Software

Firefox, Google, SSL certificates and connections … and Kaspersky

no-kasperskyThe Set-up
A system with Microsoft Windows operating system, Firefox as browser, Kaspersky as the antivirus.

When you try to load a god-forgotten page like google.com (or after trying to use the embedded web search box in Firefox) you end up with an error page. Unknown SSL certificate and a mysterious SEC_ERROR_UNKNOWN_ISSUER message…

My comment
aaaaalright!

Solution
It seems that Kaspersky puts its hands quite heavily on the connections made by a Windows computer (if I Google for that I got over 107-thousands results). What can you do? First carefully check all the configuration options that the Antivirus makes available. Then, if you cannot solve, please be aware that Kaspersky installs its own “master” SSL certificate, against of every other certificate will be “compared” … This file is also not read automagically by Firefox (even if installed at system level) … So you have to dig in your computer’s file system, and then manually install over Mozilla’s browser.

Only in this way – at last – those little and insignificant Google company SSL cert is being recognized and you can go on your browsing. The SSL file to load is called ‘(fake)Kaspersky Anti-Virus personal root certificate.cer’ and you have to check for it on those locations, given your Windows version:

  • Windows 2000 / XP – %AllUsersProfile%\Application Data\Kaspersky Lab\AVP60MP4\Data\Cert\
  • Windows Vista / 7 – %AllUsersProfile%\Kaspersky Lab\AVP60MP4\Data\Cert\
  • else a path like C:\ProgramData\Kaspersky Lab\AVP16.0.0\Data\Cert\

[As a more precise technical reference you can use this document or this post over  Kaspersky websites]


Alternative solution: change your antivirus … ASAP!

We need more browsers that treat their users, rather than publishers, as their customers. It’s the natural cycle of concentration-disruption-renewal that has kept the Web vibrant for nearly 20 years (eons, in web-years).

We may never get another one, though.

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), once the force for open standards that kept browsers from locking publishers to their proprietary capabilities, has changed its mission. Since 2013, the organization has provided a forum where today’s dominant browser companies and the dominant entertainment companies can collaborate on a system to let our browsers control our behavior, rather than the other way.

Cory Doctorow, Save Firefox

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Academicons, a font icon set for academics

Academicons (20160406)

For working reasons I had to work on a project at work were for each researcher I had to link a ‘social’ profile, not on Facebook or other popular – consumer – networks, but for some specialized ones … like ReaserchGate, Google Scholar, Mendeley, etc.. If you’re into academics you know them. Here is Academicons

With a bit of luck I found a GitHub project by James Walsh, a post-doctoral researcher, were he made and collected a series of font icons – 100% compatible with the more famous FontAwesome that solved my need with few lines of code.

After discovering this project, I brought a Raspberry Pi 3 Model B from french company Kubii and started configuring it. I’m struggling to make it work, but I fear that the problem is with the wi-fi setting of my Raspbian connection.

Anyway give an eye to the Pi-Hole project

The Pi-hole is an advertising-aware DNS server that prevents ads from being downloaded. Once installed, configure your router to have DHCP clients use the Pi as their DNS server and then any device that connects to your network will have ads blocked without any further configuration. Alternatively, you can manually set each device to use the Raspberry Pi as its DNS server.

the day I dropped Default Folder X

Some months ago I got a license for Default Folder X inside a bundle.

DefaultFolderX

For those who don’t know:

Default Folder X enhances the Open and Save dialogs in all of your applications so you can…
— Go faster: Quickly navigate through folders with hierarchical menus that expand as you mouse over them.
— Do it all: Preview, tag, rename, compress, delete or add comments to files in any Open or Save dialog.
— Just click: Need to save a file in a folder you have open in the Finder? Just click on the Finder window!

I was happy with the software, even if sometimes it made Finder behave slowly opening the save dialog windows. And then El Captain arrived and things went ugly.

The developers were caught off-guard by its coming – even if every developer dealing with Cupertino knows about the yearly OS upgrade – and things were delayed for months … Their first blog post of incompatibility with Default Folder X 4 and OS X 10.11 dates back to July 10th, 2015.
For the record I must underline the fact that OS X El Capitan was released to end users on September 30, 2015

Finally January 11th St. Clair Software released the v5 of their software. If you purchase the app after June 1st the new born is a free upgrade, else not. This time they want me to pay ~15$ for a license renewal, after having paid their app and not being able to use it for 100 days for their fault.

For me this is not acceptable, and in the last 100 days I have unlearned to rely on their software … so I’ve removed the app and ciao! Farewell St. Clair Software, it was an half-decent experience with you!