Archive | February, 2010

10 Most Popular Abstract Personas

Love them or hate them, Personas are here to stay, and I have to say the abstract category of Personas on Firefox’s web site are probably some of my favorites of them all.

Now I know I went on a ‘bit of a rant the other day about how some Personas just are not worth the time of day, however some really do fit in well with the Firefox browser too.  Here are 10 of the most popular abstract Personas I found usable and beautiful.

Groovy Blue

Popular Abstract Persona #1

Abstract Black

Popular Abstract Persona #2

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Track Your Stocks from Within Firefox

Stock Tracking in Firefox

Looking for a way to keep your eye on your stocks? 

Sure, there are a number of different web sites that will do this, but adding this functionality to Firefox would be even cooler.  StockFox is the best lightweight stock ticker you can integrate into the Firefox browser.

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The Downfall of Personas

Now, Firefox’s new Personas feature has seem taken off really well.  Each time I visit the Personas web site, there are more and more backgrounds to use for Firefox.  So with such a good start, what will be the downfall of the Personas?

It all comes down to quantity over quality.  Some of these backgrounds just are not any good.  The same could be said for many Firefox themes too, but with Personas – there are a few simple things that could go a long way before you submit it for the public, that would be so easy to check into.

For example, look at this:

Can You Read This?

I am not going to use a Persona where I can’t read anything inside of the browser. 

Other annoyances would be having text in the background, having the background be too busy, and general “why the heck did you think that would make a good background” questions of designing competence.

So you tell me, what makes for a better Firefox Persona or have you been turned off my many of the ugly background out there? Post your feedback and thoughts in the comments.

Archive Your Reusable Text for Later

Save text to be pasted later again and again!  Do you find yourself typing the same snipits of information over and over again?  Maybe it is a form you need people to answer, or perhaps it is just your e-mail signature.  With Clippings, an extension for Firefox, you can quickly archive all your most used blocks of text to be used anytime.

Once you have this add-on installed, you can save frequently entered text for later really easily.  All it takes is two mouse clicks and your text is there.  Just right-click in the textarea, select clippings and then select the name for the text you wish to paste in.

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Create and Store a More Dynamic Signature

Better E-mail Signatures Want to be able to create a much more dynamic signature for your webmail accounts and more, the will show off your instant messenger names, social network links and more details about yourself?  WiseStamp is a pretty awesome addition to Firefox, that will let you do that and so much more, in a very stylish way.

Once installed, you get your own WYSIWYG editor to create and edit your own signature collection.  You can add links via RSS, instant messenger service or social profiles from around the Web too.

Still need more information?  Check out this awesome video tutorial demonstrating what all you can do with this amazing add-on for Firefox.

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External Text Editing in Firefox

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Filed under, “not sure if I need it – but thanks, just in case” we have Texto.  This add-on for Firefox will allow you to launch an external text editor to edit text forms in Firefox. 

Here is a little more about the add-on from the Texto developer:

This add-on strips out much of the Mozex functionality to focus on launching external text editors. Features the ability to customize editor behavior for different websites, and uses the asynchronous process support in Firefox 3.6 to update textareas automatically when the external editor is finished, without polling.

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Just Put It On My Bar Tab

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When you load up a dozen or more tabs all at once, Firefox can slow down to a crawl.  Now, you can either choose to stop overwhelming Firefox with too many tabs or you can grab this helpful add-on for Firefox that will only load up the tab you need at the time, with multiple tabs still available. 

Just put it on your Bar Tab.

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ImTranslator Replacement

Firefox Add-on Replacement

For years now, I have been highlighting the best Firefox add-ons out there for you all to check out and use, if needed.  However, not often do I go that extra mile to help you replace an add-on that I don’t think is that handy to have.  Amazingly enough, ImTranslator is an add-on that have enjoyed a lot of popularity (3,875,310 downloads to be exact) however I think there is a better solution out there, that doesn’t even need an add-on for Firefox to be used.

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How to Add or Remove Firefox Personas

Personas Guide! Firefox Personas, the lightweight themes for the Firefox browser, are still pretty new to the Mozilla user base our there.

With that in mind, I thought it might be handy to guide you through the process when it comes to adding a new Persona theme to your browser, removing a Persona theme from your browser, and how to chance through Persona themes – once you have several saved to your system.

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Setup Reminders in Firefox

ReminderFox in Action

I love any add-on or web site service that helps me organize my day to day life and duties.  Being somewhat of an organizational nut, I do have to say one of my favorite Firefox add-ons out there is ReminderFox.  This add-on for Firefox remembers things, so you don’t have to.

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