Link Counter

Ever wondered to yourself how many links are on this very Web site? No, neither have I really but I guess it might something that somebody wants to know. For those folks who do – you should check out the LinkCounter extension for Firefox.

The Link Counter extension, display a count of total links of a web page and his frames in status bar. You can select the link type to count: empty, file, targets, anchors, javascripts, mails, internal and external links.

I could see this being a useful tool for Web developers. Other than that, the only use I could find for it was to prove bets with your friends that you can guess how many links are on the Web page you are on. If that sort of thing amuses you, please stick to your drinking games for now.

+ Download and Install the LinkCounter Extension for Firefox!

Visualize Your Internet Usage

Want a Firefox extension that helps you visualize your Internet usage? Look no further than the Net Usage Item extension. Here are a few more details about it.

The Net Usage Project is aimed at providing internet usage indicators for the Firefox browser. It works by fetching numbers from an XML feed or usage web page provided by the ISP. This project is targeted towards Australian Broadband Users whose broadband connections are encumbered with download (and sometimes upload) limits. However, this meter can be adapted for any country’s ISP who provides a XML usage data feed.

+ Download and Install the Net Usage Item Extension for Firefox!

Swap Your Cookies

CookieSwap is an extension that enables you to maintain numerous sets or “profiles” of cookies that you can quickly swap between while browsing. if you have more than one person using your version of Firefox, this extension makes switching between folks almost painless.

After it is installed, you can select who’s cookies you would like to use in the bottom section of the Firefox browser window. If you design web sites, you can setup numerous cookie profiles to look like different types of users and swap between those users quickly and easily to test your site in numerous modes.

+ Download and Install the CookieSwap Extension for Firefox!

Pink Paula Firefox Theme

Pink PaulaMaybe I feel like getting in touch with my more girly side? I promise you – it was just a phase! I am back to normal now! The Pink Paula theme is a very unique one if anything.

I am pretty sure it is the first all pink Firefox theme that I have seen. Cross-dressing jokes aside it does look pretty nice if you like pink. If not, then well – give me a macho manly theme to pimp out. Till then, you will have to live with Pink Paula.

+ Download and Install the Pink Paula Theme for Firefox!

Copy a Link’s Name

I know I run into this issue from time to time and have yet to find a good solution.

It is hard to select the text of a link and not click on the link by accident. The Copy Link Name extension gets rid of that issue and gives you right-click access to copy the text you need. It copies the name (source anchor) of a link. Just a small extension that adds a context menu item to copy a link’s source anchor. Sure it could do more – but it does not have to.

+ Download and Install the Copy Link Name Extension for Firefox!

Assign Keywords to Search Engines

Now this extension does add a lot of functionality when it comes to searching. The SearchWords extension for Firefox allows you to assign keywords to your search engines inside of the browser.

Assign keywords to your search engines for quick and easy access to all of your search engines without using the search bar and without having to switch from your current search engine. To use, add keywords to your search engines via the search engine manager and then simply type ‘keyword searchterm’ into the address bar and search away!

This gives you another quick way to do your searches.

+ Download and Install the SearchWords Extension for Firefox!

Firefox Fingerprint Reader

Want your browser to read your finger? Well since I have no Microsoft Fingerprint Reader, I can not tell you how well it works – but the Fingerfox extension might be what you are looking for.

Fingerfox (SE) is an extension that adds compatibility for Microsoft Fingerprint Reader in Mozilla Firefox. Fingerfox (SE), Special Edition, is recommended for those, who has problems with the original Fingerfox extension.

Honestly, with fingerprint reading aside I like this extension just because of it’s name. It is just fun to say! Come on, everybody on the count of three.. one.. two.. three.. Fingerfox!

Now wasn’t that fun?

+ Download and Install the Fingerfox Extension for Firefox!

Unhide Hidden Tabs

Power to the people! Here is a tip sent in from Christian on how to edit how your tabs are displayed.

Are you using the latest Firefox 2 and Tab Mix Plus, and getting sick of discovering hidden tabs when you have too many open?

Try this: Display : Tab Bar : When Tabs Don’t Fit : select “multi-row”, and then tell it to use only one row.

This should prevent too many tabs from getting your tabs hidden, and instead go back to simply squashing all your tabs together (like it did with Firefox 1.5 and the old Tab Mix Plus).

Have a tip of your own? Send it in to me, and don’t forget to mention your URL as well. I’ll get it posted here and give you a little free press as well.

Paul Thurrott Gets it Wrong

Now I don’t really mind Thurrott because I don’t know him or his writing very well.

It sounds like to me though he is just trying to get attention by being anti-Firefox when the rest of the world is swinging in the other direction. As Asa points out he has it all wrong on some of Firefox 2’s new features.

Paul Thurrott, in his somewhat late review, takes a look at Firefox 2’s new features. Unfortunately, and something I didn’t expect from Paul, it’s either the most intentionally misleading review of Firefox, or it’s a completely unserious piece of writing. Which of those two, I can’t say, but either way, it’s a disservice to his readers.

Rather than go through the whole review and try to correct it all, something that could take far more time than I’m willing to give it, let’s just look at Paul’s analysis of the Firefox 2 Phishing Protection feature.

This is not the first time Paul has gotten it wrong though. As Asa’s comments brought to light, he also said that Windows ME was exceptional.

+ Read the Rest of What Asa Dotzler Had to Say!

7 Secret Pages in Firefox

I ran across this link via one of those bookmark tracking services. For those of you who might not know about all the hidden configuration pages you can access via Firefox, this would be a nice place to start.

I found myself staring at the “about:blank” parameter for an IE installation today, and that got me thinking if it works in other browsers too. It did. I’m using Firefox, and that cleared the address bar to a blank. And then I figured the developers HAD to include some more address bar commands and started looking them up.

+ Read About All 7 Hidden Firefox Pages!