Swiss Knife Toolbar

Don’t you love how swiss knives seem to have a tool for every occasion? Well the WebSwissKnifeToolBar is a Greasemonkey script that does the same for your browser.

Brought to my attention by its creator, this user script adds a lot of functionality to Firefox. Here are just a few things it can do.

  • Easy an fast search for: Google, YouTube videos, and Wikipedia (Spanish and English)
  • Translator English<->Spanish, with just a click
  • Spanish dictionary (RAE), with just a click
  • Convert a long URL to a tiny URL, with just a click
  • Put and save sticky notes on the Web

You can install the Greasemonkey script here or check out the blog for more information on it.

New Firefox Facts Web Site

Come check out FirefoxFacts.com! I have redesigned the layout (mainly due to visitors giving me comments about what they would like to see changed) and I hope I have made everybody happy. As the Web site has grown in popularity – I have added a few things here and there to help folks keep up to date with everything posted here.

Feel free to subscribe to the RSS feed or signup to get daily E-mail reports of everything posted here. Feel like I missed a favorite link, extension or article? Make sure you submit it to me ASAP! Leave a personal link and your name – and I’ll post them as well. (I love giving credit where credit is due)

Also, don’t forget about the Firefox Facts eBook! It is the best free resource on Firefox you can find anywhere on the Internet.

Kill IceWeasel

I don’t want to have to rename this Web site IceWeasel Facts!

Yesterday Brian McKenna wrote 5 Reasons to Support IceWeasel, which is a (in my opinion) lame answer to acachinero’s Need a Reason? Here are 5 for stopping the Firefox fork. And here are mine…

+ Read All 5 Reasons to Kill the IceWeasel!

JavaScript Interpreter in Firefox 2

It would seem that Firefox 2 is going to get a leg up when it comes to JavaScript as well.

One of the new browser’s key elements, and perhaps the beneficiary of the greatest amount of change, is its new JavaScript interpreter. As more Web sites take advantage of the new benefits of Asynchronous JavaScript — especially as they embed objects or functionality from Google and Microsoft Windows Live — the JavaScript interpreter may play a much more active role, not only in the operation of the browser but in the implementation of Web-based applications.

+ Read More About Firefox 2.0 Featuring New JavaScript 1.7!

12 New Firefox Features

We all know that Firefox 2 is going to be packed full of a lot of goodies. How many? It is hard to tell the exact number, but I have found a Web site that goes through at least twelve of them.

Firefox 2.0, RC2 was recently made available to the general public. While there have been some rumbles about the “2.0″ moniker – with some saying the new feature set only warrants a “1.5.x” badging – there, are several new tools and features in this latest release.

+ Learn More About the 12 New Firefox Features!

Smart Google Reader Subscriptions

If you use Google’s Feed Reader this is a Greasemonkey script that you need. This script adds a feed icon to the upper right corner of your browser window for one-click subscription to Google Reader.

My version of the script adds an overlayed check icon when you’re subscribed to at least one of the feeds that the site advertises via auto-discovery. This was made easy by a URL that Reader exports: http://www.google.com/reader/api/0/subscribed?s=feed/. It returns “true” or “false” depending on whether the current user (as determined by the Google Account cookie) is subscribed to the given feed.

+ Get the Greasemonkey Script!

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.

+ Check Out the Big List of Firefox 2 Compatible Extensions!