsky), Tuesday, 1 November 2005 02:07 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Do you mean a 10-second freeze between clicking the link and the little window coming up that says "Open file with (application)" or "save link to disk"?

I do feel guilty for getting any perverse amusement out of it (Rock Hardy), Tuesday, 1 November 2005 03:19 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

the freeze tends to happen after i click "OK" in the little window

s1ocki (slutsky), Tuesday, 1 November 2005 07:20 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I get that too, M.

Remy (x Jeremy), Tuesday, 1 November 2005 07:24 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

what are we going to do about it?

s1ocki (slutsky), Tuesday, 1 November 2005 07:26 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

(i'm sure the solution involves something tedious that i'll never do like going through and turning off each extension one by one and restarting firefox and trying to download something)

s1ocki (slutsky), Tuesday, 1 November 2005 07:28 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

none of these help me, but they might help you?

Remy (x Jeremy), Tuesday, 1 November 2005 07:29 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

i was just on that page! i think i may have found my solution! hang on a sec...

s1ocki (slutsky), Tuesday, 1 November 2005 07:32 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

yes!! it worked!! did you try

Tools -> Options -> Privacy -> Download Manager History -> Clear. Then, select "Remove files from the Download Manager upon successful download". ?

s1ocki (slutsky), Tuesday, 1 November 2005 07:33 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

(in mac firefox it's more like Firefox -> Options -> Privacy etc)

s1ocki (slutsky), Tuesday, 1 November 2005 07:34 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Mike's post is funny!!

the firefox, Tuesday, 1 November 2005 13:57 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

oh, is this the firefox queries thread then?

ive always wondered, can you gte firefox to do that thing you can do in explorer, whereby when you open new windows, they are replicas of the last window you were in, instead of the new window starting off blank or just as a default/home page?

i looked at the options a bunch of times and cant see anything that sounds like it will do this.

anyone? its totally minor, so i never bothered asking before.

ambrose (ambrose), Tuesday, 1 November 2005 14:31 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

mine just demonstrates my downloading prowess

A P motion-1.mp3 A ; d 9 ? m U # 5 A H ? F % O Z \ Z b g d 7 # ; l q e 4 R u e A 5 H h y z B a q h k Y Z E 3 A ? F ? html H moz-icon://C:\DOCUME 1\HARIAS 1\LOCALS 1\TEMP\18_year_old_blondie_gets_sodomized_for_the_first_time-100-anal-2-scene1.wmv.torrent?size=32 downloadContextMenu b 10-daft_punk-emotion-1.mp3 ? s downloadContextMenu 10-daft_punk-emotion.mp3 s C:\Documents and Settings\Hari Ashurst\My Documents\My Pictures\Annie\lis.jpg moz-icon://C:\Documents and Settings\Hari Ashurst\My Documents\My Downloads\10-daft_punk-emotion.mp3?size=32 P Y y ; 33 ; d . P P P P P P & P P P P P P P P P P P P P P P P P P P s l C:\Documents and Settings\Hari Ashurst\My Documents\My Downloads\nnordnes_joinme.mp3-link.mp3 moz-icon://C:\Documents and Settings\Hari Ashurst\My Documents\My Downloads9-daft_punk-technologic.mp3?size=32 % _ ; 33 % e ; d ; P L ; Chris Morris - Blue Jam.torrent ; d P P P P P P & P P P P P P P P P P P P P P P P

Googley Asearch (Toaster), Tuesday, 1 November 2005 16:41 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Ambrose, that's not totally minor, it's precisely the thing that's been bugging me about Firefox too.

Mädchen (Madchen), Tuesday, 1 November 2005 16:46 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

(can either of you explain why you'd want such a thing? am i missing something?)

koogs (koogs), Tuesday, 1 November 2005 16:57 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

It's useful if you want to stay on the screen your at in one window and go back a page or pages in the other window.

Mädchen (Madchen), Tuesday, 1 November 2005 19:54 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

YOU'RE good grief, sorry. It's a "hang on, I want to compare this page with what I was looking at a few minutes ago" thing.

Mädchen (Madchen), Tuesday, 1 November 2005 19:55 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

You can go back and forward through the same history in either window too.

Mädchen (Madchen), Tuesday, 1 November 2005 19:57 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

i would only be able to explain why i would want such a thing at the split second in which i would want it, if you see what oi mean. i cant htink right now, but i do want it, and it doesnt seem like it would hurt for them to do whatever it is you have to do to do that then put a checkbox you can turn on and off in options.

it always weirds me out when people make similar products to competitors but then sort of make them worse, almost wilfully. for example, in OSX, Apple seemed to replicate the scrolling through windows with Alt Tab, but instead of scrolling thru windows, made it so it scrolled through open applications. Like, for fucks sake! you were so nearly there! but you fluffed it at the last minute!

Maybe its some copyright thing i dunno

ambrose (ambrose), Thursday, 3 November 2005 10:22 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Copyright is unlikely - Apple tried to sue people over that sort of thing in the past, and failed (it was called the "Look & Feel Lawsuit")

Forest Pines (ForestPines), Thursday, 3 November 2005 10:26 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

three years pass...

firefox is kind of demanding! i installed the update, and it said in lolhueg letters, "You should update Adobe Flash Player right now."


tehresa, Thursday, 29 October 2009 00:37 (nine years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

now firefox crashes every time i try a google search :(

tehresa, Tuesday, 17 November 2009 05:36 (nine years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

choose your firefox persona... poll :|

stop assuming I assumed something LOL (CaptainLorax), Saturday, 30 January 2010 05:26 (nine years ago) Permalink


koogs, Saturday, 30 January 2010 10:27 (nine years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

have upgraded to firefox 4. rounded corners on Add a Post box, woo.

is there any way to run version 3 in parallel? even though i installed in a different directory and have renamed the old executable clicking on it still gets me another Firefox 4 instance.

koogs, Tuesday, 22 March 2011 18:43 (eight years ago) Permalink

ah, ok, you have to close all the ff4 instances and then use the old executable.

koogs, Tuesday, 22 March 2011 18:44 (eight years ago) Permalink

any nice themes for it? im using the mac osx one now...kind of chunky.

Get me two meatball sandwiches Utah, TWO! (chrisv2010), Tuesday, 22 March 2011 18:47 (eight years ago) Permalink

I'm waiting until the themes catch up to start using ff4.

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 22 March 2011 18:52 (eight years ago) Permalink

I really enjoy how it says 'close group' and you say 'yes' and it kills all your tabs. Brilliant.

Head goes goes goes (Schlafsack), Tuesday, 22 March 2011 21:44 (eight years ago) Permalink

I have a spaceman spiff theme

U2 the musical by Spiderman (CaptainLorax), Tuesday, 22 March 2011 22:00 (eight years ago) Permalink

Not keen on ff4 in that they've moved the home and reload button to the right. Trivial but irritating.

Cluster the boots (Billy Dods), Tuesday, 22 March 2011 22:05 (eight years ago) Permalink

move it back

Head goes goes goes (Schlafsack), Tuesday, 22 March 2011 22:10 (eight years ago) Permalink

right-click on tab bar, customise, draaaaaag

Head goes goes goes (Schlafsack), Tuesday, 22 March 2011 22:10 (eight years ago) Permalink

Oh, right I'll give it a go.

Cluster the boots (Billy Dods), Tuesday, 22 March 2011 22:14 (eight years ago) Permalink

Okay, using it now. Love that it's faster. Most of my add-ons are still compatible. But where's Echofon hiding at now?

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 23 March 2011 06:26 (eight years ago) Permalink

Oh, never mind. The add-on bar is turned off by default.

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 23 March 2011 06:27 (eight years ago) Permalink

it's more baffling to me that so many people just passively accept this bullshit

lex pretend, Thursday, 29 September 2011 19:55 (seven years ago) Permalink

Thanks James, but I still get:

"The add-on could not be downloaded because of a connection failure on"


Young Swell (Le Bateau Ivre), Thursday, 29 September 2011 19:56 (seven years ago) Permalink

Lex otm. En-fucking-raging.

Young Swell (Le Bateau Ivre), Thursday, 29 September 2011 19:56 (seven years ago) Permalink

saw this earlier, if it helps:

koogs, Thursday, 29 September 2011 20:04 (seven years ago) Permalink

(posted already, sorry)

koogs, Thursday, 29 September 2011 20:05 (seven years ago) Permalink

Thanks Koogs. That's what James linked too as well, but for some reason the add-on server is down, so I can't download the add-on recovery add-on... :-S


Young Swell (Le Bateau Ivre), Thursday, 29 September 2011 20:06 (seven years ago) Permalink

I held out against chrome for a long time but after just 1 day with it I'm done w firefox forever. soz dudes

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Thursday, 29 September 2011 22:52 (seven years ago) Permalink

I can't believe that neither FF nor Chrome have password protection for the whole browser.

Je55e, Friday, 30 September 2011 21:38 (seven years ago) Permalink

You all know you can stop automatic updates in Firefox, yeah?

Autumn Almanac, Friday, 30 September 2011 22:30 (seven years ago) Permalink

Wow, Firefox just picked up 'Firefox' as a spelling error and suggested

Fire fox

Autumn Almanac, Friday, 30 September 2011 22:31 (seven years ago) Permalink


thank you BIG HOOS, you brilliant god-man (BIG HOOS aka the steendriver), Friday, 30 September 2011 22:59 (seven years ago) Permalink

Fuck Firefox for the last time. Switched to Chrome this morning.

PoMo with a shotgun (snoball), Saturday, 1 October 2011 08:21 (seven years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Firefox 7.0.1 crashing like an absolute bastard on my Macbook. Anyone having any similar problems? Could be an issue with gfxCardStatus but not sure.

sam500, Thursday, 3 November 2011 13:02 (seven years ago) Permalink

Could well be. It was locking me into dedicated graphics and sucking up my battery so I stopped using it.

Autumn Almanac, Thursday, 3 November 2011 19:47 (seven years ago) Permalink

Ok, so I 'downgraded' to Firefox 3.6 (I wasn't mad about going back to Chrome again) and all seems to be fine. Still running gfx too.

sam500, Friday, 4 November 2011 08:40 (seven years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

does that button on the popup window suggesting you upgrade to 9.01 ever work for anybody? whenever i press it it just sits there for hours doing nothing and i end up downloading and installing externally.

koogs, Thursday, 12 January 2012 09:59 (seven years ago) Permalink

Jesus, theyre on v9 now?
I gotta get on chrome

Beezow Doo Doo Zopittybop-Bop Bop (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 12 January 2012 15:52 (seven years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

10 now. i seem to have missed 9 completely.

linux still on 3.6... web pages are now complaining to me about the age of it (albeit mostly related sites...)

koogs, Thursday, 2 February 2012 09:38 (seven years ago) Permalink

The occasional day that passes without a Firefox update seems so peaceful

Not only dermatologists hate her (James Morrison), Friday, 3 February 2012 00:12 (seven years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

Does anyone have any experience with Firefox Sync? It's supposed to allow you to sync bookmarks/passwords/prefs on multiple computers and devices. I'm a bit reluctant to try it for some reason.

Does it allow you to "un-sync" after having synched? As in, erasing the sync info from, say, my work computer? Anyone?

HO WBEAUTIFUL IS THE GENTLYFALLINGBLOOD? (Le Bateau Ivre), Saturday, 18 February 2012 20:37 (seven years ago) Permalink

I've only used Sync to restore my bookmarks every time I'm playing around with installing new operating systems on multiple computers.

You can control what is synced (history, bookmarks, preferences, etc) and how often, and you can un-sync as far as no longer linking the computers. I would imagine you would have to clear history and delete bookmarks to completely remove traces. Maybe even uninstall, delete profile folder, re-install.

I doubt you can put it back exactly like it was prior though. Maybe maintaining separate firefox profiles on the work computer would allow that.

warren harding (Zachary Taylor), Saturday, 18 February 2012 23:07 (seven years ago) Permalink

Thanks for the info Zach! I can't really "afford" to just try it out (syncing between work and home I mean) but will try it between my laptop-desktop.

HO WBEAUTIFUL IS THE GENTLYFALLINGBLOOD? (Le Bateau Ivre), Sunday, 19 February 2012 19:07 (seven years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

what exactly has changed from firefox 4-12?

i guess i shouldn't care -- it's just arbitrary numbers -- but it breaks my extensions too often.

mookieproof, Wednesday, 25 April 2012 00:17 (seven years ago) Permalink

Every version fixes hundreds of bugs, apparently, e.g.

StanM, Wednesday, 25 April 2012 16:05 (seven years ago) Permalink

anyone noticed the tabs flickering from time to time? like they are being rewritten, slowly.

the "upgrade now" link in the popup window hasn't worked for me for the last 6 iterations - just sits there 'connecting...'. increasingly tempted by the long term support release...

koogs, Wednesday, 25 April 2012 16:19 (seven years ago) Permalink

eleven months pass...

what the what?

upgraded to ff20 this morning and now my right click menu (which i always use to navigate back a page) fills the entire height of the screen and is missing the 'back' option, instead containing a list of ALL the menu items in the world (play, pause, view background image, view mathml source...)

koogs, Thursday, 4 April 2013 10:45 (six years ago) Permalink

just upgraded, looks normal to me.

riverrun, past Steve and Adam's (ledge), Thursday, 4 April 2013 10:47 (six years ago) Permalink

think it's Firebug. disabling firebug stops it. adding it back restarts it.

koogs, Thursday, 4 April 2013 11:51 (six years ago) Permalink

I just downloaded an image and when it was finished, a big green arrow showed up for a second, like some kind of acid flashback. WTF? Is this a new Firefox feature? Seems like overkill.

_Rudipherous_, Sunday, 14 April 2013 15:30 (six years ago) Permalink

yeah it's the new download finished indicator thing. lets you access dl directory

koogs, Sunday, 14 April 2013 17:05 (six years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

So is Forecastfox just gone forever? Any other decent weather extensions?

Je55e, Sunday, 27 July 2014 21:36 (four years ago) Permalink

three months pass...

i think firefox just wants you to update every 3 days so that people visit its homepage.

and today it's explaining the new tab screen to me, despite me having used it for months.

the very handy 'Youtube Link Title' script brok with the last update.

koogs, Tuesday, 11 November 2014 09:55 (four years ago) Permalink

It's annoying. Still my preferred web browser though.

millmeister, Tuesday, 11 November 2014 12:41 (four years ago) Permalink

(updating greasemonkey fixed my greasemonkey script problem fwiw)

new version introduces ads to the new tab page (which is what the popup window was telling me, had i read it)

koogs, Tuesday, 11 November 2014 12:56 (four years ago) Permalink

That's a bit naughty. I use the 'Tab Mix Plus' extension to customise my tabs. New tabs can be opened as blank pages (about:blank).

millmeister, Tuesday, 11 November 2014 13:09 (four years ago) Permalink

i haven't seen one yet. it may be limited to people who don't have 9 tabs worth of history to display.

koogs, Tuesday, 11 November 2014 13:11 (four years ago) Permalink

why still use this over chrome, i'm curious?

r|t|c, Tuesday, 11 November 2014 13:38 (four years ago) Permalink

When I last tried Chrome on a desktop it resolutely refused to open in full screen mode. Plus various other little niggles. By not using it I also feel less entwined in the Google ecosystem.

millmeister, Tuesday, 11 November 2014 14:15 (four years ago) Permalink

"i think firefox just wants you to update every 3 days so that people visit its homepage."

It has never once made me go to its homepage in windows/linux.

svend, Tuesday, 11 November 2014 14:19 (four years ago) Permalink

it did today in windows (win8). might've been more of an update page than a homepage.

this, i think:

"Committed to you,
your privacy and
an open Web"

which seems at odds with the ads thing.

interesting thing on slashdot today. how they get a lot of their money from google (for being the default search) but how chrome could mean that google will just stop paying them soon, leaving them up shit creek.

koogs, Tuesday, 11 November 2014 15:09 (four years ago) Permalink

At home I can't go to a URL from the address bar. EG I type in "" and hit enter, nothing happens. :(

Je55e, Tuesday, 11 November 2014 19:42 (four years ago) Permalink

seven months pass...

For a couple weeks FF on my Mac hasn't let me go directly to a URL. Doesn't matter if I do or don't use www, http, https, etc. I type it in and it does nothing when I hit Enter or the arrow button. Anybody else? I guess I could google it.

Other weirdness, on my work computer, the spellcheck dictionary defaults to Spanish, and I am pretty sure I never even added Spanish to my list of dictionaries.

Je55e, Monday, 22 June 2015 17:18 (three years ago) Permalink

Quick Googling suggests checking if you're in compatibility mode, and turning it off if you are.

Also sounds like maybe you've got a virus. :\

Falconetti Pot (Leee), Monday, 22 June 2015 17:48 (three years ago) Permalink

Thanks. I will look into it.

Are you thinking virus w/r/t of the language thing or the URL thing?

Je55e, Monday, 22 June 2015 20:39 (three years ago) Permalink

Both in conjunction, maybe -- though the first one sounds more likely.

Falconetti Pot (Leee), Monday, 22 June 2015 20:49 (three years ago) Permalink

The problem w/ the address bar not letting me go to a URL was a problem w/ a plug-in, though I couldn't figure out which one.

The problem w/ the spell-check dictionary defaulting to Spanish is now happening on my HOME computer too. I have no dictionary add-ons, so I don't know how to get rid of Spanish. It's not just an inconvenience, it's blowing my self-esteem b/c I realize how bad my spelling has gotten.

Je55e, Saturday, 4 July 2015 15:55 (three years ago) Permalink

Does FF sync browser data for a single account like Chrome does?

This is the first Google hit for

firefox spellcheck language
so you probably have already seen it, but for the sake of thoroughness:

:wq (Leee), Sunday, 5 July 2015 02:50 (three years ago) Permalink

Hi - sorry, I didn't see new answers.

My work and home computers were not synced, no. I tried that the support thing earlier, but it didn't work, but since I updated to the latest version of FF on computers, Spanish seems to have gone away. (I thought FF asked for updates automatically, but for some reason it never asked me if I wanted 39 or whatever.)

Je55e, Tuesday, 7 July 2015 18:08 (three years ago) Permalink

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