[Updated] Firefox opens every new tab with yahoo search

September 12th, 2015 No comments

So i was successful in chasuing yahoo search away and somehow, it resurfaced and this time it was really annoying. I found solace however in this post that said ..

“I’m sorry this happened. There was a bit of a mistake in our 34 release that caused some users who switched back to google to get yahoo again when we updated to 35. We are aware of this and are working on making sure it doesn’t happen again, so please feel free to switch back to google (or whatever search engine you’d like) and continue to update in the future, this shouldn’t happen again in future releases. ”

So the temporary fix now will be  … Bookmark and use this;

Download the Mozilla Search Reset {web link}

This add-on is very simple: on installation, it backs up and then resets your search preferences and home page to their default values, and then uninstalls itself. This affects the search bar, URL bar searches, and the home page.

Hope this works okay for you?

Firefox opens every new tab with yahoo search – really annoying

September 5th, 2015 No comments

Tell me you were as frustrated as i was when you open a new tab in Firefox and yahoo search always has to pop up denying you initial access to type your own url. Worst still, you don’t know how on earth this came to be as you have set your General ->Home Page to something else… welcome to the club.

Some people agree it is caused by one or more ad-dons on your browser but which one? or was it after a particular update with yahoo updates/3rd party filter not disabled? Either way you want it out …i get it

Lets go for the killer once and for all… all i did was refresh Firefox to baby new and all was well.

firefox_refresh1. Type about:support in your browser

2. Look for Refresh Firefox and slam the button.

Wait for it to clean itself and return to something you once knew.

NOTE: After my Refresh, I realized most of my addons were flush or plugins deactivated so you just have to re-configure your fresh Firefox to your taste.


Reset my admin password (Pydio former ajaxexplorer)

May 30th, 2015 No comments

So, i had my Pydio installed and running and somehow i forgot my admin password and just like that the gate is locked. Its  my system right so i was able to login to the db and see the ajxp_users table to see what the user and password format looks like. turns out that my version uses the sha256 (sha256:1000:[long string]:[another long string]) password format…question remains how do i reset this password?

checking through google, some pydio answers says setting the password using the md5 default works….e.g like

UPDATE ajxp_users
SET password = MD5('1234567')
WHERE login ='<admin user>'

but i was doubtful since i could see my password using the sha256?

Here is what i had to do eventually, I thot to myself if i could get a pydio password that i could use to update the db and get a default login and reset later, wouldnt that make sense? and yes it did.

UPDATE ajxp_users SET password = ‘sha256:1000:eIHmmGwo6yhWHijOPDQ+e0+bWEN67br3:OfzGuTwUlBrAyuU5dkltqWRqaOVIPy5G’ WHERE ajxp_users.login = ‘<admin user>’;

yeps … thats the encoded pydio password for P@ssw0rd

After this, i was able to login and reset my pydio password and im allowed to get through the gate.

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The new Firefox Preference UI Design..isn’t it cool?

May 17th, 2015 No comments

Firefox 38.0.1 tools tabs now on side of window and after i did my upgrade, i was like “It’s about time”. Firefox’s Preferences, until now, have required navigation through a cumbersome floating window but now its a blended web fit into the browser design. I must say pretty surprise and yeps, damn nice..Ive always been a Firefox fan!

But hey for those who don’t really like fast change, here is a way to roll back. You can toggle browser.preferences.inContent to false on the about:config page to restore the standalone Options/Preferences window that you had in previous Firefox versions.

You can open the about:config page via the location/address bar. You can accept the warning and click “I’ll be careful” to continue.


Funny though, From reviews, some people think its not a good idea, Like its a plan for “One design for all devices” approach by Firefox and maybe Preference will be removed eventually or stripped down.

This is a long awaited design as its been announced way earlier, and the way i see it. The introduction of the Customizer, and the increased UI/UX just helps put Firefox out there for techy and non-tech users.

Whats your take?

Captcha – ReCaptcha not Visible again after Joomla Upgrade 3.4.1

March 25th, 2015 No comments

Did you upgrade your Joomla version to 3.4.1 and your Captcha dissappeared? Welcome to the club. I got mine fixed with the steps below but the reason might be because google is fazzing out version 1.0 and if you havent changed the Captcha config yet…thats probably the cause.

Steps for Solving This

1. Login to your Joomla Admin Section

2. Go to Plugins manager and search for “Captcha – ReCaptcha“, click on it

Read more…

your Domain “www”, should it be A Record or CNAME

February 13th, 2015 No comments

It’s no news by now that you know that your domain which is e.g domain.com is always attached with the “www” as this has become a standard way for people to access the url via the browser.

For newbies to DNS, All of a sudden, you discover there is a difference the day your domain is working and your www.domain.com doesnt work and then the quest for understanding and fix starts.

So lets talk about what makes all this happen in the DNS realm. DNS which stands for Domain Name System is like the Internet’s library of IPs.

A, CNAME, ALIAS and URL records are all possible solutions to point a host name (name hereafter) to your site. However, they have some small differences that affect how the client will reach your site.

Here’s the main differences: Read more…

WHM 11.48.0 (build 8) Upgrade + cphulk Add IP List error

February 5th, 2015 No comments

So, my VPS did an auto upgrade and my CpHULK went on vacation? Ok not on a vacation to Asia but i had problems viewing the my Whitelist, Blacklist and even adding new IPs.

After a little troubleshooting, i realized that while the cphulk had upgraded itself in the WHM, it doesnt seem like the database has been updated.

That being said, I also noticed that mysql was down somehow/somewhere during the upgrade.

Anyways, to fix your cphulk issues after the WHM 11.48 Upgrade
Read more…

FIX: Error 1723. There is a problem with this Windows Installer package

January 15th, 2014 No comments

I was trying to uninstall my Java JRE 6u45 and then i kept getting the Error 1723, Did all i know and all google told me but a little more hack did the trick.

Here is an explanation on the Java Error 1723
Java Error 1723 states this: Error 1723. There is a problem with this Windows Installer package. A DLL required for this install could not be run. Contact your support personnel or package vendor.
This error can be received while both trying to Install or Uninstall any Java download. Therefore, if you have an old or corrupt Java, you may encounter issues installing / uninstalling it.

Here is how I Fixed Mine:

This fix will need you to tamper with your system Registry…

1. Uninstall all Java on your system
2. Delete all related Java folders on your machine . (C:/Program Files/Java and/or C:/Program Files x86/Java)
3. Open regedit. (run>regedit or search regedit)


Remove all related java keys, then

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Installer\Products\4EA42A62D9304AC4784BF238120612FF (The number may change depending on how far the Updates went before you got the problem. You are looking for Java installer for the one stuck in ‘Programs and Features’

Then move on to


Look for all that have Java information and remove them.

Once you have done that reinstall Java, It worked for me, Hope it works for you

Facebook kills Organic reach for Sponsored Posts

December 17th, 2013 No comments

Facebook’s December newsfeed algorithm change is so far punishing brand pages, regardless of how interested fans are in that page’s content, according to a new analysis by Ignite Social Media. Ignite analysts reviewed 689 posts across 21 brand pages (all of significant size, across a variety of industries) and found that, in the week since December 1, organic reach and organic reach percentage have each declined by 44% on average, with some pages seeing declines as high as 88%. Only one page in the analysis had improved reach, which came in at 5.6%.

Companies using Facebook pages have found it increasingly difficult to reach their audience through unpaid, organic promotion. Even those with thousands of fans see only a tiny fraction of their posts actually being viewed in newsfeeds. Many have suspected for some time that Facebook is pushing businesses to use Sponsored Posts, just to get them seen by people who already Like the brand.

Facebook now admits that businesses will need to pay in order to get their companies posts and information in user newsfeeds.

Facebook says …

We expect organic distribution of an individual Page’s posts to gradually decline over time as we continually work to make sure people have a meaningful experience on the site. To maximize delivery of your message in News Feed, your brand should consider using paid distribution, as it enabled you to reach people beyond your fan base and move beyond the organic competition

The reality is, if Facebook can display business posts in the newsfeed, they would far rather get paid for it then do it for free.

Their position shouldn’t surprise brands, many of whom have seen the writing on the wall for some time. Facebook has shareholders to keep happy – one of the things that make shareholders most happy is an increased revenue stream. Businesses that rely on Facebook for promotion are going to have to pay if they want greater than 1-2 percent “seen” rates on their posts.

So what does it mean for small brand pages trying to grow audience? Well it means you have to break the banks for Facebook or find an alternative



Apple is recycling, buying back old iPhones for $280

September 3rd, 2013 No comments

Apple has started a trade-in and recycling programme in the USA for older iPhones which the company then plans to resell in other countries.

The company will pay customers up to $280 for their old handsets, although the customer has to also have an existing — or take out a new — iPhone contract with a mobile network.

“In addition to helping support the environment, customers will be able to receive a credit for their returned phone that they can use toward the purchase of a new iPhone,” a company spokesperson said.

The handsets being returned have to be in working order, and shown to be so in the Apple stores.

The recycling programme is being run by Brightstar for Apple. – NCW – Naijagist