Archive | August, 2007

Tweak Google Calendar

Google Calendar TweaksGina is at it again with one of those “Better” Firefox extensions. This time around she tackles Google Calendar. As a big user of the other extensions she has released (plus I use Google Calendar too) I couldn’t pass up on the chance to try this one out.

The Better GCal extension for Firefox wraps some of the best Greasemonkey scripts into one easy to install extension. Editing the options of the extension allows you to also turn certain features on and off. Here are some of my favorite Greasemonkey scripts that have been included:

Plus a lot more tweaks and edits you can do.

If you use Google Calendar (or you think you might if a few things were changed around) then I would suggest giving this extension a shot.

Add Thumbnails to Your Bookmarks

Visual ThumbnailsWith the new Visual Bookmarks Firefox extension you have a quick and painless way of adding thumbnail images to your bookmarks.

The extension lets you capture a part of a web page as an image, then add labels and tags to make a visual bookmark. You can then turn around and arrange them by that label or tag you added. Now if this comes in handy anywhere – it is for when you bookmark videos or image galleries that you want to come back to later.

It should also be noted that this uses a separate system from the existing Firefox bookmarks setup. Hopefully in future releases they will figure out a way to tie it in better.

I really like the look and feel of Visual Bookmarks. Not sure if it is helping me browse any faster, but it is nice to see those pages in one way, shape or form instead of having to say.. “Yeah, I think that was the one I wanted to click on”.

CashAddOn – Seems Like a Scam

CashAddOnLooking to make a little green for shopping with a select number of stores Online? One new extension hopes you do – and its name is CashAddOn. This extension and the web site that goes along with it while promoting a “good deal” seems a little fishy to me.

They list percentages on their web site of how much you can make, but the terms of service seems to argue that these numbers actually might be lower. Also a “cash back” deal seems to be reject-able at any time since they say the stores can thumbs up it or thumbs down it at any time.

If for any reason the affiliate site does not process the expected funds from the purchase, we will not offer the cash back to our members. The amount listed on the ‘Store’ page and estimated values, and we do not commit to offering these amounts.

Last but not least we have another place tracking your shopping via a cookie in the browser. So if privacy is a big concern of yours – you might want to look elsewhere for your cheap ways to make some dough.

On the hopefully positive side – it is on the Mozilla Addons web site, so one hopes it made it through some sort of “sniff test”.

Maybe time will tell with this place, but for some reason something just doesn’t smell right with this extension. Maybe I’m just a little paranoid about the money for nothing deals. Then again, I am still waiting for that punched out monkey to deliver my iPod too.

Box.net Bookmarks Sync

As if we all needed another way to backup or sync our bookmarks from computer to computer – there is now a Firefox extension that allows you to do it via Box.net and their free file hosting service.

Bookmark Backup in a Box

Here are a few kind words from the creators of the Box.net Bookmark Synchronizer extension:

Backup your bookmarks! Use the Box.net Backup tool to save your favorite bookmarks online or to sync bookmarks between multiple computers.

Does this extension do anything that the others do not? No, not really – but if you have been looking for something to do with that Box.net hosting you have, this might be one way to put it to good use.

Add Google Reader to Gmail

Do you like to multi-task? Why check your e-mail and read your feeds in two different web applications when you can get it all done in one by combining the power of Google Reader and Gmail.

Google Reader + Gmail

Now I have talked before about the Gmail + Google Reader greasemonkey script before. After giving it another shot the other day though I noticed the experience is much more polished. What does that mean? Well looking at it right now it really looks like it belongs there – and doesn’t just look like an out of place web page stuck on another web page.

If you haven’t given this greasemonkey script a try in a while, it might be time to do so. Also if Google Reader isn’t your thing – you can do the same thing with Google Calendar too.

10 Ways to Fix E-mail in Firefox

I have not used a desktop e-mail client in a long time. Web mail is just too easy and too convent not to use. Being in the same boat as a lot of you out there, I figured I’d do a round up of some of the best extensions to fix your e-mailing ways via your favorite browser.

Better Gmail – A comprehensive suite of Gmail enhancements, including skins, saved searches, keyboard macros, secure access, attachment icons, attachment reminders, label colors, signature floating and more.

Yahoo Mail Notifier – This extension notifies you when new messages arrive in your Yahoo mailbox. Notification options include: customizable sound, notification alert, status bar and toolbar icon. Also allows the user to map different mouse buttons to open Yahoo Mail in different tabs, windows, etc.

SendStory – With SendStory, simply select some text and select “Send Text in Message…” from the right-click menu.

WebMail Notifier – This tool checks your webmail accounts and notifies the number of unread emails. You can use multiple accounts in a same host. Support for tons of different webmail providers.

Email This! – This extention will send your recipient the link, title, & highlighted text of the page you are viewing using GMail, Google Apps GMail, Yahoo, Hotmail and Stand-Alone Mail Clients.

eWebMail Plus! – Enables rich text editing for Yahoo! Mail, Hotmail and MyWay composition in Firefox.

Send Page By Email – Send any web page to any friend with this quick and simple tool.

TrashMail.net – Create free disposable email addresses and paste them directly in forms. This helps to protect you from spam mails and could be useful when subscribing to forums or newsletters.

Gmail Manager – Allows you to manage multiple Gmail accounts and receive new mail notifications. Displays your account details including unread messages, saved drafts, spam messages, labels with new mail, space used, and new mail snippets.

Paste Email – Paste your email address into text fields.

Tab Cloning in Firefox

Duplicate TabCloning is not a thing of just science fiction stories, it is happening right here – right now.

Ok, so maybe I haven’t had a full cup of coffee yet, but all will make sense soon. Often I wish there was an easy way to copy a tab over without having to do a dance with my mouse to make it so in Firefox.

The Duplicate Tab extension takes care of that problem for me. Duplicate Tab allows you to clone a tab along with its history. You can learn more about this extension at the official site for it – or just take your browser to the Mozilla Addons web site where you can download it and use it right now.

Help Wanted: Write for Firefox Facts

Come Work for Firefox Facts!I am considering opening up Firefox Facts to a few guest writers, tippers and bloggers.

It is important to hear it from all sides of the fence, so getting a few more voices in the mix is never a bad thing. Now I can not promise you fame or fortune. What I can give you is a nifty link back to your own web project though and a state of the art “Author” credit in the post.

What type of folks am I looking for? Anybody who has a passion for the Firefox browser, likes to write and can deliver some cool tips, tweaks, reviews or lists for us all to enjoy.

If you are interested, drop me an e-mail at mitch@mitchkeeler.com and I’ll be in contact with you.

WordPress.com Posting in Sidebar

WordPress.com Posting in SidebarWordPress.com makes for a great publishing platform.

Some folks out there have e-mailed me and asked for an easier way to post to it. Well, after doing some searching I ran across an extension that will let you blog from your sidebar in Firefox.

The WordPress.com Sidebar extension puts a button in your browser that allows you to click it and open up an editor on the sidebar where you can get your posting done.

Anti-Firefox Loons Go Off Deep End

Why is Firefox Blocked?

Now there is no secret that thee are a number of folks out there that don’t like Firefox. Many of them say it is because the browser has a very dedicated fan base. These guy though (at whyfirefoxisblocked.com) prove they must swim on the shallow end of the intellectual pool.

The Mozilla Foundation and its Commercial arm, the Mozilla Corporation, has allowed and endorsed Ad Block Plus, a plug-in that blocks advertisement on web sites and also prevents site owners from blocking people using it. Software that blocks all advertisement is an infringement of the rights of web site owners and developers.

That last line is what gets to me. I have been back on forth on this issue a few times, but for the most part I have to side with the users. I don’t mind some ads (I think most AdSense ads are fine and actually helpful) – but other do deserve to be blocked. It isn’t the user’s fault the links are not getting clicked for those ads – it is the ads fault for not giving the consumer what they want.

Tech Blorge also has an interesting article written up about it that tells more of the story. So what do you think about the anti-Firefox crowd?