Google Chrome & Firefox SSL and CSS Display Issues

Recently, I resurrected an old computer given to me by a friend. I installed a legal version of XP on it and began to install my usual software. I installed Google Chrome and Firefox. One day, I noticed Google Chrome was processing flickr.com’s login strangely: Chrome was given me a warning about SSL certificates and not rendering the CSS. I was really confused. After doing some searching, I figured out the issue: I had not properly read the SSL warning and realized by computer’s clock was set in the year 2000.

SSL Weirdness
SSL Weirdness
CSS Processing Weirdness
CSS Processing Weirdness

Did you catch the SSL error carefully?   It says that “the server’s security certificate is not yet valid.”  I didn’t catch it at first.  I just assumed it was warning me about an incorrectly signed certificate like Chrome sometimes gives me.

To fix the problem, I simply set my clock to the correct time and then the SSL warning went away and the flickr login page began to render correctly.

I experienced this problem with Firefox also and the above method fixed my issues their also.