• AlanH



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    • in reply to: Firefox 52 – does it seem faster to anyone else? #99867

      I think a lot of plug-ins just won’t work anymore due to dropping of NPAPI

      Yeah, a boatload of barnacles got scraped off the Win7 copy of Firefox on this machine today… 🙂

    • in reply to: Firefox 52 – does it seem faster to anyone else? #99866

      Nifty! Yes, it appears to be enabled here.

    • in reply to: Firefox 52 – does it seem faster to anyone else? #99864

      Just to finish up my portion of what has turned out to be a much more interesting topic than what I started with: I suspect the speed improvement was due mostly to the kernel update yesterday.

      On the other Xubuntu machine I mentioned earlier, I checked the “snappiness” of Firefox 51, then let only the Firefox 52 update install. No perceptible difference. I then let each group of yesterday’s other updates through, retesting after each. Still pretty much the same. Then the kernel update, reboot, and retest– and finally, about a quarter to a third off the page rebuild time. (Measured by the highly scientific one mississippi two mississippi method. :D)

      By the way, there was no plugin cruft on that machine’s Firefox 51, despite its having been running Xubuntu for about three and a half years. Just Flash, Widevine, and that Cisco video codec, all of which survived the upgrade to 52.

      Thanks to all the participants here for the nifty Firefox info! Even if it was prompted by my looking in the wrong place for this morning’s gift horse. 🙂

    • in reply to: Firefox 52 – does it seem faster to anyone else? #99736

      Well, it looks like it’s not going to be a fair comparison over here in Windows 7. Firefox 51 did indeed have a truckload of plugins (maybe 15 to 20), accumulated during eight years or so of this being a Windows-only machine, before it was “handed down” to me.  And upgrading to 52 jettisoned all but three: the two noted above, plus Google’s Widevine. So, that could easily account for the improved “snappiness” in rendering the weather.gov pages I tested just now on 51, and then 52.

      I think I have a Linux box that hasn’t been updated to Firefox 52.0 yet.  I’ll see if it has plugin cruft. Kinda doubt it, though.

    • in reply to: Firefox 52 – does it seem faster to anyone else? #99735

      EMET doesn’t appear to be present on the Windows side of this machine, and it wouldn’t have affected the Linux side. Good thought, though– thanks!

    • in reply to: Firefox 52 – does it seem faster to anyone else? #99729

      Hmm, good link– thanks!  Way down at the bottom of the release notes, huh? 🙂

      Flash is still there, having been granted special dispensation for now, and some “OpenH264 Video Codec provided by Cisco Systems, Inc” plugin “automatically installed by Mozilla” seems to have survived as well. (Not that I’ve ever paid any attention to it before.) I don’t recall any other plugins from beforetimes that have now vanished. I’ll see if there are any in the old Firefox on the Win7 side, before I update it.

      Off to reboot into Windows…

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    • in reply to: Windows – Linux Alternative Programs (Apps) #99315

      Just starting to experiment with VirtualBox, so thanks for the practical (and reassuring) info!

      Dual booting is a pain, been there, done that!!!

      However, quintuple booting is a BLAST – for playtime on a “goofing with distros” spare machine. 🙂  (Lubuntu, SparkyLinux w/ LXQT, MX-16, BoBuntu, & the box’s original Vista installation.)

    • in reply to: Backup programs for Linux #99311

      Found a pretty thorough writeup on using Systemback here:


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    • in reply to: Backup programs for Linux #99305

      I use Gparted – a GUI interface partition editor – from a bootable live cd, similar to how JohnW uses Clonezilla: basically, just copying the partition to be backed up over to an external hard drive.  (I usually also use it to shrink the copy afterward, to make it easier to copy back when needed.)  Any ‘buntu live cd I’ve used during the past few years has had Gparted installed in its live session, ready to go.

      Besides linux partitions, I’ve used it for backing up data partitions, Windows partitions, and whatever else. Very nice to have when I had to replace the boot drive on my wife’s Windows pc a few years ago.

      I’ve also recently heard of Systemback under linux a few days ago – somebody used it to make an installable .iso file of his custom respin! Haven’t researched it yet, beyond installing that respin to a spare pc, but it worked well for that, at least.

      AlanH – who’s been using xubuntu as a “daily driver” os since 2013

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    • in reply to: February 2017 Adobe Flash Player security updates available #94787

      In Chrome 56 point something, I can get to the controls for Flash (and the built-in PDF displayer, and a few other plugin-like pieces parts) via

      Settings -> Show advanced settings… -> Privacy -> Content settings…

      Apparently this is the new location.

      There’s a little bit of explanation at the Chrome Help Forum, and some more detail in a recent Tech Help Knowledgebase article.

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    • in reply to: Should I get a Chromebook, or stick with Windows? #92559

      I don’t regularly use a Chromebook myself, but I can whole-heartedly recommend them to my fellow “Family I.T. Support Techs,” for their more difficult clients.

      My stepdaughter can break ANY technology– I’m convinced she could get an inclined plane to malfunction. Keeping her Windows PC running, especially against the constant onslaught of PUP-laden add-ons, was a nightmare. So, a couple of years ago, we got her a Chromebook.

      Blessed relief.

      To be fair, she did crack the screen, and later put a dead spot into the keyboard. (Kudos to the Acer C720’s designers for making those components replaceable by someone not well-versed in laptop tech.) And she also managed to install a homepage-hijacking Chrome extension– had to talk her through a browser reset over the phone to clear that up. But throughout it all, the Chrome OS itself has remained solid, reliable, clean of malware, and up-to-date. Without constant intervention from Yours Truly…

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    • in reply to: Thanking Posters #91583

      I guess I could just use REPLY but it’s not quite the same.

      How about using both? That is, a THANKS followed by a REPLY giving a fuller expression of one’s gratitude. It also has the advantage of avoiding the added complexity of adding a kind of micro-reply field.

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    • in reply to: How to put a picture ("Avatar") on your replies #90694

      I suspect that an “unlinked” avatar is not possible– one’s email address seems to be the indexing token that Gravatar uses for lookup.

      The inelegant workaround I used was to generate an email address just for askwoody.com, and then set up a gravatar for that.

    • in reply to: Win 7 to Linux transition #89185

      I’d assume that fixing it (if you didn’t let Windows format and use the Linux partitions) would involve booting into Linux via USB and reinstalling GRUB (the bootloader program that gives you the menu of Linux and Windows options at boot time) and the bootloader itself from there, but since I haven’t actually done it, I don’t know if that is all there is to it.

      Speaking from an end-user perspective (i.e., using linux just to Get Things Done), the few times I’ve managed to gum up a dual-boot setup, a Boot-Repair live cd has put things right again, without requiring much (any?) expertise on my part.

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