There’s a really useful Firefox plugin called the Easy YouTube Video Downloader by Dishita. Here’s the direct link on the Firefox Add-Ons Directory. Once installed, it allows you to download MP4 and MP3 versions of any video on YouTube. That’s super handy if one my streams is not recorded properly at my end. Let me tell you, it’s always good to have a local backup of things!
With the free version we can download MP3 files in 128Kbps and MP4 files in 720p. Higher resolutions are available with the Pro Version, for which you can make a voluntary donation. It’ll work immediately after you’ve made a payment, by clicking a link provided to you via email.
Trouble is, every once in a while (usually after a Firefox update), the Pro Version reverts back to the Free Version, and you’re stuck without all your paid for Pro Features. How do we get them back without paying again?
I’ve just found out – and I thought I’d remind us all how this works.
I admit my language needs are a little bit less “normal” than those of most people:
I live in the US, I write things in English most of my time, but I’m used to writing with British spelling and grammar – and occasionally I write in German too. So that makes managing languages on the myriad of devices I’m using sightly tricky.
In this article I’ll show you how to change your language settings in Firefox.
I only ever use Mozilla’s Firefox browser as an additional tool every once in a while. But when I do use it, I rely on features to work as they always have for me. Sometimes though, features that I rely on for testing are removed without advance notice (or perhaps I’m just not reading the right support forums).
Which is why I was extremely sad to find out the hard way that RSS Feed Support was removed in Firefox 64, to which my browser upgraded itself today. Only the venerable Martin Brinkmann revealed this as far back as June, even though I only just found out about it today.
Rats, I thought. How am I going to test my Podcast Feeds? They’re all RSS based.
Turns out there are two solutions, one short term and one long term. In fact, there are probably a few others too, but sticking strictly with Firefox for now, here’s what can be done to display an RSS Feed in Firefox without additional tools.
Web Browsers like to save websites that you’ve visited earlier to speed up how quickly they can be displayed.
Everything that should be downloaded from the web is saved as local files (up to a point), and if a browser sees that you’re visiting site again that you’ve just been to, he serves the saved files rather than request them from the web again.
You can clear this cache and force the browser to load the results from the web. Eventually the cache clears itself, but it depends on “when the browser feels like it”.
If you’re using Safari, you can clear the cache by heading to Safari – Reset Safari. Tick “reset all website data” is usually enough, but you can clear several other things while you’re there too (like the history).
On Firefox this option is option is rather hidden under Firefox – Preferences – Advanced – Network, and under Cached Web Content there’s a button “clear now”. It’s always good to have a second browser installed just so you can check up on the other one (and trust neither).
Alternatively, hold down CMD on Mac (or CTRL on Windows) and reload a page – this sometimes works on a “per page” basis, especially if you don’t trust what you’re seeing.
iOS also has this option under Settings – Safari – Clear History and Website Data.
Just something to keep in mind when you’re seeing unexpected results.
Thanks to Jerry and his new book for this article – I just explained this to him in an email and thought this would make an excellent blog post 😉