Archive for the ‘Web Browsers’ Category

Mobile browser resolutions

Tuesday, January 8th, 2013

Developing websites for today’s mobile devices is a fairly complex process. As integrators, we no longer stick to the “standard screen size” of 1050px wide (or 800px, or 1440px). Instead, we have to build responsive sites for both desktop and mobile devices. Stranger still, we now have to contend with pixel densities specific to every device devices.

Though the actual pixel densities may be irrelevant, what is important is the web-browser resolution and it’s not always as obvious as the number of stated screen pixels.

On the Nexus 7, it became aparent the size of the screen is not the 1280×800 advertised. Instead, the resolution is actually 600×961.

Going forward, it’s best to build websites using popular CSS frameworks such as Bootstrap. However, it may never be so easy as it once was. It will still be necessary to fine-tune the website’s rendering for popular device resolutions.

Below is a list of devices and their actual, browser resolutions:

Device Portrait Landscape
iPhone 4/4S 320×416 480×268
iPhone 5 320×504 568×268
Nexus 3 360×519 598×287
Nexus 7 600×792 960×441

Firefox won’t load a webpage?

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011
Screenshot of Facebook not loading in Firefox

So your Firefox web browser refuses to load a page? Perhaps you’ve recently updated to the latest Firefox and now things don’t work as you expected. Bellow is a list of solutions that I use when Firefox won’t load a page.

1) Clear the cache and reload the page (Ctrl + Shift + R).

2) Disable all your Add-Ons. Check if the webpage loads. If it does, then one of the Add-Ons is at fault. Start re-enabling them one by one until you find the culprit. For more, see the Firefox Add-On troubleshooting page.

3) The problem is a browser misconfiguration or some problem with the installation, perhaps. Download another copy of Firefox, uninstall your current version (back up those bookmarks!) and install the downloaded version (Add-Ons will have to be re-installed afterward).

Hope these tips help you resolve your Firefox page loading issues.

Reclaim Some Privacy: 3rd-party Cookies

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

Which sites are Facebook and Google tracking you on? It could be any.

Each time you visit a site that implements either Facebook’s or Google’s widgets (Like button, AdSense) or traffic monitoring (Analytics), you are exposing your browsing history. It’s like a credit card company knowing your shopping habits by tracking your purchases. Unlike with credit cards, you can do something about it.

One small step to reclaim your privacy is by disabling 3rd party cookies in your browser. Doing this prevents your browser from sending your information to a site other than the one you’re visiting. Here’s how you do it.

Google Chrome

  • Select Chrome > Preferences on the menu bar.
  • Click the Under the Hood tab.
  • Click Content settings in the “Privacy” section.
  • Check Block all third-party cookies without exception


Safari or Opera

You’re in luck, 3rd party cookies are disabled by default.

Internet Explorer

By disabling 3rd party cookies, you’re taking back some control over your privacy.

Safari 4 Beta Released

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

whatsnew-topsites-20090217Apple just released the first public iteration of Safari 4. In the list of latest features we see the introduction of cover flow into their history and bookmarks and a nice panorama of a user’s top sites.