Tag Archives: Firefox

How to watch Amazon Prime Videos in Ubuntu 14.04 or Newer

Amazon Prime Videos now rely on one of two things: 1. a browser that supports HTML5 video player, or 2. Silverlight being installed on the system and a browser that is compatible with it.

If you’re using Ubuntu and running Firefox you may see the following when attempting to watch Prime Videos:

Amazon Video: Browser Not Supported

Until Firefox fully supports HTML5 video player (and whatever other features Amazon requires — click to see Amazon Video System Requirements), it probably wont work. It works in Firefox on Windows if you have Silverlight installed, but Silverlight being a Microsoft product, does not play well with Linux/Ubuntu.

So what can you do?

# Install Google Chrome

There are a few different ways to install Chrome, but I like to use the PPA (at least until it gets added into the main Ubuntu repos).

  1. Open your terminal and enter the following lines of code…
  2. Add Key: (this should all be on one line, including the – at the end)
    wget -q -O - https://dl-ssl.google.com/linux/linux_signing_key.pub | sudo apt-key add -
  3. Set repository: (this should all be on one line)
    sudo sh -c 'echo "deb http://dl.google.com/linux/chrome/deb/ stable main" >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/google.list'
  4. Install package: (this should all be on one line)
    sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install google-chrome-stable

# Watch Amazon Prime Videos in Chrome

Now Chrome is installed and should update whenever you update your system (provided there is an update available for Chrome). Go ahead and open Chrome and go find your favorite video on Amazon Prime and enjoy.

 

Note: I’m updating this post from one I wrote over a year ago. If you want to read the old post you still can. I kept it below in a hidden div.

# Disclaimer

Don’t do any of this if you don’t know what the commands do. I cannot be responsible for what happens to your computer as a result of your attempt to follow this tutorial. By using this guide you acknowledge that I’m just trying to help describe what process I used to get it to work on my computer and offering it as feedback to anyone else attempting to accomplish the same thing.

Firefox 4 — How to Use Back/Forward Button History — Quick and Easy

Firefox 4
Firefox 4

Have you been using Firefox 4 and been frustrated that you can’t go back or forward more than one page at a time? (You remember the old Firefox had the little down arrow next to the back and forward buttons that let you see your history for that tab so you could move back or forward easier?)

You may have written it off as a lost feature (why would they remove something so useful?!) or perhaps even tried to find an option for it in the options/preferences or even looked for a plugin to put it back?

Well you’re going to be mad, perhaps even furious, (and then happy) at just how easy it is! The feature is still there, it’s been there all along! Check it out!

Are you ready? ………………. Are you sure? …………… OK here it is:

Click and Hold the Back (or Forward) button for just a few seconds, and TA-DA! There it is!

**Update**
It get’s even easier than that! All you have to do is RIGHT CLICK on the Back or Forward button. Super Easy!

Thanks to my friend Brad for the tip!

See!

Firefox 4 -- Back/Forward History
Firefox 4 -- Back/Forward History

Told you it was easy! 🙂

Start Firefox 4 in 32-bit Mode For Less RAM Usage

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64 Bit Firefox 4
64 Bit Firefox 4

If you hadn’t noticed yet, Firefox 4 now runs in 64-bit mode by default (at least on Mac anyway). I’ve noticed that Firefox uses up almost double the ram in 64-bit mode compared to when running in 32-bit mode. Also, some plugins (like Silverlight) are not yet compatible with the 64-bit mode of Firefox.

 

Update: running in 32-bit mode will also help with a known problem with Java MIME types not being recognized correctly.

Here’s how to run Firefox 4 in 32-bit mode (by default) on Mac OS X:

  1. Using Finder, navigate to your Applications folder and locate the Firefox app.
  2. Command+Click (or Right-Click if you have a 2+ button mouse) and go to: “Get Info”.
  3. Check the box that says: “Open in 32-bit Mode” and close the Firefox Info box.
  4. Quit and then Relaunch Firefox.
Open Firefox 4 in 32 Bit Mode
Open Firefox 4 in 32 Bit Mode (click to enlarge)

It’s as easy as that!

Note that 64-bit Firefox does run faster than 32-bit Firefox, but you probably wont notice that much of a difference, and you will reap the benefit of less memory usage, which can be crucial if your system is always low on RAM.
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Upgrade/Install Firefox 4 in Ubuntu 10.10 (or whatever)

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Firefox and Ubuntu
Firefox and Ubuntu

I’ve received a few questions about this one, so I thought I should put it up here for everyone to see. Note: If you are just looking for the quick solution, skip to the end, otherwise keep reading for the question and answer stuff.

The question is: “How can I install Firefox 4 on Ubuntu 10.10? I tried doing the usual update but it was just a minor update of 3.6, so what gives?”

The answer is: Ubuntu 11.04 will come packaged with Firefox 4 by default, but because of the way Ubuntu does things (I’m trying to keep it simple here), they try to stick with the same version of most programs and only do updates for that. Newer versions will be included in newer releases of Ubuntu. They do this to make sure they have time to test everything and make sure there are no conflicts. It may be frustrating, but you have the option to work around it, and if you’re honest with yourself you’ll admit it is fair and reasonable for them to do as they do.

Now, if you want to have the latest and greatest versions of your favorite programs/applications (like Firefox), then you might want to become familiar with PPA’s. I know I’ve posted some things about them in the past, but never really mentioned anything specific about the PPA part of it. PPA’s are basically an alternate source of applications that are managed by the developers. You can add PPA’s to your sources list just like you would repositories (as they are just that, repositories) and have more frequent updates for your favorite programs, and even programs that are not included in the official repositories by Ubuntu. Note: a word of caution: if you are willing to add a bunch of PPA’s, be prepared as you may encounter bugs from time to time as the newest versions of various programs/applications are not necessarily tested as thoroughly as Ubuntu developers would do when preparing for a new OS release.

OK here’s what you need to do:

Open Terminal (are you getting used to this yet? Applications->Accessories->Terminal) and enter the following code:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mozillateam/firefox-stable
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade

or if you prefer, you can do it all in one line of code:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mozillateam/firefox-stable && sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade


Update:
Forgot to mention that you will need to restart Firefox to notice the changes, and it will likely ask you to update/upgrade your addons at that time.

If for some reason you are running into a problem, let me know and I’ll try to help you out, but you really should be all set with the above.

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How To: Move Tabs Back Down in Firefox 4

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Firefox 4
Firefox 4

Firefox 4 became official today and i has a new look! If you haven’t updated yet, what are you waiting for?! It is faster and so far I’m loving it! However I know there are people out there who don’t/won’t like the way the Tabs have been moved to the top of the browser. I personally like it, but it’s not for everyone. If you want the tabs back where they used to be, there is an easy fix!

All you have to do is right-click somewhere in the empty space on the main tool bar (I clicked right between the “Awesome Bar” or address box and the search box — see pic below) and a small menu will pop up. On them menu just left-click to uncheck “Tabs on Top” and it will move them back down. Piece of cake!

Move Tabs Back Down In Firefox 4
Move Tabs Back Down In Firefox 4

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