doug — off the record

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Who’s laughing now?

I get a number of strange looks when people realize that I have a number of web browsers on this computer. I agree that it can be a bit of overkill. In addition to learning the nuances of each, there’s the challenge of keeping them up to date.

It could have paid off this weekend though.

I’m sure that you’ve read about the issue with Mozilla Firefox (a favourite browser of mine). If not, you can get up to speed here.

Around here, I live a better browsing experience because of add-ons. They add functionality and security to an already great browser.

So, what would I do without the browser functionality of add-ons? I’d just use a different web browser which is what I was doing anyway yesterday. Weekends aren’t devoted to a lot of time online – mainly posting a couple of blog posts and doing some reading. Had the situation occurred during the week when I was doing a number of other things, I might have been singing a different tune.

That tune would revolve around passwords. I’ve long bought into the idea of long, secure, involved passwords. (although it might be interesting to see what someone else would do with my logins…) I’ve also bought into the concept that you should never write the passwords down on a sheet of paper lest someone else get a hold of that paper.

So, for a long time now, I’ve used a password manager. It saves me a couple of grey matter cells for doing things other than remembering a password. But, what if I was using a single browser and access to that manager wasn’t available? The tone of this post might be bit different.

It’s Monday morning as I write this so I did fire up Firefox to see what the damage was. I wasn’t terribly worried as I read to expect an upgrade with a fix. Sure enough, when I checked, there was an upgrade available; I applied it and live goes on here – with add-ons.

How this will impact Mozilla and Firefox going forward remains to be seen. I’ll continue to use it; I’ve been a long time supporter.

I’ll bet that there are quality control meetings going on at Mozilla and elsewhere this week.

But, who’s laughing now? This guy. By dumb luck, I had a Plan B already (every teacher does) so I avoided this issue.


5 responses to “Who’s laughing now?”

  1. Just to be clear, this teacher — when it comes to a browser — probably wouldn’t have had a Plan B. 🙂 I’m in awe and slightly jealous of your knowledge base here.


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  2. I think my interest goes all the way back to the original Netscape and Mosaic browsers where you had to test any web page that you created on both of them because sometimes something that works on one wouldn’t on the other.

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  3. I also have a couple of web browsers on each computer. Not as many as you though. I am also not big into add-ons. That dates back to when I was working various support jobs when I could only count on the defaults being on a strange (to me) computer.

    For passwords, I keep them in an encrypted file on the cloud. No doubt the NSA or other government agency could crack it but I figure it is safe enough for now. Hackers will go after the people who use 123456 as a password before wasting an investment on my file.

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