Firefox 2 Tweak Guide

Do you need a general tweak and usability guide for the new Firefox 2 browser? Well I would argue that not too much has changed, but having a handy reference is never a bad thing. The folks over at TweakGuides.com have written up a pretty long and in-depth helper for the newest member of the Mozilla family.

Mozilla Firefox, or simply Firefox for short, is just a free Internet browser. It’s not a cure for cancer. It doesn’t wash your car or make you a frothy coffee. So why all the fuss and hype over Firefox? In a nutshell, the reason is simple: Firefox is a true open source competitor to Microsoft’s Internet Explorer.

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1-ClickWeather

Now I might be outside of storm season here in North Texas, but it is still a good idea to keep an eye on the weather. As it gets colder outside, I like to know how many pairs of underwear I should put on before I step foot outside. 1-ClickWeather does the job for me.

Because weather is important to you everyday… weather.com offers you instant local weather conditions, alerts, radar in motion, satellite maps, and forecasts all within your Firefox browser.

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Breadcrumbs

Breadcrumbs, the Firefox extension, is all about searching your local history for information and results. Think of it as creating your own private search engine for just your browser history. How many times have you found yourself remembering what you were looking at but not remembering where you found it? Breadcrumbs, in that case would come in, let you search and save the day.

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Free Backup Utility for Firefox

I have talked about it before, but it is worth mentioning again. MozBackup is simply the best backup utilitiy for Firefox. It is the only one I have been able to get to backup everything as well as restore. Most tools either do one or the other really well – MozBackup does both with no issues at all.

Over at Firefoxrawx, they have posted a really nice tutorial on how to backup using MozBackup. It is worth looking at if backing up is something that has always scared you.

Maxi Firefox 2 Theme

Here is another good theme that has been made for the Firefox 2 general layout. The designer of this theme describes it as a Clean modern theme for Firefox 2. A nice alternative to the default theme since the colors are lighter and easier on the eyes. I don’t know about you, but I think I will have to agree with them on this one.

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Firefox 2 is a Dud?

Just to show that I am not a total Firefox fanboy (oh who am I kidding, you know I am) here is another opinion about the newest release from the fine folks over at Mozilla.

Firefox 2.0 is free, but it’s a woefully minor improvement over Firefox 1.5 that suffers from various incompatibility problems, especially with themes and other add-ons. I wouldn’t recommend this new version, to be honest. I’ll be sticking with Firefox 1.5 at least for now. I recommend you do the same, or switch to the surprisingly solid IE 7.0

Personally, I think it sounds like Paul might have been eating paint chips while writing this, but it is another opinion. Sure, Firefox 2 might not make me breakfast – but I still love it like it did.

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ShadowThunder I

No, this isn’t the name of some low budget action film, this is one of the coolest new themes that right now only works with Firefox 2. Here is a little more of a description from the folks who created it.

ShadowThunder’s personal touches onto a combination of la crème de la crème (the best of the best). Pretty and pleasant icons on a cool, blue background designed to be soft on the eyes.

This is a nice sample of what is to come with new and updated Firefox themes.

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Get the Older Firefox Theme

So you don’t like the new Firefox theme? Personally, I think it is alright – but I really don’t care that much as long as it still works. There are some out there that enjoy the old theme more, so this is perfect for them.

This theme is made for everyone who doesn’t like the new default theme of Firefox 2.0. It is not meant to revert all GUI changes in FF2.0, but rather to change the icons back and to remove skinned stuff so that the default OS look is used whenever possible.

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Bandwidth Meter

Do you find yourself wanting a Firefox extension that display your public IP address, display your public domain name, and tests your speed and bandwidth with uploads and downloads? Sure, it is not a question I find myself with on a daily basis, but it is one that needs to be solved all the same.

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New Recomended Add-ons

Along with a new Mozilla Add-ons Web site, the folks behind the system have put together a new list of extensions that they suggest you check out, if you aren’t sure where to start out. TechCrunch has the latest about who made the list, who got dropped and who is still hanging on.

In anticipation of the imminent release of Firefox 2.0, Mozilla has relaunched its “recommended add-ons page” this afternoon. (Update: FF 2.0 has officially launched.) The page lost its beta status and gained a picture of a flaming motorcycle (see below). Out goes the old list of 11 recommendations and in comes a new list of 20. The lists are quite different and there are both winners and losers. One company just added to the list told us they saw 2,500 downloads in the first hour after the new add-ons page was quietly made available.

+ Read More About The List Over at TechCrunch!