Lynne Teaches Tech: Why did everyone’s Firefox add-ons get disabled around May 4th?

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Mozilla, the company behind Firefox, have implemented a number of security checks in their browser related to extensions. One such check is a digital certificate that all add-ons must be signed with. This certificate is like a HTTPS certificate – the thing that gives you a green padlock in your browser’s URL bar.

You’ve probably seen a HTTPS error before. This happens when a site’s certificate is invalid for one reason or another. One such reason is that the certificate has expired.

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Configuring Searx

Last Updated on May 7, 2019 Searx is a free and open source metasearch engine. It can be self-hosted (like I do!) or accessed at Metasearch engine? A metasearch engine is a search engines that uses other search engines to get its results. For example, when you search metasearch… Read More »Configuring Searx

The failure of OCRbot

Last Updated on May 7, 2019 Update: A lot of people have left me comments telling me that OCRbot really has helped them, and that they wouldn’t have posted or boosted certain content without it. I didn’t realise that when I wrote this, and I’m really happy to hear that… Read More »The failure of OCRbot

Discord and Spotify for Linux and xdg-mime

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The bug

I’ve noticed that Discord for Linux takes a very, very long time to start up – sometimes in the order of hours. During this time, my laptop gets very hot. I eventually decided to look into this and found that several instances of xdg-mime were taking up 100% CPU. Killing them caused Discord to open instantly.

Apparently this issue is present with Spotify too. This fix will work for both of them.

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We’re finally ready!

Last Updated on May 5, 2019 I’ve imported (okay, copy and pasted) all my old Lynne Teaches Tech posts. That means this blog is ready to be used for new Lynne Teaches Tech posts, as well as other exciting content!!