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Changing Firefox profile location on Win

Posted by rnaufal on 16th September 2007

Some days ago I finally had enough time to move all my Documents and Settings folder to a dedicated partition, storing my Home directory and files (I already know it’s very late for this…don’t have to remember me..). So, I was looking for a way to change the Firefox default profile location to this partition, keeping it safely separated from the installation files. It’s quite easy, the steps are as follws:

  • In Windows 2000 and XP, you should find your profile in: C:\Documents and Settings\{user name}\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles. The Application Data folder is by default a hidden folder in Windows, so if you do not see an Application Data folder, check the Folder Options and make sure the option “Show hidden files and folders” is checked.
  • Open the profiles.ini file, on the Profiles folder. Open it. Do not use Word or a word processor because these programs typically save weird characters when they save a file. You need to use a pure text editor like Notepad++.
  • You have to make two changes to the profiles.ini file. First, change IsRelative=1 to IsRelative=0. This changes the path from relative to absolute. Second, fully specify the new path to the new location of the Profiles folder and the default file folder. The new contents of the file seems like this one:

    [General]
    StartWithLastProfile=1

    [Profile0]
    Name=default
    IsRelative=0
    Path=E:\Rafael\firefox_profile\profile.default

  • If you have any extensions, you have to open the extensions.ini file on your new profile directory (in this case, E:\Rafael\firefox_profile\profile.default) and replace any reference to the older directory to the new one. My new extensions.ini file looks like this:

    [ExtensionDirs]
    Extension0=E:\Rafael\firefox_profile\profile.default\extensions\{34274bf4-1d97-a289-e984-17e546307e4f}
    Extension1=E:\Rafael\firefox_profile\profile.default\extensions\{6AC85730-7D0F-4de0-B3FA-21142DD85326}
    .
    .
    .
    [ThemeDirs]
    Extension0=C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\extensions\{972ce4c6-7e08-4474-a285-3208198ce6fd}
    Extension1=E:\Rafael\firefox_profile\profile.default\extensions\{eb46c787-131a-4eb7-9b93-7f62ca550917}

So I think this should works. Save those files and restart Firefox. Soon I will make these changes on my Linux kubuntu distro!

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See-Through Mobile Devices

Posted by rnaufal on 26th August 2007

Check out this interesting video about LucidTouch see-through mobile device. See-Through Mobile Devices let users see their hands while touching behind the display. Very nice.

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