Surf the Web at Work

Yeah, you know you like to kill time by watching YouTube videos when you should be working on those reports that are due Monday. You know it is a bad habit, but you do it anyway. Well, I am not going to help you cheat your company out of cash, I am only offering a suggestion under the table to help you browse the Web at work.

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Planet Mir

Here is another theme ready for Firefox 2! Planet Mir looks more like the traditional Firefox 1.5 theme, but it has a few new quirks and styles that makes it fit in perfectly with the new Firefox 2 features. If the goal of the theme was to go for a cleaner, crisper looking theme than the default theme for Firefox – I think they did it.

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Update! Looks like I goofed, because Planet Mir isn’t exactly ready for Firefox 2 just yet. Hopefully it will be soon though, because it is a great minimalistic theme!

Media Pirate

Media Pirate is an image and video downloader and makes it easy to steal barrow media content from websites like blip.tv, break.com, dailymotion.com, ifilm.com, media.putfile.com, metacafe.com, myvideo.de, video.google.com, vidilife.com, youtube.com, zippyvideos.com and many other Web sites.

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Optimized Firefox 2.0 for Macs

An optimized build of Firefox 2 for G4, G5, and Intel Macs is out in the wild now. Not only do they have the builds ready for all the Mac owning Firefox fans, they also have a good list of add-ons available as well. That is the end of my Apple knowledge -since I am more of a Windows guy, but I couldn’t pass on the chance to share this with those who might not have my same choice in operating systems.

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Asa Explains Firefox 2’s Phishing Protection

It seems like a few people are either confused or trying to cause trouble when it comes to the anti-phishing tools that are built into Firefox 2. Well, thankfully to debunk any myths there might be out there, Asa Dotzler has stepped forward to clear a few things up.

Sometimes it’s easier to just make shit up than to actually research a story. That seems to be the case with the (no byline) story at Platinax Small Business News.

The article starts off by claiming that to use the phishing protection feature “properly, you have to send Google a record of every single website you visit.” Not only is this blatantly false, but even the most cursory investigation of the feature would have revealed that.

Next, the writer tries to walk the absurdity back a bit by saying that “[phishing protection] does require an explicit opt-in”. But once again he’s wrong. Users get the benefit of this feature out of the box and without any privacy issues.

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Open a Tab You Just Closed

Don’t you hate it when you close the wrong tab? They all look the same, how were you suppose to know you closed the one you needed – right? Well, to get a tab back that you just closed out all you need to do is hit the Ctrl + Shift+ T keyboard combination. After that, it pops right back up and you can get back to work.

Quick and Easy Maps

Are you in a hurry to find a map? The Map+ extension for Firefox should help you find where you want to go. You can view a map of a selected address in Firefox without changing windows or tabs using the right click command. The maps are generated in an iframe window using the Yahoo API. Aspects of the map display are customizable, including the window location, height, and width.

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Hide Bar

If you are one of those people who has the bad habit of installing every extension I mention, you might run into a few screen real estate problems. The basic rule you have to remember is you should at least be able to see the Web page you are at. Toolbars and addons via the toolbars shouldn’t get in your way, they should help you. To clean up the mess – download the Hide Bar extension.

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Adsense Notifier

Need to know how much cash you have flowing in thanks to Google Adsense? Well you can forget about going to the Adsense Web site, logging in, and all that mess. That takes up too much of your time – and as we all know – time is money. You need to stop reading this and pickup the Adsense Notifier extension for Firefox. It gives you a running list of cash coming in via your status bar.

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Quick Find in Firefox

It has been a while since I shared any quick Firefox tips, so today is the day I start doing it again. Need to find something on a Web page quickly?

Well you could use the Ctrl + F keyboard combination to find what you are looking for. You can also just hit the “/” button as well. The second method is what is called the “quick find” option. The nice thing about this quick find option is that after you are done with it and click somewhere else on the Web page you are searching – it just goes away.