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Friday, 27 March 2015

Things I can't do on Firefox 36.0.4 - you?

Edit 2 April 2015 - I've upgraded to Firefox 37 but it hasn't improved things at all. I do find it quite interesting that Firefox upgraded itself to 36.0.4 last week and here's another upgrade, though it hasn't fixed the problems.

Edit 1 April 2015 - I've tried disabling plug-ins and add-ons but I still can't do any of the things below. I've added some screenshots in the hope that people might recognise something and go "oh, I know what you've done*"

*the problem began by itself, since then I've also tried to clear cache. Enabling and disabling add-ons looked like it might help (with Wordpress stats in particular) but refreshing the page just took me back to square one.

Here's what everything looks like, click to enlarge the pictures.

WordPress statistics page

Woto: I'm logged in (OAuth with Twitter) but can't see my pages

Can't log in to Storify (or click on 'next page' on anyone else's Storify stories). Permanently stuck at OAuth window which then fails.

Probably quarter to midnight not best time to demonstrate fact that I see no aircraft on FlightRadar but even at expected times there's a complete lack of aircraft icons. Also I can't move the map, I don't live near enough to Heathrow for this map zzom to be of much use to me.


I think I have a new version of Firefox, it seems fairly awful so far - must have unwittingly updated it earlier this evening.

Here's a list of things that I've found I can no longer do with the latest version of Firefox (36.0.4) but which I could do fine on the previous one. Not sure how to fix this, short of waiting for the next update, which I hope will be soon.

Things I don't seem to be able to do include...
  • view my sites' stats pages - they all show up as a blank grey page (fine on Safari)
  • use - no aircraft appear and although I can zoom in or out I can't use the grab and move tool to move the map (fine on Safari)
  • use Storify properly - it stops at the end of the first page and the 'read next page' link doesn't click to go anywhere (infinite scrolling works fine on Safari so I never see this button, it worked fine on the previous version of Firefox too)


  1. If you press F12 to open the developer tools and look in the console, is there an error message there? Those all sounds like things that could be caused by JavaScript bugs, and my first thought is that you may have an extension which now triggers a bug in the new version of Firefox that stops subsequent code from running.

    1. When I do this on Wordpress stats it tells me that there's no page there. Which, in a sense, is unfortunately true - it's literally a grey blank page.

  2. I have no problem with Wordpress stats using Jetpack. Do you have Javascript enabled? Flash?

    What I can't do is stop the damn thing progessively using up more and more memory (even when left untouched overnight) before finally crashing ignominiously.

    1. I'm afraid I don't know what Jetpack is. I've heard the name but don't have it - I'm using Wordpress dot com, is it a Wordpress dot org thing? If so, I definitely don't have it. I've never knowingly enabled Javascript or Flash - these are mysterious things that happen to my computer without much input from me. I'm not sure how to dis- or enable them, or what my current status of enablement is :)


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