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Get Firefox Ready for Spring Storms

Now that spring is here, everybody is keeping an eye on the sky.  Tornados, thunderstorms, and more are taking over the countryside, so time to take a look at some of the best weather related extensions for Firefox to help you stay in the know with watches, warnings, radars and severe weather.

1-ClickWeather

This add-on for Firefox enables users to view their current weather conditions, doppler radar, and international satellite maps.  It will also gather warning and 10-day forecast information from weather.com. 

1-ClickWeather for Firefox

WeatherBug

An old familiar name, Weather Bug will also live in your Firefox browser status bar and give you live and local weather conditions.  It is also a little less cluttered looking, which is always a nice thing. 

WeatherBug for Firefox

Forecastfox

Gathering information from AccuWeather.com, Forecastfox is highly customizable and very unobtrusive.  You can use your US zip code or you can easily find your town or city by using the built in search tool.

Forecastfox in Firefox

Forecastbar Enhanced

Formerly known as Forcastfox Enhanced, this popular Firefox add-on gives you a little ‘bit more as far as weather information goes.  This adds 12 improved radar images for US locations and 4 for international locations and the ability to supply a URL to use images from other sites.

Forecastbar Enhanced in Firefox

How do you keep up to date with your weather information?  Personally, I have my personal area bookmarked at the Weather Underground web site.  Have any other favorite extensions or bookmarklets you like to use?

Shrink a Link with Foxy URL

Need a new way to shorten your links?  Foxy URL hopes to be the extension you turn to, in that situation.  This add-on for Firefox keeps it nice and simple.  After you install it, you just add the icon for it to your navigation toolbar.  Once that is done, click on the icon and your link is shortened.

Foxy URL link shortening in action!

Click the “copy to clipboard” button and you are ready to share your link with the world.  That is it.  No fancy features, no unwanted fuss.  You can pick up the Foxy URL add-on for Firefox at the Firefox Add-ons site or via their own web site at FoxyURL.com.

Download Anything with FlashGot

FlashGot for Firefox A popular add-on for Firefox, to help you download all the links, movies and audio clips on a single page at maximum speeds, is FlashGot.  Created by the same man who brought us NoScript, this lightweight and reliable external download manager will let you download a plethora of information with a single click. 

While this extension has many good features, my favorite might be the FlashGot All.  By selecting this from the menu (or by hitting Ctrl+F3) you can grab all the links found on a current page and dispatch them to the default download manager.  Another nice feature included is the FlashGot Media option.  Watching a video on YouTube?  Quickly download it by hitting Ctrl+F7, via the right click menu or from under the “Tools” Category in your menu bar.

FlashGot might simply be the best integration/add-on for your download manager.

Master’s Guide to Reloading a Tab in Firefox

Reload a Tab, Any Tab!There are a number of different ways you can reload or refresh a window in Firefox.  For such a simple task, you would have never imagined that people have put so much work into making it easier.  The truth of the matter though is they have, and I want to share with you all the tab reloading secrets that I know of (and hopefully you can share your own favorites with me).

Here are the add-ons to help you with your page loading and re-loading.

Now, I know a lot of people will say, “How hard is it to hit the refresh button in your browser?” So with that in mind, here are a few additional ways to reload that web page in question.

Refresh That Tab! Reloading Keyboard Shortcuts

Windows/Linux: F5 or Ctrl + R = Reload a Page

Apple: F5 or Cmd + R = Reload a Page

Extra Tip: Another way to reload that tab you are on is to left-click on the tab, drag it into the browser window and the release.  That will give it a quick refresh too.

How do you reload your browser window?

New Tab King Shakes Up Your New Tab Experience

New Tab King? I always love to look at any kind of stats, because they interest me.  I like to know what people are doing, how many people are doing it and where they are coming from.  With that said, there is a new Firefox add-on that will let you keep tabs on your tabs.  All hail the New Tab King!

The New Tab King extension for Firefox gives you one spot to see all the web sites you use the most.  Instead of getting a blank page when you open a new tab, the New Tab King add-on delivers to you  the web sites and bookmarks you have visited the most in the past 30 days.  Each site is displayed with its description text and the web site’s favicon.

This add-on for Firefox could definitely become a fan favorite over time.  So if you want to replace your new tab screen with something a little more useful, give New Tab King a shot.

Bonus – check out our second look at New Tab King, and their new features!

Better Way to Make Tiny Shareable URLs

In need of shortening a long URL into a short one?  Now, I don’t have to tell you that there are a plethora of services out there to do this for you, however I think I may have found my new favorite way of doing so in Firefox.

Shorten URL extension for Firefox

Shorten URL, an extension for Firefox will do this for you.  From the context menu, you can quickly shorten any link or web page’s URL into one that is easier to share.  Once installed, you can launch the link shortener in a number of different ways.  Right-clicking any link will give you the “Shorten this link URL” in the context menu.  Also right-clicking on any page will do the same.  You can even even launch the link shortener for a specific frame too.

Here are some of the other Shorten URL features:

  • Automatically copy to clipboard (disabled by default)
  • Automatically post to Twitter (disabled by default)
  • Supports 35 URL shortening services

To learn more or to install, be sure to check out their Google code profile or their page on the Firefox Add-ons site.  It has become my new favorite way to shrink a link.

Using a TACO to Protect Your Privacy

TACO in Action! The Targeted Advertising Cookie Opt-Out (get it? TACO) extension sets up permanent opt-out cookies for many different advertising networks. 

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

Unlike other earlier opt-out solutions, this tool will make the cookies completely persistent. That is, clearing the browser’s cookies will delete all other installed cookies, except these.  Users wishing to delete these 40+ cookies (some advertising networks require multiple cookies, for different domain names) must first remove the add-on, before then deleting all installed cookies from the preferences window.

For a list of the 33 advertising networks that this tool help you hide from, check out the developer’s official web site.  So if you are more than a little concerned about who is watching you, this is a great security related add-on to add to your Firefox install.  Who said tacos aren’t good for you?  This one will help protect your privacy!

Twitter from the Location Bar in Firefox

Tweeting from the Address Bar TwitterBar, which funny enough isn’t some geeky place to buy alcoholic beverages, is a simple Firefox add-on I know a lot of you who use Twitter will enjoy.  What does it do?  It turns your location bar in Firefox into a Twitter client.

The way it works is a small Twitter icon sits to the right of your location (or address) bar; clicking on it will post your tweet, and you can hover your mouse over it to see how many characters you have left.

Its short, simple and reeking of awesomeness. 

If you give it a shot, remember to come tweet me up @mitchkeeler

3 Best Translation Tools for Firefox

Translation Tools for Firefox What is the best Firefox add-on to help you translate languages?  Well I am going to do more than just share one extension with you.  I am going to give you the choice of three.  From the most basic, to the advanced – here are the three best translation tools for Firefox.

gTranslate

With gTranslate you can translate any text in a webpage just by selecting and right-clicking over it. The extension uses (one of my personal favorite translation tools) the Google translation services to translate the text.

Translator

There is a lot to be said for being easy to use.  The translator add-on is web translation extension that allows you to translate any web page into nearly any language at the click of a button.  It supports Google’s translation tools, Yahoo!’s Babelfish, PROMT, freetranslation.com, Altavista’s translation tools, and Im translator.

FoxLingo

If you want a powerful translation tool, look no further than FoxLingo.  This add-on for Firefox will do web page translation, search translation, auto translation, has resources for learning languages and much more.  Powerful is the key word here as it can translate full web pages (over 1,500 different language pairs).

So which is the best translation toolset for Firefox? I will leave that up to you.  If you want something powerful, I would say go with FoxLingo.  If you want something quick, gTranslate is the way to go.  Translator sits in the middle, as a good balance between the two.

Turn Xmarks Back into Foxmarks

Xmarks Options While some do not enjoy the most recent enhancements to the classic Foxmarks Firefox add-on, there is a way you can get the new Xmarks to act a ‘bit more like it’s predecessor.

Turn off Smarter Search in Xmarks

The first thing you want to do is go to Tools > Add-ons and then click the options button for Xmarks.  Now, under the “Discovery” Tab you can disable Smarter Search.  In your Google search results, Xmarks will highlight the top three sites based on bookmarking history.  Put your mouse over the special icon to the side of the search results to learn more information such as reviews, and rankings.  If you don’t like it, turn it off.

Turn off Site Info in Xmarks

Next, in that same options window, you can also disable the Site Info, which will turn off the feature in Xmarks that gives you more information about a web site in the location bar.  Once your done disabling things, hit the “OK” button at the bottom of the window.

There you have it, now the new features in Xmarks that some people may not like are turned off, and Xmarks starts to act a lot more like Foxmarks did.