Archive | February, 2007

Change Tabs With Number Keys

Now we all knew that you can open a new tab by hitting the Ctrl key plus “T”, but did you know you can change the tab you are looking at by hitting the Ctrl key plus one of the number keys?

For an example, lets say you have four tabs open. If you click Ctrl and “1″ you will go to the first tab. If you hit Ctrl and “2″ you will go to the second tab. As you can guess – this goes on and on till you go all the way to 9.

Now switching tabs back and forth is what I do a lot during the day in my day job (working sales support). Hopefully this newly found tip will be helpful for you as well.

Firefox Splash Screen

I don’t know about you, but splash screen have always kind of annoyed me a little. Maybe I am just a guy who likes to get down to business. Love them or hate them though, I have to say adding one to Firefox is pretty interesting.

The Firefox Extension Guru took a deeper look for himself at the practice and how it all looks:

Firefox, especially if you have lots of extensions, does take sometime to start up. There are times I wonder is it loading? So I click the icon again thinking may be it didn’t work the first time around. Then I end up with Fx opened up in two windows. This is not a big deal, I just closed the extra browser window.

So do you love them or hate them?

Switching User Agents in Firefox

No, this is not part of some super secret spy novel, switching your “user agent” is kind of like changing the brain of a browser. I have found a good tutorial to help you get the most out of changing Firefox’s into something else right here:

Recently my bank made some changes to web based banking facility. It is now IE only site for netbanking. They have coded site such way it only works with IE and do not work with Firefox browser. So I need to change the ‘user agent’ field in the Mozilla web browser to make it “look” and “act” like Internet Explorer (IE).

Luckily Google pointed out to a user agent switcher that is written as an extension to Mozilla products.

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300 Million Firefox Downloads

Yes,the folks at Mozilla have reached a great milestone, that much is for sure.

Firefox has reached a new milestone: 300,000,000 downloads since its initial release back in November 9, 2004. That’s 825 days ago, which makes a cute rate of : 363,636.3636..downloads/day.

As usual, it must be noted that it says nothing about the actual number of users (except they are a pretty big bunch) as a single user may have downloaded it several times for his/her different computers or a single download may have been installed in several computers. So relax, smile (or curse) and move on.

Congrats to one and all, I hope the next 300 million come even quicker!

LeechBlock

Want to raise your productivity, but can not drag yourself away from the time sucking Web sites you like to visit on the Web? Do you spend more time customizing your MySpace page than working on that pile of articles you should be writing? We have all found ourselves having our time leeched away – and now we can do something about it.

LeechBlock helps you gain control back by allowing you to block certain Web sites that suck away your day. Here is some more information from the developers of the extension.

LeechBlock is a simple productivity tool designed to block those time-wasting sites that can suck the life out of your working day. (You know: the ones that rhyme with ‘Blue Cube’, ‘Hash Pot’, ‘Sticky Media’, and the like.) All you need to do is specify which sites to block, between which time periods, and on which days of the week. You can specify up to four sets of sites to block, with different times and days for each set.

+ Download and Install the LeechBlock Extension for Firefox!

RichScrollbar

No this scrollbar does not help you earn cash. I don’t think Google AdSense has figured out a way to put ads on the scrollbar yet. This RichScrollbar extension promises to deliver a more feature rich experience in your everyday browsing.

So what does it do?

This extension add to scrollbars some buttons to simplify common scrolling operations, actually only one button is present allowing scrolling to the top/bottom of the page. The button is present in main browser pages, text areas and list boxes.

+ Download and Install the RichScrollbar Extension for Firefox!

Make Firefox Safe and Secure

Now I do come from the camp of folks that say that Firefox is mainly safe because it is not the tallest nail getting hit at this moment. Internet Explorer is harder hit on by those who wish to do you harm, so that is one reason why it is less safe than Firefox.

On the other hand though, Firefox is a “stupider” browser (no offense to my Mozilla friends) so it is harder for deviants out there to get it to do their evil deeds. No matter if you like Firefox or not, you have to admit there are a lot of great extensions out there that can make your browsing a lot safer. Nothing beats common sense, but having some of these extensions installed should be a good first line of defense.

+ Check Out All 9 Firefox Security Extensions!

Firefox Tabs vs Firefox Windows

Which one gives you a better performance? Is it better to have multiple tabs open in one window or just have multiple Windows open? The Firefox Guru did all of the scientific work on this one, and has found out the results for us.

Over on Go Firefox!, an interesting question was posted: Which uses less system resources (memory)?

My theory is using tabs would use less resources then having the same sites opened in separate windows. My reasoning is each window has to load the entire browser interface, not just the page content. So, I did a little experiment. First using Firefox 2.0.0.1 with a clean profile (no extensions, no plug-ins and default theme) and imported my bookmarks from another profile.

+ Want to See the Results? Check Out the Firefox Extension Guru’s Blog!

Foxmarks Backing Up Walkthrough

You have probably heard about Foxmarks before, but have you used it yourself?

I know several people who have said it is a little too complicated for them. I don’t think they really gave it a shot though. It doesn’t have to be difficult. For those of you out there that need a helping hand the people at Lifehacker have put together a pretty darn good tutorial on the subject.

Foxmarks lets you easily back up your bookmarks to the Foxmarks server and sync them to any browser with the extension installed. Today I’ll detail how to use the Foxmarks extension to back up and sync your bookmarks to your own personal FTP server, whether it’s with a hosted account or your own home server.

+ Check Out the Full Guide at Lifehacker!

Looking at Firefox 3

Firefox 3 might not exactly be right around the corner, but it is getting closer each and every day. Here is a look at some of the inside details on it’s developement.

Regarding Gecko more tweaks for better standards support have been confirmed. Most notably, the option to save documents as PDFs is still present and even more, it is targeted for Firefox 3 Alpha 3 (expected for March 19). According to the meeting notes this functionality is already available in Macs, though I am not clear if it refers to Mac OS X PDF virtual printer or true Firefox provided PDF export. Windows Vista (Business Edition at least) already includes an XPS (Microsoft’s alternative to PDF) virtual printer, but PDF should remain the main document exchange format for years to come, so I am eagerly looking forward for the progress of this particular feature.

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