Archive | October, 2007

Flagfox – Where is that Server?

Flagfox Extention for FirefoxDon’t you sometimes wonder where that server is that is hosting the web site you are viewing? Ok, maybe it isn’t something we all day dream about – but I do have a special connection with the web hosting world. Flagfox is a simple extention that does a simple job – it displays a country flag in the status bar depicting the location of the current web site’s server.

Here is a little more information from the extension developer:

It uses relatively little resources, and works by accessing an IP address database contained within the extension rather than relying on top-level-domain roots like “.com” or “.uk”. Clicking on the icon brings up further information from Wikipedia or Geotool, which is an online Geolocation tool. Geotool attempts to get more information from the Website’s IP address, such as ISP and city and shows the location on a Google Map.

Where are some of your favorite web sites really hosted?

YouPlayer – Sidebar Player for YouTube

YouPlayerAre you a big YouTube fan? The YouPlayer extension delivers you all the wild and wacky cats wearing roller skates-like fun of YouTube in your Firefox sidebar.

Here are a few more details from the creator of the extension.

This is a must-have addon for all YouTube fans! YouPlayer is a YouTube video player with playlist similar to the one in Winamp. You may add/drag a YouTube link into a playlist window. When you double-click on it, it will be shown in the video window. You may drag a link to a browser window or right-click it and open in a new tab. You may also add/drag other links, thus the playlist will work as a bookmarker.

I would like to see this be opened up to other video services out there. I think it is a pretty neat idea all around. The only problem is YouTube is the biggest, but not the only one out there as far as Online video goes.

Password Hasher

Password HasherNeed help coming up with confusing and complicated passwords? There are a number of services out there that will help you in this department, but one of the best I have found is Password Hasher.

This Firefox extension delivers when it comes to delivering you a password I’d never be able to guess. Now why should you use strong password? Well the obvious reason would be to make sure your content does not get stolen.

Here are some of the features of this extension:

  • Automatically generates strong passwords.
  • One master key produces different passwords at many sites.
  • Quickly upgrade passwords by “bumping” the site tag.
  • Upgrade a master key without updating all sites at once.
  • Supports different length passwords.

For more information be sure to check out their official web site. We all want to be more safe, and a good password is an easy way to start.

Urethane Light for Firefox

Not often to I find “slick” looking themes that I like. Heck, most of the time I am still using the Firefox default just because it doesn’t mind being customized as much as some of the others out there do. Now with that in mind, I nearly had my mind blown by Urethane Light. For a slick and shinny theme, it is innovative and beautiful at the same time.

Urethane Light

Here are the installation instructions:

1. Download the .jar file to a place where you can access it easily.
2. In Firefox, drag+drop the .jar file into Tools>Add-ons under the “Themes” tab.
3. The theme should begin to auto-install.
4. Once installation completes, select “Use Theme” and restart Firefox.

Another nice alternative theme from an alternative web site. Urethane Light’s slickness has won me over.

Firefox Headlines of the Week

Sure I might have spent some of this week missing in action, but I still have the top headlines for you that happened this past week in the world of Firefox.

Mozilla Goes Mobile? – I think Firefox would make the perfect mobile browser for a slew of devices out there.

Vote for the Next Mozilla Store Item! – The choice is yours, what would you like to see come next from the Mozilla Store?

Pirillo Offers Holy Grail to Firefox Configurations – I really think Chris is a closet Firefox fan.

How to Turn Your Browser Into a Weapon – Turn Firefox into a feature-filled, Web-hacking weapon of mass destruction! Mwhaha!

A Motherboard with Embedded Firefox – The Firefox Web browser (running on an embedded Linux operating system) burned into ROM via the motherboard – now that is geeky and awesome rolled into one. Geewesome!

2 Halloween Themes for October

I really like Halloween, it might be my favorite holiday of the year. It has always seemed to be that way with me, not sure exactly why. Don’t know if it is all the scary stuff, the dressing up or the fact my birthday is in the same month.

Since I am in the spirit of the holiday though I thought I would toss you a few Firefox themes that would help you celebrate right along with the rest of us.

HalloFFHalloFF – Created by TwisterMc this theme gives you some orange, some black and a little Jack Skellington tossed in for good measure. Go ahead, lick your browser – bet it taste better now that a caramel covered apple.

Halloween ThemeHalloween – This theme gives you that traditional Halloween look (it had better with that name) and you don’t even have to worry about kids putting flaming bags of poo at your doorstep. I say it is a win win situation.

Wish there were more – maybe this year will inspire a few new creations from the Firefox themers out there?

Update! I found another one for you.

Firefox Images Helpers and Tweaks

Firefox Image ToolbeltWith Firefox and a few handy extensions, you can take any gallery of photos or images and get more out of them. Where other browser might fall a little short, Firefox knows how to treat the image loving freaks out there. Need some help with your digital images? Firefox has you covered.

Image Toolbar – get that old IE6 hover-over toolbar on Firefox. You know the one that used to let you save, coy, print and more? Yeah I try to block using Internet Explorer out of my mind too.

Image Zoom – Allows you to zoom in on images to get a closer look. Of course, you still face the eventual pixelation of the image, but nice to have if you don’t want to export the image to an image editor.

PicLens – This is my favorite of the “view your images in a new way” extensions. PicLens instantly transforms your browser into an full-screen slideshow experience. It also comes with support for Flickr, Facebook and Google Images right out of the box.

Open Image In New Tab – I bet you can’t figure out what this extension does. If you said “washes the car” you would be wrong my friend. Get a new right-click menu option to open your images in a new tab. Yes, it really is that simple.

Have any other image extensions that deserve my attention?

Old Posts, New Popularity

Month after month, the most popular post I have done seems to be the best Greasemonkey script roundup. Just wanted to let everybody know I have updated the list, deleted some junk and hopefully now it is worth its popularity levels yet again.

Here are some of the other posts that were popular last month:

If there is ever anything you’d like to see me cover, talk about or stop talking about – my door is always open, shoot me over a line or two.

DejaClick – Manage Repetitive Tasks

Record Your BrowserDoing the same thing over and over again sucks. Being repetitive sucks. If the Web is all about making my life better, why do I have to keep doing the same things over and over again? DejaClick, an extension for Firefox, looks to end my repetitive ways.

Here is a little more about the extension from the developers:

DejaClick is a web recorder and Super Bookmark utility designed exclusively for Firefox. You can record and bookmark your browser activities, then with a single click, replay the entire sequence all over again.

Now where does this come in handy? Well think of the tasks on the Web that you must do where you have to click through several links to get to the spot you need. DejaClick can record your browser’s actions and replay them as many times as you need.

Some of the other features include:

  • One-button recording and bookmarking
  • Toolbar with full record/replay controls
  • Sidebar with replay results and property editing
  • Statusbar with record/replay status information
  • Action and Event keyword validation
  • Optional AlertSite Business Transaction Monitor integration

So if your wanting to cut down on your clicks and let the browser do some of the work for you – this is definitely a neat extension to at least try, to see if it will do the job for you… literally!

Ad Free RSS Feed for Firefox Facts

I have decided to remove the FeedBurner ads from the Firefox Facts RSS feed. In all honesty it just wasn’t really returning enough of the green stuff to be worth it to me – and if it means I can get a few more subscribers and visitors to FirefoxFacts.com, then ditching them is well worth it.

So might be time to pass this URL to all your friends, amigos and buddies:

http://feeds.feedburner.com/firefoxfacts

Now ad free but still full of goodies!