Archive | April, 2008

Firefox Security Update to 2.0.0.14

Just got my update a short time ago, have you gotten yours.  Looks like Firefox 2.0.0.1.4 was released yesterday afternoon, and if you have automatic updates enabled in Firefox, you should be getting it yourself in 24-48 hours.  This looks to be like a critical security update because only one change mentioned in the release notes.  Wasn’t rolled in together with any other fixes.

Here are the details from Mozilla:

Fixes for security problems in the JavaScript engine described in MFSA 2008-15 (CVE-2008-1237) introduced a stability problem, where some users experienced crashes during JavaScript garbage collection. This is being fixed primarily to address stability concerns. We have no demonstration that this particular crash is exploitable but are issuing this advisory because some crashes of this type have been shown to be exploitable in the past.

To update you can activate your automatic updates, go to help and then “check for updates” or download the most recent version at getfirefox.com.

8 Fresher YouTube Scripts

monkey-tube2 Remember the 10 freshest YouTube Scripts? Well thanks to a few reader submissions and a little more searching on my own I have found a few more to share with you that are well worth trying if your a fan of Greasemonkey and/or YouTube.

1. Add Link to HD Video on YouTube – Simply adds a link to the higher resolution version of a video.

2. Download ANY Video from YouTube – Download the video as a MP4 file.

3. Yet Another YouTube alternate Player – Replaces YouTube’s flash player with http://mplayerplug-in.sf.net.

4. YouTube “Lights Out” – Dim everything on the page except for the video.

5. Hide comments from YouTube videos – Hide YouTube comments, replaces them with a link just in case you do want to read them.

6. YouTube More Info Auto-click – Always get all the description when watching a video via YouTube.

7. YouTube+ – Optimizes YouTube for bigger resolutions and gives you the opportunity to hide various sections of the video playback page, disable autoplay, enable HD and download videos.

8. YouTube Loop – Make your video keep playing for ever and ever.

Did I miss your favorite? Leave a comment and let me know!

Undock the Firefox Sidebar

Ez Sidebar in Action! Want to separate the Firefox sidebar window that comes up when you browse your bookmarks or history into it’s own separate window?  We all have plenty of desktop space right?  Why not spread things out a little?  If your desktop space is just itching for another window then you too might want to pick up the Ez Sidebar add-on.

Once installed, you can easily undock and unlock the sidebar in Firefox from the Firefox browser window.  You can then move it around the the position where it might be best for you.  The undocked sidebar can raise on top always, and collapse or expand itself automatically by mousing over it.

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

This provides the “Sidebar” toggle button to the toolbar. It shows/hides the Sidebar on click. And, you can switch the sidebar panels from the dropdown list of the button directly.  This allows to take web pages into sidebar panels directly like Mozilla Seamonkey. They will be listed in the “Sidebar” menu and the list of the “Sidebar” button, same as built-in panels, Bookmarks, History, or others. (Firefox can load bookmarks into the Sidebar, so this feature will be no use for some people.)

If you have been searching for a way to separate your sidebar from your browser, Ez Sidebar will do the trick.

Rickrolling with Firefox

Poor ol’ Rick Astley has never been as popular as he has been in the past few weeks. Thanks to the new Internet prank of “rickrolling” millions of people have listening to his song. Probably more so than listened to it in 1987 if I had to guess. If you have your Firefox handy you too can get in on the fun.

RollTube is the first one the list, after installing this addon it will switch every video on YouTube with the infamous video of Rick shaking his funky white stuff. Here it is in action:


RollTube – the rick roll firefox extension from fffffat labs on Vimeo.

If all this Rick Astley love isn’t doing it for you, and your more annoyed than amused by it all then I have an addition to Firefox to help you out as well. Pick up the Rickroll Database. This is a filter you can setup your AdBlock Plus to subscribe to. You can also submit your own rickrolling videos to the database to make sure nobody else gets fooled by it again.

Just remember, here on Firefox Facts we’ll never give you up or let you down either… promise!

Using Firefox as a Daily Deal Finder

shopping-with-firefox In the Online world, the idea of shopping alone with no help at all is more than a little out dated.  If you take a look around there are so many services and add-ons for Firefox that will turn you into a shopping and deal finding juggernaut.

You just have to know where to look and which are the best of the best.

Shopping Bag – This add-on promises to help you never miss a deal again.  It is a free add-on that works with Firefox to help you find deals via iBakeSale.com.  Cash-back at hundreds of online stores?  Sounds interesting to me.

Pronto Shopping Messenger – The next extension on the list here brings you instant price comparisons when you shop online via a small message window that alerts you of potential savings.

Shopzilla – Easy search and save tool that makes Online shopping a little easier and cheaper too, if you use the tool correctly.  Browse through sites like eBay and Amazon to find the best deal possible on the product you most desire.

Grocery List Generator – This add-on would be more helpful for “real world” shopping and hunting down of deals.  The Grocery List Generator helps store your lists you need regularly.

Coupon Craze – This is one of the many coupon alerters out there that will help you keep track of the latest coupons, deals and offers when visiting your favorite shopping sites.

RetailMeNot 2.0 – Shopping has gone Web 2.0!  If you find yourself always a day late and a dollar short when it comes to finding deals, RetailMeNot is the addon for you.  It automatically informs you of sites its’ users have shared discount coupon codes for.

Woot Watcher – We all love Woot, right?  I just feel silly typing that, but they do find some great deals.  Woot Watcher monitors the Woot web site and keeps you updated on the current item, price and if it is sold out yet or not.

As you can see Firefox can be turned from a normal everyday browser into a shopper’s best friend.  Toss in a few add-ons, and you can then brag to your friends that you too are saving money and finding the best deals on the Web.

Best Firefox Fixes for Your Popular Pages Being Down

popular-404-fixes Knowing that by the time I get there, the page will probably have already been dugg to death or viewed by so many people on reddit, del.icio.us and others that I won’t be able to view it, I often give up.  Firefox gives us a few more chances to bring that popular web site back up from the dead.

Handy Links and Bookmarklets

First solution I have to share with you would be the bookmarklet way of doing things.  Thanks to Stephen Ostermiller and his Cache Bookmarklets – you too can view Coral Cache, Google Cache, or the Wayback Machine history when it comes to checking out that cool link all your friends are talking about.

You could always visit come of these caching services by hand too.  Just toss these addresses in front of your link:

All you have to do is replace the word “link” with your own URL you are trying to visit.  Handy list of bookmarks to keep by your side.  What about the add-on fix?

Firefox Add-ons to Help Resurrect Pages

If you would rather go the extension route, then pick up the Resurrect Pages add-on for Firefox.  This tool will give you a way to access these services and more right from the browser.  It works from:

  • the context (right-click) menu for the current page, and for all links.
  • in the toolbar, just customize it to drag the button in.
  • with the keyboard: press Ctrl-Shift-U

Another extension for Firefox that may do the trick is CacheIt.  It will also display an archived version of the page you are viewing or the link you are hovering over.  Does a lot of the same things Resurrect Pages does, it just does it differently.

More Add-ons to Try: Cache View, ErrorZilla Mod, and TADSEE

Got Greasemonkey? Try Digg.com Mirrors.  I wish I could toss in a few more Greasemonkey fixes but all the scripts out there that used to be good just are not updated as much as they used to be.

Now you should be ready to view any popular link your friends have to send your way without the fear of being the one “out of the loop” due to the web site being down.  Have anymore fixes I didn’t mention?  Please share!

Hey! Just Blog It Already!

screenshot3 Want to just blog it?  There is a neat new Firefox addon that you might be interested in.  The addon, rightfully named JustBlogIt lets you blog from Firefox using a plethora of different blogging methods.  The promise here is to blog anything from Firefox’s right-click context menu.

Which blogging scripts and services are supported?

Blogger, Drupal, LiveJournal, Movable Type, Radio Userland, TextPattern, TypePad, WordPress, journalspace, b2evolution and BLOG:CMS and more!

If you want the latest and greatest version, pick it up from the add-on’s official web site. You can also find the latest “Mozilla tested, mother approved” version on Mozilla’s own add-on site.

Firefox 3 Faster than Safari Where?

In a funny, yet surprising twist of fate it looks like the ZDNet guys found that using SunSpider JavaScript benchmark tests that Firefox 3 Beta 5 is faster than Safari 3.1… on a Mac! 

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That has to be a little ‘bit of an embarrassment for the Apple team but good news for all the Apple users out there that are looking forward to trying out and switching to Firefox 3 – once the final version hits the streets.  Sure, the Safari wildebeests will say Firefox is only faster by a 7% margin but it is still a feather to be had in Mozilla’s proverbial cap.

Research Better with Wired-Marker

The Wired-Marker add-on for Firefox gives you access to one of the best virtual highlighters I have seen thus far.  Being able to highlight on web pages in various styles and colors can really help you in a number of ways when doing research or working Online.

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You can think of it as an electronic bookmarker that services as a guide with you go back to that specific web page.  Another neat feature is it also automatically records and saves your highlighted info in a scrapbook for later.

Here are some of the ways you can use this handy extension:

  • As a highlighter to help you mark material on a web site
  • Save specific positions in a web page by marking it with the highlighter tool
  • Use as a scrapbook to collect a lot of data from different pages or locations
  • Organize your thoughts, but using different colors and styles for different occasions or tasks

So next time you have a research paper due, you need to compare prices, you need to collect various stats for your boss or you have a school project your working on, try working with the Wired-Marker.  This is thus far the king of the digital highlighters.