Sunday, February 14, 2010

Firefox Crashing When Searching And Playing Flash

I've been having this problem for quite sometime now with various versions of Firefox (3.5.7 here as of this writing).

Problem description: When there's something playing, or has already played with flash content (like youtube videos), and then I attempt to search for text in a page and that text is NOT found, the browser crashes (segfault).

I found 2 solutions to this, one of them seems more of a workaround rather than a solution, and the real problem seems to be coming from Adobe's Flash plugin for Linux (they just can never get it right...).

  1. Turn off search sound: open a tab and in the address type: about:config
    look for sound and then disable: accessibility.typeaheadfind.enablesound by double clicking it, then restart your browser.
  2. Use nspluginwrapper along with Adobe's libflash package. Whether the search sound is enabled or disabled, this should work just fine.

Monday, February 1, 2010

VPN Service: Free For A While

A generous friend has setup a cluster of secure VPN servers in USA and is now offering the service for free for a couple of months to test the systems out.

If you don't know what a VPN is, it stands for Virtual Private Network; basically, you connect to the Internet, then to a VPN server and all your Internet traffic goes through that server.
Since the servers are in USA, you can access all websites that require you to be in the US, like Hulu online streaming site, watch copyrighted videos on youtube, and a lot more!

I've been using it for a while now and it's great!

You can now subscribe for free and enjoy the service. It works on Mac, Windows & Linux. To join, simply send an email to: promotion [theAtSign], with subject vpnod.

An account will be automatically and instantly created for you where your email is your username and the password is autogenerated by the system. You'll also receive instructions on how to set it up on Windows.

If you need help on how to set it up on Mac or Linux, let me know. (Anonymous comments are enabled).