Firefox konnte nicht gestartet werden, weil die Anwendungskonfiguration nicht korrekt ist / Firefox failed to start because the application configuration is incorrect

After updating my Firefox to version 10 it refused to start. I tried a lot of things but nothing helped. Today I finally found a solution for this issue. It´s a problem with Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 and it appears mainly when you´re using Windows XP 32-bit with Service Pack 3. So here´s the solution:

1.) You need the Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 Service Pack 1 Redistributable Package ATL Security Update from here:

2.) Be aware that you download the correct package:

  • vcredist_x86.exe – for Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7 (32-bit version – recommend for most users)
  • vcredist_x64.exe – for Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7 (64-bit version)
  • vcredist_IA64.exe – for Intel Itanium based computers

3.) After the download finished, install the update

4.) Restart your computer

5.) Enjoy your working Firefox


The long search for a Webmail Solution

Update: Comments have been disabled as being the no.1 source of spam.

Over the past years I have been using my providers (1&1) webmail solution. They had 2 versions of it. A very simple and old school one and a web 2.0 like styled newer one. The newer one had many features but was dead slow. The older one lacked nearly everything a modern webmail application has, but was quite fast. With the daily mail mass increasing and time to spare for it decreasing I decided that I need a new and better solution. First of all, I don´t like Google Mail. It has all the features I need (and dozens more which I don´t care about)  but I don´t like it. And I wanted my mails on my server. Nowhere else. Ritlabs – my favourite desktop e-mail client provider still has no web solution, only a portable version of their famous mail client The Bat. Not good for me, I need a web based solution.

I found a very good overview for webmail solutions at this site and believe me – I tried them all.

I had 4 assumptions for a PHP / MySQL / Apache based webmail solution:

  • easy to configure and install (web based, no hacking through 10 different config files)
  • secure (no register globals, safe mode, etc.)
  • multiple mail accounts per user
  • light and fast

AfterLogics WebMail Pro was the only solution that fullfilled 3 of my 4 assumptions. The one it lacked is that it only runs with PHP Safe Mode Off (hmm, not good but anyway…). All other products on the list had major flaws. Some didn´t run the installer or did anything at all (like Roundcube), some required to disable every single PHP security enhancement (like Hastymail) and others were way to difficult to configure (like Squirremail, or IMP out of the Horde Framework).

WebMail Pro has a very good installer (you only need to upload the files to your server, chmod one directory) that does everything on its own. It´s well explained and lets you test every single setting of your upcoming webmail solution. If you´re fast then installation needs about 2 minutes of time.

And the best thing is – normally you have to invest a lot of money for that solution (149$ for 25 user license). But if you keep it under 25 users and a single server install the pro version is for free. How great is that ? There´s also a light version available but in it you can´t add multiple mail accounts to a user. For all you IIS and .NET freakz there´s also am ASP.NET version available.

So – if you´re looking for great webmail solution – check it out !

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Not long after writing this article Webmail Pro confronted me with the first bug. I couldn´t attach a file to an e-mail. It only presented me Error #2038 – unknown error.

Luckily Afterlogic has a support forum where Igor (Afterlogic support) quickly presented a solution. It turned out that this problem only occurs when you´re using Webmail Pro with Firefox on a SSL connection. The following solution will disable the flash uploader and use instead the html one.

Here´s the solution:

1.) Go to the root path of your Webmail Pro installation

2.) Locate webmail.php and open it

3.) Look for a line that looks like this // flashInstalled = FLASH_NOT_INSTALLED;

4.) Remove // from that line (uncomment it) and save the file

5.) You´re done. Now you can attach files.

6.) In case you can´t find that line in the webmail.php locate flash-detect.php and open it

7.) Look for a line that looks like this // flashInstalled = FLASH_NOT_INSTALLED;

8.) Remove // from that line (uncomment it) and save the file

9.) You´re done. Now you can attach file.

Update 2:

Alex had a problem with sending mails, so I thought the solution might be in common interest. The image below shows the settings you have to adjust in the adminpanel of Afterlogic Webmail. The shown settings are for POP3 only, not IMAP. In my case the servers are those from 1&1.

Tabs speichern Firefox / Save tabs Firefox – Version 3.6.2

—english version below—

Seit dem Update auf Version 3.6.2 hat mein Firefox beim Beenden die offenen Fenster und Tabs nicht mehr gespeichert. Startete ich den Browser neu, saß ich jedesmal vor einem leeren Browserfenster, ohne all die wichtigen Tabs um die ich mich noch kümmern wollte. Glaubte ich zu erst an ein Problem im Profil, so hat sich eine einfache Einstellung als die Ursache erwiesen. Ich kann mich nicht erinnern, dass ich es selbst umgestellt habe, deswegen gebe ich einfach mal dem Update die Schuld.

Nur wenn bei “Einstellungen -> Allgemein -> Wenn Firefox gestartet wird -> Fenster und Tabs der letzten Sitzung anzeigen” ausgewählt ist, speichert Firefox auch die offenen Tabs / Fenster fürs nächste Mal.

Tja, so einfach kann es sein, man muss es halt nur wissen…

Since I´ve updated my Firefox to version 3.6.2 it doesn´t save my tabs / windows when I close it. Everytime I restart the browser I only got an empty browser window and all the nice tabs I wanted to take care of were gone. At first I believed that there might be a problem with my Firefox profile, but it was just a simple setting. I can´t remember having changed it so I blame it on the  update.

The solution is quite simple. Navigate yourself to “Tools -> Options -> General -> When Firefox starts” and select the following “Show my windows and tabs from last time”.

And yes, the next time you start Firefox all your tabs are there…life can be so easy.

installing flash player plugin for firefox 3 without administrator rights

  1. Download the XPI archive of the Flash Player Plugin to your hard disk (right click on the download link then “Save link as..”). XPI archives are only ZIP files containing the files used by the plugins.
  2. So you can safely rename the file you just downloaded, called flashplayer-win.xpi, into (you are changing its extension from .xpi to .zip)
  3. Extract the files in the archive. You can use any program capable of opening .zip files (WinZip, WinRAR or the free and great 7-zip). There are also websites which can uncompress archives:
  4. Copy the files flashplayer.xpt and NPSWF32.dll to %APPDATA%\Mozilla\Plugins\
    • %APPDATA% is the folder which holds your applications profiles and settings.
    • You can open this folder simply choosing “Start → Run → Type in %APPDATA% → OK”.
    • In case you don’t have a Plugins folder you can create one and place your files there.
  5. Restart Firefox
  6. Enjoy your flash websites!

from there : source

Thanks man !

Google develops a browser – Google Chrome

I wasn´t very suprised about it – but I was very suprised about the way they do it. They seem to believe in my personal needs for a browser : “It has to be rock-solid”.

Take a look at the great comic (1st link) and the information in the blog (2nd link) for more technical stuff. The most interesting things :

  • every tab will have a separate process (yesssssssssssss !!!)
  • the browser will feature a self developed Java VM (V8), that compiles the source to machine code and executes it directly on the machine (so it will probably be much faster then nowadays VM´s)

links :