Questions about software that utilizes the web. Questions about software that runs off the web belong in Web Applications.

learn more… | top users | synonyms

87
votes
14answers
241k views

Is it possible to download using the Windows command line?

Without using any non-standard (Windows included) utilities, is it possible to download using the Windows command line? The preferred version is Windows XP, but it's also interesting to know for ...
78
votes
4answers
352k views

I regularly see gstatic.com in the status bar, what is that domain? [closed]

Sometimes when I am browsing the web, among the hostnames that fly by in the statusbar is one that includes gstatic.com as the base domain. I can't navigate to http://gstatic.com to gain any more ...
52
votes
6answers
6k views

Why can't old PCs view modern sites? [closed]

The reason for this question is that many times clients, friends and parents ask me why their perfectly working old PC cannot be used online anymore. I am looking for a good answer to those people ...
51
votes
4answers
65k views

Save a single web page (with background images) with Wget

I want to use Wget to save single web pages (not recursively, not whole sites) for reference. Much like Firefox's "Web Page, complete". My first problem is: I can't get Wget to save background images ...
30
votes
7answers
15k views

What makes LastPass so secure?

I can't simply understand how using LastPass is secure. All an attacker need to do is to compromise the single LastPass account and then he has also compromised all other websites. What's so good ...
25
votes
4answers
4k views

How does HTTP become stateless?

HTTP is said to be stateless. Meaning, it doesn’t need to store information for the transmission of data. But HTTP uses TCP, which is state oriented. If that's the case, how does HTTP becomes ...
24
votes
3answers
25k views

How to download a website from the archive.org Wayback Machine?

I want to get all the files for a given website at archive.org. Reasons might include: the original author did not archived his own website and it is now offline, I want to make a public cache from ...
23
votes
5answers
5k views

Chrome: Selecting a link by doing search on its text

I'm trying to use my computer using the keyboard exclusively, without touching the mouse. When browsing the web it can get hard. I use Tab to select links, but there are often dozens of links on a ...
21
votes
5answers
22k views

Command line browser with js support

Does anybody know good command line browser with js support? Ideally I need following ability: some-browser http://example.com > ~/page.html It means that cli browser download html, execute js ...
20
votes
14answers
3k views

Surfing the web anonymously [closed]

What is the best, fastest, safest way to surf the web anonymously, and how much anonymity can you really achieve?
20
votes
7answers
48k views

Is it possible for many domain names to share one IP address?

Is it possible for many domain names to share one IP address? For example, www.xjtl.com, www.fmie.com, sdmfl.com, etc. Hundreds of domain names share just one IP – when you do a DNS query for each of ...
18
votes
1answer
3k views

How long until an old website visitor sees new web design?

Given that there are no cache settings in the HTML page, how long until an old website visitor see a new website design without force refresh?
15
votes
2answers
496 views

Why is @ in email address sometimes written as [at] on webpages?

Why is @ sometimes in webpages written as [at]? Does it have any specific reason ?
15
votes
3answers
7k views

Do web browsers cache SSL certificates?

Do any web browsers cache SSL server certificates? For example, if I change the SSL certificate on a web server, will all of the web browsers pick up the new certificate when they connect via SSL, or ...
13
votes
5answers
27k views

How to download Google Doodle for offline usage?

I used to play Google Doodle daily. Can anyone say where can I download Google Doodle? I'd like to play Google Doodle on my home PC offline.
13
votes
4answers
12k views

How to Google a question mark? [closed]

In a nutshell, I'd like Google to return pages where a question mark is present in the title. My gut was to try something like: allintitle: * "?" However Google doesn't seem to like question marks ...
13
votes
6answers
6k views

Get Firefox to ignore HTML 5 autocomplete tag setting?

With HTML 5 there is a new attribute called autocomplete. If it's set to autocomplete=off, then the browser does not store the password. How can I override this setting, short of modifying the ...
11
votes
2answers
7k views

How does the router know which device to send packets to? [duplicate]

my question does not concern how it moves through the internet, but how it moves through the router to a certain device. All devices connected to a router in a home network have the same external IP. ...
11
votes
2answers
5k views

How can I copy the link in Google without openning the link and the “Google stuff” in the URL? [closed]

I want to copy a link in Google without opening that link and without the "Google stuff". When I use my browser by right-clicking the link and selecting Copy Link Location, it copies a very long ...
10
votes
18answers
2k views

Lynx web browser usage [closed]

Does anyone still use the Lynx text-only web browser? It would seem useful for certain classes of low-end mobile devices, especially if one is billed per KB of data transfer.
10
votes
2answers
641 views

Is there a difference between a name server lookup and a domain name lookup?

I have seen both terms being used and I am not sure if there is a difference between them.
10
votes
4answers
41k views

Lock/disable the zoom on Chrome Browser

Is there a way to disable/lock the mouse/touchpad zoom in the Chrome browser? I find myself accidentally triggering ctrl-wheel or touchpad-two-finger far more often than do intentionally. As an ...
9
votes
6answers
44k views

Make chrome webpages available offline

I'm travelling today and want to do some work on the plane/train etc. I won't have access to the internet but there's a few web pages I'd like to have available for reference. Is there anyway to ...
8
votes
4answers
2k views

What's that web browser diagnostic site?

A while ago I ran across a web site that prints basic diagnostic information, such as what browser you're using and whether cookies / Javascript are enabled. What was that site? (Or do you know of a ...
8
votes
4answers
4k views

Mac firewall blocking nginx (port 80) from external side

I installed nginx using ports and started it with sudo. Accessing the nginx welcome page from localhost works perfectly, however accessing it from an external computer fails. Doing an nmap on the ...
7
votes
4answers
10k views

Why do webpages sometimes appear as plain HTML before a refresh

this has started happening quite frequently since a week or so. It is far from a major problem, but more of a annoyance. Sometime, when I go on a webpage, the page seems to load as plain HTML. Then, ...
7
votes
1answer
969 views

What is the best cross platform keyboard based web browser? [closed]

What is the best cross platform keyboard based web browser? I have tried Conkerer only so far, but would like to try others if there are any.
7
votes
1answer
2k views

tail -f equivalent for an URL

I want to monitor the log file of my application which however doesn't work locally but on a SaaS platform and is exposed over HTTP and WebDAV. So, an equivalent of tail -f that works for URLs would ...
6
votes
5answers
25k views

In Microsoft Word how can I link to an image from the web which updates?

Is it possible in Microsoft Word (Word 2003 preferably) to insert an image from a url and have that image reloaded from url each time that document is opened? The image itself is a map, and I'd like ...
6
votes
9answers
3k views

How can I filter my internet connection based on content?

I have a WinXP PC that my children (4-14 years old) use but want to restrict some internet activity to prevent them from being exposed to some of the questionable and adult content that is available. ...
6
votes
4answers
8k views

Why does apache write its own process ID in httpd.pid?

I am new to Apache and debugging issues caused by it. I have come to understand that when Apache starts up, it writes its own process ID in httpd.pid in a human-readable format as explained here. I ...
6
votes
3answers
13k views

Can I set up a website on a wifi router? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Hotel like Wifi manager Sounds like a silly question, but bear with me.. If you go into Peet's Coffee and access the wifi, you're taken to a web page that requires a 4-...
6
votes
4answers
4k views

Block all third party domains from web pages

When I'm browsing the web, I'd like to not be tracked by any third party services like Facebook or Google. For instance, if I visit somepage.com I don't want my browser requesting things from facebook....
6
votes
5answers
11k views

How can I quickly clear cookies for a specific site using Safari for Mac?

I know I can "Reset Safari". I know I can go to Cookies from Preferences and search for a site's cookies and delete those. But is there a faster/easier way to just clear cookies for one site (...
6
votes
3answers
574 views

How do internet speed optimizers work (if they do at all)?

Are applications that claim to improve web speeds effective? If so, how? I would have guessed they were scammy, but I suppose if they can reroute traffic to a closer datacenter it might be possible?
6
votes
4answers
13k views

WiFi or Bluetooth controllable power outlet [closed]

I am looking for some sort of thing that I could plug a lamp into that would then plugin into the wall that would allow me to control it (ie turn it on and off) via a web interface, or via a web API (...
6
votes
4answers
4k views

Wget 1.12 binary for Windows, can anybody find it?

I've been trying to find a Wget v1.12 binary for Windows as it parses CSS. No success. I successfully compiled for OS X but can't do the same for Windows. Is anybody else able to find or compile?
6
votes
4answers
2k views

How do I get a remind for emails I sent that remain unanswered after a period of time?

Here's a simple scenario I can't find any free solutions to: I am sending an email to a client to which I want to get a response within 3 days. If I get a response, I don't want to be bothered with ...
6
votes
2answers
2k views

Is there any way to prevent just popunder windows?

One of the greatest annoyances I experience almost daily while browsing the intertubes are popunder advertisment windows. Usually, they are triggered by clicking on the window somewhere, thus ...
6
votes
2answers
2k views

Maintaining word order when copying Hebrew from and SE site to MS Word

When I try to copy text from Mi Yodeya (the Judaism SE site, which I usually render in Chrome) into a MS Word document (using Word 2007 on Windows 7), e.g. this one, I find that Hebrew text comes ...
5
votes
6answers
526 views

How do I convert a .avi file to a .flv file?

I've been sent a .avi file that I need to convert to flash format to put online. What free software is there that will do this? I have Ubuntu and Windows 7 to work with so any software for either ...
5
votes
7answers
323 views

Security Beyond a Username/Password?

I have a webapp that requires security beyond that of a normal web application. When any user visits the domain name, they are presented with two text fields, a username field, and a password field. ...
5
votes
8answers
3k views

Prioritize bit torrent traffic

I would like to know how to prioritize traffic from various applications. Specifically I want to know if there is a way to give web traffic higher priority over bit torrent traffic. OS : Windows XP ...
5
votes
3answers
5k views

How to get a perfect local copy of a web page?

No matter what browser I've tried (even Chrome), when saving a web page as local files, it's never quite exact. Lots of JavaScript & such seems to trip it up. I'm looking for some way to get a 100%...
5
votes
2answers
5k views

I need a good split-screen WYSIWYG editor? [closed]

Not Dreamweaver or anything else like that. I have Dreamweaver CS5. It is NOT what I'm looking for. I want something like http://HTMLedit.squarefree.com/ which I can install on my computer. Windows 7....
5
votes
2answers
1k views

Why is web text distorted?

On various websites text is distorted, this is happening in both Chrome and IE, but only to certain parts of text - the same page can show both normal and distorted text. See the two screen grabs ...
5
votes
1answer
2k views

Is it possible for me to add a favicon to a site that doesn't have one, for the sake of my bookmarks bar?

My organization's Basecamp site lacks a favicon, which leaves my Chrome Bookmarks Bar looking messy (and means I can't leave the bookmark title blank for an icon-only bookmark). Is there any way I ...
5
votes
1answer
129 views

I replaced httpd.conf in mountain lion and can no longer connect to localhost

I was trying to allow for my server to use the RewriteEngine in an .htaccess file so I went into /private/etc/apache2 and tried to edit the httpd.conf file, but did not have permission. So I ...
4
votes
7answers
1k views

Windows tool to resize / crop images before uploading to web site

I'm supporting some non-techie users on Windows XP who are occasionally required to upload images to a web content management system. The source images come in many forms: JPEG, TIFF, EPS, etc. Before ...
4
votes
6answers
6k views

How to invert web pages colour scheme in Firefox?

I use to browse web in a dark room and would prefer if the backgrounds would be dark and text would be light instead of the opposite which is much more common. I suppose this can be achieved with some ...