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April 28, 2006

Firefox: Warning: Unresponsive Script

One problem I’ve been running into with the new Firefox 1.5 version is this annoying popup box that says “Warning: Unresponsive script. A script on this page may be busy, or it may have stopped responding.” There are two buttons, Continue and Stop Script. The thing with this box is that it comes up whenever you’re doing a file upload, like the ones I use in the Photos From Around Carson or on Flickr. So if you’re uploading a picture, and it ends up taking a little longer than Firefox likes, it stops the upload and flashes this box. You click on Continue, then after a little while Firefox flashes the box again. While I’m sure there are legitimate uses for this, like if a script gets caught in a perpetual loop or something like that, it comes up far too long during normal, day-to-day use.

So I found out from LifeHacker how to get rid of it.

  1. Type about:config in Firefox’s address bar.
  2. Filter down to the value for dom.max_script_run_time.
  3. Change the value to something higher than the default (which is 5.) I set mine to 20. [I did 100 –Scott]
  4. Bask in interruptionless browsing!

This should have been set higher by default, but what are you going to do? Maybe in Firefox 2.

Step Up

I watch the TV show The Apprentice every week. I love it, but not as much as some other shows. The thing is that I’m too embarrassed to blog about the TV shows I watch here, and so I never do it. Don’t know why, but that’s got to stop. Most of you probably watch the same shows.

I don’t love the show because of Donald Trump. Well, let me retract that. I love the show partially because of Donald Trump, but not because I love Donald Trump himself. I think he’s right up there on the list of celebrities that I would not want to ever meet, just like how Tom Cruise topped that list of celebrities that you wouldn’t want to have dinner with. (Oh, believe me, Tom Cruise is on my list too. My list is one of those lists that doesn’t have a #1, because everybody is #1.)

But the reason I love the show because of Donald Trump is because he’s so funny. And I go back and forth all the time about whether he’s intentionally funny, or if he’s completely oblivious that the viewers are laughing at him. It’s funny that he won’t change his hairstyle even though all of America hates it and makes jokes about it. It’s funny the gross level of conspicuous consumption he’s able to acheive, like the gold-leafed apartment, and the time a couple of weeks ago when he rolled up in this six-digit-price-tag sports car and all the contestants were trying really hard not to laugh at him. It’s funny the way he speaks in ALL CAPS, like he doesn’t know about microphones and thinks he really has to talk loud enough for all of America to hear him. It’s funny the way he says everything of his is “HUGE”, or excuse me, “YOOGE”, except for when a company is sponsoring the show that week, and then they are “YOOGE”, unless they’re in competition with him, then he’s still “YOOGE” and the sponsor is a close #2. It’s funny the way he says all of his companies are doing so well when half of them are on the brink of collapse. But I don’t know if this is all an act, or if he’s really serious about it all. And I don’t know which scenario would be funnier. After all, which makes you laugh more, watching a clown stumble around on purpose, or watching a complete boob stumble around because that’s just who he is and doesn’t realize it?

Okay, I think I’ve figured out which is funnier.

But it’s not just Donald Trump that make this show a hoot. If that’s all there was, it wouldn’t be much fun because he only gets about 15 minutes of screen time. The Candidates themselves are also hilarious, and I think that reality shows have a way of casting not the best in America, but people who seem like the best on the surface but it’s all just a sham. Because how else can you explain gathering together sixteen different people from all over the country who are all exactly the same amount of incompetent? How else do you explain Brent? This is not someone who the producers thought would win.

But the reason I’m writing all of this is because of this video I found this week. One of the characteristics of the incompetents they get on this show is their ample use of every business cliche available. It’s like they are given the Business Cliche Almanac when they are cast, and have to study it every night. Actually, they don’t even study the whole thing, because they really only use a limited set of the business cliches out there. And they use them over and over and over again. And the most endemic, I think, is the phrase “Step up to the plate”, and it’s shorter derivative, “Step up”. If you know what I am talking about, if you’re nodding your head right now, click here and watch this video.


The Roof, Day 2

So the first wave of roofers yesterday, the ones I was so excited about, were just the delivery guys. They dropped off the bundles of shingles and then left, leaving me wondering if anybody was going to come back and actually get started on the roof. It wasn’t until 1:30 in the afternoon that the installers finally showed up, and of course they quit right at 5:00, so they got a grand total of three and a half hours of work in. The first half hour of which they spent farting around on the ground, so they didn’t actually go up on the roof until 2:00.

The old shingles littering the backyard.

That’s why they only finished about a quarter of the job yesterday. They stripped the old shingles off the back side of the house, and put down the new tar paper. Then they left. They didn’t put any new shingles in the back, and they didn’t even touch the front half of the house. Just a little bit of tar paper, then they were gone. At this rate, it seemed like it would take an entire week for them to finish the job.

New tar paper on the back half of the house.

But this morning they showed up at 9:00 am, so I guess if they get a solid 8 hours of work in today they’ll actually have it finished before the weekend starts. Which is good, because we’ve got thunderstorms forecasted for tomorrow, and the last time we had a “thunderstorm” here, just last week, it ended up raining all night and into the next morning. I definitely don’t want to go through that without a roof.

The front of the house was untouched.

So let’s hope the finish today, eh?

Hard at work.