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Firefox 3.1 Beta3

firefox31_beta3 How did I really forget to tell you all about Firefox 3.1 beta?

Between I was totally ignorant about the FireFox version all these days and even forgot that I had installed a beta release to test some of its cool features..

Cool features? What is so cool about Firefox 3.1?

Check this list directly from – https://www.mozilla.com

Firefox 3.1 Beta 1 is based on the Gecko 1.9.1 rendering platform, which has been under development for the past 6 months. Gecko 1.9.1 is an incremental release on the previous version with significant changes to improve web compatibility, performance, and ease of use:

  • Web standards improvements in the Gecko layout engine
  • Added support for CSS 2.1 and CSS 3 properties
  • A new tab-switching shortcut that shows previews of the tab you’re switching to
  • Improved control over the Smart Location Bar using special characters to restrict your search
  • Support for new web technologies such as the

While I write this blog I found a very interesting blog post on Computer World comparing Firefox3.1,Chrome and IE 8. Read it to see whats happening @ Browser Wars..

To make it simple, I just wanted to check out how its “Private Browsing” features works.. and nothing much. At present loving to work with Tree style tab (recommended by Aravinda) and CoolIris plug-ins. If you’re a heavy Firefox user, do check “Tree Style Tab” plugin at-least.

Happy browsing..

WordPress: Automatic upgrade fails with time-out

While upgrading WordPress and its plug-ins using Automatic Upgrade plug-in, many times we might get the following time-out errors.

Error: Download failed.: Connection time-out

There are two reasons for this error to bail-out:

First one is a DNS issue. Check the resolver of your server and ensure that the first dns server listed there is responding quite fast. If your ping command takes too long to answer, then rotate the nameservers.

Second one could be php/apache script time out limit set on the server. This can be modified by editing configuration files.

Look at the first reason, in this case any application that tries to download a file from net will take too long to respond back if there is a DNS issue. WordPress can wait for some time to get the files and then it will time-out. If you’re aware of the DNS issue you can edit configuration file to get the issue fixed. Otherwise you can tell wordpress to wait for some more time.  Let us see how that could be done.

I edited following line in wp-admin/includes/file.php

$response = wp_remote_get($url, array('timeout' => 60));

Default time-out was set to 30 earlier. It has been set to 60 now. This will make my wordpress wait for 30 more seconds to get the response.

Have you got any other fix for this? Share it..

WordPress Coltrane Available now

WordPress new version 2.7 code named Coltrane after famous jazz Saxophonist, John Coltrane.

Check out its coolest features, improvements, new interface etc. They are awesome. WordPress now contains most of the awaited features included in its core.

I just got it upgraded using WordPress automatic upgrade plug-in and the upgrade went on fine.

Only issue I found so far is with some plug-ins.

The error is something like this

First argument should be an array

I was able to resolve this by one of the old tricks which I used to use. ie. Add @ to the variable to which you’re storing array element (This you can figure out by reading the error completely)

Enjoy the new WordPress features. I will have TechFiz techno blogs updated soon so that you can enjoy the same while blogging.

It’s winter – Snow falls on your wordpress theme

Use the following java script with in tag of header.php of your theme to see how it works. Platonic is on snow fall already.

Enjoy music with WinAmp equalizer presets in Banshee

WinAMP presets are awesome for Music Players let it be windows or Linux. I was wondering if I can find something like that for my Banshee player. While I was googling I found that many are pointing me back to WinAMP presets. Here is what I found on Ubuntu Forums.

1. Download the equalizer presets

wget https://www.mikesplanet.net/files/equalizers.xml.gz

2. Install equalizer presets in Banshee 1.2 (Please note, this will write over existing presets)

gunzip -c equalizers.xml.gz > ~/.config/banshee-1/equalizers.xml

3. Start Banshee, Goto View -> Equalizer and choose what preset you want to use.

Enjoy!

Read Kannada weekly Sudha via Firefox

A neat firefox plug-in for reading favorite Kannada weekly magazine Sudha online by Sunil…Here is what he says about the plugin.

You might be knowing that there is a sudha weekly (www.sudhaezine.com) that gets published. In fact, I personally enjoy reading Sudha at home. She has been my companion for many years now. I could hardly wait to get a copy on every Thursdays.

A small firefox plugin that lets you read Sudha at your ease.

Few advantages of this plugin are:

* Ease of use – All the technical details are abstracted. Just click the page you want to read and woila!!! you have it on your desktop. (Check the attachment sudha-ezine-plugin.jpg)
* It provides off-line capabilities. – You can read Sudha even without using Internet.
* Saves your Internet bill (useful for dial ups and traffic based billing) – Once you read a page using this plugin, it archives in your system, so next time when you would want to read the article, the saved copy is served from your own desktop. No internet is required for subsequent visits.

In fact we could implement many more social ideas around this.

Download the FireFox plug-in: Sudha-kannada-weekly