Archive for June, 2012

Unable to play YouTube Videos in Firefox

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

Suddenly I couldn’t play YouTube or Flixxy videos in Firefox anymore. It turns out that the latest version of the Adobe Flash Player introduced some new security feature that made things so secure that nothing worked anymore.  Oddly enough, I had to disable a setting in Real Player to get things working again.

You need to start Real Player and click the Real Player icon in the top left corner, then select Preferences.  Select Download & Recording in the left pane and uncheck Enable Web Download & Recording.

Firefox V13 Slow Accessing Google

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

After installing version 13 of Firefox, I found access to Google sites to be extremely slow.  It turns out that Google has implemented a new protocol on its sites named SPDY (short for speedy) that is supposed to speed up the serving of web pages.  Sadly, the Firefox implementation of this new protocol seems to be flawed.  In order to fix the problem you need to turn off the SPDY protocol in Firefox.

To do this you need to enter about:config in the URL bar.  Then find network.http.spdy.enabled and double click it to change its value to false.  This disables SPDY in Firefox and speeds up access to Google.