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Mozilla derived web and email clients, dropping self signed certificate support.

Late in 2014, many people noticed Firefox, Seamonkey, and many other derived products no longer allowed users to easily access content using self signed SSL certificates.  Often simply reverting to older product version (i.e. pre-FF 31) restores ability to access self signed SSL encrypted web and email services.  This apparently is deliberate as Mozilla Foundation will soon launch a free Certificate Authority (CA) in 2015, Let's Encrypt.

Mozilla - User Agent indentifier

For Mozilla family web browsers (Mozilla classic, Firefox, Seamonkey, Camino, ...) many of the browser identification attributes can be manually adjusted. Just browse to about:config (may need to manually type this). Search for useragent.

general.useragent.extra.seamonkey    default string  SeaMonkey/1.0.2

If there is a web application that complains your browser is not compatible, try adjusting you browser identification string and see if works anyway.


SeaMonkey/Thunderbird - Email Riddled With Double Question Marks ?? (#mozmime)


For Mozilla family message applications (Thunderbird, Seamonkey, ...) in some cases improperly configured mail gateways may misinterpret white space characters which result in spurious junk text characters sprinkled into a message body.  Work around is to browse to about:config (may need to manually type this) and adjust the mail.strictly_mime setting (make it true).

Mozilla is actually not the culprit, instead overzealous Microsoft Exchange servers that may be relaying email are.  So reverting to an archaic mime protocol alas is an unfortunate workaround.

mail.strictly_mime false example.

Looking forward to meeting you.?? Does this cause a double questions mark?


- Rick
?? (123) 456-7890 text / mobile

mail.strictly_mime true example

Looking forward to meeting you. Does this have double question marks?


- Rick   (123) 456-7890 text / mobile

SeaMonkey/Thunderbird - IMAP Folders

Avoid the dreaded "The current command did not succeed" message when creating sub-folders that contain other folders.  Typically this can be seen when running SeaMonkey (a Firefox/Thunderbird mashup) under recent versions of Apple's OS X with client set to not allow folders to contain both messages and sub-folders.

The work around is to create two nested folders simultaneously using a forward slash.

Example: folder_a/folder_b

This will result with a folder_a being a non-message containing folder, and folder_b a message only containing folder.

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Netscape 6.2/Mozilla 1.0 - OSX issues
  • Postscript printing Apple OSX - may hang postscript printers. Other apps, including Internet Explorer, don't seem to have this problem. Hopefully this will be sorted out in next release.
  • Mozilla/Netscape store profile date in /Users/[username]/library/Mozilla/Profiles . If for some reason a profile gets corrupt, Mozilla may stay in a disk grind mode and never yeild to user control. To get around this, use Force Quit to kill broswer. Remove to Trash the contents of folder /Users/[username]/library/Mozilla/Profiles/[profile name]. Now start Profile Manager, delete corrupt profile. Start a new one. Hopefully this will be sorted out in next release.
Netscape/Mozilla, managing different email accounts
Locate and run the User Profile Manager. It should be a seperate application from the browser executable. Note, launching it will shutdown Netscape. With the User Profile Manager, you specify different user names that correpsond to differnt email accounts. Each username provides completely different mail caches, bookmarks, and preference settings for Netscape to use when launched. To change back to a previous username you must run the User Profile Manager again.

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