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I want to prevent the message "your plugins are not uptodate" from appearing after each refresh of the browserpage

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Yes, I know I have a 7 year old iMac with a stone-age CPU. Yes, I know the OS X 10.4 is outdated. Yes, I am aware that my version of Firefox is no longer supported. Yes, I know that some of the plug-ins are outdated.

But the system works well enough for me, believe it or not, and on this hardware newer versions just don't work. So why remind me every time I refresh the browserpage of these obvious facts? This is extremely annoying, very user-unfriendly.... (I almost used words that should never be used in the public space.)

This way of pushing people into abandoning something that is still perfectly workable does in my mind not correspond with the values that Apple and/or Mozilla say to maintain, things like "focussing on user satisfaction" and "taking care for the environment".

Please tell me how to switch off these messages. Do not suggest me to install Ubuntu on my Mac. I am about to do that already.

Thanks in advance, fellows.

P.S. Those nasty people that might try to hack my machine do not need to know which plugins and versions are on it, so I don't list them here. If they bother to find out, they probably know more details already than I can provide.

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hello quercus_petraea, enter "about:config" into the location-bar of the browser, confirm the info dialog, then search for the preference named "plugins.hide_infobar_for_outdated_plugin" & double-click it in order to toggle it to "true".

you might also want to use an addon like flashblock to only enable the flash plugin when you need it (like when you're watching a video on youtube) in order to mitigate the risk while surfing the web,

firefox also won't support the ppc architecture any longer, however if you want to use an up-to-date browser based on firefox you can switch to "tenfourfox" - the downside is, it doesn't support plugins at all: Firefox no longer works with Mac OS X 10.4 or PowerPC processors

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philipp
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hello quercus_petraea, enter "about:config" into the location-bar of the browser, confirm the info dialog, then search for the preference named "plugins.hide_infobar_for_outdated_plugin" & double-click it in order to toggle it to "true".

you might also want to use an addon like flashblock to only enable the flash plugin when you need it (like when you're watching a video on youtube) in order to mitigate the risk while surfing the web,

firefox also won't support the ppc architecture any longer, however if you want to use an up-to-date browser based on firefox you can switch to "tenfourfox" - the downside is, it doesn't support plugins at all: Firefox no longer works with Mac OS X 10.4 or PowerPC processors

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Also, for program update reminders, you could try:

Firefox > Preferences > Advanced > Update - set to "never check"

If that doesn't work, I believe there is a little update history file you can delete, but I'd have to search for more info on that.

Modified by jscher2000

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Hello Madperson,

Thanks for your help. The plugins dot hide trick is an easy one, but as an ordinary user you first have to find it (not obvious at first sight) and then you must have the courage to net be frightened off. I did not yet try the flashblock-thing, but will do so later on. By the way: it seems that youtube and other sites have advanced so far that Flash does not work at all anymore, so that problem may solve itself partially. As for tenfourfox: worth the try. After all: what's the difference between a system not working because of outdated software and a system not working because of no software at all? But first another full bup, before experimenting starts.

Thanks for your efforts.

Q_P

philipp
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yes, some sites already offer html5-videos that play without plugins (firefox supports the open webm standard) - it works for many videos on youtube already but videos with ads won't play at the moment: http://www.youtube.com/html5

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Hello Jscher,

Thanks for your help. The link [https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/questions/928032 How can I permanently turn off out-of-date warnings is more or less an example of what I encountered after switching to the Mac. In the late 1980's I got a short and very basic training in UNIX system administration, just to help me understand what these gurus at my office talked about. But the latest system I endeavoured to really manage myself was MS-DOS 5.2, and ever since things became a wee bit more complicated. So I am not much impressed by jargon, but all the more careful that I do not "manage" my system untill it does not start up anymore. Without people like you and madperson I would not live as comfortable as I do now. Thanks again, Q_P

Question owner

Hello madperson,

Are you ever sleeping? What timezone do you live in? ;-) For now remains only to trim Gmail in order to stop it telling me that "some features may not work properly". That may implie to stop using gmail. I find these repeating messages a bug, not a feature. So opinions differ.

The html5-bit will be tested later. If a video will not run, that means there's an ad in it? Good, as I prefer videos without ads. The betray themselves that way.

Thanks again, Q_P

cor-el
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HTML5 videos that are played via the video tag (<video>) will also not play if the aren't encoded in a supported format (WebM or OGG).

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Thanks Cor-el. Once I realised that it is not only a part of my system that's outdated, but new technology, deep in the maze of Firefox, I sleep better (at night, not at my desk of course). All the more reason to set out to search for a new system, i.e. a completely new (for me!) combination of software on my exisiting hardware. Just like in the attached picture: motortug "Holland", built 1951, but when you put her in dock in time, paint her, overhaul her properly, she will last forever. Thanks for your help.

Modified by Quercus_petraea