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!

Five More Firefox Resources and Blogs

Well it is time yet again for the weekly top five and this time around I am going to turn the attention away from myself and back towards all of you. When browsing around for sources I run into a lot of nice Firefox resources. Here are some of my favorites.

Have any that I might have missed? Drop in, give a comment and share it with the rest of your Firefox friends.

iMacros for Firefox

Find yourself doing the same thing over and over again? You might not be expecting a different result, but if you look in the dictionary you are pretty close to being insane. Don’t worry though, there is help. You don’t even have to take a little blue, green, purple or pink pill. All you need is iMacros for Firefox.

Automate your web browser. Record and replay repetitious work. iMacros for Firefox relieves the repetition of checking on the same sites every day, remembering passwords and filling out web forms. Web professionals can use the add-on for functional and regression web testing of web applications.

Yet another nice solution for making your tasks during the day easier.

+ Download and Install the iMacros Extensions for Firefox!

Firefox Still Gaining

It looks like Firefox is still gaining ground out there in the browser wars. Many people felt like Internet Explorer 7 might kill off the home grown glory that is Firefox 2, but they were wrong. The guys over at Information Week have a nice in depth look at the battle between the browsers since IE7 debuted.

Although Microsoft recently touted the 100 millionth installation of Internet Explorer 7, Web measurement firms said that the new browser is simply being swapped out for older editions and hasn’t had an impact on Firefox’s continued climb.

“[As of] January 8th, we had the 100 millionth IE7 installation,” said Tony Chor, an IE group program manager, in an entry on the team’s blog. “Even more important than installations is usage. According to WebSideStory (the company we use to measure browser usage), as of this week, over 25% of all visitors to sites in the U.S. were using IE7, making IE7 the second most used browser after IE6.

+ Read More Over at Information Week!

Vista Flavored Metal Lion

Now I haven’t been a huge fan of the Metal Lion themes in the past, but this “Vista” flavor is not half bad. I like it.

Metal Lion

As you can see it has a colorful yet clean look, and does give something a little different while not trying to be too different. Check it out, use it and let me know what you think.

+ Download and Install the Metal Lion – Vista Theme for Firefox!

Google Thumbnails

Now this is nothing new and I have seen it before, but the GooglePreview extension for Firefox might do it the best. What am I talking about? Well, first let me ask you a question. Wouldn’t it be nice to see thumbnails next to your search results in Google? I think it would be nice – and that is what this extension will do for you.

Inserts preview images (thumbnails) of web sites and Amazon products into the Google and Yahoo search results pages. When you use GooglePreview and click on an Amazon link within the search results, you support me and the further development of the extension and back end if you actually purchase a product.

+ Download and Install the GooglePreview Extension for Firefox!