Ghostfox

This is a Firefox extension review that might best be served for Halloween, but I’ll share it with you now because I don’t think I can wait that long before I let the cat out of the bag. Ghostfox shows up and disappears instantly, discreetly, blended with your application so the Web pages look like part of it and not like the Web at all.

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Making Old Extensions Work on Firefox 2

One of the few pains in the rear with using the latest and greatest version of Firefox is that it take a little work to get everything working just right.

With every new release of Firefox–like yesterday’s release of Firefox 2 Beta 2–comes the question, “How do I make my old extensions work with the new version?” Some extensions–which Mozilla is now calling Add-ons–made for older versions of Firefox really don’t work with the newer features and can cause problems, but for the majority of add-ons, all that’s needed is basically the flip of a switch.

Need more? Well here are your resources to learn a little more about making your old extensions work with Firefox 2.0.

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Learning to Build a Firefox Extension

Say what bad things you want about them, I have to thank webmonkey.com for teaching me many different things when I first came Online. I still remember their tables tutorial, with the plate of food as an example, like it was written yesterday. Well this time the team is back at it again, but this time they are showing you how to create your own Firefox extension.

Today let’s take a look at how one goes about creating these magical extensions. The active ingredient is XUL, a markup language (the eXtensible [or "XML-Based"] User-interface Language, to be precise) that describes things like toolbars, menus, keyboard shortcuts.

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No Squint

They always tell you to be sure you read the fine print before you do anything important. So wouldn’t you say that it is important to be able to see the fine print? The No Squint Firefox extension hopes to make your vision a little better for any small text you might encounter.

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Firefox Gains, IE Loses

This is some good news for anybody who is a fan of Firefox.

Mozilla’s Firefox gained half a percentage point in market share at the expense of Microsoft’s Internet Explorer during August, continuing the steady climb of the open-source browser, a Web metrics firm said.

Firefox now owns 11.8 percent of the global browser market share, said Net Applications, a jump of .5 percent from July’s 11.3 percent. Internet Explorer, meanwhile, now accounts for 83 percent of browsers used to surf the Web; that’s down from July’s 83.5 percent.

[Read More About Firefox's Gains!]

ServStats

Once you start talking about networks and servers, a lot of folks start rolling their eyes and looking the other way. This stuff is complicated and hard to most, but it does not have to be. The Firefox extension ServStats makes getting information about connectivity a little easier.

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Extentions and Security

Over the past few weeks, I have seen more extensions that have “warnings” on them, like this:

It does not track webpages you visit. It does not change your browser behaviour, browser homepage or search results. Please see our privacy policy here…

Now when I see something like that telling me it isn’t watching me, I know most of the time it is. I just want to tell everybody to be careful with extensions that give you warnings like this.

Make Old Extensions Compatible

When I decided to make the leap to using Firefox’s latest beta (2.0b2) I ran into a problem. A lot of the extensions that I grew to love just crapped out on me. After I had a good cry, I did a little editing and got most of them back up and working. How can you do the same? Well, PerfectBlogger.com has been nice enough to post three ways of making your old extensions compatible with Firefox 2.0b2!

+ Make Your Old Extensions Work Again!

Swiftfox Experience

For those of you who don’t know, Swiftfox is an optimized build of Mozilla Firefox. Swiftfox has builds for both AMD and Intel processors. The 1.5.0.6 release is based on Firefox 1.5.0.6. Here is just one person’s story on using it.

When I first tried Firefox on Linux, I thought to myself “Things simply don’t get better than this”. I had never used a quicker browser; it seemed to be making the most of my broadband connection. Never before had the internet seemed so accessible.

+ Read More About the Swiftfox Experience!
+ Go Download Swiftfox for Yourself!