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MozillaMonkey
 
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Post Posted July 24th, 2020, 8:56 am

FF has this great feature whereby when you visit a site (even this one)
you see exactly what is being loaded in the background in the bottom left corner of your screen.

But it all goes by really fast.

Does FF have another feature whereby you can capture all of that activity to be read at your leisure later on?
If not, could you recommend a screen capture program that will record the video of what's happening?

Thanks.

WaltS48

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Post Posted July 24th, 2020, 2:52 pm

Tools > Web Developer > Network or Ctrl+Shift+E brings up the Network Monitor.
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morat
 
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Post Posted July 24th, 2020, 4:23 pm

You can use the browser console to capture the text.

Instructions:

* open about:config page
* set devtools.chrome.enabled preference to true
* open browser console i.e. tools > web developer > browser console
* copy and paste code into browser console command line
* press enter to run

Code: Select all
(function () {
  var element = document.getElementById("statuspanel-label");
  var observer = new MutationObserver(function () {
    console.log(element.value);
  });
  observer.observe(element, {
    attributes: true,
    attributeFilter: ["value"],
  });
})();
Last edited by morat on July 24th, 2020, 5:46 pm, edited 1 time in total.

MozillaMonkey
 
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Post Posted July 24th, 2020, 4:49 pm

morat wrote:You can use the browser console to capture the text.

Instructions:

* open about:config page
* set devtools.chrome.enabled preference to true
* open browser console i.e. tools > web developer > browser console
* copy and paste code into browser console command line
* press enter to run

Code: Select all
(function () {
  var element = document.getElementById("statuspanel-label");
  var observer = new MutationObserver(function () {
    console.log(element.value);
  });
  observer.observe(element, {attributes: true});
})();


Thanks morat this was helpful!

I assume you wanted me to copy and paste the code at the bottom of your post?
Was I then supposed to visit the site I wanted to monitor?

I started to get some results. :)
I am wondering which of the following should be highlighted at the top?
-Net
-CSS
-JS
-Security
-Logging
-Server

Right now I have Net, Logging and Server highlighted and am seeing results.
Suggestions?

morat
 
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Post Posted July 24th, 2020, 5:42 pm

Ugh. I just noticed you are using Firefox 52. Sorry, I can't help.

MozillaMonkey
 
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Post Posted July 24th, 2020, 5:53 pm

morat wrote:Ugh. I just noticed you are using Firefox 52. Sorry, I can't help.


OK thanks anyway.
I am seeing some decent results now.

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Post Posted July 24th, 2020, 6:08 pm

I could start a new thread about the following but I might as well ask right here in this thread.

I am developing a website and the issue of cookies is emerging.
I am told by the web host that I basically have little control of most of the cookies.
I was less than thrilled to learn of this.

And now when I visit sites and watch the activity occurring between my computer and the site I see the majority
of the time big names keep recurring:

Google
Facebook
Youtube
etc.

Virtually every site you visit has either cookies planted by these companies on your computer or has these companies running some app on the website that is spying on you.
Is there a way that people can visit sites and not have these companies control things?
Or is it basically impossible?

jscher2000

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Post Posted July 25th, 2020, 1:15 pm

> Is there a way that people can visit sites and not have these companies control things?

Browsers and add-ons provide plentiful controls to manage third-party connections and content. But you may have to live without embedded video tweets and other things you might find nice.

MozillaMonkey
 
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Post Posted July 25th, 2020, 2:28 pm

jscher2000 wrote:> Is there a way that people can visit sites and not have these companies control things?

Browsers and add-ons provide plentiful controls to manage third-party connections and content. But you may have to live without embedded video tweets and other things you might find nice.


OK thanks for this info!

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