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Search Engine Wizard

If you have been using Firefox for any amount of time, you have probably fell in love with the search box in the top right corner of the browser. The only problem is that not every Web site is listed on Firefox’s search plugin Web site. Are you looking to add a search engine that nobody has written a plugin for? Try the Search Engine Wizard.

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HTML Validator

I will not lie to you, no matter how much hate mail I get for saying what I am about to say. I don’t often check to see if my Web sites are using “valid HTML”. Now that I have confessed my sin, I am ready to start validating like everybody else. The HTML Validator extension for Firefox is what is going to help me make the change.

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Video Downloader

I’ve been playing with a new Firefox extension over the weekend that allows you to download those embedded movies that you see on Web sites. The extension is called, Video Downloader. The only catch I can find is that it has to be one of the video services they support. The good news is they support about two dozen (including MySpace, Google Video, YouTube, iFilm and more). Well worth the download if you find yourself wanting to save a lot of media from the Web.

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Sourceforge Direct Download

I really like downloading things from Sourceforge. If you haven’t done it before, just do me a favor and browse through some of the projects listed there. The only Web annoyance comes in when you have to download something. I don’t want to be bothered with picking a mirror to download from anymore.

Sourceforge Direct Download is the answer to my problems. No longer will I be bugged by the “select a mirror” Web page on Sourceforge.

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Redirect Remover

Redirects on links are usually more annoying than helpful. Some are put there to act as “click counters” while others really have no point at all. Can we just get rid of them so we can travel on to the next Web page? That doesn’t seem like a big problem to me.

If you want to do just that, pick up the Redirect Remover Firefox extension.

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Split Link

Have you ever been to a Web site that didn’t lead you where you wanted to go? Maybe it took you some place you didn’t think you clicked to go to. With the help of Split Link, you can now see the true URL that you are being sent to.

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gTranslate

Ever ran across some text on a Web page that you wanted to quickly translate? Now it can be as easy as highlighting the text in question, and using gTranslate. This Firefox extension makes reading another language as easy as pie.

The extension uses the Google translation services to translate the text. Pick it up, and find out what the French have really been saying about us all this time.

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Firefox Tips for Power Users

I ran across this article at About.com about Firefox tips and tricks for so called “power users” yesterday. For the most part, it is a lot of keyboard shortcuts. Some of them I use myself, so I guess that would by-default make me a power user? If you need a refresher in getting around in Firefox, bookmark this source.

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