Archive | December, 2006

Fighting Spam With Firefox

These days it looks like the war on spam is getting to become a harder and harder battle to fight. Thankfully though, there are a few select applications and services that help us fight on the side of good.

One of those would be the SpamReport extension for Firefox. This extension allows you to easily report Web sites using spamdexing methods to artificially improve their ranking through simplified access to Google’s SpamReport service. It might not be a cure to the problem, but it is a start.

+ Learn More About and Install the SpamReport Extension for Firefox!

Different Flavors of the Default Firefox Theme

Julien promised me that there would be more Cylence themes to come, and I was not disappointed to see them pop up on Mozilla’s Web site a few days ago.

Here is the list thus far:

Cylence Theme
Cylence Theme : Diamond Variation
Cylence Theme : Sapphire Variation
Cylence Theme : Ruby Variation
Cylence Theme : Obsidian Variation

For those of you who do not know, the Cylence themes are a different variation of the default Firefox theme. They provide a polished look, tinted with at least one color for good measure.

Only question I have is where is my emerald theme? :)

Firefox Calendars

I always hate this time of year because I wait till the last minute to find a new calendar.

I like to have a less than digital one so that I can write dates and important information on it. With time management, I am still a little behind the times old school. One set of calendars that caught my attention yesterday were these on and about Firefox.

Now you can promote Firefox all the new year long with this 2007 calendars created by yours truly. They are available as PDFs in A4 and Letter sizes in two colors: Dark and Fire. Hopefully, some more will come soon.

I have to say these are pretty neat and I might have to save one for myself.

+ Get the Firefox Calendars at Mozilla Links!

Wiki Editing Help

I do not pretend to know much about wikis on the Web, what they are there for or what you should really do with them. Of course, neither does eighty percent of the Web, so I do not feel so much out of the loop just yet. That is where a Firefox extension like Wikipedia Toolbar comes into play.

The Wikipedia extension makes editing of Wikipedia pages easier by adding a new toolbar to your browser and by providing new menu items in the context menu (right mouse key). You can read more details, have a look at it or jump right to the installation..

It might not make wikis any more interesting or teach you how to use it. It will though make editing them a heck of a lot easier.

+ Download and Learn More About the Wikipedia Toolbar for Firefox!

Side Note: to get this extension to work in Firefox 2, you will need to use Mr Tech Local Install

Email This! Tutorials and Help

Now Email This has been one of my favorite extensions for some time now.

For those of you who might not know, it allows you to quickly send your recipient the link, title, & highlighted text of the page you are viewing using GMail, Yahoo, and Stand-Alone Mail Clients like Outlook Express, Thunderbird, and more. I just now found out though that on the official Web site they have put up a video tutorial about the extension as well.

It is nice to see extensions from the past that are still being well taken care of as the versions of Firefox move on.

Quicker Searching From Firefox

Now having the search box up in the right hand corner of your screen is pretty handy. What if you do not want the wasted space though?

I mean, you could conduct all you searching via the address bar and just get rid of the search bar altogether is you wanted to. Now how can you get this done yourself? Well – over at VertebrateSilence.com, Vili has written a guide on help you do just that.

Firefox quick searches (also known as smart keywords) basically allow you to use the address bar of your browser to search the Internet. There are a few quick searches in your browser as a default: typing in dict vanilla should for example give you the definition of vanilla as found in dictionary.com.

+ Add Quicker Searching to Your Firefox Browser!

Need a few more ways to minimize your toolbar space?

The more of these quick minimizing the toolbar space tips that I find, the smaller Firefox seems to become for me. Having a browser that molds itself to your ever desire though is one of the reasons why Firefox is gaining so much popularity.

The Year in Firefox

This has been a pretty good year for your favorite browser, hasn’t it? The Firefox Extension Guru has summed the entire year up for the folks at Mozilla in one great post that I think you should all check out.

Relive some of the memories you’ve had and think ahead at what 2007 has yet to bring us. Were you as excited about you Christmas presents as you were Firefox 2 coming out? Yeah – I was too.

Here we are at the end of 2006! I can’t believe this year is nearly over and thought wouldn’t it be neat to take a look at all the changes to Firefox over the past year? A lot has happened (more then I first realized) with a total of 11 official releases.

+ Check Out the Firefox Year in Review from the Firefox Extension Guru!