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    Lightbulb Data Mining Using Browser

    Is it a browser or not? Mining data using browsers.

    http://www.macdevcenter.com/pub/a/ma.../browsers.html
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    Lightbulb GyazMail

    GyazMail looks nice - imports from various sources - just needs a "show only unread" so I keep going back to Thunderbird. Which has also improved week by week - and surprised it can't do something Outlook does (well, it isn't as "open" to scripts and that's good).
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    Official 0.8 release of Camino (lot faster, more integration)
    http://mozilla.org/products/camino/

    New features added since Camino 0.7 include:

    * A new bookmark manager with integrated Rendezvous, Address Book (on OSX 10.2+), Search, and Top 10 list.
    * Google Search bar
    * Session history on back/forward buttons
    * Greatly improved cookie management
    * A more compact download manager
    * Allow lists (white-lists) for popup blocking
    * Incremental type-ahead find
    * Upgrades the Gecko HTML rendering engine from Mozilla 1.0 to Mozilla 1.7, resulting in performance, stability, and rendering improvements

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    I guess I should alert people, then, that whenever - especially right now - from a 0.8 to 0.9 or other 'major' upgrade of Firefox, Thunderbird, or Mozilla, that it can be a little rough. the latest nightly builds after one of those milestones ARE Alpha and should be treated as such. That said, seems to finally be stable.

    One of the changes was to move Firefox and Thunderbird folder for profiles to ~/Library/Application Support (was ~/Library).

    And, you don't have to worry about the latest MS IIS Trojan Horse that targets MSIE on Windows (all versions it sounds).

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    Lightbulb Bookmark Tools

    "Safari" enhancements - the three I use: Safari Sorter (for bookmarks), Safari Bookmark Exporter (SBE), and Safari Enhancer . Also, Bookit which will merge bookmarks from all your browsers and help create a common set.

    ADC is a source for Apple OS software only, such as Developer Tools, CHUD, Java SDK. I mention it because it addresses some javascript issues that arose with the latest java and security update along with 10.3.5. A release version is 'imminent' and I've found their 'beta' or Final Candidate versions to be solid and not add problems. ie, reliable.

    But 26MB on dial-up translates into a rather l-o-n-g download until you can download and save at work and bring it home or something (or burn CD).

    You can find the latest Firefox download (8.7MB) and the ADC Java142Update2FC.dmg also fixes problems with Firefox (they share the same engine and core java services).
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    Lightbulb PNG Security affects Mozilla, others

    Nearly all browsers have issued or will need to issue updates to deal with new security issues revealed or uncovered recently.

    Look for the latest version of Mozilla, Firefox, and more to deal with this. I think even Safari could be included in the list.

    Image flaw pierces PC security
    Published: August 5, 2004, 3:06 PM PDT
    By Robert Lemos
    Staff Writer, CNET News.com

    update: Six vulnerabilities in a common code that handles an open-source image format could allow intruders to compromise computers running Linux and may allow attacks against Windows PCs as well as Macs running OS X.

    The security issues appear in a library supporting the portable network graphics (PNG) format, used widely by programs such as the Mozilla and Opera browsers and various e-mail clients. The most critical issue, a memory problem known as a buffer overflow, could allow specially created PNG graphics to execute a malicious program when the application loads the image.

    Among the programs that use libPNG and are likely to be affected by the flaws are the Mail application on Apple Computer's Mac OS X, the Opera and Internet Explorer browsers on Windows, and the Mozilla and Netscape browsers on Solaris, according to independent security researcher Chris Evans, who discovered the issues. Apple and Microsoft could not immediately be reached for comment. Evans did not test every platform to check which vulnerabilities work, he said.

    The most critical vulnerability crashed two open-source browsers, Evans said. "A scarier possibility is targeted exploitation by e-mailing a nasty PNG to someone who uses a graphical e-mail client to decode" images, he added.

    The Mozilla Foundation, the group that manages development of the Mozilla and Firefox browsers and the Thunderbird e-mail client, patched the flaws Wednesday, the same day news of the vulnerabilities was made public. Microsoft continues to study the issue, a representative of the software giant said late Thursday. http://news.com.com
    http://www.us-cert.gov/
    http://secunia.com/advisories/12219/
    http://www.libpng.org/pub/png/libpng.html

    Foundation releases new versions of Mozilla and Firefox browsers
    By Matthew Broersma, Techworld
    Mozilla fixes browser bugs
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    Lightbulb Sunbird - Mozilla Calendar

    At the moment Sunbird is in an experimental, though quite stable stage. We offer no release builds at the moment, only builds intended for testing and development purposes.

    http://www.mozilla.org/projects/calendar/index.html

    We release testing builds for Windows and Linux every few weeks.
    These builds can always be found on:
    http://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/mozilla.o...nbird/nightly/

    http://www.mozilla.org/projects/cale..._download.html

    Mac OS X:
    http://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/mozilla.o...ird-mac.dmg.gz

    http://www.mozilla.org/

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    Lightbulb Mozilla for OS 8.6/9

    Mozilla 1.3.1 for OS 8.6/9

    Due to the lack of developer interest, build machines, compilers and testing resources, the last Mozilla.org Mac OS 9 build is Mozilla 1.3.1. Volunteers occasionally provide new updates that may be of interest to users, such as the Mozilla 1.3.1 build by Harunaga Hirotoshi, and a variation on this build Latest 1.3.1 by WaMCom that includes some Mozilla 1.4 code and extensions.

    Mozilla 1.3.1 download

    http://www.mozilla.org/download.html
    Netscape 7.0 - 7.2

    I know we went looking earlier for alternatives for people to use that would work better than MSIE 5.1.7 that wanted to access the forums and needed to use javascript. I'm not sure why there wasn't an obvious link - maybe there is? - when new users sign up and directs them to one of the above. I know we've looked for Netscape/Mozilla as well as other non-OS X browsers. For OS X browsers, there is a better selection, some of which are listed in this thread

    Netscape FTP Archive

    From what I remember, in an old post -
    Mozilla is solid and MSIE 5.1.6 should be also. Unless the cat5 cable is faulty, I'd run DFA, DW, backup, initialize and do a clean install soemtimes is faster than trying to figure out "Why?"

    Even Conflict Catcher 8 helps (demo mode runs for 7 days).

    Its even possible one stick of RAM is going out, too. Does happen.

    As for Mozilla, I allocate 70MB and it still uses 20MB of system heap, so it needs 100MB or more to run, which you have. MSIE I've found runs best with 40-50MB allocated and it may use system heap as well, sometimes A LOT if you have a lot of windows and jpegs open.

    Browsers or Photoshop are a good test of RAM. Jaguar is a great way to find marginal RAM also, it tends to use it more than OS 8/9 ever did, and all addresses.

    Even the system file can need to be repaired. And under OS 8.6, MSIE could end up damaging the driver partition, putting html in there. Using Drive Setup to *update* the driver can help. DFA can sometimes spot a damaged driver, too.

    I conslder any version of Norton risky for more than fixing dates and bundle bits.
    MacUpdate - OS 8/9 Browsers
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    Thumbs down Safari Plug-Ins

    If I want to have trouble with Safari, it's easy

    Enable Plug-ins.
    Remove Macromedia Flash and Shockwave from Internet Plug-ins.
    Open a dozen or two web site links via tabs.

    you will be bound to run into sites that now ask "You do not seem to have the needed plug-ins. Would you like to install them? (Cancel or Continue - with continue being the default).

    Works every time. Might get to one, but not the second instance. Locks 'er up every every time!

    I don't trust or like Flash and Shockwave. I'm sure they are nice, but also potential security or even not compatible with Safari or OS X. They do download code to the hard drive in order to run, too.

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    Lightbulb Universal browser hole

    09 December 2004
    Universal browser hole a gift for scammers
    Vulnerability allows phishers to hijack pop-ups.
    http://www.techworld.com/security/ne...fm?NewsID=2777

    By Scarlet Pruitt, IDG News Service

    Security have warned about a new Web browser security hole which could allow scammers to launch phishing attacks from pop-up windows on trusted websites.

    The vulnerability affects almost all browsers, including Internet Explorer, Mozilla, Firefox, Opera, Konqueror, Safari and Netscape.

    It arises when an Internet user opens browser windows for both a legitimate website and a malicious site at the same time. Because of an old functionality in most browsers, the malicious site can potentially display information in a pop-up window from the trusted site, according to Secunia. The vulnerability has yet to be exploited but could present a very effective method for launching online fraud scams, Secunia CTO Thomas Kristensen said.

    Also, see Security News

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    Lightbulb OmniWeb 5.1, OmniOutliner 3.0 Released

    Another OSX browswer
    The Omni Group today released OmniWeb 5.1, an update to its feature-rich Mac OS X Web browser. Version 5.1 features the latest Apple WebCore rendering engine, offering greater compatibility with Web sites; improved history browsing performance; the ability to tab between form elements (text fields, buttons, popups, checkboxes, radio buttons, etc.); and improved Java compatibility and performance. OmniWeb 5.1 sells for US$29.95.

    The Omni Group has also released OmniOutliner 3.0, a major update to its outlining and organizational application. The new version offers new options for styling and editing documents; support for attachments; new export options; inline notes; improved AppleScript support; a batch find feature; and more. OmniOutliner 3.0 costs $39.95. OmniOutliner Pro 3.0--which offers in-depth outlining features like folded editing, clipping service support, audio recording, and saved templates--sells for $69.95.
    Release Notes
    http://www.omnigroup.com/applications/omniweb/

    Reviews:

    Ars: new OmniWeb 5
    MacDevCenter Review
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    Lightbulb Nvu XHTML Editor

    Found this on the Mozilla site.
    http://www.mozillazine.org/

    Feb 1, 2005

    Nvu 0.80 has been released. Also known as Nvu 1.0 Beta pre-Release 3, this latest version has experimental XHTML support, line numbers in the HTML Source view, support for editing PHP code and HTML comments and fixes for many bugs.

    For more information and download links, see developer Daniel Glazman's weblog post about Nvu 0.80.

    Nvu download page
    http://www.nvu.com/download.html

    FAQ
    Nvu (pronounced N-view, for a "new view") is a complete Web Authoring System that combines web file management and easy-to-use WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) web page editing. Nvu is designed to be extremely easy to use, making it ideal for non-technical computer users who want to create an attractive, professional-looking web site without needing to know HTML or web coding.

    Is Nvu a clone of Microsoft's FrontPage and/or Macromedia's Dreamweaver?

    FrontPage and Dreamweaver are popular HTML editors for MS Windows. These programs have become popular because they make web design extremely easy, even for non-technical people. Nvu is not an exact clone of either of these products, but it does contain many of the same easy-to-use features which makes these programs so popular. Users familiar with either of these two products will feel right at home using Nvu.

    Who is Nvu best suited for?

    Nvu is designed to be extremely easy to use. This makes it ideal for non-technical computer users who want to create an attractive, professional-looking web site without needing to know HTML or web coding.

    Nvu allows you to create web pages as easily as you would type a word processing document, and then publish them to your web site just by saving the document. This makes it ideal for home use, students, marketing professionals, general business use, and so on. Even though it's designed for the novice web designer, Nvu is also ideal for experienced web programmers who want to save time in creating content or web design.

    Because you can quickly toggle between the WYSIWYG editing mode and the HTML code mode, just by changing tabs, Nvu is also ideal for those wishing to learn HTML programming, as they can easily observe the interaction between the HTML code and what a user will see in their web browser.

    The bottom line is that Nvu is ideal for anyone who wants to quickly create web pages.

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    Lightbulb Use Java 1.42 in Firefox

    Note on Firefox 1.01
    If you have trouble with Firefox, you may want to remove
    ~/Library/Application Support/Firefox

    Also, it will then ask to import your profile from Mozilla, Netscape.

    You'll then want to use Batchmod on the above Firefox folder to change permissions back to your own ownership (not sure why it makes some items be owned by system). Otherwise, it may not launch or behave properly.
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    There is an update for the non-safari Carbon browsers java MRJ plug-in for Firefox so that it will use 1.4.2 instead of java 1.3.1.
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    Firefox tweaks

    Here's a great go-faster tip for Firefox, the free, rock-solid, secure browser from the Mozilla Foundation:

    1.Type "about:config" into the address bar and hit return. Scroll down and look for the following entries:

    network.http.pipelining
    network.http.proxy.pipelining
    network.http.pipelining.maxrequests

    Normally the browser will make one request to a web page at a time. When you enable pipelining it will make several at once, which really speeds up page loading.

    2. Alter the entries as follows:

    Set "network.http.pipelining" to "true"

    Set "network.http.proxy.pipelining" to "true"

    Set "network.http.pipelining.maxrequests" to some number like 30. This means it will make 30 requests at once.

    3. Lastly right-click anywhere and select New-> Integer. Name it "nglayout.initialpaint.delay" and set its value to "0". This value is the amount of time the browser waits before it acts on information it receives.

    If you're using a broadband connection you'll load pages MUCH faster now!

    There are several servers which will have issues when you enable HTTP Pipelining. Google's Orkut.com social community (like Friendster) is one example. Turning on HTTP Pipelining causes numerous problems with images, etc.

    http://forevergeek.com/open_source/m...fox_faster.php
    Why you shouldn't use the above tweak - Macosxhints

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    Lightbulb Safari Reader Reports

    Performance Speedup

    Waldo Jaquith
    Recently, I've become frustrated with how very, very slow that Safari has become on my G4 PowerMac (Mirrored Door, 1GHz, 512MB RAM), particularly when filling out forms. After much Googling, the solution that I discovered is as follows.

    Within Safari's preferences, choose "AutoFill," and then hit "Edit" next to "Other forms." This is where Safari stores every field in a form that has ever been filled out in Safari, other than logins and passwords. I hit "Remove All," and Safari was instantly accelerated. (Alternately, I could gone through and selectively pruned sites, like with cookie management.)

    Anybody looking to speed things up in Safari would be well served by emptying out Safari's forms cache.

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    Safari Quits

    Mark Whitcombe
    I, too, was troubled by frequent multiple-times-per-day quits of Safari after installing the last OS X 10.3.6 updater. I fixed that problem by doing what I normally do (and neglected to do with the 10.3.6 updater) -- I applied the 10.3.6 Combo Updater after Repairing Permissions and restarting. No more Safari quits!


    John Muccigrosso
    Walter Dufresne has a good suggestion about using the OS's built-in locations capability to handle proxies, but it won't work with proxies that use an automatic script. Safari just can't do it. Firefox can, with the proxy setting within its own prefs.

    I have to do this for exactly the same reasons as kw.


    Rob Durnford
    I am running 10.3.6 on a G4 Sawtooth with upgraded CPU 1.2 GHz and 1 GB of memory. I seldom see Safari quit even on sites that others find have problems. I suspect kernel extensions such as those from Unsanity, corrupt preferences, and or corrupt fonts cause most problems.

    I do regular maintenance by running the Cron scripts to collect garbage and I run Permission repair when updates and new software are added.

    I sometimes use Firefox. Most recently I have added a RAM disk to hold Safari Cache files. I don't know if it adds speed but the cache is automatically emptied when I log out.

    Richard Gross
    I can cause Safari to crash repeatedly by first going to my Yahoo page and attempting to open Apple's new Start Page.
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    Unexpectedly Quits

    Stephen Hart
    Jeff Peatrowsky wrote: "I have an odd problem after downloading iTunes 4.5 and QuickTime 6.5.1 on my B&W G3. Safari now will unexpectedly quit while going to any web site outside of links on my home page"

    I don't think this solution has anything to do with the recent updates, but Jeff might want to do a search for the font Times RO on his Mac. This is a documented problem font and one of it's symptoms is causing Safari to quit unexpectedly when trying to display certain pages.
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    http://www.macintouch.com/safari03.html
    http://www.macintouch.com/safari04.html

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    Lightbulb Java Update for Mac OS X v10.3.9 1.0

    Java Update for Mac OS X v10.3.9 1.0
    Software Update or Standalone

    This update will correct issues affecting some Java users following the installation of Mac OS X v10.3.9 Software Update. 532K

    Advanced background information

    To reduce the memory footprint of Java applications, the HotSpot Java Virtual Machine (JVM) in Mac OS X makes use of a Java Shared Archive (JSA). The JSA contains the preprocessed internal HotSpot JVM representations of common standard Java classes that would otherwise be found and processed from the standard classes.jar file. Mac OS X 10.3.9 has exposed an issue in the use of the JSA, by which the virtual memory location of libhotspot.dylib can become incompatible with the current JSA. This can result in Java crashing on every execution.

    The Java Update for Mac OS X 10.3.9 addresses this issue.

    For detailed information on this Update, please visit this website:
    http://www.info.apple.com/kbnum/n301382
    Safari Unexpectedly Quits
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    Check the QuickTime preference

    An unusable QuickTime preference can cause Safari to quit when you click on a media link. To check for that issue, follow these steps:

    1. If Safari is open, quit it (Command-Q).
    2. Click the Finder icon in the Dock.
    3. From the Go menu, choose Go to Folder.
    4. Type: ~/Library/Preferences/
    5. Click Go.
    6. Locate this file: com.apple.quicktime.plugin.preferences.plist
    7. Drag the file to the desktop.
    8. Reopen Safari.

    http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=107657
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    Lightbulb Safari Tips

    Here are a bunch of tips that could make your browsing experience more enjoyable. Note that while most of these tips will apply to all versions of Safari, it was specifically created with Safari 1.3 in mind, which comes with Mac OS X 10.3.9.

    Safari Tips & Tricks

    Safari hogging CPU:

    Disable Shockwave - disable plug-ins. move shockwave and flash out of /Library/internet Plug-ins

    Install Privoxy, a local proxy server that gives you great control over just what content gets to your web browser. It filters out ads, animation and other annoyances.

    Or try PithHelmet - http://culater.net/software/PithHelmet/PithHelmet.php to filter ads and Flash

    Memory - there are still memory leaks (maybe related to Flash and other javascript ads?)

    Use Firefox and install the extension Flashblock

    Tip: if you're not using Safari at the moment but want to keep a CPU intensive page open for future viewing,

    open a Terminal window and type "kill -SUSPEND id" where id is the process number for Safari (1st column in activity viewer).

    You can "restart" Safari by typing "kill -RESUME id"

    http://www.macintouch.com/safari09.html#nov21
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