Join Early Retirement Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 01-29-2011, 04:53 PM   #21
Administrator
Janet H's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Pacific NW
Posts: 4,770
That can happen sometimes when a transmission is interrupted between server and user but as you report no trouble in other browsers it's hard to pin point.

One thing you might try is uninstalling FF and reloading.
__________________

__________________
E-R.org Custom Google Search | You're only given a little spark of madness. You mustn't lose it. (Robin Williams)
Janet H is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 Early Retirement and Financial Independence Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

Are you planning to be financially independent as early as possible so you can live life on your own terms? Discuss successful investing strategies, asset allocation models, tax strategies and other related topics in our online forum community. Our members range from young folks just starting their journey to financial independence, military retirees and even multimillionaires. No matter where you fit in you'll find that Early-Retirement.org is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with our members, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create a retirement blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 01-29-2011, 05:34 PM   #22
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
TromboneAl's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Posts: 11,013
Thanks. The isp has been flakey today. Service has been interrupted several times. I'll experiment more later.

Post from ipod.
__________________

__________________
Al
TromboneAl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-29-2011, 05:54 PM   #23
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
TromboneAl's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Posts: 11,013
Tried safe mode -- same thing.

When I run with private browsing, it will work fine between 0 and 3 times. That is, sometimes it fails the first time, sometimes I can do it about 3 times and have it work each time.

But once it fails, it will no longer work (e.g. I can try 10 times and it fails each time).

I'll give it some time (maybe ISP will fix something), then try some more stuff. I use that button a lot.

With IE, I did it 10 times with no failures. My understanding is that IE handles file types differently -- this may or may not be relevant:
When you click on a link, your browser sends an http request. The system at the other end evaluates the request, then sends back an http response header attached to the return file. NOTE: this is in addition to any statements included in the <head> section of an actual html document.

Browsers handle the reception of the response header transparently so the general user is not aware of it.

One of the functions of the http response header is to define what type of file is attached, via a "content-type" (often referred to as MIME type) declaration - this tells the browser how to handle the file. It is this content-type in the response header (NOT the filename extension) that FFox uses to determine how to handle the file. It is the responsibility of the server housing the files to send an appropriate content-type in the http response header.

Sometimes the server housing the file in question may not be configured correctly and delivers an http response header with an incorrect content type. Files to be displayed as Html should have content type of "text/html"; plain text files should have content type of "text/plain"; executable files will have content type "application/octet-stream" or one more specific to the application.

If a file is served with a content type that isn't automatically displayed or handled by FFox, it will ask you what to do with the file. MSIE, on the other hand, ignores the http standards, ignores the http header content-type, and takes its own best guess on how to handle the file - consequently many server admins aren't even aware of the problem if they are serving the files with the wrong content type.

So if your file is being served with a content type other than "text/html" then TBird won't display it as a web page.

You can see what content type was received by FFox. Right-click on an empty part of the displayed page and choose "View Page Info" from the resulting menu. Under the General tab, look at the "type" line.

If you're not convinced (or don't trust what FFox tells you, or, as in your case, if the page isn't displayed by FFox at all so you can't view its page info), go to www.web-sniffer.net and enter the URL of your page or link. Then scroll down to the reply header that is displayed and see what is listed as "content type".

If an inappropriate content type is being sent, contact the webmaster, as they need to fix this at the server.
__________________
Al
TromboneAl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-29-2011, 06:40 PM   #24
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Posts: 2,149
Quote:
Originally Posted by TromboneAl View Post
Time Zone Pacific Standard Time
Total Physical Memory 2,560.00 MB
Available Physical Memory 1.61 GB
Manhood length 12 inches
Total Virtual Memory 2.00 GB
Available Virtual Memory 1.96 GB

That's quite a default setting you've got there, Al.
__________________
Married, both 61. DH retired June, 2010. I have a pleasant little part time job.
Sue J is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-30-2011, 11:18 AM   #25
Moderator Emeritus
Nords's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: Oahu
Posts: 26,563
Quote:
Originally Posted by TromboneAl View Post
OS Name Microsoft Windows XP Professional
Manhood length 12 inches
I can't choose between the punchlines:
"At least that's what Microsoft claims 12 inches looks like"
or
"It'll run better on a Mac!"
__________________
*
*

The book written on E-R.org, "The Military Guide to Financial Independence and Retirement", on sale now! For more info see "About Me" in my profile.
I don't spend much time here anymore, so please send me a PM. Thanks.
Nords is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-30-2011, 11:57 AM   #26
Administrator
Janet H's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Pacific NW
Posts: 4,770
Quote:
Originally Posted by Nords View Post
I can't choose between the punchlines:
"At least that's what Microsoft claims 12 inches looks like"
or
"It'll run better on a Mac!"
Not touching that one with a ten foot pole ... arh, arh, etc
__________________
E-R.org Custom Google Search | You're only given a little spark of madness. You mustn't lose it. (Robin Williams)
Janet H is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-31-2011, 08:21 AM   #27
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
TromboneAl's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Posts: 11,013
So I'm apparently the only one who gets this PHP problem, and this is the only VBulletin forum for which it happens for me.
__________________
Al
TromboneAl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-31-2011, 08:29 AM   #28
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso) Give me a forum ...
REWahoo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Texas Hill Country
Posts: 38,941
Quote:
Originally Posted by TromboneAl View Post
So I'm apparently the only one who gets this PHP problem, and this is the only VBulletin forum for which it happens for me.
It would appear that way.
__________________
Numbers is hard.

The problem with the world is that the intelligent people are full of doubts while the stupid ones are full of confidence. - Charles Bukowski

Retired in 2005 at age 58, no pension

REWahoo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-31-2011, 08:37 AM   #29
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
TromboneAl's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Posts: 11,013
My guess is that there is some small problem with this forum software, but that it only manifests itself due to some problem with my computer or, more likely, ISP. Instead of uninstalling and reinstalling etc., I'm going to give it a week to fix itself.
__________________
Al
TromboneAl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-31-2011, 08:52 AM   #30
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: France
Posts: 1,169
If a URL ending in .PHP is proposing a file download, there is something wrong on the server.

Can you save the file and upload some or part of it here?
__________________
Age 55, retired July 1, 2012; DW is 59 and working for 4 more years. Current portfolio is 1950K split 50 stocks/20 bonds/30 cash. Renting house, no debts.
BigNick is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-31-2011, 11:09 AM   #31
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
TromboneAl's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Posts: 11,013
Thanks for the help. Here is the html file to which the "Newest Post" button points (with text in the middle removed because it was too big to upload as an attachment), and the php file itself.
Attached Files
File Type: txt showthread.php.txt (391 Bytes, 5 views)
File Type: txt php-problem-54443ABRIDGED.html.txt (14.1 KB, 4 views)
__________________
Al
TromboneAl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-31-2011, 11:31 AM   #32
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
TromboneAl's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Posts: 11,013
I just tried this from Lena's computer, and the same problem exists. That rules out any issues on my computer.

I called my ISP and they say there are no issues on their end, although they are generally clueless. I had them reset my modem, and the problem is still present.
__________________
Al
TromboneAl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-31-2011, 12:38 PM   #33
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: France
Posts: 1,169
OK, so at least it isn't serving you up the full PHP source file. That's a relief. Apart from that, my IP-fu isn't up to diagnosing the exact nature of the problem.
__________________
Age 55, retired July 1, 2012; DW is 59 and working for 4 more years. Current portfolio is 1950K split 50 stocks/20 bonds/30 cash. Renting house, no debts.
BigNick is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-31-2011, 05:43 PM   #34
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
TromboneAl's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Posts: 11,013
It's working now!

I tried it 10 times in a row, and it worked every time. I made no changes since the last time it failed, so something changed on the ISP side or in the forum software (?)

In any case, this shows that sometimes trying too hard to fix something is counter-productive. If I'd just waited four days, I would have saved myself a lot of bother.
__________________
Al
TromboneAl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-31-2011, 07:01 PM   #35
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
ls99's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Posts: 4,436
See, the government method works. Ignore the problem long enough, either the problem goes away, or by some magic it is repaired.

Edit add: You would not make a good gummint worker, tried too hard for too long.
__________________
There must be moderation in everything, including moderation.
ls99 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-31-2011, 07:05 PM   #36
Moderator Emeritus
Nords's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: Oahu
Posts: 26,563
Quote:
Originally Posted by TromboneAl View Post
I made no changes since the last time it failed, so something changed on the ISP side or in the forum software (?)
In any case, this shows that sometimes trying too hard to fix something is counter-productive. If I'd just waited four days, I would have saved myself a lot of bother.
You'd have to waterboard the ISP to get them to admit that they rebooted their servers... "Oh, yeah, we do that every Sunday night"...
__________________

__________________
*
*

The book written on E-R.org, "The Military Guide to Financial Independence and Retirement", on sale now! For more info see "About Me" in my profile.
I don't spend much time here anymore, so please send me a PM. Thanks.
Nords is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
FI/RE a nice problem to have but still a problem Grizz Hi, I am... 27 06-29-2007 01:29 AM
How would you like this problem? mickeyd FIRE and Money 17 06-07-2007 08:27 AM
TB Yes this is a problem. newguy88 Other topics 40 06-01-2007 07:52 AM
There must be a problem UncleHoney FIRE and Money 17 03-13-2007 07:56 PM

 

 
All times are GMT -6. The time now is 11:19 AM.
 
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.