Archive | August, 2006

ilovevideos Toolbar

You have to enjoy a Firefox extension when the name pretty much sums up what it is all about. The ilovevideoz Toolbar is one of those extensions. This tool is one that will help you keep up to date with all the different video sharing Web sites and make sure you have seen all the best content on each.

[Learn More About The ilovevideoz Toolbar!]

Firefox in the Stars

Now I am not a big fan of posts for the sake of posting, but this photo just seemed a little too weird. I had to spread the word about it. The picture is of a nebula recently discovered in deep space around the time that Firefox 0.8 was released. It looks like the Firefox logo.

Then again, if you look at anything long enough, it will look like the Firefox logo. I could have sworn I saw it this morning in my cereal too!

+ Go Check Out the Photo for Yourself!

Firefox 101

Want to know a quick version of Firefox’s history? Asa Dotzler has posted one in response to some comments that have been coming towards the browser’s focus.

Firefox was born when a small handful of open source developers decided, without any financial support, and as a completely volunteer project, to build a Web browser that could attract millions of regular user and give them a better Web experience.

There was not only no financial support for the Firefox project (then called m/b for the directory in CVS where the new browser lived) there was no formal Mozilla community or project support and definitely no support from the large companies contributing to the development of the old Mozilla suite of applications.

+ Read More About Firefox’s History and Background!

Top 10 Firefox Web 2.0 Add-ons

Another Firefox top ten list. Yes, I said another, “top ten lists write my content for me” list.

With all this talk of the Web as a platform, it’s worth taking a closer look at what web apps are using Firefox as their platform. Firefox is regarded as the best Web browser in terms of extensions – i.e. small browser add-ons which modify or add to existing functionality. It has hundreds of add-ons, which can be downloaded from here. But which are the best ‘web 2.0′ add-ons for Firefox?

+ Check Out All 10 Firefox Web 2.0 Add-ons!

Behind the Firefox Curtain

I just ran across a very cool entry over at Seth Bindernagel’s blog answering some “Q and A” about his work at Mozilla. Back in July 2006, Seth was brought into the Mozilla Corporation to help the key leaders and contributors of Mozilla think about how to run a community-giving program.

+ Read Seth’s Mozilla Q and A!

Internote – Browser Notes

I love sticky notes. They help me keep things in order, and as a very neat person, that makes me very happy. Keeping everything organized and nice makes for a better browsing experience as well. Want to add some notes to Firefox? All you need to do is download the Internote Firefox extension.

[Learn More About Internote!]

3 Second Wait for Extensions

Many of us have probably wondered why there is a three second wait time you have to go through before installing extensions. The folks at the Download Squad have an answer.

Most users (self included) assume that it’s just to make users read the dialog. It turns out that’s not the case–Jesse Ruderman explains that it’s actually a security feature to keep people from unwittingly installing malicious code. He describes an ingenious exploit in which a user is presented, for example, a security (CAPTCHA) image to type in. JavaScript is used to initiate an extension installation when the user starts typing, and when the user types ‘y’ or enter, it triggers the ‘Accept’ or ‘Install’ button, allowing the malicious software to be installed.

So now, you can either read more about why it is there, or you can read here to find out how to turn it off.

ErrorZilla – Useful Error Pages

Ever find yourself on a “Page Can Not Be Found” Web page? You are left with an empty feeling inside, because you do not know what else to try. For those of you who might run into error pages more times than the rest of us, you need ErrorZilla. This extension will give you a prettier error Web page, as well as some neat tools to help you find what it is you were looking for.

[Learn More About ErrorZilla!]

TrackMeNot

With all this talk about your privacy being attacked and people snooping on what you have been searching about, you are bound to feel a little paranoid. You might be watching over your shoulder as you type. You might be turning the lights out before you get Online. How can you protect yourself from being tracked in your searches though? If you use Firefox, you need the TrackMeNot extension.

[Learn More About TrackMeNot!]