How to embed a Twitter timeline on a Joomla website

How to limit the number of timeline entries displayed

There are many extensions that people can install that will add a Twitter timeline to their websites.  I don’t want to deprive struggling software developers of their profit but do we really need additional software (some of which costs money) in order to do something quite simple?  This article shows how to embed a Twitter timeline on a Joomla website without using any additional software.

The process is as easy as 1-2-3:  obtain the URL of the Twitter timeline; copy the URL into the Twitter publish site; copy the generated code into your website  It’s really that simple.


Mythbusters: Do you need to change htaccess.txt?

215 hits Updated: 05 March 2019

You do not need to modify the contents of htaccess.txt

Some people think that it’s important to edit (that is to change the contents of) one, or the other or both of the files htaccess.txt or web.config.txt. That’s a statement of fact. Some people really believe that!

The reason that this issue has recently become a hot discussion topic is because of the advisory notice that shipped as part of J! 3.9.3.  The notice says in part,

Since Joomla 3.9.3, Joomla is shipped with additional security hardenings in the default htaccess.txt and web.config.txt files.  These hardenings disable the so called MIME-type sniffing feature in webbrowsers. The sniffing leads to specific attack vectors, where scripts in normally harmless file formats (i.e. images) will be executed, leading to Cross-Site-Scripting vulnerabilities.

The security teams recommends to manually apply the necessary changes to existing .htaccess or web.configJ! 3.9.3 announcement, Joomla Forum, 13-Feb-2019

Firefox: tabs on bottom (again)

426 hits Updated: 31 January 2019

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

8606 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?

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