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Firefox unable to “permanently store this exception”

When visiting sites over HTTPS that use a self-signed or expired certificate Firefox will stop dead in it’s tracks with a “This Connection is Untrusted” message. Annoying but necessary given the web-savviness of the majority of net denizens nowadays.

On occasion when clicking “Add Exception…” the option to “permanently store this exception” will be greyed out. Very annoying. Especially when it’s my test server and I created the self-signed cert and I KNOW it’s not valid.

The Solution

The only reliable solution I’ve found is to delete (part of?) Firefox’s certificate database. The file (on Windows 7/Vista) is:

C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\
Profiles\<random-string>.default\cert8.db

Note, you will have to quit FF first. Annoying.

Note to self: try and find a HTTPFox clone for Chrome so I can finally free myself from this awful browser.

How to use upgrades in Mass Effect (PC)

Open the inventory and click the box(es) to the left of the item’s coloured icon. This will show all the upgrades in your inventory for that item.

Mass Effect inventory screen

Maybe I just missed the relevant part of the Inventory tutorial (was there one?) but it wasn’t immediately obvious to me how to use weapon and armour upgrades.

I knew I was looting items I could use and was wondering where they went. After some unsuccessful googling I finally figured it out so I thought it deserved a post.

Magicka doesn’t save

So I shelled out my hard earned and bought Magicka on Steam. It looked like a fun casual game.

I played for 21 minutes and reached the 1st checkpoint and thought it would be safe to quit.

Wrong.

Apparently, according to many forum posts, the game only saves at the end of each “chapter”. Seems this isn’t a casual game at all. It’s the equivalent of an old-school hardcore platformer. I’m too old for that kind of shit.

Uninstalled.

At least I only wasted 3 bucks.

Dear postie…

Thankyou for waiting for the one day when you know it’s going to rain to leave my mail sticking out of my letterbox. (more…)

Supanova and Summer

I’d seen that Supanova 2010 was coming up this weekend so rangs Linds late on Saturday and asked him if he wanted to go Sunday and meet Summer Glau. He was in so we got there nice and early(ish) and lined up in the “photos” line.

Before long we were getting our pic taken with my favourite killer-death-robot-from-the-future. Stoked.

SQL Server version numbers

Our DBA recently installed a SQL Server 2008 instance and sent us admins off to the intarweb to find the corresponding version of Management Studio. This wasn’t needed as all the installation images are available on our CD archive but, still, I couldn’t figure out which version I needed. (more…)

Apple Universal Dock and Component AV Cable review

First things first. I’ve just got both these (expensive) products home, plugged them in and have come away with nothing more than a huge feeling of being ripped off. Some of this is due to limitations of the iPod but the rest is due to the limitations of the Universal Dock. (more…)

5 things I won’t miss about where I used to live

I’ve just moved from a modest sized unit to a modest sized house. Things are very different and these are some of the things I won’t miss: (more…)

10 things I’ve learned about painting*

I’ve recently bought an established home and have decided to “make it my own”. That was the first bad move. Here are some things I’ve learnt: (more…)

IBM ThinkCentre M50 vs CentOS

Installing Linux on an IBM ThinkCentre M50 requires the ACPI interface to be disabled or you could see the system slow to a crawl. Here’s how I found out and how to fix it. (more…)