Firefox problems

Bill Stanley bstanle at
Thu Dec 18 17:07:06 UTC 2014

>> Hi Wade,
>> As I mentioned before, I am using Firefox 30.  I recently installed
>> Chromium and the same problem affects both Firefox and Chromium.  It
>> seems to be a operating system problem and not a problem specific to
>> Firefox.  What would be blocking these two (and maybe more) websites
>> but allows other websites to run properly?
>> I am going to try other web browsers to see if they are affected as well.
> It sounds as if it might be some sort of DNS problem.
> What happens if you try 'host' on the command line (or
> whatever the site that was causing you problems).
WS=> When I investigate the problem further is seems that FF 
is"freezing" on two web-pages.  Looking at the status line of FF (bottom 
of the screen) I see "Connecting to" or "Connecting to".  I do not get a timeout on the connection either, 
it just stops when it gets to either of these two pages.  Also, from 
watching the status line, I can  see that loads and then 
transferees control to either of these two web-pages.

I have temporarily disabled all of the FF add-ons and I still get this 
problem so it does not seem to be add-on related.

.  Now that I think about it, I did get a popup message about the 
version of Adobe Flash being out of date.  Since Adobe has discontinued 
support for Linux, I ignored the message because there was nothing that 
I could do about that.  Could this be the problem?

The output of hosts is as follows, I don't think it is a DNS problem.

$ host has address has address has address has address mail is handled by 10 mail is handled by 20

$ host is an alias for is an alias for is an alias for has address has address

$ host is an alias for is an alias for is an alias for has address has address

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