Archive | October, 2007

Best of the Firefox Links (Halloween Edition!)

Been a good week for those of us who like to tweak and edit our favorite Firefox browser. Here are just a few links that have made their way to my saved list.

Spooked yet? Ok, so not many of those were all that scary – but they were useful! Now if you are really looking for a fright, go use Internet Explorer.

How to Backup Firefox?

I have been getting several e-mails in this month wanting to know my suggestions and tips on what the best way is to backup your Firefox install.

FEBE (Firefox Environment Backup Extension)

Well my number one tip would be to use one extension that will make the job of backing up or syncing Firefox between two machines a lot easier. FEBE (Firefox Environment Backup Extension) allows you to quickly and easily backup your Firefox extensions and settings. It will actually rebuild your extensions individually into installable .xpi files. That makes synchronizing your office and home browsers a cake walk.

One more cool thing about FEBE is that it can preform on demand or scheduled backups for daily, weekly, or monthly unattended runs.

Google Browser Sync

Now if your using two computers on a day to day basis and you want to keep things in sync, a side effect of something like Google Browser Sync extension is that it keeps everything saved onto the other computer.

As long as you get your sync order straight – you could save your settings on your laptop Firefox install, then go back and reinstall Firefox on your desktop – put in the Google Browser Sync extension and everything should get moved back over as it was (as far as settings, bookmarks and cookies go). You’ll still need to reinstall your extensions however.

Backup by Hand (aka the hard way)

Last but not least, you could backup your Firefox by hand. What you want to do is make a copy of your Firefox profile folder. Depending on your operating system it might be in different locations.

Might want to check this page at MozillaZine for more information about where the profile folder is for your computer.

20 Tips to Tweak Your Tabs

You owe a lot to your tabs in Firefox. Without them you would have a desktop filled with clutter. So why not do something nice for your tabs and give them a few tweaks?

Firefox Addons Coloring Your Tabs

ChromaTabs – A neat addition that will tints browser tabs with a color specific to the website loaded.

Aging Tabs – The tabs will change colors with this extension depending on how long it has been since you last looked at them.

ColorfulTabs – Add some flavor (and some colors) to all of your tabs to help tell one from the other.

Firefox Addons Tab Interface Tweaks

Open Image In New Tab – Open that image your looking at in a new tab, to get a closer look.

Downloads in Tab – Opens your downloads in a tab instead of a popup window.

Tab Mix Plus – An extension with tons of tab tweaking options and setting to play with.

New Tab Button on Tab Bar – If I have to tell you what this extension does you don’t deserve to use Firefox.

Hide Tab Bar – If none of these tweaks have been for you – how about just hiding the tab toolbar all together?

Undo Closed Tabs Button – Tab tool that will allows you to undo closed tabs via a toolbar button, right-click context menu or even a shortcut (Alt+Z).

Duplicate Tab – Make a copy of that open tab with a quick to access toolbar button.

Firefox Addons Favicons and Tabs

HashColouredTabs+ – Improves tab identification by providing a small colored icon for any site which doesn’t have its own ‘site icon’ (aka favicon).

FaviconizeTab – This extension adds a new “FaviconizeTab” option to the context menu of the tab. When it is clicked, The width of the tab becomes small up to the size of favicon.

Firefox Addons View Your Tabs in a New Way

Viamatic foXpose – Another alternative way to view all your tabs. Click on the icon in the status bar to view all the browser windows with a single click.

Ctrl Tab Preview – Another extension that changes the way you browse through your open tabs in Firefox.

Tab Scope – Shows a popup on tabs and enables you to preview and navigate tab contents through popup.

Firefox Showcase – Manage your Firefox tabs and windows by showing them as thumbnails in a single window, tab or sidebar.

FishEyeTabs – New view for tabs. User can zoom tab labels by moving the mouse cursor over them.

Firefox Addons Misc Tab Tools and Tips

TabRenamizer – A tab tweak that lets you rename your tabs to anything you want or need. Perfect for hiding things!

PermaTabs – Make a an open tab in a series permanent so you don’t accidentally close something important.

Tab URL Copier – Copies the URLs of all open tabs. Puts ‘Copy Tab URLs’ item in right click menu of tabs and Edit main menu.

Spread Firefox with Really Big Stickers!

Help Spread Firefox!

Want to help spread the word about Firefox using huge stickers? Well yes, it might sound a little odd but this is Mozilla’s newest marketing tool for our favorite browser.

You’ve been drafted to be a part of Operation Firefox.

Are you ready to infiltrate society and spread Firefox one sticker at a time? Operation Firefox is currently recruiting agents to place huge 3.5’ Firefox stickers where the world will see them. In addition to worldwide notoriety, you might wind up with a new MacBook Pro or a Nintendo Wii.

Sounds like pretty good prizes to me. It should also be interesting to watch where these stickers start to pop up all around the world.

The contest is two-tiered: first, we’re putting out a call for the 50 best “placements” for these stickers (due November 9th). Then, the most creative agents will receive a fathead sticker to complete their mission: take a photograph and submit before December 3rd. All 50 photos will be displayed on the Operation Firefox website, but the four best ones will receive a new MacBook Pro or Nintendo Wii.

So what are you waiting for? Sign up and help spread the word.

Organizing Your Firefox Bookmarks

It seems like every time I see somebody’s browser, they have their links organized in a new way. Some people don’t even bother removing the default bookmark links that came with the browser. Others don’t use bookmarks at all. How do you roll? I figured I’d go over some of the techniques that are out there.

Basic Old School Organization

This one is probably the most widely use way of doing things. Keep all your bookmarks in folders, and keep those folders in your main bookmarks folder. Organize them by topic and then you can always find what your looking for – even though you have to go down a few levels to find it.

Favicon Pretty Picture Organization

I did this one for a while, and I liked it till I needed more bookmarks than my Bookmarks Toolbar could handle. Here you remove the titles and navigate from web site to web site by only using the favicon to go by. It does make things less cluttered – but hard to work with if you have too many links. An easy way of getting it done without much fuss would be to use the Smart Bookmarks Bar extension.

Everything in my Face Organization

Last but not least, you have the technique I am using right now – having almost all your bookmark folders sitting inside the Bookmarks Toolbar. Here I have drop down menus of each category and it doesn’t usually take more than two clicks to get anywhere. For less important bookmarks I still need to visit once in a blue moon – I’ll still put them in the bookmarks section outside of my toolbar links folder. Might sound busy, but it does work.

So, with those three new ways of organizing your bookmarks – is it time for you to clean house?

Access Every Instant Messanger in Firefox with Meebo

Meebo Firefox Chat ToolIt looks like Meebo’s Firefox extension has gained a lot of popularity and praise since its debut. Mashable is even reporting that “Meebo has already gained 12,000 users in under a week”. If you are familiar with Meebo – the Firefox extension should seem very similar in nature.

Get a sidebar with all of your buddies visible while you’re browsing. Get visual notifications when your friends IM you. Drag and drop links and images from web pages right onto your friends!

Your buddies live in your sidebar and you can login to AIM, Yahoo!, MSN, GTalk, ICQ, and Jabber! The neatest feature I would have to say is the visual notifications letting you know when you get a new message. So does this turn Firefox into an IM client as well as a browser?

User Styles for Facebook

Facebook Firefox TipsWho doesn’t like Facebook? I’ve got a profile there and I am sure you do too. While looking for ways to make my facebooking just a little ‘bit better I ran into these user styles created to work with the Stylish Firefox extension.

De-MySpacify – Tired of all the user applications on Facebook? Say goodbye to them with this user style. The name of this tweak does speak volumes to some.

Facebook Green – Yes, everything you can expect is delivered here. All the same Facebook goodness except everything has a green tint to it. Great for St Patrick’s Day.

Mini Facebook – This makes the font on the iPhone version of Facebook smaller so that it will work well in an iframe widget on iGoogle.

deviantART Skin for Facebook – deviantART has a pretty slick style – and now you can bring that same style to your Facebook page.

Facebook Always Expand Applications – Get rid of the toggle feature on the applications sidebar, allowing all apps to be visible at all times.

Now you should have no problems with saying you have the most stylish looking Facebook page around.

PinkHope – Your Pink Flavor for Firefox

This theme is much more than a unique pink blissful experience of browsing and hotness. PinkHope was created to spread awareness for breast cancer.

PinkHope Firefox Theme

Here are some words from the TwistedMc behind it.

I’ve been talking about making PinkHope into it’s own unique theme for a while now and I finally did it. It now sports a pink background behind the tool, address, status and tab bars. Even the background of the address and search bars is now pink.

Need more pink Firefox themes? Might take a look at an old favorite Pink Paula.

New Firefox Cousins – Instantbird and Webrunner

What, you didn’t know that Firefox had more than a few branches off from it’s Mozilla base? To keep things simple, we can think of them as cousins (just hope they don’t start kissing). Both the Webrunner and Instantbird projects show a lot of promise and might just be the next big thing for the Mozilla team.

Webrunner – WebRunner is based on a concept called Site Specific Browsers (SSB). The idea behind Webrunner is to make a super light weight browser that is stripped down of all the toolbars, user interface and more so you have a lighter memory footprint and more a a base around the web application you are pointing it at.

Instantbird – This instant messenger client will be Mozilla’s version of Trillian, Pidgin and others that have come before it. That alone should gain it a lot of traction. The basic backbone of the program is up and ready to download right now – but your not yet getting anything other than the ability to say, “I downloaded Instantbird back when it first came out!”. Bring AIM, Yahoo, MSN and others all together the Mozilla way.

I welcome both into the vaguely-related-to Firefox family. From personal use, Instantbird still has a ways to go but Webrunner is looking interesting right now for simple web applications you can’t do without.