Archive | May, 2008

Firefox 3’s About:Config Warning!

Well I have finally switched over to using Firefox 3 – RC1 and found this warning very amusing…

Firefox 3's about:config Warning

Now I just wonder how many people will really think Firefox has a warranty? :)

Firefox 3 – RC1 is in the Public!

Firefox 3 - RC1 is OUT!

After three years of development, Firefox 3 has finally almost made it to a version ready for the public.  So what does the release candidate (otherwise known as RC) mean?  This is pretty much the final version of Firefox 3 – short of bug fixes and little tweaks here and there. 

I think this quote from Asa Dotzler sums things up nicely…

With more than 15,000 improvements over the previous release, ranging from dramatic performance and memory gains to truly innovative features like the “Awesome Bar,” Firefox 3 is the no-compromise browser that puts you back in control of your Web experience.

So will you be giving Firefox 3, release candidate 1 a shot?  If interested you can download it for yourself on Mozilla’s web site.

ScrapBook – Save Your Web Page Collections

1 It seems like I am always doing research on one thing or another, for a future article or a future project of mine.  There are not that many tools out there to help you collect your information and save it for later.  The ScrapBook extension for Firefox is one of the few.  It is simple and also allows to save web pages and organize them as you see fit.

Here are some of the features ScrapBook provides…

  • Save Web page
  • Save snippet of Web page
  • Save Web site
  • Organize the collection in the same way as Bookmarks
  • Full text search and quick filtering search of the collection
  • Editing of the collected Web page
  • Text/HTML edit feature resembling Opera’s Notes

If you find yourself in the need of a better note taker, then you might want to pick up the ScrapBook add-on for Firefox.

Add Many Regional Clocks (or just one) to Your Statusbar

FoxClocks for Firefox Sometimes the simplest solutions are the best.  The FoxClocks add-on for Firefox allows you keep an eye on the time around the world – or just your local time – by putting small clocks in your statusbar.

This has been one of Mozilla’s favorite featured extensions for some time, due to the fact that well… people like to know what time it is?

Here is a little more about FoxClocks from the developer:

You can set each clock’s colour, or even have a clock change colour during certain hours (perhaps green when it’s a good time to Skype your friends in Japan). Too much stuff in your statusbar? Move your clocks to a toolbar, or switch to ‘icon’ mode and hover over the FoxClocks icon to see your clocks.  FoxClocks’ Zone Picker tree lets you browse virtually all the world’s time zones by country, region or city. Enable automatic database updates and you’ll always have the right time.

One more neat feature of FoxClocks is if you have Google Earth installed, you can right click on a region’s clock and it will take you right there.  A simple addon to add a clock, or for travelers – to keep track of many clocks.  If this is an itch you have to scratch, you can now do so with Firefox.

5 Ways to use Firefox to Filter the Web

firefox-safety We are always talking about adding features to Firefox, what about for those people who would like to take them away?  Better yet, how about adding features that let you take other features away?  Ok, now I am even confusing myself. 

Firefox has some great add-ons to use when it comes to blocking, filtering or checking out the sometimes shady information that may be passing through it.

LeechBlock – This extension is much more for saving you from looking at random stupid links when you should be working.  If you can not keep yourself focused, you may need to add this to your own Firefox install.

Flashblock – Tired of seeing the offers to punch President Bush, the Pope or any other important person to win an iPod?  The Flashblock add-on has your back as it will block all flash until it is told not to.

Adblock Plus – How could you not love Adblock Plus?  Filter out the ads you don’t want to see – and automatically subscribe to filters so you don’t waste time setting these things up yourself.  Not to mention, I did interview the creator of the script a few months back (very awesome guy!).

NoScript – NoScript allow JavaScript, Java and other executable content to run only from sites you trust.  Some feel it is better to browse the Web this way to make sure you don’t get bit by something nasty by randomly surfing through pages.

CookieSafe – This extension will allow you to easily control cookie permissions. It will appear on your statusbar. Just click on the icon to allow, block, or temporarily allow the site to set cookies.

Know of another blocking or filtering tool that does a better job?

Auto Right-Click Highlighted Text

firefox-auto-context-addon Isn’t it about time you gave your right button on your mouse a break?

Starting of the week with a simple, yet effective addon for anybody in the Firefox user base.  The Auto Context extension for Firefox will automatically right-click any text that you highlight. 

The fun doesn’t stop there though.  This add-on also lets you customize that right-click context menu with what you want, need and love.  Also, no need to worry about if it works with your current context menu changing extensions.  Here are some of them that it should work with:

Plain Text to Link, Open-Tran, BabelZilla Glossary Extension, SearchWith, Organize Search Engines, Add to Search Bar, Nuke Anything Enhanced, DownThemAll! and Define Word

Auto Context will save your right mouse button a lot of work through the day.

ErrorZilla Plus

Taking a look at some of the “experimental” add-ons for Firefox, this one caught my eye.  ErrorZilla Plus looks like it is a refreshed version of the original ErrorZilla with a few more perks.

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Here is a little more information from the developers…

This extension is a mod of the ErrorZilla Mod extension. I added a “Proxify” function into it. When error page shows, you can choose a web proxy from a list and browse the unreachable network address via it.  From Chinese users, it is especially useful because of the GFW’s cutoff. When hit a blocked website, just click “Proxify” and you will surf the forbidden area.

To use ErrorZilla you will need to register and login to the add-on’s specific page to gain access to it.

Add Proxy Surfing to Firefox

I have had several questions sent into me lately all about proxy surfing. 

When you get into proxy surfing, this is when the request you send into the browser goes to another service, then that other service sends your request from another location and pulls it back to you.  Most of the time this is used to provide a means to deny access to certain URLs in a blacklist, thus providing content filtering.

Firefox does deliver a fix though with several add-ons you can install…

FoxyProxy is probably the most widely used, but the others have advantages too.  Which one is your favorite?

Learn More About Firefox 3’s Site Identification Button

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Taking a deeper look at the new site identification button inside of Firefox 3, dria.org does a good job at taking it apart and showing you what it is all about.  Honestly, it takes the padlock in browsers past and puts a whole new useful spin on it.   No longer is it just a yes or no answer on if a site is safe.  You get all kinds of useful information delivered right to you in a way you have yet to see in a next generation browser.

Check out more about Firefox 3: Site Identification button!