an eddy in the bitstream

Month: December 2005

Oh, the shame

Minneapolis is ranked ahead of St Paul in terms of literacy. On the up side, both cities are in the top 10, which makes Minnesota the only state nationwide with two cities in the top 10.

The rankings are interesting to me because they attempt to measure internet access, libraries, and newspaper circulation in separate categories. A place like Seattle ( ranked #1 overall) is first in internet access (well, duh!) but nowhere on the newspaper circulation list. A sign of the times…

Firefox and popups

My friend Bob passed along this note last week:

Like you, I love Firefox for many reasons, including popup blocking. So over the last few weeks I’ve been surprised to see occasional popups. It turns out that some clever people figured out that you could launch popups from Flash, getting around the Firefox default settings.

 Fortunately, you can get around it: 1. Type about:config into the Firefox location bar. 2. Right-click on the page and select New and then Integer. 3. Name it privacy.popups.disable_from_plugins 4. Set the value to 2. The possible values are: * 0: Allow all popups from plugins. * 1: Allow popups, but limit them to dom.popup_maximum. * 2: Block popups from plugins. * 3: Block popups from plugins, even on whitelisted sites. 

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