Use Internet Explorer and Firefox

If there any reason why you can not use more than one browser? No. A lot of folks get caught up in being “uber fans” though and don’t realize that all browsers have some good points and some bad points. This article I found yesterday really got me to thinking – it might have the same effect on you as well.

Naturally, all of this has generated a bit of contention among users of Microsoft Windows where Firefox fans put down IE and users of IE 7 say they don’t want to bother with changing anything on their computers that is working. I’m an unlikely Solomon, but I do know what I would order if I were in charge: Use them both.

+ Continue Reading Firefox or Internet Explorer? Why Not Both?

Remove Firefox 2 Go and Search Buttons

Need a quick and almost painless way of getting rid of those pointless “go” and “search” icons in the Firefox 2 interface? While doing a little customization on my own install, I ran across this tutorial via the Firefox Extension Guru’s Blog.

With the new default theme for Firefox 2 there is not a ’simple’ way to remove the ‘Go’ Button from the navigation toolbar. I never used the go button since I simply press enter after I type in address. This will make your address box a little bigger as well. There a couple ways you can remove the Go Button either via about:config or modifying your userChrome.css file.

Quick. Easy. Painless.

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Opaque Theme for Firefox

Want a Firefox theme that looks pretty and slick? Sometimes those are hard to find. Opaque might be the answer you are looking for though

Opaque

As you can see it has a nice clean look and doesn’t give you anything at all that could be considered ugly. It was created to give the default Firefox theme some “harder” colors. Some people said the default Firefox theme was too light – this was the solution those folks created. The good thing about this them as well is that it comes in two different flavors!

+ Check Out and Download the Regular Opaque Theme for Firefox
+ Check Out and Download the Opaque Theme fore Firefox (With ClearTabs)

2 Pane Bookmarks

One neat thing that Opera does well is having two viewing panes for the bookmarks. I don’t know if it is better or worse than doing things the normal way – but it is a different way of browsing through things. If you have wanted to do this yourself – but didn’t want to move away from Firefox, have no fear!

All you need to do is pick up the 2 Pane Bookmark extension for Firefox. This extension does it’s best job to bring this functionality from Opera to your browser of choice, Firefox.

+ Download and Install the 2 Pane Bookmark Extension for Firefox!

Industrial Theme for Firefox

When it comes to themes for Firefox, you should know by now that I like them to be easy on the eyes and I like for them to be simple. When you mix those two needs together, you can for sure get the Industrial Firefox theme. This will give your browser a slick new look and you will love what you see.

Industrial

Icons from the Tango Desktop Project. It is a variant of the “Tango” theme for use with Novell’s Industrial look, see more details there.

Looks pretty good to me, but don’t take my word for it – try it out for yourself.

+ Downland and Install the Industrial Theme for Firefox!

Oil Standard – Odd Extension

Now you want to talk about oddball extensions, I think this one takes the cake. Oil Standard is a tool that converts all prices from U.S. Dollars into the equivalent value in barrels of crude oil. Why would you need this? I have no clue at all. It is pretty fun to play with and to settle arguments with friends.

Come on, I know we have all argued that our stuff would convert to more oil than their stuff. When you load a web page, the script seamlessly inserts converted prices into the page. As the cost of oil fluctuates on the commodities exchange, prices rise and fall in real-time. Check it out and let me know what you think!

+ Check Out the Oil Standard Extension for Firefox!

Tab Effect

I always like trying things out that promise to change the way I browse, but for some reason or another I could not get Tab Effect to get up and running via my Firefox installation. It looks like the folks over at CyberNet did though.

If you are just the slightest bit familiar with Linux then I am sure that you have heard of XGL. It is what adds all of the realistic 3D effects to the windows that you drag around and the virtual desktops that you switch between. Of course, one of the most popular features is probably the 3D cube for switching between your virtual desktops.

Looks like some kinks may still need to be worked out, but this would be a neat feature to see in a future version of Firefox. Not sure if it helps with productivity, but a little eye candy never hurt anybody.

+ Download and Install the Tab Effect Extension for Firefox!

Stop Autoplay

I really hate when music or movies start up on a Web site when I did not ask them to. It is rude for my browser to think I want to listen to or watch this stuff without asking first. Well, I have a Firefox extension that will teach your browser some manners.

The Stop Autoplay extension for Firefox disable the autoplay of the embedded music and movie (mp3, wma, wmv, avi, mpg, and more). Are you locked out of hearing or seeing it then? No! The users can press the play button of the controller to play it. Now this is the way the Web was suppose to be.

+ Learn More About and Install the Stop Autoplay Firefox Extension!

Chat in Your Sidebar

Want to use the Gabbly chat service in your browser’s sidebar?

Well first, I guess I should tell you what Gabbly is about. It is a free service that allows you to chat in real time with folks that are on the same Web site as you. Now you can get your chat in a new way – via your sidebar in Firefox. I like this a lot better than the default “floating window” that the chat usually comes in.

+ Download and Install the Gabbly Chat Sidebar Extension for Firefox!