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The Firefox Shutdown Glitch

As I suspected, it was a plugin problem. Specifically, Ghostery, which is a neat little thing which displays and optionally disables any web bugs of any import tracking user behavior. Unfortunately, I’m not willing to put up with its erratic behavior any more.

For now, it’s disabled, and I put in a request to be sent a debug edition designed to fix the problem. We’ll see how well it works. I like the idea of maintaining a high level of anonymity while browsing (try minimizing your uniqueness here), but not enough to send off suspiciously large numbers of processor cycles to the ether.

Update: the dev edition fixes the problem entirely, as far as I can tell. That was a quick turnaround! To install this version over the old, just save the file locally then drag it onto any Firefox window.

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