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Firefox Quantum or version 57.0 – How to downgrade

Posted in Browser, Firefox, How to, Internet, Knowledge with tags , , , on November 15, 2017 by Sirusdark

Hello!

Today, my Firefox managed to update itself to version 57.0.0, aka Firefox Quantum. The latest crap from Mozilla.

If you’re like me and hate it, here’s the link to downgrade to the previous version (56.0.2 64bit):

https://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/firefox/releases/56.0.2/win64/en-US/Firefox Setup 56.0.2.exe

No need to do anything special, just run the installer and you’re done. Firefox will revert to 56.0.2.

I am currently testing this new Firefox to get it to work the way it should and I’ll share my findings as soon as I can. Stay tuned!

Sirus

Life Principle – The Compound Effect

Posted in Knowledge, Life Tips with tags , , , on August 22, 2016 by Sirusdark

I was recently asked to write a small essay for an English test and since I chose an educational topic, I thought I’d share it with you!

The Compound Effect

I’d like to share something I’ve learned on achieving goals. It’s called the Compound Effect. We’ve all had at some point in our life moments where we really wanted to change something: lose weight, a better salary, a new job, have more free time, etc. Most of us would like these changes now, without the effort. Well, here’s the beauty of the Compound Effect: it’s effortless and requires little discipline to NOT do more than planned!

Cutting down a tree

Let me start with a quick scenario. Let’s say you want to chop down a tree in your backyard. You could cancel your BBQ party, spend the whole weekend chopping it down, hurting your back and be on sick leave for a week. Or, you could grab your ax, swing at the tree a few times, go back inside and resume your activities. Every morning. Do this, and by the end of the month, I guarantee you that tree will be down.

Steps – Rinse & Repeat

Just like testers explain in five steps how to reproduce a bug, here are the 3 steps to succeed in any endeavor:

1. Have a clear goal of what or where you want to be.
2. Find the smallest actions needed to reach that goal.
3. Do it once every day.

Tracking your progress will become easier, seeing said progress will reinforce self-esteem and soon, you’ll be reaching your goals faster than you could’ve imagined!

It’s the accumulation of seemingly insignificant actions that dictates where we are and where we’ll be tomorrow.

That’s the Compound Effect.

Enjoy!

Sirus

Related reading (optional)
-http://www.thecompoundeffect.com/

How to filter Internet content easily under 30 seconds

Posted in Browser, Free, Internet, Knowledge, Security with tags , , , , , , , , , , on January 7, 2016 by Sirusdark

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Hello dear readers & visitors!

A friend of mine recently asked me if there was a way to easily filter web content so his kids and family wouldn’t stumble on adult content or other unwanted content.

Among the most simple solutions, one really stood out. It’s FREE, takes 30 seconds to implement, can be customized and in some case,┬ácan even increase your browsing speed!

logo-opendns

OpenDNS offer such a service and it’s free! In case you don’t know what OpenDNS is, it’s one of the biggest DNS service provider out there. Also, it’s now part of Cisco. So it’s not some obscure service I’m writing about.

How can you use it? Simply edit your DNS settings in your device or router! There are 2 ways to do it: with or without an account.

Keep-it-simple method

No account, configure and forget. Add these 2 FamilyShield nameservers (DNS resolvers) in your network settings and you’re good to go! It uses a set of presets and does the job well.

208.67.222.123
208.67.220.123

Power users & granular control

Want more POWAH? Create a free OpenDNS account, add your network, customize your categories, create whitelists, etc. and even help tag websites to improve the service!

If you don’t wanna do it for your whole network (via the router), make sure you install the little IP Updater app to update your IP address to your OpenDNS account. It’s available for Linux, Mac and Windows.

208.67.222.222
208.67.220.220

Here you can find the screenshots showing you how to edit your DNS settings in every Windows versions. It’s very straightforward. If you have any questions, ask!

https://support.opendns.com/entries/36904770-Configuration-for-Windows

Now remember, no amount of security and control mechanisms will replace good teaching and being a role model to others.

Be the example to follow.

Enjoy!

Sirus

References
-https://www.opendns.com/home-internet-security/
-https://store.opendns.com/setup/#/familyshield
-https://store.opendns.com/get/home-free
-https://support.opendns.com/entries/23282614
-https://support.opendns.com/entries/36904770-Configuration-for-Windows-computers
-https://www.cisco.com/web/about/ac49/ac0/ac1/ac259/opendns.html
-https://blog.opendns.com/2010/06/23/introducing-familyshield-parental-controls/