Archive | November, 2007

RSS Bootcamp with Sargeant Firefox

Listen here Private, I am going to not only give you some tools to get your RSS editing and reading done. I am going to give you the best tools you can load into that browser of yours. Are you ready? Well ten-hut – and sound off.

Different Ways to Read FeedsAlternative and Different RSS Readers

RSS Ticker – watch as your live bookmarks and scrolls their entries across your screen while you surf.

Simple RSS Reader – When you need to get the news fast, Simple RSS gets you there faster.
With only a few clicks you get your favorite news in your toolbar.

Feed Sidebar – The Feed Sidebar is an extension for the Mozilla Firefox Web browser that displays the new items from your Live Bookmarks in the sidebar. It works well – as long as you don’t have many feeds to get through.

InfoRSS – The extension installs a small icon (looks like an earth) in the status bar. The headlines are displayed in the beside this icon in the status bar or in a separate bar (top or bottom of the screen).

Editing RSS Tools and Addons

RSS Editor – Edit your own feed with this extension. It delivers a simple desktop RSS editor for casual editing of RSS 2.0 files.

RSS Validator – Once you open the RSS feed into the browser window, you can right click on the page or goto the Tools menu and validate the RSS feed.

Firefox Standard Feed ReadingTraditional RSS Reading in Firefox

Wizz RSS News Reader – At first I didn’t like Wizz much (fighting the urge to make a joke about “taking” this Wizz anywhere) but it has improved with time. It is fairly powerful, feature rich, well supported and has comprehensive online help for all.

Sage – The oldest and maybe the best of the built in Firefox feed reading clients. It delivers newspaper feed rendering customizable via style sheets. It also does a good job at integrating with with Firefox’s bookmark storage and live bookmarks.

Beatnik – Simple but elegant news reader for RSS and Atom feeds. It is simple. If your looking for neat features and a “wiz bang” interface, this isn’t the extension for you. If you need a feed reader for a dozen feeds or so and you want it built into your browser, you might want to give Beatnik a shot.

NewsFox – NewsFox is an RSS reader for folks who like Thunderbird’s built in RSS reader, but they don’t use that E-mail client.

RSS Reading on the Web (along with some cool tools)

Google Reader Notifier & Google Reader Watcher – Two grade A addons that give you a way to track when your Google Reader updates with new things to read. Pick which one does the best job for you and stick with it.

BlogRovr – It fetches posts from your favorite blogs about anything you’re browsing, and shows you summaries you can open read posts without leaving the web page you were on.

Extero – Clean, Yet Different Theme

Extero Theme for Firefox

The Extero theme for Firefox is something mixed between a stylish vibe and a familiar face.

TwisterMC is at it again with another off the wall – yet creatively inspiriting Firefox theme that I am sure more than a few of you will enjoy.

Here is how he describes the theme:

I tried to take a different avenue with extero and break away from the norm just a little bit. It’s not crazy different, but there are some oddities that make extero unique.

Overall yet another that deserves to be in anybody’s collection.

Quick and Easy Location Lookup

Having a hard time finding yourself around? Locator might be the Firefox extension you have been looking for. What makes it so special? Just simply select the address, right click with mouse, “Locate on Google Map” and your place will be located on the map.

Locator Firefox Extention

Highlight, Right Click and Hold On!

It all reminds me of that time I went on a cross country trip with a midget named Sam and $20 in my pocket. From the Golden Gate Bridge all the way to White House – we never knew exactly where we were or how to find the next place we wanted to go.

Now if we had this baby loaded up in Firefox – finding our way would have been a piece of cake.

Ok, well maybe there wasn’t a midget named Sam. Maybe it wasn’t even $20 I had in my pocket. That doesn’t change the fact that Locator makes navigation an easier task for all.

Monday Mozilla Links and News

Time to take a look at what some of you might have missed over the weekend with your favorite orange and blue browser.

Remember, send your link suggestions to me and I might have to toss them out to the rest of the Firefox Facts-a-maniacs out there.

Password Exporter Saved My Bacon

Password ExporterIf you follow any of my other side projects, you might have noticed I got a new PC the other day. One of the not-so-much-fun aspects of getting a new computer is getting Firefox back up and running on it and getting all your bookmarks, settings and passwords moved over. For the most part Google’s Browser Sync did a lot of the heavy lifting in that regard.

Where Did My Passwords Go?!

I screwed up somewhere though, and all my saved passwords were not there. Before I freaked out (ok, I might have freaked out just a little ‘bit) I remembered about the Password Exporter extension for Firefox.

Here is a little more information about it from the developer:

This extension allows you to export and import your saved passwords and rejected sites between computers. Your passwords will be exported to an XML or CSV file and can be encrypted.

Did Password Exporter Do the Job?

I installed it on both the old machine and the new machine – then moved the exported backup (simple .xml file) from the old PC to my new PC. It worked! My passwords were not lost and I didn’t have to spend hours trying to set that whole mess back up.

So if your in a pinch and you need your passwords backed up – give the Password Exporter extension a shot. Might also not hurt to have it up and running 24/7 – so you can make a backup of your password list and store it somewhere safe.

Released: Firefox 3 Beta 1

This is something everybody and their grandmother will be covering over the next few days, so I thought I should say something about it. Firefox 3 Beta 1 is now ready for testing. Still for “testing purposes only” this version promises to deliver…

  • Improved security features such as: better presentation of website identity and security, malware protection, stricter SSL error pages, anti-virus integration in the download manager, and version checking for insecure plugins.
  • Improved ease of use through: better password management, easier add-on installation, new download manager with resumable downloading, full page zoom, animated tab strip, and better integration with Windows Vista and Mac OS X.
  • Richer personalization through: one-click bookmarking, smart search bookmark folders, direct typing in location bar searches your history and bookmarks for URLs and page titles, ability to register web applications as protocol handlers, and better customization of download actions for file types.
  • Improved platform features such as: new graphics and font rendering architecture, major changes to the HTML rendering engine to provide better CSS, float-, and table layout support, native web page form controls, colour profile management, and offline application support.
  • Performance improvements such as: better data reliability for user profiles, architectural improvements to speed up page rendering, over 300 memory leak fixes, and a new XPCOM cycle collector to reduce entire classes of leaks.

List of feature courtesy of developer.mozilla.org.

+ Download Firefox 3 Beta 1! 

Firesizer – Resize Firefox to Your Liking

FiresizerResizing your browser window. This isn’t just something that web designers need – I think we all move our windows around the screen from time to time. Sometimes, just to let you in on a little secret… I do it just for the fun of it.

Firesizer is an extension for Firefox that will let you pre-set a series of browser sizes so you can quickly jump from one to the other. Here is a little more information about the extention:

Provides a menu and status bar to resize the window dimensions to a specific size. Unlike other similar extensions, this one sets the size of the *entire window*, not just the HTML area.

Nobody is going to claim this extension is reinventing the wheel, but it is a small extension that does what it sets out to do. As long as you can get that much done, your alright in my book.

Top 5 Links on Firefox this Week

This week went by too quickly, so the links are not plentiful – but they are good. You come here for the quality though and not the numbers right?

As always, if you have a headline or two to send my way, feel free to send it to mitch@mitchkeeler.com. I’ll take the best of the best, and leave out the rest.

3 Ugliest (yet Popular) Firefox Themes

Why are so many of the Firefox themes out there on the popular list so darn ugly? Here are just a few examples of some of the “most popular” themes out there. So ugly you might want to slap your mama and go back to Microsoft. Now that is ugly.

Ugly Red ThemeBloodFire

What is red, black and kinda hard to use? This Firefox theme! Now I do not meant to hurt feelings here but I kinda like to be able to have a peaceful and calm Firefox experience. This one makes me feel like I need to sit in a dark empty cellar and write this by candle light.

Ugly Old FactoryOldFactory Black

With all the rustic switches and knobs, this one has the “hey this looks cool” part of the theme down – but when it is all said and done, it is really hard to use. The old-fashioned theme for a modern browser….. I always thought that was the title for all those Internet Explorer themes out there.

Creepy Red Cats!Red Cats (blue flavor)

I hate cats – they freak me out. Didn’t you ever watch or read Stephen King’s Cat’s Eye story. They just give me the creeps… My deepest apologies to the cat people out there I just can’t give this theme any love. The fact that it is cute isn’t winning any points with me either.

This all leaves me with this thought, maybe I should do a countdown or review before the end of the year of the real best looking themes that are out there. Then again, I guess best and popular don’t always fit together all that well.