The Year in Firefox

This has been a pretty good year for your favorite browser, hasn’t it? The Firefox Extension Guru has summed the entire year up for the folks at Mozilla in one great post that I think you should all check out.

Relive some of the memories you’ve had and think ahead at what 2007 has yet to bring us. Were you as excited about you Christmas presents as you were Firefox 2 coming out? Yeah – I was too.

Here we are at the end of 2006! I can’t believe this year is nearly over and thought wouldn’t it be neat to take a look at all the changes to Firefox over the past year? A lot has happened (more then I first realized) with a total of 11 official releases.

+ Check Out the Firefox Year in Review from the Firefox Extension Guru!

Just a Browser?

First things first, you all have to check this out.

Firefox Comic

Alright, I have been missing in action a few days due to the holidays, but now since they are almost all gone I can get back to work here and my various other projects that you watch me at. I have enjoyed my little vacation – but I am itching to start posting again.

No matter how badly I wanted to not look at Firefox related stuff for a while, it just kept coming back to me.

Saphir Cylence Theme for Firefox

When I saw the first Cylence theme for Firefox, I was in love. It was the basic default Firefox theme, but in a cool and dark exterior. It make my browsing experience look even slicker than it already was.

There is a new one out now, and it has a more “purple” feeling to it. The new Saphir Variation of the Cylence theme is a thing of beauty. They took what worked in the first one and added a new color to the mix – plain and simple.

What is next? Personally I would like to see an “emerald” version.

Saphir Cylence

+ Download and Install the Saphire Cylence Theme for Firefox!

Cutting Down the Browsing Clutter

Sure you have heard of trimming the tree around Christmas time, but what about trimming your browser? The folks over at CyberNet have done it again, producing one heck of a nice guide to cutting the slack from your Firefox experience.

Firefox is a truly amazing browser and I think my favorite part about it is that the extensions make it remarkably useful. They add features that I wouldn’t expect a Web browser to do, such as serve as an FTP client. While I think extensions are great, I also find myself installing some that I just don’t need. It is almost like an addiction, and with a new year right around the corner I thought it was a good time to trim some of the “fat” (a.k.a. extensions) off of my Firefox profile by re-evaluating my need for the extensions.

They cover just about everything. From cleaning up your toolbar to clearing the mess from your profile, you have no excuse not to do a little house cleaning before the new year rolls around.

Firefox Holiday Themes

With Christmas just around the corner, there is no time like the present to go ahead and switch your default theme over for Firefox to something a little more “in the holiday spirit”. X-Mas (Light) theme for Firefox is another not so tacky solution to this seasonal theming problem.

This Theme makes your Browser suitable for the Christmas Time including Snowflakes, animated Toolbar Icons (Present, Fir Tree, Smoking Chimney), Fairy Lights as Scrollbars and many more.

Are there others out there to choose from? Well I have only found one other holiday theme for the Firefox browser that I really like. So there you have it, two holiday themes for the price of one. Now you have no good reason not to get festive!

+ Download and Install the X-Mas (Light) theme for Firefox!

Search to Tab

Going into the “should have been in there by default” pile of extensions I have grown to enjoy since Firefox 2 came out, we have searchOnTab. This simple and small extension allows you to select that new searches always appear in a new tab via the browser.

It is a pain in the neck to have to open a new tab before I start a new search (if I do not want to have my current tab changed or surfed away from). I just have to believe though that there must be an easier way to do this. Has anybody else been able to find an about:config hack to get it done?

If not – then at least we have this extension to get the job done.

+ Learn More About and Install the searchOnTab Extension for Firefox!

Add Favicons to Del.icio.us

I have just recently given del.icio.us a second shot.

After being kind of disappointed the first time around, I do have to say that I am becoming a little more hooked on the idea now. The whole process is easier, but there was just something missing from the interface.

I needed favicons on these links!

Well, I had a look around and I hunted down a Greasemonkey script that did the job. This script, fav.icio.us2, does one simple job and it does it well. It adds favicons to all the links you see that have been saved to del.icio.us.

Now all I need is more time to save all my favorite links.

Temporary E-mail Address Creator

Need a temporary E-mail address creator? The Tempomail Firefox extension might be right up your ally then. There are a handful of these types of extensions out there, and this one is as handy as the rest.

As an anti-spam solution tempomail allows you to create a temporary email address redirecting each message to your mailbox for a given period of time.

When this period of time expires, you will not receive any spam from the web sites on which you gave your temporary email address. Tempomail is not commercial and your email address will be stored in our logs only for legal archiving.

To create a temporary E-mail address, just right click on a text field and select “tempomail” in the context menu. Then you’ll be asked for your real E-mail address to which messages will be redirected during the time you selected.

+ Learn More About and Install the Tempomail Extension for Firefox!

Firefox TV Ads

So you want to see which Firefox ads are showing in select markets, right now? Well some of these ads grew in popularity when Firefox was going through the whole Firefox Flicks contest. They are available to watch anytime by visiting this address:

http://www.firefox.com/tv

I am excited to see what type of attention this new advertising avenue brings the folks at Mozilla. More attention equals more users? We can only hope.

Firefox the Super Hero

So what if Firefox was a super hero and not a browser? Would it be able to leap over buildings in a single bound? Kill popups with it’s “lasso of truth”? Well, I might not know what the Firefox super hero might do – but I do have a good idea of what he might look like.

The thing that I love most at Firefox community marketing is viewing the galleries. You can share your photos. To me, that is the fun part. Here are a few of my pictures. The first picture is a Firefox superhero.

The second picture is about Mozilla’s Thunderbird Email at mozilla.com. The last picture is a Firefox ring. I used a 3d figure design software to create most of my pictures. I love art!

Very interesting indeed. What are your thoughts on the Firefox super hero?

+ Check Out Both the Firefox and Thunderbird Super Heroes!