Technical Request

Mac users of Firefox: For some reason the “White Castle = Not Hamburgers” single entry is causing Firefox 2.0 on my Mac to choke; the page comes in fine on all other browsers including Firefox 2.0 for the PC and Safari on the Mac. If you’re on Mac and have Firefox 2.0, could you check to see if that entry also causes you problems? I want to know if it’s just me (yes, I cleared my cache; that’s the first thing I did). Aside from browser choking there seem to be no other issues; my Mac is fine otherwise, as is the browser.

If it does cause you to choke, close out your browser, fire up your browser again, and let me know (of course, you can also let me know if it doesn’t cause you any problems — both data are valuable). If the same problem is happening to other people, then I’ll need to look at the entry to see what’s causing the problem. Otherwise, I’ll just chalk it up to my own personal browser weirdness.

Thanks.

58 Comments on “Technical Request”

  1. I’m on Firefox 2.0.0.1 on a Mac, and it’s not making my computer choke. It’s fine, and the whole page seems to be loading.

  2. Freud might feel vindicated to hear that you used the word “choke” when talking about the problem your Mac is having with White Castle products.

    With a warped smile,
    – Tom –

  3. No choking here, either (Firefox 2.0.0.1 on Intel OS X 10.4.8). A bit of flashing as CSS gets things in order, but after the page load completes, it’s fine.

    What do you mean by ‘choking’?

    Perhaps you have a Firefox extension which is unhappy with the page?

  4. changterhune – Before you hear lies from Chang Terhune himself, we thought we’d tell you the truth: without us, his old action figures, he’d be nowhere. He loved science fiction from way back and began reading it at an early age, but it was through us that he acted it all out. That’s what led to the writing. He watched a lot of science fiction shows like Star Trek, U.F.O, and movies, too. But we were always there to do his bidding. And it’s like they say: you always forget about the little people on your way up. Oh, the 70’s and early 80’s with him were good times! He’d use these blocks and make all the crazy buildings for us to be in his stories. I gotta say the kid’s imagination was pretty damn fertile. Oh, he had friends, but they just weren’t into it like him. He was like the Lance Armstrong of action figures. And of science fiction. At first, when he began writing in the eighth grade, we didn’t mind. He still made time for us. And we knew that when he was holding us in his sweaty little hands and he got that far off look in his eye, he’d come back to burying us in the back yard or - god forbid! – blowing us up with firecrackers. But it was worth it for a part in one of those stories. We loved him for it. He kept us around even when we were minus a leg or two - or even a head. In that mind of his, he found a use for all of us. Then he discovered girls. October, 1986. It was like the end of the world. One day we’re standing in the middle of this building block creation he’d pretended was some marble city on a planet near Alpha Centauri and the next we were stuck in a box in the closet. Not even a “See ya later!” Nope, it was into the closet, then we heard some high-pitched girly-giggles then silence. We didn’t see him for years. We got word about him once in a while. Heard he took up writing, but it was crap like “The Breakfast Club” only with better music. We couldn’t believe it. Not Charlie. What happened to those aliens with heads he’d sculpted out of wax? Spaceships? Those complex plots? All gone. For what? You guessed it: Girls. Emotions. “Serious fiction.” I tell you, it was like hearing Elvis had left the building. During our two decade exile in the closet, we heard other things about him. He went to college. He wrote a lot, but not much he really liked. We knew it even then. It was like he didn’t dare write science fiction. Some of us had lost hope and just lay there. Others kept vigil, hoping for a day we didn’t dare speak about. Then we heard he’d stopped writing in 1996. Did he come to reclaim us? No. He took up music for ten years or so. He took up yoga. Once in a while, he’d visit us in the closet. But it was half-hearted. His mind was elsewhere. Then one day, he really did come back for us. One second we’re in the dark and the next thing we know we’re in a car headed for Massachusetts. Suddenly we got a whole shelf to ourselves out in broad daylight! Then he bought a bunch of others form some planet called Ebay. He’d just sit and stare at us with that old look. But why were we suddenly back in the picture? He had a wife now, who didn’t mind that he played with us. So what had happened? Turns out he’d never forgotten about those stories. He’d been thinking about all of us and the stories he’d made up and then remembered he’d been a writer once. From the shelf we could see him typing away. Before long he’s got a whole novel together! Then he’s working on another one. Word is there are two more in the planning stages! Some short stories, too! It’s good to see him using his imagination again. Its good to know he never abandoned us. He returned to his true love of science fiction. We hear the stories are pretty good. Someday we’ll get one of the cats to score us a copy of the manuscript. Man, it’s good to be out of the damn closet! --- I'm smarter than you I'm harder than you I'm better than you I'm just raw I'm hotter than you More popular than you More clever than you And goshdarn it, people like me I'm smarter than you I'm harder than you I'm better than you I'm just raw I'm hotter than you More popular than you More clever than you And goshdarn it, people like me
    Chang, father of pangolins

    Fine on mine, in FF 2.sumthin. But I have issues alll the time with FF. Like my keyboard gets disabled by it, until I quit FF and restart it. Then things are fine. Why?

  5. Chang, I have that same problem sometime (keyboard dropping out), but I find that if I close that window, not the whole program, it works just fine if I open a new window.

    Otherwise, the page in question works just fine in Firefox 2.0.0.1, on a PowerBook G4 with 10.4.8.

    K

  6. changterhune – Before you hear lies from Chang Terhune himself, we thought we’d tell you the truth: without us, his old action figures, he’d be nowhere. He loved science fiction from way back and began reading it at an early age, but it was through us that he acted it all out. That’s what led to the writing. He watched a lot of science fiction shows like Star Trek, U.F.O, and movies, too. But we were always there to do his bidding. And it’s like they say: you always forget about the little people on your way up. Oh, the 70’s and early 80’s with him were good times! He’d use these blocks and make all the crazy buildings for us to be in his stories. I gotta say the kid’s imagination was pretty damn fertile. Oh, he had friends, but they just weren’t into it like him. He was like the Lance Armstrong of action figures. And of science fiction. At first, when he began writing in the eighth grade, we didn’t mind. He still made time for us. And we knew that when he was holding us in his sweaty little hands and he got that far off look in his eye, he’d come back to burying us in the back yard or - god forbid! – blowing us up with firecrackers. But it was worth it for a part in one of those stories. We loved him for it. He kept us around even when we were minus a leg or two - or even a head. In that mind of his, he found a use for all of us. Then he discovered girls. October, 1986. It was like the end of the world. One day we’re standing in the middle of this building block creation he’d pretended was some marble city on a planet near Alpha Centauri and the next we were stuck in a box in the closet. Not even a “See ya later!” Nope, it was into the closet, then we heard some high-pitched girly-giggles then silence. We didn’t see him for years. We got word about him once in a while. Heard he took up writing, but it was crap like “The Breakfast Club” only with better music. We couldn’t believe it. Not Charlie. What happened to those aliens with heads he’d sculpted out of wax? Spaceships? Those complex plots? All gone. For what? You guessed it: Girls. Emotions. “Serious fiction.” I tell you, it was like hearing Elvis had left the building. During our two decade exile in the closet, we heard other things about him. He went to college. He wrote a lot, but not much he really liked. We knew it even then. It was like he didn’t dare write science fiction. Some of us had lost hope and just lay there. Others kept vigil, hoping for a day we didn’t dare speak about. Then we heard he’d stopped writing in 1996. Did he come to reclaim us? No. He took up music for ten years or so. He took up yoga. Once in a while, he’d visit us in the closet. But it was half-hearted. His mind was elsewhere. Then one day, he really did come back for us. One second we’re in the dark and the next thing we know we’re in a car headed for Massachusetts. Suddenly we got a whole shelf to ourselves out in broad daylight! Then he bought a bunch of others form some planet called Ebay. He’d just sit and stare at us with that old look. But why were we suddenly back in the picture? He had a wife now, who didn’t mind that he played with us. So what had happened? Turns out he’d never forgotten about those stories. He’d been thinking about all of us and the stories he’d made up and then remembered he’d been a writer once. From the shelf we could see him typing away. Before long he’s got a whole novel together! Then he’s working on another one. Word is there are two more in the planning stages! Some short stories, too! It’s good to see him using his imagination again. Its good to know he never abandoned us. He returned to his true love of science fiction. We hear the stories are pretty good. Someday we’ll get one of the cats to score us a copy of the manuscript. Man, it’s good to be out of the damn closet! --- I'm smarter than you I'm harder than you I'm better than you I'm just raw I'm hotter than you More popular than you More clever than you And goshdarn it, people like me I'm smarter than you I'm harder than you I'm better than you I'm just raw I'm hotter than you More popular than you More clever than you And goshdarn it, people like me
    Chang, father of pangolins

    Thanks, KEvinQ! I’ll give it a shot!

  7. catvincent – Yorkshire, England – I'm Ian Vincent, but most folk call me Cat. I'm a writer on the subjects of the occult, Forteana and magical practice, an occasional writer for Fortean Times and a contributing editor to The Daily Grail. I'm a former professional exorcist and combat magician. I'm fascinated by everything that does not fit easy categories, Forteana and general weirdness. I also love movies, much SF, some comic books and awful puns. I live in Hebden Bridge, Yorkshire with my wife, the artist Kirsty Hall.
    Cat Vincent

    Firefox 2.0.0.1, iMac G5, 10.4.8, no problems with the page at all.

  8. FWIW — and some will already know this, some not — a lot of app ailments are cured with a dose of “Repair Permissions” via Disk Utility, in the Utilities folder in your Applications folder. Quit everything, run the utility, select your hard drive (you may have other volumes listed), repair permissions, then log out and restart. If trouble persists, I can also recommend the third party app Cocktail, which does the same thing and more, industrial-strength.

  9. Hi, I’m a Mac.

    And I’m a PC.

    PC: So, can you access the hamburger thread?

    Mac: Nope, my OS chews the colon out of a dead warthog…

    PC: Excellent! Now I’m going to prance down an old fashioned cobblestone lane wearing a frilly bonnet and nothing else.

    Mac: Damn you PC!

    [yes, this was a Jackson Pollock post – no explanation needed]

  10. The White Castle entry and all comments display perfectly fine on my two Macs running Firefox 2.0.0.1. One Mac is a dual G5 PowerMac running Mac OS 10.4.7; the other is a PowerBook G4 running Mac OS 10.4.8. Mac users of course are finicky about quality and are unlikely to rank White Castle slyders as qualitatively better than anything (although they may be fine comfort food for some folks).

    ~Amy

  11. No problems using FF2.0.0.1 on a Titanium PowerBook G4/550.
    One trick that might help: open terminal and do a [sudo periodic daily weekly monthly].
    Or, better yet, consider installing Applejack, a command line util that lets you clear out all the old cache files and other stuff that can gunk up [why, yes, that’s the technical term] your system if it never gets to run its routine maintenance tasks. Applejack also checks for corrupted preferences files too. I find that restarting in single-user mode, by holding down CMD+S and running it gets my Mac running quite snappily again. Disclosure: just a satisfied user…

  12. OS X 10.4.8, Firefox 2.0.0.1.

    The “white castle” entry renders ok, but my handy page inspector tells me you have one error:

    “missing ) after argument list”

    004809.html, line 1543

    Not sure how much this code is generated server-side, but the script contents in the following context seems to be causing the rendering engine some problems.

    “document.write(‘For some reason, your …”

  13. I am not surprised by the number of Mac users on here.

    Clean as a whistle here. Firefox 2.0.1, OS 10.4.8, shiny new MacBookPro.

  14. I am not surprised by the number of Mac users on here.

    Clean as a whistle here. Firefox 2.0.1, OS 10.4.8, shiny new MacBookPro.

    It might be because there is a coding error and you, as the account owner, can see it because its trying to get your attention to fix it.

    But I call my computer Ziggy. Presume accordingly.

  15. This is a known problem. Apparently it happens a lot to Mac-owning In-N-Out Burger-eaters, i.e. people with no discernable taste. What happens is that the browser rather kills itself than display the offending page. The Firefox developers are working hard at the problem, or rather, they would be if they could be bothered.

  16. Ted Lemon – Brattleboro, Vermont – Unindicted co-conspirator, religious nut, and computer geek dedicated to figuring out what works, and not doing what doesn't.
    Ted Lemon

    The page renders fine for me on Firefox on an Intel Mac. Maybe the problem is specific to the PPC version?

    Anyway, the reason your keyboard gets into trouble is that Javascript steals key bindings when you go to a page that has fancy javascript. Big offenders are YouTube, gmail, sites like that. Probably some bad piece of Javascript is getting attached to the page you have open. If you dismiss it, the problem should go away.

  17. No problem here. Firefox 2.0.0.1 on a G3 running 10.3.9.

    Interestingly though, Sue’s posting above runs off into the background…

    You might want to check your extensions. A few are known to not play nice with Firefox 2.x.

  18. I use Firefox more than any other browser, but it’s one of the most choke-prone browsers I’ve ever dealt with.

    I fully expected it to lock up to the point that I’d have to “Force Quit.” I can do that in my sleep now after having used Firefox for a few years.

    But there were no problems here, either. Amazing!

  19. No problems here with the post. OS 1.0.4.8, Firefox 2.0.0.1, dual G5 machine.

    You are dead on regards In n Out v White Castle, but you’d better leave Krystal out of this discussion, or them’s fightin’ words……. ;^)

    Nah, Krystal’s ain’t real food neither.

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