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If you point your Firebird browser at about:config (instead of http://whatever.com), it gives you access to your user.js file, which is where you can override your useragent string (among other things).

If you Control-click, it will allow you to add a new string. Name the string general.useragent.override. Give it a value equal to anything in this list. Firebird is now masquerading as your new user agent.
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Change Firebird useragent from browser
Authored by: MikeB on Dec 11, '03 02:06:04PM

Great hint. This even let me access an internal IE-only (for no good reason) website from the windoze version of Firebird. Thanks!



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Change Firebird useragent from browser
Authored by: Tragnar on Dec 11, '03 06:30:42PM

There is an extension that does exactly this - without changing the prefs, just chose from the menu...

http://texturizer.net/firebird/extensions/#useragentswitcher

1 Click for every useragent you can imagine :-)

tragnar



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Change Firebird useragent from browser
Authored by: raider on Dec 11, '03 10:57:52PM

It has been said again and again, this is a BAD thing to do. The whole reason that IE only sites still exist is because the people who run / write the sites think that their "customers" only use IE. When you change your user agent to *say* that you are using IE, it only reinforces their beliefs. But when they look at the server logs and see the OTHER browsers user agents, it shows that people DO use browsers other than IE. Why not politely inform the site owners that you do not use IE but would like to use their site? I have not yet found one thing (as a web/java developer) that you can do in IE that you can't do in Mozilla. Or many other web browsers. It is a lazy coder who writes code that checks explicitly for IE. Especially since on the Mac the other browsers are much better than IE, and on Linux there is NO IE. Linux + Mac = a good number of customers.



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Change Firebird useragent from browser
Authored by: DerekButterfield on Dec 12, '03 06:20:51AM

Wish it were that easy. I've complained on many occasions only to be told that as a Mac user I am in a tiny minority and to compound the crime I have the audacity to use a non-standard browser.
Some banks in the UK say there are security considerations, which is a nonsense because they let me access my accounts if I spoof their preferred browser.
Marks & Spencer apparently think my shopping experience should be enhanced whether I like it or not!



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Change Firebird useragent from browser
Authored by: raider on Dec 12, '03 06:37:34PM
I don't deny that fact. But the simple reality is that you still shop there. So they get your $$$ whether they change their browser code or not. If there is a site that doesn't work in non-IE browsers, I just don't use it. I have never had a service or product that I couldn't find elsewhere, using a browser that is not IE.

The funny part is that I am a java/web developer. The system we are developing at work, per the official specs and requirements, is only supposed to support IE. We have never written any code specifically for IE, nor any to specifically check for a browser version. Strangely enough, the system runs BETTER under Mozilla (and mozilla based) browsers than it does in IE.... We even use Mozilla for debugging Javascript code (because it is impossible in IE...).

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Change Firebird useragent from browser
Authored by: cryptlib on Dec 15, '03 11:52:57AM

The number of people who use a Mac AND a nonstandard browser AND change their user-agent string is so incredibly small as to render hacks such as this statistically insignificant, insofar as "IE-only" sites collect statistics on the browser clientele. Go ahead and change the string in good conscience. If enough people start changing the string as to be worth consideration, then there will be a far, far larger population who don't, providing the necessary stimulus for better Web coding.

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Change Firebird useragent from browser
Authored by: DerekButterfield on Dec 12, '03 06:07:05AM

Even better, use an extension. I use User Agent Switcher 0.3 by Chris Pederick:
http://chrispederick.myacen.com/work/firebird/useragentswitcher/



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general.useragent.override also works in Mozilla
Authored by: frankie1969 on Dec 12, '03 12:16:38PM

Not just Firebird



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Change Firebird useragent from browser
Authored by: Anonymous on Dec 14, '03 05:17:08PM

This does bring up something in Camino (I'm using the December 8th nightly build), although it's nothing very useful, nor does it show the contents of my user.js file.



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