disabling pocket on firefox

I am really disappointed about some of mozilla’s decisions.

One of them is the pocket integration.

Serves no purpose at all to embed a company’s add-on,
inside firefox without the choice of remove it!

So here is how to disable it :

open about:config and search for pocket


empty every string and change every boolean value to false:


Tag(s): firefox, pocket
Firefox Session Cookies

A couple days ago, i wrote a blog post about how firefox don’t delete cookies from Pin Tabs here.

A friend of mine D. Glynos from census suggested to me that this problem/feature may be related to session cookies.

I was troubled about it and today i did a little research on the matter.

So when using firefox session restoration feature, firefox keeps all the session cookies in place and you can continue your work without a problem. If you hit F5 (refresh page) then the session is terminated and you have to log-in from the start.

OK, i don’t use session restoration but Pin Tabs. Seems that firefox considers Pin Tab as a session restoration process and that’s why it keeps the session cookies.

And this is by design !!!!!!!

There is also a 7 years bug (still opened - click here) that applies on Pin Tabs also.

Till now, i have not found a config (in about:config) option to tell firefox NOT to keep the session cookies when closing the browser!

UPDATE: 20150325

I got an email from a friend that suggest to take a look on this post from bugzilla:


I did a lot of testing and changed the below values to:

browser.sessionstore.privacy_level = 2
browser.sessionstore.privacy_level_deferred = 2
browser.sessionstore.privacy_level_deferred = 1

that means:

Never store extra session data.

but unfortunately the above did nothing for me.

the above did the trick for me

Anyhow, many thanks to Alex for informing me about this.

firefox security cookie monster bug

[ PLZ read my new blog post on the matter]

Today i came across to a very nasty security firefox bug: when using Pin Tabs, firefox doesnt remove the first (in alphabetical order domain) cookies.

I am using Firefox v34.0.5 so it’s the latest stable version as of the time of writing this blog post.

PLZ, Let me try to walk you through my findings.

Below my settings:


As you can see, firefox should remove all the cookies when I close it.
I use Pin Tabs for my day-to-day web sites/apps.

I ‘ve noticed that I am always logged in to a specific web site.
That gave me the creeps. How the hell i am already logged in to this web site.
I have just opened up my firefox and firefox should have removed all the cookies!

I closed every opened/pinned tab and removed all cookies by hand.
Restarted firefox, logged in to this site and then closed firefox.
Opened up again firefox and there was no cookie.


I am now thinking that my morning coffee had vodka inside.

Pin Tabbed a few sites, logged in to all of them, restarted firefox and then i am still logged in only to this specific web site.
Opened up the “Show Cookies …” setting from preferences and show a few cookies. Restarted once more firefox and invest the cookies again. Still logged in to this specific site.

The “Show Cookies …” setting presents the domain cookies in alphabetical order. So that gave me a clue. The site starts from the letter C and is always the first one domain cookie.

OK, time to write some php cookie code to further investigate this issue.


if ( !isset ( $_COOKIE["aaaa"] ) ) { 
        $cookie_value = 0;

$cookie_value = ++$_COOKIE["aaaa"];
setcookie ( "aaaa" , $cookie_value , strtotime("+1 day")  );

        echo "Hit F5<br>";
        echo "cookie value is: " . $_COOKIE["aaaa"];

Keep in mind, that the visiting server must send the set_cookie within the html headers. Before the html body.

Closed everything, removed every cookie. UnPin every tab and restarted firefox.
Visited my php test page, show cookie value, restarted firefox. No cookie.

Opened up once again firefox, visited my php test page. “Pin Tab” the test page, hit F5 a few times and then restart firefox. A cookie !!!!

So there is a security bug.

I’ll try to pass this to my mozillian friends so they file a security bug report.

Remember if you are logged in to amazon via a Pin Tab … amazon will always track you as it would (perhaps) be the first (in alphabetical order) domain cookie.

Tag(s): firefox, bug, cookie
how to change the url search on firefox


Tag(s): firefox
firefox addons

I am using mostly these addons for privacy

[updated 20180201]

Tag(s): firefox


click here: html5test

full blog post:

I use a lot of different web browsers on a daily bases for testing and viewing company’s web applications and of course for browsing through the internet.

I use firefox cause it’s just works - without a lot of tweeks and has a huge addon library.
I dont like chromium cause i need to work through a lot of different proxies and chromium doesnt have yet a FoxyProxy plugin (or i havent found one yet).

I like working with midori web browser cause is the most light WebKit engine browser and when firefox is giving me the pain, i immediately switch to midori (till i have to work with foxyproxy).

In most cases everybody have an another web browser that they use for time to time but isnt their default browser or doesnt work perfectly as they want, but they love it as if it was their own baby project. This is my feelings about vimprobable2. It’s an amazing project - amazing.

For my line of work, i couldnt bypass internet explorer (even if i wanted to - and i want to) so in the mix i will bring up IE too.

I wanted to test their html5 capabilities and these are my results:


So clearly chromium is the leader and firefox Nightly with it’s gecko engine just behind.
I also loved that vimprobable2 scored better that midori.

IE version 8.0.6001.1872 scored 42/500 !
Nightly is Firefox Nightly version as of this blog post writing time

Every project tested (except IE) was in its latest version.

So test your browser with: html5test

Vim English-Greek Spell Dictionary

I use vim as my primary editor.

btw i've never believed in Vim Vs Emacs cause the are two very different 
programs that do very different staffs with very different ways.

Apples and Orange.

The only (by me) common thing is that you can use them as editors too.

I use mutt as my primary MUA with $EDITOR=vim.

Writing frequently emails in more than one language can be harsh with no key bindings or a spell checker. You have to be very careful cause a tiny typo error can confuse a lot of people or worse.

People in sysadmin jobs understand what i mean a little better than others.

vim has been integrated with spell checking functionality. English (of course) are embedded.

To read all about that, open vim and on command mode write:

: help spell

If you want globally to map a function key to English spell checking functionality then, in /etc/vimrc write something like that:

:map <f5> :setlocal spell spelllang=en_us<return>

Next time you open vim (or editing an email through mutt) you can press F5 to spell check your text/email.


For Greek spell you need to google it. If you do that, then you’ll find instructions of using openoffice greek spell zip file for creating yours vim spell file (hint: mkspell). You can map it with F6 key and use it as above.

But I am writing both English & Greek and i am boring of typing F[what ever] key or switching languages and mpla mpla mpla mpla …

I use english_greek_spelling_dictionary of Firefox.

So how cool should be if a similar spell checking mechanism exist for vim ? A few days ago, had a tribute on pkst (Κώστας Παπαδήμας) and the idea strike me at that moment.

Here are the instructions of making your own

wget -c
unzip english_greek_spelling_dictionary-0.5.5-tb+fx+sm.xpi
cd dictionaries/

At this point we will use mkspell.
Open vim:


and on command mode type:

:mkspell engr English & Greek

The result is something like this:

Reading affix file English & Greek.aff ...
Trailing text in English & Greek.aff line 532: υ
Affix name too long in English & Greek.aff line 871: AA
Reading dictionary file English & Greek.dic ...
First duplicate word in English & Greek.dic line 588565: ΑΒΑ
12794 duplicate word(s) in English & Greek.dic
Compressing word tree...
Compressed 12575870 of 13454281 nodes; 878411 (6%) remaining
Compressed 15867 of 20446 nodes; 4579 (22%) remaining
Writing spell file engr.utf-8.spl ...
Estimated runtime memory use: 4415720 bytes

If you try to use a region name, then you will be facing the below error msg:

:mkspell en_gr English & Greek

E751: Output file name must not have region name

The result is : engr.utf-8.spl

We can move this to vim default spell location:

sudo cp engr.utf-8.spl /usr/share/vim/vim73/spell/

To map a key to English-Greek spell dictionary, open /etc/vimrc and add the below line:

:map <f6> :setlocal spell spelllang=engr<return>

Here is an example:


and here is the file (if you dont want to make it)