Once in a while, the web development community reintroduces old ideas in a new way. Years ago, there was a concept called ECML (E-Commerce Markup Language) that added an HTML attribute to identify values in a FORM that could be auto-filled from a users “virtual wallet”. Sadly, while it was implemented on a variety of websites (mine included), it was not widely supported and disappeared.
The concept has been reintroduced as values in the ‘autocomplete’ attribute in HTML5. Traditionally this attribute was only used to prevent auto-filling of values, now it can identify which values it is related to for pre-fill.
The usual payment, address and demographic fields (and variations of each) are supported.
^<input type="text" name="ccnum" autocomplete="cc-number" value="" />
With the rate of updates and security patches for Java, administration of your Ubuntu machines can become tedious. There’s a better way… allow it to check for and update with your other software. The steps are easy…
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/java
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install oracle-java7-installer
NOTE: You can also install java8 in the same manner with:
sudo apt-get install oracle-java8-installer
NOTE: The Java Control Panel can sometimes be hard to locate, it will be at the following:
Often you find a neeed to keep an old copy of Firefox around for testing or to use a specific plugin (Example: Selenium). In these cases it can often prove problematic to allow the browser to auto-update. Here are some simple steps to prevent this behavior.
about:config” into the Firefox URL bar, then change the following values. You can click on them to toggle.
app.update.auto = false
app.update.enabled = false
Alternately, on Windows you can edit the config file at:
If you take a close look at your logs you may occasionally see requests for a file named
wpad.dat. This file is related to automatic proxy configuration in many browsers.
To provide this capability to your users and website,
Default behavior is to traverse the domain in reverse, looking for one with a file named
Example (using my domain for example):
- Then in httpd.conf, set the MIME type:
AddType application/x-ns-proxy-autoconfig .pac
- Also in httpd.conf, add a redirect to the actual file you wish to use.
Redirect permanent /wpad.dat http://www.giantgeek.com/proxy.pac
- In the new file, add the following default contents, modify if you use a proxy:
/* 'proxy.pac' - This is the main function called by any browser
NOTE: there is NO proxy!
function FindProxyForURL(url, host)
} // End function FindProxyForUrl
“They” say that you can ‘learn a lot about a man, by the car he drives’…. just what do these say about me ?
- 1978 AMC Concord (Blue, 2 door, Straight-6)
- 1980 Chevrolet Citation (Black, 4 door, V6)
- 1988 Dodge Shadow (Red, 2 door, 4cyl)
- 1991 Oldsmobile Cutlass Calais (Silver, 4 door, ?)
- 1999 Dodge Avenger Sport (Shark Blue, 2 door, 2.5L V6).
- 2003 Honda Civic EX Sedan (Silver, 4 door, 4cyl.)
- 1991 Plymouth Acclaim LX (White, 4 door, 6cyl.)
- 2013 Honda CR-V EX AWD (Metallic, 4 door, 4cyl.)
What’s next, I’m not even sure, just drive fast and stay outta my way!