On 4/12/2009 2:14 PM, DoctorBill wrote:
> Mark Hansen wrote:
>> On 04/12/09 06:36, DoctorBill wrote:
>>> OPeter Potamus the Purple Hippo wrote:
>>>> DoctorBill wrote:
>>>>> I had to join Facebook recently for some friends and relatives.
>>>>> A lot of the "buttons" and Links do not work when I enter Facebook
>>>>> using SeaMonkey 1.1
>>>>> I have to use I.E.
>>>>> Is there anything I can do about this or is it FaceBook's programmers
>>>>> fault ?
>>>> change your user agent to Firefox:
>>> I clicked the link and installed the xpi.
>>> Do I do anything else or is the problem fixed ?
>> It's been a while since I installed the UA switcher, but if I recall
>> correctly, it doesn't come with any Firefox user agent strings
>> installed. You'll need to add some yourself.
>> You can search the web for lists of user agent strings for various
>> browsers, then just create the ones you want to emulate, like
>> Firefox 2.0 or whatever.
>> There may be an easier way that I am not aware, but try this:
>> After installing the User Agent XPI file, launch the browser and go to
>> Tools -> User Agent Switcher -> Options -> Options, click on User
>> Agents, then click on the Add button. Use the following (replace any
>> data with the data you want, if different):
>> Description : Firefox 2.0
>> User Agent : Gecko/20070802 Firefox/22.214.171.124 SeaMonkey/1.1.4
>> App Name : Firefox
>> App Version : 126.96.36.199
>> Platform : Linux
>> Vendor : Firefox
>> Vendor Sub :
>> For Platform, I use Linux. You may want to use Win32 or Windows NT 6.0.
>> Then, when you want to go to a web site that is improperly sniffing, just
>> go to Tools -> User Agent Switcher -> Firefox (or whatever you called it)
>> and your browser will now send the new UA string.
>> Keep in mind that the User Agent setting will reset when you close the
>> browser, so you don't have to worry about setting it back.
>> Good luck,
> To me this is quite complex and I do not understand it.
> I did as you said, but don't know why or what it does.
> So I guess...were you to give me a link that explains what a "User
> Agent" is and what all that stuff above is/does...I would become more
> erudite in the subject matter.
> As of now - I have no idea what is going on - as per usual...
For User Agent, see my
For a discussion of "sniffing" and why it is generally a questionable
practice, see my
especially the 4th bullet in that section of Web page.
David E. Ross
Go to Mozdev at <http://www.mozdev.org/> for quick access to
extensions for Firefox, Thunderbird, SeaMonkey, and other
Mozilla-related applications. You can access Mozdev much
more quickly than you can Mozilla Add-Ons.
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