Mozilla vs. Ning Smackdown; Who Hates Whom?

ZoomText keyboard

The top row of keys control ZoomText functions

I’ve used Mozilla Firefox as my browser for years.  I don’t like Internet Explorer for several reasons, none of them being that I think Bill Gates is watching what I do.  I just like some of the Firefox add-ons.  When Chrome came along I couldn’t use it because it and my accessibility program fought.

I started using Firefox with Windows 2000, and then XP and Seven - at first without ZoomText (the accessibility program) - and later with.  All was OK.  Two things happened at about the same time; I got a computer with Windows Seven and started blogging on Our Salon.  Firefox crashed a lot. I blamed it on Windows Seven.

So, I switched to Windows 10 on my desktop and almost switched on the lap-top., but decided to wait until I saw how things worked out.

The crashes got worse, if anything, with Windows 10.  I can’t follow a gmail link to a blog comment or follow links within Our Salon without a crash.  I’ve followed Mozilla’s suggestion of resetting to the Firefox default settings and then re-adding add-ons one by one – sort of like checking for a food allergy – and could see no difference.

There are big problems between Windows 10 and ZoomText.  There are features on 10 I am forbidden to use.  I checked with the maker of ZoomText – AISquared – and they said I can use Chrome provided I open ZoomText before Chrome.  Chrome is only just OK. 

When I write, I write in Word and copy and paste to Our Salon.  Everything holds with Firefox (provided it doesn’t crash).  With Chrome everything is “corrected” to the same font type and size and italics disappear and the editing options disappear.  (I write with Comic Sans MS in 14 font because I can read that size, the lack of little things hanging off of letters is less confusing to my vision, and the big font makes my posts seem more important than they really are.) I have to publish the post and then edit with Chrome.

Lately, I’ve been using Chrome when dealing with Ning.  I really think that the problem with Firefox has to do with leaving tabs open.  Occasionally, it crashes on other sites when I have a lot of open tabs, but nothing like it does with Ning.

Binary Code

I don’t know much about software.  I do know that software companies all act like they are in battle with each other even when they aren’t writing programs for the same use. 

I probably am missing something really simple, like Bill Gates or the Russians or the NSA being behind it all.  Just because you are paranoid doesn't mean people aren't out to get you.

Now, I’ll find out how many times Firefox crashes while I’m trying to post this and tell you in a comment what happened.

Is this a problem peculiar to me and my accessibility program or do others have issues?  If you have, what have you done that helped?

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Comment by JMac1949 Today on December 30, 2016 at 6:45am

I suspect that it must be a conflict between and or among Zoom Text, Ning and Firefox.  I'm using Firefox and Windows 10 and the only glitch I've noticed is that sometimes the copy and paste features of pictures and video on Our Salon comments are limited to DOS commands.  Not today on this particular comment so just for fun I'll embed a Mel Brooks song:

Comment by Rodney Roe on December 30, 2016 at 7:04am

It only crashed twice, once when I hit publish, and once when I rebooted and went to see whether I had been successful. I was as it turned out, but it has crashed in the past in the middle of adding tags, or images or media..  I never cut and paste from word as I once did, and I save my draft for a day or two because posts have disappeared from Our Salon.

Comment by Rodney Roe on December 30, 2016 at 7:15am

Thanks for the song. That's really a good way to start the day and good practical philosophy.

Comment by alsoknownas on December 30, 2016 at 8:20am

I use Firefox here. Once in awhile I'll be mid paragraph on a PM and it disappears. Haven't noticed it other times enough to note.

I don't try to figure out what went wrong anymore than I try to figure what went right. I don't know anything about what a computer is in reality. It appears to be similar to a keyboard screwed to a phone and radio.

I'm like a little old lady who can keep the car between the white lines but cannot explain an internal combustion engine. Like she knows her mechanic, I keep my IT guy's number close by.

Comment by Rodney Roe on December 30, 2016 at 8:54am

alsoknownas, thanks for more good practical philosophy.  I used to work with a guy who wrote code in machine language.  If I dropped by while he was writing, to ask him to go to lunch, it took a full minute for him to come back on line; to switch from binary to English.  I wrote some code a long time ago in Fortran for some medical research project.  It hurt my head.

Comment by Rodney Roe on December 30, 2016 at 8:59am

I think that ZoomText uses a lot of video features to run.  Those buttons on the top of the keyboard are all a substitute for keystroke commands.  Occasionally, I've been advised to use some keystroke to insert a special character, and when I do it doesn't work because ZoomText took over that function.  I just have to learn to adapt because i can't use a computer without that program, and that's what I'm trying to do here.

Comment by Rodney Roe on December 30, 2016 at 9:02am

Where is that crazy Japanese Mexican Code Talker when you need her?

Comment by Rosigami on December 30, 2016 at 9:55am

I dunno. I think the powers that be in the computer world just keep trying to see what they can do with stuff, like bored children with a huge toy box and no common sense. Or else they fix it 'til it's broke.
Either way, I find that things keep getting more and more complex and less and less intuitive.
Or maybe I'm just getting old.

Comment by koshersalaami on December 30, 2016 at 10:23am

Too much caring about maximizing features and not enough about being user friendly. 

Try PMing her. That or flash a bat signal off the clouds. In her case, use an outline of a kayak. 

Comment by nerd cred on December 30, 2016 at 10:27am

I once were some (closely defined) code I'm machine language for a job. I remember exactly nothing of it and only bring it up as a curiosity I just happened to remember suddenly. It wasn't binary, I know that, so I may be misremembering. Thank you for joining my little excursion into the past.

I have no help to offer on the actual topic, of course.

(Except one time my brother, a mechanical genius of sorts, asked me what makes a car go in a challenging kind of a way and I was able to explain it based on the words "internal combustion" and what little else I know and he was impressed.)


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