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ServStats

Once you start talking about networks and servers, a lot of folks start rolling their eyes and looking the other way. This stuff is complicated and hard to most, but it does not have to be. The Firefox extension ServStats makes getting information about connectivity a little easier.

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Swiftfox Experience

For those of you who don’t know, Swiftfox is an optimized build of Mozilla Firefox. Swiftfox has builds for both AMD and Intel processors. The 1.5.0.6 release is based on Firefox 1.5.0.6. Here is just one person’s story on using it.

When I first tried Firefox on Linux, I thought to myself “Things simply don’t get better than this”. I had never used a quicker browser; it seemed to be making the most of my broadband connection. Never before had the internet seemed so accessible.

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Mimulus

Most “What You See Is What You Get” or WYSIWYG editors aren’t worth much. Sure there are a few that break that rule, but for the most part I have always said you are better off ignoring them. What if you could edit other people’s Web sites in this way? As long as it is for your own private use, I don’t see a problem with that. That is what the Mimulus Firefox extension brings to the dance.

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Top 10 Firefox Web 2.0 Add-ons

Another Firefox top ten list. Yes, I said another, “top ten lists write my content for me” list.

With all this talk of the Web as a platform, it’s worth taking a closer look at what web apps are using Firefox as their platform. Firefox is regarded as the best Web browser in terms of extensions – i.e. small browser add-ons which modify or add to existing functionality. It has hundreds of add-ons, which can be downloaded from here. But which are the best ‘web 2.0′ add-ons for Firefox?

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Slim Extensions List

Tired of having to scroll and scroll just to see all of the extensions you have installed in Firefox? Well, then you need to pick up the Slim Extension List extension. I know, you are thinking, “I don’t need another extension to add to the list!”, but I promise you this one makes the pain go away. It shortens the entries for each extension so that they don’t take up so much space. Click on the extension in question, and the box expands to show you more information.

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AllPeers Still Around

Remember AllPeers? This is the problem with staying in a private beta too long. People forget what you are or what you are trying to do. I remember getting really excited about this when the news first broke. How do I feel now? Well, some of the excitement has left me – but I’d love to check it out.

UK/Prague-based AllPeers is a Firefox extension that will allow for group P2P file sharing using the browser. A persistent buddy list in a sidebar is created. Files can be shared with those buddies by dragging a file, folder or URL into their name. It’s just as easy to share the file with multiple people. The core technology is based on bittorent.

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Not So Perfect Extensions

Every so often, Firefox extensions go bad. Now they don’t start to live a life of crime – but they do tend to get a little buggy. The folks over at Mozillazine.org have a list of problematic Firefox extensions, and what you can do if you run into the same problem with those extensions.

This article lists known extensions that cause unwanted side effects in Firefox or in other extensions and plugins, along with recommended workarounds. For other issues related to specific Firefox plugins, see the linked article.

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