Applications Miscellaneous

Reset Firefox’ Zoom Settings

You propably got already used to Firefox’ zoom feature. Firefox 3 introduced a new setting that enables it to remember the zoom value when you visit a website. Whenever you re-visit the domain, the previously used zoom level will be re-applied.

If you don’t like this feature, open the about:config page and toggle the boolean setting browser.zoom.siteSpecific to false.

Of course, you can always use Strg-0 to reset the zoom to the default value.


Firefox 3 crash on Linux with Flash

Since I installed the latest Firefox version on my openSuSE 11 box, it started to crash constantly on some websites, e.g. Jon Stewarts Full Episode player or the German news channel of Tagesschau. A lot of Google research did not reveal anything useful. Some users reported advance when de-installing AdBlock. That didn’t work, though.

At some forum I read that there are conflicts with pulseaudio installation together with flashplayer. So I deinstalled all pulseaudio packages. I had to restart my Gnome Desktop Manager (gdm). But finally it worked out. All flash videos now play perfectly, Jon Stewart as well as Tagesschau.

So you might want to give that a trial.


Firefox 3

It is finally there. You can download the browser’s latest version at Mozilla Homepage. There is also a very good introduction to the new features of Firefox 3.


Firefox: Enabling local links

By default, Firefox has disabled local links in websites. So no network site can link a file on your local filesystem. However, sometimes you want to enable that cause files are shared among project groups on shared folders mounted on your local PC. Here is how you enable these links to open.

Go to your Firefox profile directory. Usually this is at

Documents and Settings\myloginname\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\somehash

and open user.js. You might need to create this file. Append or change the following lines accordingly:

user_pref("capability.policy.policynames", "localfilelinks");
user_pref("capability.policy.localfilelinks.sites", "");
user_pref("capability.policy.localfilelinks.checkloaduri.enabled", "allAccess");

Line 1 defines a name for the policy. You can actually set any name you want. localfilelinks is a good choice though.

Line 2 defines the websites that you want to enable to have local links enabled. Be careful to include only sites that you really trust. Multiple sites are separated by spaces.

Line 3 is the actual policy setting that allows these sites to load all URIs.