Category: Web Methods

Streaming Player for Web Sites, Audio and Video
article #1159, updated 5 days ago

Possibly the best:

Categories:   Web Methods   Media


New database-less web site framework / CMS
article #1154, updated 32 days ago

Comes highly recommended:

Categories:   Web Methods   Web Servers


Make offline or static site copy of any web site
article #1153, updated 35 days ago

Wonderful tool, cross-platform:

Categories:   Web Methods   Tools


Mozilla Firefox 57 is marvellous
article #1128, updated 121 days ago

Very fast, resource-stingy, extremely reliable and compatible, feature-thorough, and not Googly. Highly recommended. Now JEB’s favorite browser. And it installs 64-bit or 32-bit according to platform, automatically if the install is new. If you’re running an older Firefox on a 64-bit operating system, remove it and install to get all of the upgrade, it’s worth it and then a lot.

Categories:   Web Methods   Tools


A tool to retrieve, examine, and test SSL certs in servers
article #1085, updated 183 days ago

From the excellent Matt Quick:

Categories:   Certificates   Web Methods


Favicon generator for all platforms
article #1079, updated 191 days ago

Favicons now come in many flavors. Here’s one web tool which handles it all.

Categories:   Web Methods   Tools


Diagnose and Fix SSL/TLS for a Web Site or Web Server
article #1064, updated 246 days ago

This one courtesy of the amazing Mike Hunsinger.

  1. Run the web site SSL test here, specifying the URL to study:

  1. A rating of A through F, or T, will be reported. T means a fundamental problem with the certificate install itself.

An A rating means the server is set to only accept protocols such as TLS1.2, that are currently recognized as secure. Anything below an A rating means the server responded on SSL or other protocols considered insecure.

Scroll down on the SSL Labs rating page to see the technical details on what protocols were detected and which are failing security checks.

If this is a Windows web server, remote in and:

  1. Download the portable app, IISCrypto from here:

Run this program on the server which hosts the website.

You’ll get a window showing all protocols that are on this server and whether they’re enabled or not. To achieve an A rating, use the details view from SSL Labs as a guide. Disable any protocols in IIS Crypto that SSL Labs flags as a security risk. Only do these after verifying that the web site / web application will certainly work with the newest protocols and does not depend on the older ones.

The protocols that a Windows webserver will accept are specified via Regedit entries. IIS Crypto reads and modifies these Regedit entries automatically.

  1. Reboot the webserver. Then retest with SSL Labs. Make further changes as dictated by the scoring detail.
  1. If you have control over workstations, use Group Policy to deploy the certificate to all of them, and to disable insecure protocols, and to enable the secured protocols.

Categories:   Web Servers   Web Methods


Web Browsers and Java
article #1044, updated 304 days ago

As of this writing (2017-05-16), the situation is in flux. Items:

  • The historical closed-source uberstandard for both Java virtual machine and plugin, this being Oracle (originally Sun), is supporting plugins for its current version, 8, but has announced a ceasing of plugin support for 9.
  • The open-source plugin standard, IcedTea, shows no signs of weakening, and works very well indeed with both Oracle’s Java and the open-source OpenJVM and others as well. However, no Windows porting is known to this author.
  • Firefox and Chrome do not support Java in their current versions. There is an Extended Support Release version of Firefox which does, for a little while longer.
  • Pale Moon, a very distinctive Mozilla/Firefox variant, is reported to support Java.
  • Opera is reported to support the Oracle/Sun JVM only.
  • Midori is reported to support both Oracle’s and IcedTea.

The author is working on practical tests of the last three.

Categories:   Java   Web Methods


Internet Explorer within Chrome
article #624, updated 373 days ago

The original “IE Tab” appears to work well with Windows 10. It has seen quite a lot of development over the years, and now includes a binary helper MSI:

“IE Tab Multi” was recommendable for several years, but does not appear to work on 10:

Categories:   Web Methods   Web User Issues


New web browser: Vivaldi
article #943, updated 430 days ago

Vivaldi is looking very good so far, Windows Mac and Linux:

It is possibly the only browser for 32-bit Linux which will do Netflix and other DRM’d video. To do this, you need the ffmpeg codecs package and also widevine. For Netflix, you also need to start it like this (use vivaldi-snapshot if that’s what you have):

vivaldi-stable --user-agent='Mozilla/5.0 (X11; Linux x86_64) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/51.0.2704.79 Safari/537.36'

Vivaldi does not yet have built-in synchronization of bookmarks et cetera, but one can use the excellent EverSync to take good care of this, it also works amongst Firefox, Chrome, IE, Android, iOS, and even Windows phones.

Categories:   Web Methods