Archive | Hacks and Tweaks

Firefox Memory Leak Fixer – Maybe

Yet another Firefox memory leak fixer has been made public, but you have to do a little editing under the hood to get it to work. I tried it out myself, and I have to say it did bring down my memory use. In fact, it cut my Firefox memory usage down by 25 percent or so. If you don’t mind messing with Firefox’s “about:config” settings, then give this a shot.

[This May Help Your Memory Leak!]

Display Installed Extensions Online

InfoLister is an extension for Mozilla Firefox, Mozilla Thunderbird and Nvu that gathers various information (such as themes, extensions and plugins) about Firefox/Thunderbird and saves it to a file. Now where the interesting part comes in, is the ability to upload that list as an XML file so you can share what extensions you are using with your friends Online.

Thanks goes to Douglas for this very interesting tip. Here is how you can find out a little more about using the output of InfoLister to fit your needs:

blogZero – Share Your Firefox Extension List

loadaverageZero – Installed Extensions

Stylish

Stylish is to CSS what Greasemonkey is to JavaScript. Stylish allows you to easily manage user styles for the application UI, all websites, or only certain websites. Stylish is better than using userChrome.css/userContent.css because styles are applied immediately instead of requiring a restart.

[Read More About the Stylish Extension!]

Firefox Extension Packs

Thanks to the Firefox extension, Mass Installer, you never have to worry about downloading all your favorite extensions again when doing a clean install of everybody’s favorite browser. The only work you have to do is collect the links to all of your favorite extensions (i.e. to the XPIs) and put them in a text file (one URL per line). Be sure to check out some of the “extension packs” that the folks at Lifehacker put together as well.

[Read More About Mass Extension Installing!]

FirefoxFacts.com Search Plugin

I had a little free time to spare today, so I thought I would write up a search plugin for FirefoxFacts.com. It is really easy to drag and drop search engine plugins into Firefox, but just in case anybody doesn’t know, I’ll walk through it with you.

1. Unzip the FFSearchPlugin.zip to your desktop

2. Navigate to your “searchplugins” folder (Usually found in Program Files > Mozilla Firefox > searchplugins)

3. Drag and drop firefoxfacts.src and firefoxfacts.gif into the searchplugins folder

4. Restart Firefox, and have fun searching FirefoxFacts.com!

There might not be too much to search through just yet, but in the future this should become a very helpful resource.

[Download the FirefoxFacts.com Search Plugin (.zip)]

Forcing Extensions to Work on Bon Echo

If you just can’t wait till the Bon Echo version of Firefox is finalized, then I have found a good tutorial for you. The Web site explains how you can get your current list of extensions working with the new Bon Echo Alpha 1 release of Firefox. I don’t know if I would recommend this for the novice user. If you feel comfortable sticking your hand in Bon Echo’s guts though, feel free to try it out.