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Use Firefox, Rather Than Google Chrome, To Read The U.K. “Daily Mail” On Android Devices.

by Anura Guruge



Trying to read the U.K. “Daily Mail“, my favorite newspaper for over 40-years, with Chrome, on my 10″ Android Tablet had become quite the chore. The latest HUGE banner, at the bottom, of the screen, was the last straw. It was like trying to read something through a slit.

I had enough.

Yes, I fully appreciate that it costs a lot of money to provide the level of news they do. But, they can’t be so obnoxious.

I tried an Ad Blocker. Didn’t do anything. Yes, I will confess that I refuse to use their APP and insist on reading it in a browser — in desktop-mode.

I am a Google shareholder and, as you know, I permit ads on this blog. But, I hope they are not obnoxious.

So, on a whim I went back to Firefox. I have no qualms about that. I was one of the original advocates of Firefox way back in the late 1990s. I convinced quite a few to switch to Firefox. And I have never had anything against Firefox. Just assumed that Google is ‘one-stop-shopping’. But, I was wrong.

I have only been using Firefox, with the Daily Mail, for a few minutes. Yes, you still get Ads — like the top banner. But, so far, I haven’t had as many pop-up ads. that were ruining my reading experience.


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by Anura Guruge

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Not Convinced Anymore That Google ‘Chrome’ (69) Totally Clears ‘Browsing Data’.

by Anura Guruge


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Once a month, religiously, around the 15th of the month, I do a complete purge of my ChromeBrowsing Data‘. Everything … sans exception. Cookies, browsing history, download history … THE WOKS. I click all the boxes and do a ‘Clear Data’. Some months it takes a few minutes to clear the lot because so, so much accumulates over a month — especially given that I can easily hit 1,000+ Web pages a day.

I also, every night, last thing clear ‘Cached Images & Files‘ and ‘Passwords‘.

I have, in the case of Chrome, been doing this for at least 7 or 8 years, after I switched to it from FireFox. [I did the same with FireFox, maybe more often.]

As an IT Professional of 45-years standing, I can assure you that this is a great practice and will save you a lot of aggravation over the long term. Yes, clearing the cookies and browsing history is inconvenient, BUT you really want to refresh everything every month.

Anywho …

Today and last month, I noticed, that with the latest Chrome, Google is being a bit naughty.

It claims to have cleared everything, BUT it is keeping track of some stuff!

What do I mean.

For a start it no longer deletes the cookies involved with Chrom itself. It remembers your accounts! Not a big deal for I because nobody else uses this PC. But, this could be a security concern for some. Doing a FULL CLEAR no longer means you have got rid of everything.

I also noticed that it is retaining my MOST used Web page addresses. So, I do a FULL CLEAR and then I go to type in the URL for this blog … and BINGO, Chrome autofills it! It is NOT supposed to know, it is not supposed to have remembered. This wasn’t the case even a few months ago. After my monthly CLEAR I would have to type in all my URLs in FULL, for the first time. Not anymore.

I Googled. Couldn’t find anything about this.

So, I am giving you a HEADS UP.

Check it out. Some of your data may still be around unbeknownst to YOU.


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by Anura Guruge

New Hampshire (NH) Property Tax Relief [Rebate] If You Are Not Too Rich.

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Anura Guruge


Click to visit the N.H. State Dept. of Revenue page.

Click to visit the N.H. State Dept. of Revenue page.


Deanna found this very handy link on her FaceBook page under ‘for sale in Alton’.

The link, which is legit, and from the N.H. Dept. of Revenue Administration ishttp://revenue.nh.gov/forms/low_mod_program.htm

I could not get the PDF to download with Chrome. Not good. But, it worked fine with FireFox.

Worth checking out.

I am sure most folks in Alton (that bother to pay their Property Taxes) will not qualify, BUT this is for the whole state and there will be folks that qualify.

You have till June 30, 2013 to get this done. The PDF can be filled in online on the Web.

Check it out.

Google Chrome On Windows XP Does Not Properly Support GoDaddy eMail! That Is Diabolical.

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Anura Guruge


A Few Pertinent Posts:
  +++++ Do a SEARCH (>>>>) on ‘FireFox’ or ‘Chrome’ for others >>>>>
1. Switching from FireFox to Chrome  — Mar. 23, 2013.
2. Two things I like about Chrome … — Mar. 25, 2013.


I have now been using Chrome, exclusively, for just under a month. On the whole it has been ‘seamless’. I can’t believe that I was able to walk away from FireFox that easily, without nary a backward glance after over 12 year association. I really haven’t encountered any insurmountable problems with Chrome, on Windows 7, though I will continue to contend that I find it a tad sluggish compared to FireFox!

Last night I used Chrome on my Windows XP machine (which I still keep around because I still, alas, use FrontPage 2003). I was all excited that Chrome was going to automatically sync all my bookmarks, extensions etc. as soon as I signed in. It did all of that and I was happy.

But, I noticed that it would not render [i.e., display] my Bookmark Toolbar icons! That is a bummer because in some cases, especially with the very distinctive icons [e.g., Marketwatch, Bloomberg, Yahoo] I do not have any text next to them. Just the icon. On Windows 7 this works like a champ. On XP you get the generic ‘page’ icon for all. I thought this was a screen resolution issue so I ‘reduced’ my screen resolution to make the icons bigger. Still no joy.

Then I went to access my e-mail and I nearly fell off my kneeling stool seat. I reloaded and reloaded again. I even restarted XP!

GoDaddy e-mail, the e-mail service that I have used for eons (if not longer), just does not render in Chrome!

So I fired up FireFox. E-mail is just fine. I fired up this Windows 7 PC. Accessed e-mail. Just dandy. Went back to XP. Damn thing looks like somebody puked on the screen.

Here. This is what it looks like on Chrome on Windows XP.

Remember how GoDaddy rushed to my aid when I ran into traffic issues on my blog when the pope resigned. That is GoDaddy. Google should learn from them (though I have to say that Google was pretty awesome when we have had hardware issues with our Google Nexus 7 pads).

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For a start, look at the parts I have underlined, twice, in red. Look at the BIG button. Notice that you can’t read the TEXT … which actually says ‘Move’ because it is displaying white text on a white background! All those little blobs you see, like bleached mouse droppings … those are supposed to be full size buttons.

This is crazy. This is stupid. This is unacceptable.

So, I Google. A known problem, going back to at least 2011. That is diabolical.

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Notice that there is now a Chrome APP to access GoDaddy e-mail. I refuse to go that route. I have accessed GoDaddy e-mail from a browser for longer than most Google programmers have been out of diapers. I am not going to go down the slippery slope of relying on an APP to access Web-based e-mail.

That Chrome can be site-specific, depending on the version of the Operating System is beyond pathetic — and I am here talking as an ex-professional programmer for IBM, an ex-microcode programmer, a person who started programming in 1969, somebody with both a B.Sc (Hons.) & M.Sc. (Distinction) in Computer Technolgy/Science and somebody who taught computer programming at College level. This is just piss-poor programming. Simple as that.

I am not amused. Can’t believe that Google hasn’t fixed this or that GoDaddy, with their enormous clout, hasn’t leaned on Google and forced them to do the decent thing. Amazing.

Two Things I Like About Google Chrome 25 Over FireFox 18.

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Anura Guruge


A Few Pertinent Posts:
  +++++ do a SEARCH (>>>>) on ‘FireFox’ for others’ >>>>>
1. Switching from FireFox to Chrome  — Mar. 23, 2013.
2. FireFox 18.0.1: ‘Clear History’ hang — Jan. 30, 2013.
3. FireFox 16.0.1 to 18.0.1: — Jan. 27, 2013.


I have now being using Chrome Version 25.0.1364.172 m full-time as my default Web browser for 2 days.

I am getting used to it. 

There are two features that I found that I think are dynamite:

1/ As long as you permit it to logon to you Google account (and why not given that I am logged on anyway for Google Search, Google News and Analytics) Chrome automatically synchronizes your Bookmark Toolbar anytime you invoke Chrome on another machine — provided, of course, that you are logged onto the same account. For me this is a lifesaver since I keep a backup machine. With FireFox I had to manually synchronize the Bookmark Toolbar. I found out today that I can even access the Bookmark Toolbar on our Google Nexus 7 pads. Remember, I am not talking about Google Bookmarks. Of course you expect that to be available across machines. I am here talking about the Bookmark Toolbar. I like that feature.

2/ This actually has to do with WordPress and is kind of ‘cute’. When creating a post, such as this, I use the standard WordPress editor. This editor has a title trench up at the top where you enter the desired title for the post. With FireFox there was NO SPELL CHECKING of that title line! Honest. I had got into the habit, when I remembered, of copying the title and then pasting it into Twitter to see if there were any spelling errors! Yesterday when I was typing in a title the squiggly red lines appeared in the title bar. I nearly fell off my chair. I had always assumed that this was a WordPress anomaly. Never thought it would be browser related. Just shows ya.

A few other things I have noticed. No question, Chrome consistently gets lower download and upload speeds on speedtest.net. We are not talking in the 1% to 3% range. But it is consistent. Maybe it is the rendering engine. Google must know about this.

After complimenting on its spelling prowess with WordPress titles, I have to now say that Chrome’s spelling dictionary is not as good as that used by FireFox! Again something that Google could asily fix.

One last thought. Did Avast, with their invasive Release 8, which promotes Chrome, set out to sabotage FireFox. I did a quick search. FireFox users with Avast 8 are noticing erratic performance. I had noticed this too which is what promoted me to switch to Chrome. So if this was a dastardly conspiracy between Google and Avast, it worked.

I had one inexplicable quirk last night. My whole PC blinked twice, momentarily, last night, i.e., both my monitors went black and just came back up again! Related to Chrome or is it Avast?

Switching Browsers From FireFox 18 to Google Chrome 25?

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Anura Guruge


A Few Pertinent Posts:
  +++++ do a SEARCH (>>>>) on ‘FireFox’ for others’ >>>>>
1. FireFox 18.0.1: ‘Clear History’ hang — Jan. 30, 2013.
2. FireFox 16.0.1 to 18.0.1: — Jan. 27, 2013.


Exploiting the Bookmark Toolbar with 'edited' icons to get the access I want. Click to ENLARGE.

Exploiting the Bookmark Toolbar with ‘edited’ icons to get the access I want. Click to ENLARGE.


3 excellent Extensions give me all the Wikipedia and Delicious functionality I need. I have a Delicious icon on the Bookmark toolbar to access the site. Click to ENLARGE.

3 excellent Extensions give me all the Wikipedia and Delicious functionality I need. I have a Delicious icon on the Bookmark toolbar to access the site. Click to ENLARGE.


It was a week ago that Avast, without asking me, let alone giving me a choice, installed Chrome on this my main work PC. As I did say at the time I did kind of think that this may have been providential since I had been mulling the idea of migrating, wholesale to Chrome. I just hadn’t got around to downloading Chrome. Avast did it for me and over the last week I have been playing with it off and on.

Tonight I used it for two hours as my only browser — in place of FireFox! Since I always have two instances of FireFox, one on each of my 2 monitors, I did the same with Chrome. Per speedtest.net, Chrome, contrary to all what folks claim, including speedtest.net, is not as fast as FireFox 18.0.1. But the difference is marginal. Only I would notice such things.

FireFox of late had been driving me to distraction. That I had to jump through hoops to have a Google Toolbar with it was becoming a pain.

Ironically over the last 24 hours I had finally worked out that I can quite easily get by without a Google Toolbar! Wow. Talk about overcoming an addiction. I was just so used to it. Didn’t want change.

I used the Google Toolbar for just a few selected functions, albeit all very important to me, i.e., doing Google searches, invoking Google news, accessing Google maps and getting Google to translate Web pages for me. The translate functions is built into Chrome and is just a right click away.

What I discovered was that I can exploit the Bookmark Toolbar, with icons and edited site descriptions, to serve as a surrogate for the old Toolbar. So I just put icons for Google search, News and Maps. Plus, with Chrome I can do searches straight from the address bar.

I also need instant access to Wikipedia. In FireFox my 2nd search trench was set to Wikipedia. I found that I can get the same functionality and more with two extensions to Chrome. Ditto Delicious bookmarks.

So far so good.

Lets face it, FireFox vs. Chrome with David vs. Goliath, except this Goliath is unlikely to be slain.

I am totally resigned that I am a slave to Google. So why not go with the tide. The general consensus is that Chrome is a marginally better, i.e., more solid, browser.

FireFox seems to just be lurching from one crisis to another. I am sure Google is doing what it can to make FireFox look bad.

So it would appear that I and FireFox may be parting company, though I doubt whether I will ever remove it completely from my PC. It is, to me, the known devil.

I am amazed that I am actually saying what I just said. I was such a huge, devotee of FireFox. I started using FireFox in 2003. I would try to convince all that I met to move to it from IE. The whole house used FireFox till recently. Then I told Devanee to start using Chrome. She has been using Chrome for about 3 months — alongside FF. She claims not to have any problems. Obviously on the Google Nexus 7 pads the kids use, the default browser is Chrome.

So stay tuned.

Me saying that I am ditching FF is as major a change of heart as me saying that Hillary Clinton will be President from 2017 to 2025. We are talking full 180° about turns.

P.S.: The final kicker was my call to Microsoft support on Friday to find out why I could not verify my confirmation e-mail on MS Account. When the very nice and helpful lady, who told me she really did work for MSFT, told me she uses Chrome on her home computer — I knew it was a sign. An omen.

My 3 Year Old Hannspree HF257 25″ HD Monitor Died Today.

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Anura Guruge


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bloodyhannsI got this Hannspree 25″ from Best Buy in November 2012, when I got my new Windows 7 PC.

I have used a dual-monitor system for at least the last 12 years, if not longer. I like lots of screen space. With the Hannspree 25″ I had a total of 47″ of horizontal screen space — across two monitors. It has to be across two monitors. I need each monitor to act separately in terms of the active screens they display. With the dual-monitor system I run two instances of FireFox (these days at 18.0.1 with updates disabled). I typically have 17 tabs open across the two instances of FireFox, not counting one of two Word windows, an Excel windows and probably PowerPoint or Paint.net.

I got the Hannspree 25″ cheap — and it always acted cheap. During Christmas of 2007 I took a part-time weekend gig, at Concord Best Buy, promoting Eposn printers. One of the most fun jobs I have had. Also got to meet a lot of very neat Best Buy folks and get to learn some of the Best Buy ropes. So, when I needed a monitor I rushed down to Concord.

They didn’t have many large screen HDs in stock that day. And I wanted one then and there. Couldn’t wait 24 hours. They had the 25″ Hannspree on a shelf, on display. Since I knew some of the folks, I managed to convince them to sell me the display unit. I lucked out. When they started putting in the stuff into the computer to get it ‘off display’ they found that that screen was marked to be discontinued. I could be wrong. I think I got it for about $189.

It was an OK screen. The HD wasn’t that HD. I know my HD. I have had HD TVs since 1999. But, it did what it was meant to — which was provide me with a big screen.

It had an annoying, very distracting, flaw. Not sure whether it was just in my ex-display unit. I never had the time to investigate. But, basically it did NOT retain the PC input setting when it lost power. It had two modes. I needed the 2nd mode to get the right screen resolution. If it got powered off, it lost that setting. I could always set it back again, but it was always finicky — requiring about 6 or 7 button pushings.

I never used to turn it off. It has energy saver. Plus it is on a BIG UPS. But, we lose power here on a regular basis for days on end. Yes, we have two generators. I don’t run my computers off the generator. The frequencies fluctuate too much. I see what it does to my electric clocks, Hate to see it mess up the electronics inside my PC. So, when we are on the generators I turn off the UPS — to stop its annoying beeping. That means the bloody Hannspree would lose its setting.

For the last two weeks I have noticed a pink tinge at the bottom of the screen. I knew it wasn’t good. This morning, while I was working it suddenly went black. Only way to get it back was to recycle power. Screen came back on, and then died again. I was bummed. I checked and tightened all the cables, It stayed up for a couple of hours. Then started dying again. I swapped screens. Put one of my ‘spare’ 17″ screens. That worked. So, I don’t thin it is the video card. Could be. But that pink tinge the last few days was a warning.

It was snowing hard. Couldn’t convince Deanna to drive to Best Buy and get me another 24″ – 26″ monitor. So ordered one from TigerDirect. They had Hannspree. But, avoided those. Later on I Google “Hannspree black screen dead …” Well, appears I am not alone. Seems like a common problem.

C’est la vie. If I get my new monitor to work, I will write about that — of course.

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