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The Opera Problem

A while back I switched from FireFox to Opera, as the former was just getting slower and slower (Read: More and more bloated and incapable of running properly on somewhat dated hardware), and for a while it's been great but...

Lately pages start loading forever. And they do load forever. Every new tab I open loads forever. Sometimes one tab works, and I can send a reply or similar if that's what I'm currently typing out, but all tabs after that just load forever, forever, forever...

I close the browser and restart it.

Sometimes that works, sometimes it doesn't. If it doesn't I then open the task manager and kill the process manually, and then restart it again, and so it works again.

It's a fine browser otherwise - even if I'm still not a huge fan of the bookmarks/history being locked to a side panel - but this one thing is a bit of a bother. Don't really want to move all the way to Chrome though, even if they are both based on the same engine now.

Trying to keep personal integrity at least somewhat intact but this is turning into a real soap Opera.

Flash Player Recommendations

The Flash Player Uninstall Recommendation Window

Recommending me to uninstall the player from my computer entirely huh.

Adobe's been planning to shut down Flash at the end of the year for some time now, and the main browsers have all agreed to comply and remove support for the plugin as well, but for some reason I didn't figure they'd do anything about the locally installed version.

I'm keeping this though. Unless they force an uninstall. If so maybe the best solution's to install an older version with updates turned off, as to keep things like this from happening on their own.

Considering how forcibly Microsoft update things these days I do wonder how Adobe will handle this when the time comes though, hopefully they'll choose a softer approach; at least give the user the option to keep going with their software forever if they really want to...

The Mysteriously Unmovable FileZilla.xml

Two new computers arrived at work yesterday, and I was assigned the appreciative task of moving over stuff from the old ones and getting them ready. They were prepped with Windows 10, and the old computers with Windows 7, so no total migration, just move over the important files and re-install the most important programs.

Everything went swell (is that an abbreviation for 'so well', btw? Just dawned on me...) until I came to FileZilla.

I had to carry over some logins, and since they're now encrypted I couldn't just copy the credentials, plus it'd be easier to just copy over everything at the same time anyway. So I exported the logins as an .xml file, dragged it to the external drive I use to move stuff between computers, and moved on to the new computer I was to move said information to...

File wasn't there. No FileZilla.xml

Strange. Maybe you can't copy files to the main directory on the drive? Maybe there's some kind of write protection there...? I know I have had files in the main directory before but... maybe that's it...

Went back. Dragged the file into a subdirectory on the external drive. Back to the new computer.

Nothing there! So maybe... I unplugged the drive too fast? It didn't fully complete the moving operation, and so although I thought it was done it really wasn't? Or could it be that the FileZilla.xml file has some kind of copy protection that doesn't actually allow it to be moved to other computers?

Third try. This time I dragged that file into a bundle of folders. If the final move didn't register, surely the earlier ones would. If there was some directory problem, surely one of them would work anyway. So once again I get back to the new computer and... no .xml files. None of them.

At this point I gave up on that external drive.

Actually I gave up completely. I didn't import the settings at all, I figured I'd fetch the login info from my own computer, where I might have it lying around in plain text somewhere. But I didn't. Either I needed to create a new login and replace it on all computers, or somehow get that file to the new computers after all...

OneDrive. Aha. We use it as a budget NAS of sorts, with the same account connected to all computers. I dragged the config file into the main folder there aaaaand... nothing happened. It didn't upload. There's still no FileZilla.xml in the OneDrive folder. Does OneDrive maybe not support or allow .xml files? What is going ON?!

I did other stuff for a while, fixed up the second computer, but again time came for that FileZilla configuration, so what to do... I have a smaller thumbdrive lying around as well, so I tried that. Went back to the same computer as earlier, fetched the file, plugged it into the new computer...

And there it was! No problem. File import was a piece of cake.

That was that. But to this day I do still wonder... about what was going on with that mysterious .xml file.

This was yesterday btw. Have a good weekend.

The Eternal Scrape

The Eternal Scrape

Scraping protip: Make an exception for the base URL followed by a http.

Things like this won't happen then.

The New Firefox Megabar Again

The Address Bar

So a while back Mozilla introduced this to their browser, and with their most recent release (77) they removed the option to remove this option.

What do? Apparently you can override visual settings by creating your own CSS stylesheet for your browser. The simplified steps:

  1. Download this rules file.
  2. Open up about:support in your browser to find your profile folder, and click the button to go there.
  3. If no folder named chrome exists here: create it, and move the file downloaded above here, renaming it to simply userChrome.css.
  4. If you have a chrome folder already, and a userChrome.css file inside it, simply copy the content from userChrome-ZeroEnlargement.css into the bottom of this file instead.
  5. Finally open up about:config and search for userprof. If this is false, set it to true. If it doesn't exist you can ignore this step.

That's it! The fix should work again.

If you need a bit more in-depth instructions you'll find those via the link above. You can open CSS files with Notepad to preserve the formatting.

That's all.



Check it out.

One thing though: This word was not invented by a machine learning algorithm. I supplied it. I've now reached out to the mastermind behind said project in the hope that the latter bit of text can be changed to 'invented by an anonymous benefactor, then defined and used by a machine learning algorithm' or similar. For words with human origin.

Also seems I wasn't the first to think of this particular word, giving it a Google. Oh well. It's a cool thing. Potential inspiration source via AI.

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