Archive | June, 2007

Watch Your Google Reader Feeds

Google Reader WatcherIn my opinion, Google Reader is one of the best feed readers out there on the Web today. With that said, any tool that makes this better is alright in my book.

The Google Reader Watcher does just this. There are several tools out there that help you get more out of Google Reader but this one does the best job ad giving you updates.

This extension will checks your Google Reader for unread feeds and if you have, the plugin will display them on your browser’s statusbar. Keep your feed addiction going and pick up this extension.

Less New Themes and Extensions?

Have we reached the peak of new Firefox extensions or has everything been done as far as themes go? I have been talking with several people from around the Web and it does seem like there are less new themes and extensions than there used to be.

Sound off and let me know what you think. Personally I’d say we are on at least at a slow down for the new ones. Old ones are still updated though – so that is something to be thankful for.

Get a Menu Option for Tabs

Tabs MenuWant to navigate your tabs via a menu selection in the top menu bar in Firefox?

Usually folks are trying to figure out ways to make their menu bar shorter and not longer. I guess in this circumstance though adding the option to your toolbar might be increasing Firefox’s usability to some. The extention to help you get this job done is called Tabs Menu.

Adds a Tabs menu to the main menu that lets you easily change between tabs. Adds a Tabs menu to the main menu bar that lists all tabs in the current window. You can see the full titles for each tab and you can see more tabs in this vertical menu than in the standard horizontal tab bar.

Tabs Menu might not an extension on everybody’s top ten list – but I think it is well worth checking out.

Autofill Forms

Autofill FormsAre you growing tired of having to fill out the same information over and over again? If so then the Autofill Forms extension for Firefox might be a tool you want to take advantage of.

Autofill Forms enables you to fill out web forms with one click or a keyboard shortcut. A set of customizable rules is used to determine the input for each form element. You are able to edit, remove, enable/disable the provided rules and to add your own ones. You can configure the order in which the rules are to be applied and define site specific rules.

I wouldn’t be relying on this extension to remember every single thing – but it does come in handy for the tedious stuff.

Firefox 3.0 May Block Suspicious Sites

StopWill Firefox start telling you where you can or can not go? Where are my freedoms?! I can already smell some of the outrage that might be building over Firefox 3 blocking Web sites that try to install back stuff onto your computer. Personally I think it is a good thing after reading through this article from Computer World.

Here is the most interesting sample from the article in question.

“Similar to how Firefox 2 blocks Web sites that are potentially going to try to steal your personal information, Firefox 3 will block Web sites that we believe are going to try to install malicious programs on your computer,” said Alex Faaborg, a user experience designer in a blog entry last week. “Mozilla is coordinating with Google on this feature.”

So is it Firefox’s place to tell you where to go and where not to go? I think so. I think this is Mozilla trying to be proactive instead of being reactive.

Best of the Links – Firefox Edition

Firefox Bank CardYeah how would you like to be able to whip that out at your local mall? You’d have them gazing in awe of the awesomeness that if Firefox. Either that or they’d just say, “what’s that, your dog?”. Either way – you make a good impression.

The same kind of impression all these links left of me.

Have a suggestion or link to toss my way? Drop in a comment or E-mail it to me.

First Look at Firefox 3

New Bookmarks?

There have been a lot of blogs a buzzin’ about some of the new Firefox 3 screenshots that have made their way to the Web. Here are a few notes about them from the Wired blog.

Firefox Alpha 5 arrived last Friday, bringing with it the first look at Places, the new bookmark management system. But the Firefox team has a number of additional UI tweaks up their sleeve and some of them look quite slick.

Personally I think things look slick thus far – and I might have to change my browsing habits yet again when this thing is ready for public use. How about you – are you excited about Firefox 3 or is the current Firefox 2 version keeping you happy for now?

2 New Firefox Flaws

It looks like Firefox has two new flaws that I think we should all be aware of. Both of them for the advanced Firefox user, might not be so hard to fall for – but for some others out there, it could be a real issue.

The first one, affects internal frames behavior and could help a malicious web site to spoof another one or capture key presses.

As the old game show host might say, that’s not all! You also get…

The second vulnerability, overrides the timeout Firefox sets for installing extensions and downloading files and could lead to a user inadvertently downloading a malicious file or program.

You can read more about the flaws at MozillaLinks.org.

Popular Tweaks with User Styles

Yes, I am still having fun playing with the Stylish extension for Firefox. There are a lot of neat hacks I guess you could call them to make some of your favorite Web sites and Online applications just look a little better. Here are a few of the more popular ones.

Darkoogle – Gives you that “hey, somebody just turned the lights out” feeling for the Google Web pages out there. Personally I like the white look a little more, but this is neat for trying something “a little different”.

Transparency Edits for iGoogle – Want to make a few elements on iGoogle a little more transparent? This user style makes your search at the top fade a little more into the background so it doesn’t stick out like a sore thumb.

Google Reader Optimized – This one takes away all of the useless things from around Google Reader (mainly from the top) and gives you a cleaner and more straight forward interface to work with.

Gmail Air Skin – Want to give Gmail a more curved interface? This style makes a lot of your menu items and the Gmail interface a little more “round” I guess you could say.

Have any other popular ones you love but I missed?