Archive | June, 2008

Need Instant Amazon Review Summaries?

Instant Web Site Summaries Using what they call cutting-edge artificial intelligence, the Pluribo add-on of Firefox promises to deliver you instant summaries of any Amazon.com web page you are viewing on the Web.  Why read the entire review, when you can get the proverbial cliff notes this way?

How does Pluribo: Instant Summeries work?

Well, essentially Pluribo does exactly what you’d do if you had the time: it reads every word, learns what people liked and disliked, and then figures out the key lessons. But, unlike a person, Pluribo does this automatically. So it can fetch you the bottom line at light speed– freeing up your day to enjoy the finer things in life.

This plugin shows a lot of promise.  I too, like many of you, do a lot of shopping on Amazon and most of the review are usually pretty handy to have when it comes to comparing products.  Of course you take it with a grain of salt, but there is no doubt that it helps and this add-on just speeds up that process of skimming over reviews.

Pluribo: Instant Summaries shows a lot of promise, but I would like to see the tool work on more than just Amazon.  I want to see it work everywhere!

Mission Ctrl? All the Ctrl Key Shortcuts for Firefox

mission-control-gemini-v-aug-1965 Welcome to Mission Ctrl.  The task at hand?  Figure out what happens when you push “that button” along with the Ctrl key.  The result?  An awesome cheat sheet of keyboard shortcuts for you to use and enjoy.

Ctrl + 1 through 9 = Quick switch between 9 open tabs

Ctrl + Page Up = Move left through your open tabs

Ctrl + Page Down = Move right through your open tabs

Ctrl + P = Print Screen

Ctrl + O = Open File

Ctrl + I = Open Bookmarks in Sidebar

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Google Browser Sync = Back from the Dead

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Told you last week about Google’s plans to kill off the semi-popular Google Browser Sync extension.  According to Ars Technica, while they were tossing the dirt in the hole – somebody decided to do this:

Google is distributing the Browser Sync source code under the BSD license and is making it available through a Subversion source control repository on the Google Code website.

Good news for those of us who really liked this add-on.  The reason for its popularity is that it didn’t just sync up your bookmarks.  It also would transfer your passwords, history and cookies.

Personally, I am looking forward to giving Weave a shot (Mozilla’s version of the same service) due to the fact that Mozilla would know how to do it best.  Right now from what I have seen, it looks like it is still kind of buggy.

Not much is up on the Google Code page for BrowserSync but will be worth keeping an eye on in the next few weeks and months ahead.

Hitting the Playground Theme

I miss the playground.  Getting to take a break from school, head outside and play various games that have probably sense been outlawed because one child tagging another is now seen as something "gang" related. 

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This Playground theme is a perfect fit if your seeking a Firefox 3 theme that looks a little more playful in nature.  It is also very colorful and just fun to look at as well.  Kind of reminds me of the Scribblies line of themes for Firefox too.

You can pick it up on Mozilla’s add-on web site and give your own Firefox 3 install a more childish look.

Open Bookmark Manager in Your Browser Window

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Need to access the Firefox 3 Library function without clicking on Bookmarks, then Organize Bookmarks?  You could always go with the keyboard combination Ctrl+Shift+B.  Want an easier one? Try typing this in your address bar:

chrome://browser/content/places/places.xul

This will open up your Firefox 3 Library inside of your main browsing window.  Now you can have a little more screen real estate to edit and manage your favorite links.  Bookmark it and get this "big view" at your fingertips anytime you need it with just the click of a bookmark.

The Basics of Places and Smart Bookmarks

places-in-firefox-3 No doubt that Firefox 3 and the new places query syntax is going to lead into a lot of new and creative ways of managing the bookmarks saved on your machine.  For those unsure what these are they would be your “Recently Bookmarked” or “Recent Tags” selections you see in your bookmarks menu now with Mozilla’s newest browser.

You can think of them as commands for how you wish to pull up your bookmarks.

When creating one, you do it the same way you would create a bookmark.  Hit Ctrl+Shift+B to bring up your Library window.  Click on Bookmarks Menu (or any other location you would like to create it) then right click where your bookmarks are listed and select “New Bookmark…”.

Tearing Apart Your Places

Now in the new popup window, instead of typing in an address, we are going to type in the places query syntax.  For an example:

place:queryType=0&sort=8&maxResults=10

The queryType=0 is telling us to only look at the user’s history and not the bookmarks. 0 would be history, 1 would be bookmarks, and 2 would be both.

The parameter sort= gives us the information on how to organize the results.  Here we are using 8 which means to sort by visit count, descending.

Last but not least you have maxResults=10 and it is probably the one you’ll know right off the bat.  This number setup here will tell your smart bookmark how many results to show.  Setting this number to 0 would give you all the results returned.

Yes, it might still be a little more on the geekier side of things, but play with it some, tear it apart and see what you can come up with.

5+ Awesome AwesomeBar Tweaks and Tips

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Gotten use to the AwesomeBar yet?  This is the new stylish name for the Firefox 3 address bar.  Any ol’ browser can have an “address bar” only one can be awesome though.  Here are a few tips and tweaks you can do to make your awesome bar even more awesome…er?

oldbar – Oldbar makes the location (URL) bar look like Firefox 2.  If you need another alternative to this, try out Old Location Bar.  Why two add-ons that do the same thing?  I don’t know either.

Hide Unvisited – You too can hide pages (bookmarks) that you haven’t visited (since deleting or clearing history) from showing in the AwesomeBar.

Enter Selects – This Extension allows you to press enter in the AwesomeBar to select the first result (without pressing down).

Hidden Places – Stop URLs from specified domains being added to places and the AwesomeBar.

Edit Middle – Show AwesomeBar results when editing in the middle (not just at the end).

For a bonus tip, be sure to head over to Mozilla Links.  Over there they have nine more configuration tweaks you can do to configure you AwesomeBar till you get it just the way you want it.

Firefox 3 Got the Colbert Bump?

Now it all makes more sense, Firefox 3 got the Colbert “bump” so that is why it did so well on Download Day.  If anything, this just adds even a little ‘bit more to the Firefox “cool” factor…

Check out the full episode of The Colbert Report if you need more proof.  Also got to send my personal thanks out to Stephen… call me!