13 March 2009

Firefox 3 - disable extension compatibility check

Missing your favorite extension in firefox 3 ?! - In a post last year I wrote about the nightly tester tool which can be used for overriding extension compability check.

Nightly tester tool overwrite compatibility check extension by extension, if you want to skip compatibility for all extension in Firefox3 it's possible to switch of the compatibility check entirely:

  1. Type “about:config” in the Firefox address bar
    Note: “about:config” shows configuration variable for Firefox
  2. By-pass the warning screen
    Note: no complaining if altered settings gives you trouble !
  3. In the area with list of settings variable, right click anywhere and choose New + Boolean in the pop-up
    Note: We want to define a new variable
  4. Name the New Boolean “extensions.checkCompatibility” and press enter
  5. Choose “false” as the value
    Note: Tells Firefox to ignore extension compatibility check
  6. Restart Firefox
Warning: Only use the above overwrite to enable compatibility to Firefox 3 plugins.

Don't do this with Firefox 2.x plugins unless you know how to clean up any mess you might encounter. Many of of the older Firefox 2 plugins will mess up your Firefox 3 !

Mozilla knowledgebase links


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06 March 2009

Etherpad review - live collaboration and chat room

Try Etherpad for a fast, free , easy and really live collaboration and chatsession

Etherpad offers basic collaboration with no bells and whistles - BUT Etherpad do really excel at what matters when you want to have a quick collaboration session - it's fast, easy and simple !

  • 10 sec to get an URL for a new Etherpad
  • give out the url to your fellow collaborators
  • click the url and you are ready to start writing and chat in the same etherpad
  • each participant entries gets a separate color
  • unlimited undo
  • text updated twice every second = you do really have a live collaboration session
  • elaborate or ask/answer questions via chat
  • revisons of the etherpad can be saved at any time
  • free !
  • no login or account , thus no time wasted on filling out forms (a planned pro/paid version will include this)
I only miss three things
  • simple text formatting as headlines and bulletpoints, but this should be in the pipeline.
  • For corporate usage a password protection would be needed(in pipeline for a pro version)
  • ability to delete an etherpad
Try Etherpad - it works !
Etherpad Review verdict: 4 out 5