Firefox 41 and the New Tab override

firefoxFor years Firefox has been my preferred browser. When I open a new tab I like to have it open to a custom page on my local drive rather than the standard Firefox new tab page. I was able to configure this using the “browser.newtab.url” setting available in the “about:config” page.

As of today, with the release of Firefox version 41, for security reasons this setting is no longer supported. Fortunately there is a New Tab Override add-on that can be installed to provide the same facility.


Sometime, somewhere, perhaps

For Father’s day I was given a DVD movie, and inside the case was a glossy page proudly proclaiming how I could not only watch this movie the old fashioned way by making a plastic disc spin inside a black box sitting under the telly, I could get access to a digital copy that I could “WATCH ANYTIME, ANYWHERE”.

uv1Anytime? Well except for the disclaimer that the offer is “Subject to expiry”.


Well to be fair, the ability to redeem the offer is subject to expiry, but after that you can access the content anytime, right? Not necessarily, as the terms and conditions say that they

“reserve the right to change, suspend, remove, or disable access to the UV Content, or other materials at any time without notice”

So the “Anytime” promise is a bit of a dud, so what about “Anywhere”? Well except for the disclaimer that “the UltraViolet service is not compatible with all devices”  and “compatible devices are subject to change.”

uv2uv4So the promise of “Anytime, Anywhere” is more “Sometime, somewhere, perhaps, if we feel like it”.

I find it so depressing that commercial organisations can get away with using words in a manner so divorced from the actual meaning of the words.

10,000 km of turning wheels

Six and a half years ago I started cycling to work. From the very beginning, to keep myself motivated, I set a target of a certain percentage of work days that I wanted to cycle to work. In the first year I set a fairly modest target of 20%, which I blitzed, and in subsequent years I raised the target, which is now at 80%.

Today I reached a significant milestone (or perhaps kilometrestone) in that I have now clocked up 10,000km riding to and from work.

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Spring has swooped in


“Cracticus tibicen hypoleuca male domain” by JJ Harrison ( – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons.

Many people have various markers as to when spring has sprung. I have three, all of which have happened in the last couple of weeks:

  1. Taking my gloves off while riding to work.
  2. The smell of blood and bone fertiliser in the air.
  3. Being swooped by a magpie, which happened to me yesterday in Chatham Road, Hamilton North, just in time for the official start of spring today.


I’ve been checking every day, and right on cue, on the first day of spring my mulberry tree sprouted its first green leaf buds.