Firefox: tabs on bottom (again)

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30Jan2019

Firefox: tabs on bottom (again)

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Firefox Quantum (Firefox 65) uses tabs on top

How to place tabs on bottom

This article shows you how to change Firefox’s appearance from tabs on top (where the tabs appear above the URL address bar) to display the tabs below the URL address bar.

Before the release of Firefox Quantum (i.e. FF v57), it was possible to change the location of the tabs by changing a browser parameter setting.  The setting was

browser.tabs.onTop = false

FF  still retains the parameter but its functionality has been disabled; browser tabs remain on top (above the URL address bar) regardless of this parameter’s value.  We will see how it’s possible to change the location of the tabs.My earlier article, Firefox: tabs on bottom, discusses an older version of FF.  This article updates that advice following the release of FF65.

A wake-up call for people using old versions of Joomla

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29Jan2019

A wake-up call for people using old versions of Joomla

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182 hits Updated: 30 January 2019

Doing nothing about it

It’s unsurprising, really, that technical self-help forums receive a lot of urgent cries for help from people who have old websites built with outdated, unsupported and obsolete software.  It’s just human nature to build something and then “hope for the best” that the structure will last, more or less indefinitely, without having to maintain it.

The world of technology isn’t like that.

The technological landscape we knew ten years ago is vastly changed.  The iPhone hadn’t been invented.  People were still using Internet Explorer 4 or Netscape Navigator 2 (remember them?) and they went to bookshops to buy reference manuals!  So, is it really surprising that websites that were built a few years ago are, today, showing their age?

Why is it, then, that the majority of websites are still running on outdated, obsolete and unsupported platforms?

Behind the scenes December 2018

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18Dec2018

Behind the scenes December 2018

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460 hits Updated: 19 December 2018

Joomla 3.9

Around the forums

Another new product

Kunena’s “spam factory”

Although I’ve been fairly quiet with this site for a few months, that doesn’t mean that I haven’t been busy.  This article covers a few items that you may find interesting.

As we head into 2019, many of us are gearing up for Joomla 4 which is currently in late alpha testing.  Apart from major makeovers in terms of look-and-feel, the biggest difference is that Joomla 4 will be the first version to exclusively use PHP 7.  This will mean that people currently relying on PHP 5.6PHP 5.6 is approaching its end of life and what to do about it who anticipate moving to J! 4 will need to equip themselves with PHP 7.  This will also bring with it problems for website owners who may still be running much older versions of Joomla (e.g. J! 1.5 or J! 2.5) especially if they do not have the ability to run different versions of PHP on their webhosting platforms so that their differently-versioned J! websites will continue to operate.

In preparing ourselves for the eventual release of Joomla 4—some time in 2019—the Joomla development team has been tidying up Joomla's source code with the release of J! 3.9 in October this year.

Returning to Joomla 10 years later

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17Aug2018

Returning to Joomla 10 years later

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525 hits Updated: 17 August 2018

“They don’t make things like that anymore.”

I was intrigued when I read a question on the Joomla forum today that read, in part:

For those who go back with Joomla a decade ago, are old Joomla extensions—modules, components, plugins or even templates—still compatible with the current version?  I know already, from trial and error, I haven’t seen any templates that are which is a shame—I have a lot of them I paid for from various developers.  The same goes for many premium extensions I have, so I was curious if it is an issue where it just depends on the extension or if it is a flat out “no”, none of these is compatible with today’s Joomla?a forum user, Joomla Forum, 17-Aug-2018

This article discusses some of these questions.