Mozilla showed me what the interwebs look like and now i have mad cow disease

I’m in rant mode. You’ve been warned. Wasn’t Mozilla that got me started either. It was a tree, but that’s slightly different story.

Since when do YouTube videos have ads? You seen what the interwebs look like lately? Without an ad blocker i mean? Holly crap i’m still seeing flashy things when i close my eyes. How do people tolerate that in-your-face pop-up bubble blinking animated obnoxious garbage?

The other day the M@Ms (that’s short for ‘Morons At Mozilla’, corporate i mean) let a security certificate expire that’s used to sign add-ons, the result being that pretty much everybody around pretty much the whole earth (apparently) had pretty much all of their Firefox add-ons disabled. F’n REALLY!?!? You couldn’t have a CRON job to remind people when a cert is due for resurrection? A calendar app? A sticky note? A mental note? Do you guys remember to change the oil in your Veyron’s?

I was using Firefox yesterday and writing something very (un)important (because somebody on the interwebs was wrong…again) when all of sudden i saw what everyone else apparently saw; a sickening yellow warning bar sliding slowly and sneakily down from the top of my screen notifying me that MY browser just disabled some of MY add-ons because… stupid stuff. WTF just happened i wondered, and so i went surfing for answers.

Among the disabled add-ons, which of course Mozilla made sure COULD NOT BE IMMEDIATELY RE-ENABLED by users, was uBlock Origin, my fav ad blocker. I can’t remember the last time i surfed the web without an ad blocker. 15 years ago? 50? What a joke! There’s ads everywhere and they stick ’em in every nook and cranny. Luckily i quickly found a hack to rectify the problem and so i don’t think i was exposed to the viri long enough to result in permanent brain damage, other than permanently hating Mozilla corporate a little more than i hated them the day before and i don’t even know if that’s who was actually responsible for the Big Blunder, but when you’re pissed you really don’t care if the vitriol lands off-target. And this elevated level of intense dislike, by the way, puts me pretty close to the threshold of dislike which is required before i say ‘F U You Bunch Of Idiots’ and move to…………. to what? Chrome? NO WAY! Brave? Vivaldi? Pale Moon? Waterfox? Not even. What else is there that is as hackable and well suited to the plethora of extensions and config tweaks required in order to realize some degree of control over your web surfing privacy? Seriously, i’m not aware of any other browser that would meet my needs. Why do ya think the TOR project uses Firefox? Because they think it’s the daises? I bet it’s because they see it as the lessor evil. They’re probably stuck with it like the rest of privacy geeks us are, for the time being anyway.

Firefox USED to be a “good” browser. Why the quotes? Because it wasn’t a good browser, but it was the most hackable-by-noobs major-ish browser out there back in the day. The ratio was like 2:5, the 2 because of how it (failed to) preform and the 5 because it was so wonderfully hackable, and that made it a good browser. I think it was sort of a niche browser for a small but very dedicated bunch of tweak geeks and privacy phreaks. I think i still have my Firefox 1.0 T-shirt. I got some gas and a Bic too (the tree thing), so i hope i still have it. Well, let me tell you my friend, that ratio has flipped. It now IS a good browser from a performance and capability POV, but it’s becoming less hackable. But it’s not just that it’s less hackable, no no no. You see, Firefox used to be thought of as a community project and i think that’s another reason it was loved so, but it’s not loved as much anymore, at least not by some of us. Nowadays Mozilla is raking in HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS ANNUALLY because the M@Ms that vomit all the nice doo-doo that we like to rub ourselves in, like “Mozilla puts people before profit“, think it’s more profitable to put profit before people, and for the time being they’re right, but we’ll see who runs shit ’round here in the long run.

Don’t get me wrong; i think there are some/many very talented developers spending too much time staring at glowing rectangles and pumping out really good code with a focus on privacy and security over there, but there seems to be a gap between the engineers and the idiots upstairs, as there often is in any corporation, and that gap seems to be widening to canyon proportions. I wonder what the engineers think about some of the lunatic ideas that the M@Ms at corporate come up with, like the whole Pocket fiasco where they decided to essentially bundle proprietary code in their “open source” browser and then make excuses all over the place when users revolted? Or how about the time when they decided it was a good idea to spy on their users (which they still do) and then make excuses all over the place when users revolted? Or the time when they bundled malware with the browser and then made excuses all over the place when users revolted?

Ya see where this is going? How many more revolts can Mozilla absorb in their seemingly desperate quest to find the next goofy gimmick that will convince everyone to love them again before the foxes become the foxineers for good? Absent a major shift in goals and ETHICS, Firefox’s days are numbered and, frankly, i’m giving less of a shit every day. I wonder how many (more) developers are beginning to look out their windows instead of at their monitors while the M@Ms predictably trod along on their decent to doom?

These greedy sons-a-bitches will never learn.

Way to go Mozilla – How to manually re-enable add-ons disabled by Mozilla certificate issue (4-May-2019)

Mozilla allowed one of their security certificates to expire which affected a LOT of users, me included. The result was a yellow warning bar in the browser stating that some add-ons have been disabled. Indeed, all but 2 of mine were disabled.

The problems begin when one attempts to re-enable the affected add-ons only to find that there is apparently no way to do this from within the Firefox UI.

The fix that worked for me comes from ghacks.net and it’s especially well suited for anyone that disables Mozilla’s ‘Studies’ feature, but it should work in all cases. Following is the corrected and properly formatted code and instructions.

  1. Exit Firefox
  2. In your Firefox profile, make a backup of extensions.json and open the original in a code editor
  3. Replace all instances of "appDisabled":true with "appDisabled":false
  4. Replace all instances of "signedState":-1 with "signedState":2
  5. Save your changes, then set the file permissions to ‘read only’
  6. Restart Firefox, load about:addons and make sure to select the ‘Extensions’ menu
  7. Disable and re-enable all of the disabled add-ons

!!! IMPORTANT !!! Make good and sure you remember to restore the proper permissions for extensions.json after this issue is resolved (a day or so?) and you probably do not want to install or remove any extensions while the file is set to ‘read only’.

Article update: Firefox Tweaks and Fixes and Styles and Things

Firefox Tweaks and Fixes and Styles and Things was updated. I removed most of the Shadowfox theme stuff in favor of using the default ‘Dark’ theme for Firefox and some CSS. Other stuff was moved around and i fixed many typos and spelling errors.

Make sure to check it out if you’re using an add-on to darken the entire web and are bothered by the ‘white flash syndrome’.

Firefox user-overrides.js update

I updated the user-overrides.js for Firefox again. I really try to not push updates this often because i know it can be a hassle for users, but several things needed to be changed or corrected. Changes as follows…

* misc. edits to intro text
* changed/corrected some pref descriptions
* removed some unneeded prefs related to smooth scrolling
* removed all [DEF=*] tags since these values could be changed by Mozilla at any time, yet are rarely ever re-checked (by me)
* moved ‘privacy.trackingprotection.cryptomining.enabled’ from the testing section to the user customization section

Rather than repeating myself, please see this post regarding how to implement the changes.

thanks.. byby