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Google Chrome – No Plugin Available to Display this Content

 

Google Chrome was recently released and it seems that a lot of people are having questions around why they can’t access content on certain webpages. What I’ve found is most of those webpages that people are having trouble on are pages that are running Java applets. For example, my fullscreen slideshow applet in my gallery (G2) uses a java applet. For those of you having issues with webpages where you are getting a yellow box with a plugin icon in it that says “No Plugin Available to Display this Content” you might try downloading the latest version of the Java.

That version of Java happens to still be in beta, but it appears to be working great for most people. Specifically,Google Chrome requires Java version 6, update 10. You can download the latest version of Java from this website:

http://java.sun.com/javase/downloads/ea.jsp

For those of you who aren’t sure what to download, you probably just need the Windows Online Installer which you can download / run from this direct link: JRE Online Installer – Note: most people can uncheck the OpenOffice checkbox which will install Sun’s (free) version of Microsoft Office.

Update: Google officially has this in their knowledgebase.

If this fix / tip worked for you or you have something to add, leave a comment below.

 

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Josh Lyon Search

My last goal was to make my website the top search result when you searched for ‘Shiner Lyon’ (at least on Google – that’s all that counts right?). I have successfully overtaken the Kansas and Kentucky Wildlife Commissions and a discussion forum about fishing bait to achieve the top position. At least for now.

My new goal is to make my website the top search result when you search for ‘Josh Lyon’ – afterall, this website is pretty much dedicated to my thoughts, my photos, my technical discoveries, etc. Hopefully google will re-index my site and will pickup on the new changes I’ll be making over the coming days.

I would mention the names of the websites I’m below, but for now I don’t want to give them any type of advantage. I’m talking to you Mr. Leet Speak and Mr. Horserider.

Maybe I could put some more pictures of myself up and appropriately label them. If you have any ideas how to make my site more oriented towards me in content (like the use of my name in text, descriptors, etc.) please leave a comment.

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Shiner Lyon Google

I just wanted to let everyone know that my next goal is to make some pictures or information about my dog the top link on Google when you search for "Shiner Lyon".  Laura seemed to think it was ridiculous that I was doing some search engine optimization on my photo gallery tonight primarily for that reason, but I think it’s fun. Hopefully she (Shiner) will the top result shortly.  As a side effect of getting Shiner promoted, I’ve fixed some of the issues with my com_search component and an issue it had with OpenSEF. If anyone is interested in the apache htaccess hack, let me know via a comment and I can post some information on it.

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Google Spellcheck

Sorry, but I gotta make another techy blog post.  I was having some trouble getting the Spell Checking functionality of my editor component working today and couldn’t remember what I did on my last install to get it running.  This article is relevant to those of you using JCE for Joomla, TinyMCE, or other derivatives of TinyMCE.  If you have Google Spell checker enabled in the backend and when you go to use the spell checker you get an error about an XML call, double check to make sure you have the following extensions enabled in your php.ini file:

-curl
-mb_string 

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Shiner Videos

As part of my quest to find a good video solution for my website, I’m trying out Google Video.  The video quality is a lot better than the local tool I was using (Sothink Flash Encoder), but the video is a lot choppier. I think the choppiness of the video has something to do with the framerates not syncing up during the video encoding process on Google’s end, but that may be because I took the video with my Treo 650 cell phone.  I’ll try some more videos with my regular camera later and see how those turn out. 

Shiner Jumps Out of Creek

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New Site Features

I recently added some new features to the website that will hopefully make your experience more enjoyable.  The main things I was looking to do were add a commenting system to the articles and make it easier to find interesting articles.  The comment system was a simple add-on of a module to the site, but increasing the navigability of the site is a constant activity.

If you’ve been reading my blog within the past few months, you’ve probably noticed I’ve been on a Search Engine Optimization (SEO) kick.  While a big part of this is to increase search engine ranking and traffic, the other part is to increase the quality of the site.  If google likes your site, people probably will too.  To some of you this may seem a little odd, but it’s true.  I won’t go into the details in this article, but google has a lot of features in its algorithms that make sure your site is as search engine popular as it is socially popular.

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Joomla SEO on 1and1

I had some issues using the first set of instructions I found for setting up Search Engine Optimization (SEO) on my 1and1 account.  I had renamed the htaccess.txt to .htaccess and made some small changes, but I was still having issues.  The information below got me up and going.

Setting up .htaccess file
Rename the htaccess.txt file bundled with the installation to .htaccess.

You will need to make a few changes to the .htaccess file so it is configured correctly.  The change descriptions are noted in bold below. Also, note that RewriteBase is relative to the URL of the site, not the absolute path. If you have Joomla! setup in the root directory, this shouldn't be an issue for you.

## Can be commented out if causes errors, see notes above.
Options FollowSymLinks
RewriteEngine On
# Uncomment following line if your webserver’s URL
# is not directly related to physical file paths.
# Update Your Joomla/MamboDirectory (just / for root)
# Uncomment this line
RewriteBase /

#comment all of the lines of the below section
########## Begin Standard SEF Section
#RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
#RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
##RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} ^(/component/option,com) [NC,OR] ##optional – see notes##
#RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} (/|\.htm|\.php|\.html|/[^.]*)$ [NC]
#RewriteRule ^(content/|component/) index.php
########## End Standard SEF Section

# Uncomment all lines
########## Begin 3rd Party or Core SEF Section
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} ^(/vietnam/component/option,com) [NC,OR] ##optional – see notes##
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} (/|\.htm|\.php|\.html|/[^.]*)$ [NC]
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
RewriteRule (.*) index.php
########## End 3rd Party or Core SEF Section

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Application Port Number

I was trying to connect to Google talk at work the other day via a third-party IM client called Miranda.  I downloaded a Google protocol (which actually runs on Jabber) but I couldn't get it to connect with the standard settings.  I figured it might be because my company has a firewall that blocks most ports, so I downloaded the official google talk client to see if it would work.

It went through a couple iterations of trying to connect to the server… and then… SUCCESS!  So why could it connect and my local client wouldn't?  As I assumed it was using a different port to connect.  Here's what I did to find out what port the application was running on.

I'll start with a high-level overview that power-users should be able to understand easily.  Then I'll break it down in a little more detail with the detailed steps needed to find out which port the application is running on.

High-level Overview: 

1. Open the Task Manager and find the PID for googletalk.exe 

2. Open the command prompt and run the " netstat -o -n" command

3. Find the PID in command prompt and find out which port it's running on. 

 

Detailed Steps

1. Press Ctl+Alt+Del to open the Task Manager (on some systems you may have to click the Task Manager button)

2.  In Task Manager, click View > Select Columns

3. Make sure the PID (Process Identifier) checkbox is checked and press OK

4.  Click the Processes tab, then scroll through the list and find the application you are looking for. Make note of the PID next to it.

5. Open command prompt: clcik Start > then click Run > type in "CMD" and press enter (a black command prompt should open)

6. Type in " netstat -o -n" and press enter*

*You can also add "-a" to the command to have it show more port information (all applications and listening ports)

7. Find the item in the list that has the same PID as you noted above. 

8. To find the port, look at the under the Foreign Address column and make note of the number after the colon.*

*This is typically called a socket and is in the format IP.add.re.ss:portNumber.  For Google talk this was 72.14.253.125:443 – meaning that the port number was 443 (which happens to be the default port for SSL connections).