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Prevent QuickTime takeover of Mozilla Flash content Web Browsers
I was frustrated to find that, upon installing QuickTime 6, flash-based web content loaded into Mozilla was suddenly being handled by QuickTime instead of the preferred Flash 6 player. IE was not affected in this manner. Well, here's the deal....

Handling of MIME types in Mozilla has been left to individual applications. Which is to say there is no pref for customizing these options. Further, if multiple plug-ins are installed to handle a given content type, the one that "wins" is the one whose plug-in file in /Library/Internet Plugins comes first alphabetically. Users are empowered to take control of which plug-in they use by their renaming plug-ins.

So I renamed the QT6 plugin (by putting a "z" at the front of its name), and, bingo!, it works (and IE is unaffected by the name change). I hope QuickTime doesn't get flak for Mozilla/NS6's bizarre handling of plugins.

[Editor's note: Running version 1.0 of Mozilla, I visited Macromedia's Flash pages, and everything seemed normal - Flash content displayed within the browser window and without any obvious signs that QuickTime 6 might have been in control ... and my /Library/Internet Plugins folder still has QuickTime listed above the Flash/Shockwave plugin. I'm not sure why I'm not affected here while hoopyfrood is, but thought others might find this tip useful if they're having a problem with QuickTime and Mozilla.]
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Put Google search results in the IE sidebar Web Browsers
Google has a downloadable registry entry for IE on Windows which puts Google in the Search Bar. You can do nearly the same thing on the Mac by hacking into the program files and risk messing up IE (this wouldn't be a bad thing!?). However, to do this on the Mac easily and simply, just go to Google's IE webpage, click the Page Holder sidebar button, and drag the "@" symbol by the address bar to the big blank space.

Now when you click the page holder sidebar button, you can get Google search results in the sidebar!!! It stays there for every session of IE. This should work for the Classic version of IE as well, but why boot Classic up to test it? Just a waste of time!
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Hidden MP3's, iPod, and OmniWeb Web Browsers
Apple hides all the MP3 files on the iPod. Sometimes that is annoying. I discovered that when you drag the iPod icon into the OmniWeb screen, it shows all your hidden MP3's! This doesn't work with IE or Netscape. I am not sure about Mozilla.
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Speed up SSL connections in Mozilla 1.0+ Web Browsers
Found this over at bugzilla, Mozilla's bug tracking web site. If you've been using Mozilla 1.0 or 1.1 Alpha, you may have have noticed that SSL connections are dog slow. This is due to a bug in Mozilla. To work around it, look in Preferences -> Advanced -> HTTP Networking and disable "Persistent Connections". Looks like the bug will be fixed in the next release.
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Keep bookmarks for multiple browsers in synch Web Browsers
This is not a specific Mac OS X hint, but it is very helpful, because Mac OS X has so many excellent browsers and I guess many of you use more than one at a time.

If you are using more than one browser, one usually has the problem keeping all your bookmarks in sync. If you are like me using Chimera, OmniWeb, Mozilla and Internet Explorer on many different machines, this is a real hassle. Skramkoob stores your bookmarks on their server and implements a superb and very intuitive user interface to access them.

To solve this problem, I have been using Skramkoob (bookmarks in reverse) for some years now and would not want to surf without it anymore. Recently they started supporting Gecko based browsers and now I use Chimera even more.

I am not affiliated in any form with skramkoob but just a happy user. The service is free and implemented with Apple's WebObjects.
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Remove build number from Mozilla windows Web Browsers
Haven't seen this tip before. A procedure to remove the build number listed in every Mozilla browser window. Rather than repeat what has already been written and also to give credit where credit is due, I point you to the original tip.

[Editor's note: I tried this, and it does work as advertised (and it's quite nice not seeing the build number in the windowbar title!). However, this hack will have to be reapplied each time you upgrade Mozilla, as it's modifying the actual program files. Does anyone know how you might do this non-destructively? Is it possible?]
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Potential solution to Chimera crash on launch Web Browsers
Today I suddenly was afflicted by the "crash on launch" problem that I have seen other complain about. I also stumbled across a solution that worked for me, but of course YMMV. It exploits a "trick" I learned a while back when using NSCA Mosiac on Solaris -- and had no idea it would work in OS X until I started poking around....

Here is an abbreviated list of the steps that restored Chimera to its old (new?) self: (Yes, you will have to use the Terminal. Sorry!)
  1. From your home directory, type cd .mozilla/Profile/Chimera
  2. Find the funny-named directory that ends in '.slt' and cd into it.
  3. Type ls -laF and look for a file named lock@. It is a symblic link.
  4. Remove the file it is pointing to. In my case, I typed rm 127.0.0.1:373.
  5. Restart Chimera and enjoy!
Again, I cannot promise this will work for everyone, but it worked for me twice now, whereas reinstalling older or newer versions of Chimera (including from the nightly build) did not.
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Create groups of tabbed pages in Mozilla Web Browsers
Last night, a friend pointed out a very nice feature in Mozilla (version 1.0 and perhaps earlier). If you use Mozilla, you more than likely use its tabbed windows feature (discussed in this hint). But did you know that you can save a set of tabbed windows as a group of sites?

For example, if you usually load Mozilla and then open new tabs to macosxhints, the macosxhints forum site, Macintouch, MacFixIt, CNN, and Apple, you can make that process a one-click operation. Launch Mozilla, open new tabs to the sites you would like to have in the set, and then select Bookmarks -> File Bookmark. It does not matter which tab you are on when you select this menu option.

This opens a dialog box that allows you to name and store a bookmark in a given location. But there's also a checkbox option called "File as Group". When you check the box, the "Location" field (for storing the URL) is disabled and the name of the bookmark is blanked out. Type a name for the set ("Normal", etc.) and hit OK and you have just saved your current tab configuration! If you save it to the Personal Toolbar folder, then you can open your standard set of tabs with one click when you launch Mozilla.

I've created sets for working on macosxhints, for checking other Mac web sites, and for checking the various news sites. Each has a spot in my personal toolbar, making it easy to completely switch from one set of sites to another. Alternatively, I'll use "Open New Window" to create separate pages, each containing a different tab set. This allows me to keep the number of tabs within any window under control, and yet maintain easy access to the large number of sites I browse each day.

The more I dig into Mozilla, the more and more I'm impressed with the depth of its feature set!
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Open URLs from the command line in OmniWeb Web Browsers
The command line program "open" is weak in that it doesn't work on URLs, even if they are put in proper form (i.e. with a preceding http://). To provide this missing function, I built a quick shell script that takes any number of URLs as an argument and then opens them concurrently in Omniweb. An added bonus is that the URLs are sent as if they were typed in the Omniweb address bar, so any completion options work. The script follows:
#!/bin/sh
# sends a string to be parsed by the Omniweb browser

if [ -z "$1" ]
then
echo "usage: ow URL ..."
exit 65
fi

until [ -z "$1" ]

do
osascript -l AppleScript -e "Tell application \"Omniweb\" to getURL \"$1\""
shift
done &
exit 0
So now, "ow google hats" opens a browser window in the background with a google search for the word hats.

[Editor's note: To make the script executable, make sure you issue a "chmod 755 ow" and then "rehash" (or close and open the terminal). Enter the text using vi or pico or any other text editor that will not add Mac line breaks.]
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A shell script to auto-update Chimera Web Browsers
Chimera's Navigator is having nightly builds released lately, so I wrote a shell script to grab it, mount the image, backup the old navigator.app, copy the new one over, and rename the disk image file to the current date.

Read the rest of the article for the script...
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