Category: Web Methods

Some Choice Web Browsers
article #1128, updated 22 hours ago

Here’s an overview of some choice web browsers, as of this writing. It’s not comprehensive and not going to be, because there are a huge variety of web sites and related needs, there is quite a lot of new development going on, and related publicity is not coherent (and cannot be in today’s world…). The below are the experiences of this writer only, and he is well aware that reality is far larger than his experience:

  1. Firefox. Not the fastest and not stingy in memory, but if you need a particular site to work and you don’t need a Microsoft-only web application, try it, you’ll be most likely to find that it does the job. On the other hand, if you want lots and lots of tabs open and you have 8 gigabytes or less of RAM, or if you want maximum speed, try one of the others below. Firefox is also very compatible with probably the largest majority of plugin-based services, by way of it being the most current official product of the Mozilla codebase. Versions available for every major platform.
  2. Brave. This is a relatively new browser whose company is headed by co-founder of the Mozilla project. It is not only an extremely fast, efficient, and reliable browser, the project is also a concerted effort to fix the current worldwide mess by which a very few huge near-monopolies have made web advertising almost worthless except to themselves. Brave uses the Chromium code-base, significantly revised and improved. Versions available for every major platform.
  3. Microsoft Edge (as of 2019-04-24) and Microsoft Internet Explorer. As of this writing there are still many web-applications out there which require Microsoft web browsers. Edge ships with Windows 10 as its standard; Internet Explorer also ships though it is slightly hidden and publicly being deprecated. Edge has had its own code-base, really a major revision of Internet Explorer lacking some compatibility; recent Microsoft-only web sites have been Edge-compatible. But recently there was a Microsoft statement announcing an upcoming Windows update, in which the current Edge was to be replaced with a different Edge (an entirely different browser, with the same name…) with a Chromium code-base. It is entirely unclear what this will do to those dependent on Microsoft-only web applications. Obviously we will just have to watch and wait and see. Perhaps Microsoft will make things more complicated with some sort of embedding. We will see.
  4. Chromium. Open-source web browser and code base. A very good web browser on Linux. Have not yet found a Windows version that works fully and automatically updates properly, though the Chocolatey system has promise.
  5. Google Chrome. Now probably the most commonly used web browser. Chrome is generally slower and more resource-heavy than Chromium and Brave.
  6. Vivaldi. This writer has had high hopes for Vivaldi for some time; it’s a highly customizable browser by a large group of mostly former Opera folks, and across-the-board web site compatibility was an original design goal, unlike Opera. Unfortunately, this writer has found its general web-site compatibility lacking versus Brave, Chromium, Chrome, and Firefox. Versions are available for every major platform.

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String substitution in multiple files by command line
article #1264, updated 85 days ago

Once you have ‘pip’, you can do:

sudo pip install repren

repren is very effective.

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Let's Encrypt Certificates for IIS
article #1257, updated 140 days ago

Just grab the latest code here:

https://github.com/PKISharp/win-acme/releases/latest

unpack it into a folder you will keep (I used “E:\Let’s Encrypt”), and run letsencrypt.exe in the folder. The multi-site (SAN) mode works only if IIS is set up in certain ways; but the manual mode for a single site is simple and easy, and it sets up a scheduled task in Windows for the needed automatic updates.

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Set an HTML element to select completely on one click
article #1254, updated 151 days ago

Add this to the style of an element (P, H3, DIV, etc.):

-webkit-touch-callout: all; /* iOS Safari */
-webkit-user-select: all; /* Safari */
-khtml-user-select: all; /* Konqueror HTML */
-moz-user-select: all; /* Firefox */
-ms-user-select: all; /* Internet Explorer/Edge */
user-select: all; /* Chrome and Opera */

and if you click once on any part of the element, the whole thing is selected/highlighted, ready to be copied to clipboard. No JavaScript!

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Identify safe and infected web sites
article #1234, updated 226 days ago

From the remarkable Tharin Brown:

https://transparencyreport.google.com/safe-browsing/search

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Transfer Files Between Live Web Browsers
article #1197, updated 312 days ago

Something new:

https://reep.io/

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Streaming Player for Web Sites, Audio and Video
article #1159, updated 410 days ago

Possibly the best:

http://www.mediaelementjs.com/

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New database-less web site framework / CMS
article #1154, updated 437 days ago

Comes highly recommended:

https://getgrav.org/

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Make offline or static site copy of any web site
article #1153, updated 440 days ago

Wonderful tool, cross-platform:

http://www.httrack.com

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A tool to retrieve, examine, and test SSL certs in servers
article #1085, updated 588 days ago

From the excellent Matt Quick:

http://www.netscantools.com/ssl-certificate-scanner-standalone.html

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