ProxySwitcher – My First Firefox Extension

At IITK we have two Internet proxy-servers. Sometimes, one server goes down and we are required to switch to another by navigating to Tools > Options > Advanced > Network > Settings. With Firefox, I tried to simplify this effort with following extension – one click proxy switcher! Once installed, you will see IITK’s Proxy Switcher in Tools menu. This extension switches between direct connection, bsnlproxy and vsnlproxy. It only modifies server-address and leaves PORT number as it is.

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Understanding Errors

The following solution just came random to my mind and it worked! Problem: While surfing around, I came across a website whose content encoding is not being supported with my latest Firefox v3.5.4 showed me unsupported compression error. Content Encoding Error The page you are trying to view cannot be shown because it uses an invalid or unsupported form of compression. * Please contact the website owners to inform them of this problem. Solution: As per my knowledge web-servers generally use GZ compression and Firefox well supports that. Then what’s wrong here? Digging a bit into Firefox’s ‘about:config‘, I did…

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