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Use Internet Explorer and Firefox

If there any reason why you can not use more than one browser? No. A lot of folks get caught up in being “uber fans” though and don’t realize that all browsers have some good points and some bad points. This article I found yesterday really got me to thinking – it might have the same effect on you as well.

Naturally, all of this has generated a bit of contention among users of Microsoft Windows where Firefox fans put down IE and users of IE 7 say they don’t want to bother with changing anything on their computers that is working. I’m an unlikely Solomon, but I do know what I would order if I were in charge: Use them both.

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Extensions 101

I got an E-mail the other day from a guy who wanted to know if I knew of a starting spot for people to visit if they were interested in making extensions for Firefox. I had to do some hunting around – but then I found this link via Mozilla’s own Web site:

Extensions are small add-ons that add new functionality to Mozilla applications such as Firefox and Thunderbird. They can add anything from a toolbar button to a completely new feature. They allow the application to be customized to fit the personal needs of each user if they need additional features, while keeping the applications small to download.

There is a lot of good information here to be had. Check it out for yourself, and if you have any more resources please leave a comment and let us all know about them.

Where is my Firefox Profile Folder?

This is a question we get time and time again, so I thought I would post the full listing for where your profile folder is for Mozilla Firefox based on your operating system of choice…

Windows 95 (without Desktop Update)
C:WindowsMozilla

Windows 95 (with Desktop Update)/98/Me
C:WindowsApplication DataMozilla

C:WindowsProfiles<Windows login/user name>Application DataMozilla

Windows NT 4.x
C:WinntProfiles<Windows login/user name>Application DataMozilla

Windows 2000 and XP
C:Documents and Settings<Windows login/user name>Application DataMozilla

Windows Vista
C:Users<Windows login/user name>AppDataRoamingMozilla

Unix
~/.mozilla/

Mac OS X
~/Library/Mozilla/

~/Library/Application Support/

Looking for an easier way to access your profile folder?  You can do so right from the menu bar, if you know where to look for it.  Make sure you check out this tutorial for an even easier way to find your profile folder:

Find Your Firefox Profile Folder, The Easy Way!

Hope that helps you locate your Firefox profile folder.  If there is a location I missed, be sure to let me know and I will get it added.

Firefox 2.0 Compatible Extensions

So, does the Mozilla Firefox extension Web site suck? Well, I guess there is an argument for that. I wouldn’t be so harsh, but it could use some improvements. One big concern folks have is it is pretty hard to hunt down Firefox 2 compatible extensions. When not every extension author has updated – it is disappointing to see an extension you want to use and see it is for an older version only.

Well here is your fix, somebody has made a big list of all the extensions out there today that are compatible with Firefox 2.

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Backing Up Firefox

One of the best tools I have found thus far for backing up your settings and profile in Firefox is MozBackup. I have tried them all, and this freeware program is the one I keep coming back to.

MozBackup is a simple utility for creating backups of Mozilla Firefox, Mozilla Thunderbird, SeaMonkey, Mozilla Suite and Netscape profiles.

It seems like some other backup programs for Firefox miss something, or don’t restore just right. MozBackup does just about everything right, and hasn’t done me wrong yet.

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Learning to Build a Firefox Extension

Say what bad things you want about them, I have to thank webmonkey.com for teaching me many different things when I first came Online. I still remember their tables tutorial, with the plate of food as an example, like it was written yesterday. Well this time the team is back at it again, but this time they are showing you how to create your own Firefox extension.

Today let’s take a look at how one goes about creating these magical extensions. The active ingredient is XUL, a markup language (the eXtensible [or “XML-Based”] User-interface Language, to be precise) that describes things like toolbars, menus, keyboard shortcuts.

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Firefox 101

Want to know a quick version of Firefox’s history? Asa Dotzler has posted one in response to some comments that have been coming towards the browser’s focus.

Firefox was born when a small handful of open source developers decided, without any financial support, and as a completely volunteer project, to build a Web browser that could attract millions of regular user and give them a better Web experience.

There was not only no financial support for the Firefox project (then called m/b for the directory in CVS where the new browser lived) there was no formal Mozilla community or project support and definitely no support from the large companies contributing to the development of the old Mozilla suite of applications.

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3 Second Wait for Extensions

Many of us have probably wondered why there is a three second wait time you have to go through before installing extensions. The folks at the Download Squad have an answer.

Most users (self included) assume that it’s just to make users read the dialog. It turns out that’s not the case–Jesse Ruderman explains that it’s actually a security feature to keep people from unwittingly installing malicious code. He describes an ingenious exploit in which a user is presented, for example, a security (CAPTCHA) image to type in. JavaScript is used to initiate an extension installation when the user starts typing, and when the user types ‘y’ or enter, it triggers the ‘Accept’ or ‘Install’ button, allowing the malicious software to be installed.

So now, you can either read more about why it is there, or you can read here to find out how to turn it off.

Firefox Video Tutorials

Have a friend that might not “get” how to use Firefox just yet? Maybe they would learn more if you gave them a visual to study? I ran across this series of Firefox video tutorials this morning. Right now they cover: Tabbed Browsing, Live Bookmarking, Integrated Search, Themes, and Add-ons or Extensions. You can even toss in your E-mail address into the Web page so that you can get updated when new tutorials are available.

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Multiple Start Pages in Firefox

Now this tip is an old one, but a good one. Do you want to open up multiple start pages when you launch Firefox? Personally I like to open Hosting Hoopla and Yahoo! Mail. All you need to do to get this done is add a pipe “|” between the URLs in the options menu. To get a better idea of what I am talking about, click the image on your right.

This can save you loads of time in the morning when you want to check up on all the latest from your favorite Web sites.