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Archive | April, 2007
The folks the brought you the CustomizeGoogle extension for Firefox are working on something else that might help you get more out of Google and push forward a new and innovative idea for Online searching.
This CustomizeGoogle feature saves you from the hassle of paging through Google web search results. Whenever you navigate to the end of the page, you dont have to hit the next button. CustomizeGoogle automatically fetches next set of results and appends them to the bottom of the page.
Here is a move that explains a little more about what is going on:
I like having the streaming results as I skim through Google Reader, so if you can give me functionality like that on the regular Google searches – well, then consider me sold.
Want to make Gmail better? Well the folks over at Lifehacker have put together one heck of a nice Firefox extension – taking some of the best Greasemonkey scripts from around the Web. What does it do? It adds a menu of optional extra features to Gmail. To view the enabled features and get more information on each, in Firefox’s Add-ons dialog, click on Better Gmail’s Preferences dialog.
Gmail’s good, but it could be better. We’ve featured several Greasemonkey scripts that enhance Gmail in lots of different ways – like adding saved searches, attachment icons, label colors, keyboard macros, a filter assistant and right-click conversation previews. But not everyone wants to install Greasemonkey and hunt down all those scripts.
Think you might want to go back one day to learn about the history of Mozilla and the Firefox browser? What if somebody like Ben or Asa becomes president one day? Then this stuff might be pretty interesting to look back upon. Ok, it is interesting now. No need to wait for a presidential run. The Mozilla Digital Memory Bank is doing it’s best to preserve as much of Mozilla’s history as it can.
Organized by the Center for History and New Media (CHNM) at George Mason University, The Mozilla Digital Memory Bank is a permanent, open, peer-produced digital archive of Mozilla history. With support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and the Mozilla Foundation, The Mozilla Digital Memory Bank collects and permanently preserves digital texts, images, audio, video, personal narratives, and oral histories related to Mozilla, its products, and its community of developers, testers, and users.
There is already a lot of great content up there and ready to browse through already. My favorite section is the audio interviews. Now I have yet another thing to fill my mp3 player up with.
Now when it comes to using a browser, some people like a lot of open space and others like to have a plethora of tool bars. Personally I find myself in the first camp – most of the time. That is why I was happy to see this new Hide Menubar extension roll my way.
Now with a name like that, I bet you can’t guess what it does. If you said, “downloads kewl wallpaper” I’m afraid you have not won. This extension allows for you to easily hide the menu bar inside of Firefox. This gives you more room to browse the Web. You can always bring it back though, just by hitting the ALT key to show it temporarily.
The folks over at Computer World have put together a list of Firefox extensions that you should avoid. Now I’ll say it from the start, I don’t agree with many of the choices they have on the list. Some like FasterFox (which for me has never improved my speed) I can understand. They don’t want you using Greasemonkey? AdBlock? NoScript? Those I can’t agree with too much.
Instead of calling it a list of extensions to stay away from, maybe they should rename the article “Extensions That Non-Power Users Should Stay Away From”. Then again, if your a power user – what Computer World says probably is not going to change your mind.
Now I am not usually a big fan of the overly designed Firefox themes. There is always an exception to every rule though, and I think I found one to mine. The brilliant TwisterMc has launched his latest digital creation, Miint.
Here are a few words to describe it from the “twisted” one himself.
Miint is not your average theme, it’s been built with the idea that a smaller theme file may make Firefox a bit faster. iPox (by comparison) weights in at about 830K and other themes on the Mozilla Addon site are over 1 MB in size. Miint however is just under 300K.
Alright, maybe I was a little slow with getting this one posted. I had heard about it a few days ago – just haven’t had the time to give you my thoughts. Delicious has updated their Firefox “bookmark replacement” extension and I have to say it is pretty darn nice.
The speed has been improved, and I could really see people now using this on a day to day basis. Having all of your bookmarks there on the Web can really make for some interesting organization. This extension delivers your favorite delicious links to your fingertips.
What happens when you mix the social link sharing of a Web site like digg with the fanatical fans of Mozilla’s Firefox? I have a feeling you would get something that looks like the newest edition to the social news bookmarking world Foxiewire.com.
Another new Spread Firefox project, this one shows a lot of promise. It is built on the digg cloning script, pligg – so the interface should be one that you are used to by now. The only thing that bugs me thus far is when you click on a link, it does not take you directly to the story.
Oh the other thing that bugs me is there is no mention of Firefox Facts! (only kidding guys) If you are looking for yet another Web site to help you stay on top of the Firefox world – Foxiewire might be the place for you.
Hey, I have been working on this Web site for over a year now, and I don’t think I have asked you even once what you thought. Well, I am about to correct that horrible wrong right now.
Over the past week I have been working on cleaning up some of the back end things here on Firefox Facts. Now I would like to poll you to see what you think. Please vote!
Now that you have done that, if you have any other ideas, feedback, thoughts or suggestions as to what you would like (or maybe not like) to see here on the Web site, let me know. I am open to anything and everything because honestly this resource is as much yours as it is mine.