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Find Out If Your WebSite Blocked In China Or Not

Internet censorship in the People's Republic of China is conducted under a wide variety of laws and administrative regulations. In accordance with these laws, more than sixty Internet regulations have been made by the People's Republic of China (PRC) government, and censorship systems are vigorously implemented by provincial branches of state-owned ISPs, business companies, and organizations.

The Golden Shield Project is part of what is sometimes known outside of mainland China as the Great Firewall of China. It is used to block and filter out many websites. So how do you find out if your website is blocked by the Great Firewall of China?

China Channel Firefox Add-on

You can use China Channel Firefox add-on to find out if your website is blocked or not. You can experience the censored Chinese internet at home. From the project webpage:

The Firefox add-on China Channel offers internet user outside China to surf the web as if they were in China. Take an unforgetable virtual trip to China and experience the technical expertise of the Chinese Ministry of Information Industry (supported by western companies). It's open source, free and easy.

Install China Channel Firefox Add-on

Grab add-on here

Install and restart Firefox.

Click on Tools > China Channel > Manage Proxies To setup proxy > Click on the OK button in the popup window to finalize the installation process.

Fig.01: China Channel Firefox Add-on

Fig.01: China Channel Firefox Add-on

Select "CHINA CHANNEL" and click "GO", you will get connected through a random proxy server in China now.

Fig.02: China Channel Firefox Welcome Screen

Fig.02: China Channel Firefox Welcome Screen

Now can browse net via china based proxy server. Try to visit your website and see if it is blocked or not:

Fig.03: The Great Firewall of China in Action

Fig.03: The Great Firewall of China in Action

How to View Internet Explorer inside Firefox

This is an user contributed article.

I'm a devoted Firefox user like most of you. However, at work I use Internet Explorer for couple of web applications that works only on IE. Wouldn't it be nice to embed Internet Explorer inside Firefox as a tab to browse the websites that works only on IE? This is exactly what Firefox add-on IE Tab does as explained below.

This is a great tool for web developers, since you can easily see how your web page displayed in IE with just one click and then switch back to Firefox.

Update: This is Windows specific tool. See how to install IE under Linux using IEs4Linux.
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Download of the day: Firefox 3.1 Alpha 1

Mozilla has released Firefox 3.1 Alpha 1 - code named Shiretoko Alpha 1 and is now available for download.

New features

=> Web standards improvements in the Gecko layout engine
=> Text API for the <canvas> element
=> Support for using border images
=> Support for JavaScript query selectors
=> Several improvements to the Smart Location Bar
=> A new tab switching behavior

=> Download Linux version here.

You may also find my step by step easy instructions on how to install the Firefox browser under Linux useful.

Firefox 3.0.1 has been released and available for download. This update has been rated as having critical security impact by the Mozilla. Use the following instructions to upgrade Firefox.

Security Issues

An integer overflow flaw was found in the way Firefox displayed certain web content. A malicious web site could cause Firefox to crash, or execute arbitrary code with the permissions of the user running Firefox. (CVE-2008-2785)

A flaw was found in the way Firefox handled certain command line URLs. If another application passed Firefox a malformed URL, it could result in Firefox executing local malicious content with chrome privileges. (CVE-2008-2933)

Download Firefox 3.0.1

=> Visit offical site to grab Firefox 3.0.1

How do I upgrade Firefox to version 3.0.1?

See how to install firefox-3.0.1.tar.bz2 in Linux

How do I update Firefox under Redhat / Fedora / CentOS Linux?

Simply type the following command, enter:
# yum update

How do I update Firefox under Debian / Ubuntu Linux?

Open terminal and simply type the following commands, enter:
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get upgrade

Thanks to everyone. Mozilla today received confirmation from Guinness World Records that they have officially achieved the record for the "largest number of software downloads in 24 hours."

New Guinness World Record - 8 million Firefox 3 downloads in a day!

From the mozilla site:

Thanks to the support of the always amazing Mozilla community, we now hold a Guinness World Record for the most software downloaded in 24 hours. From 18:16 UTC on June 17, 2008 to 18:16 UTC on June 18, 2008, 8,002,530 people downloaded Firefox 3 and are now enjoying a safer, smarter and better Web.

Awesome job!


(Fig.01: The Mozilla team at Download Day [Photo courtesy of Clare Bayley])

Firefox 3 was downloaded 8,349,074 times between 2:16 p.m. ET Tuesday and 2:16 p.m. ET Wednesday.

=> Over 8 million — way to go!

FireFox 3 Download Counter

FireFox 3 Download Counter - I hope it will cross 1.6 million download mark within 24-hour time frame.

Update: It is more than 7.5 million now and Mozilla broke its own old record.