One thing that I have not missed since moving over to Firefox is all the beeps and bloops Internet Explorer makes while you are navigating through your Web pages. Some people may like getting these dinging sounds though, even if they just make me feel a little dingy. That is where the Navigational Sounds extension comes into play.
It seems like the Debian folks aren’t starting any sort of trend when it comes to not using the Firefox name.
While the Debian community has decided that Mozilla’s restrictions on its logo and name are unacceptable for its free software community, Mark Shuttleworth — founder of Ubuntu and its commercial brother Canonical Ltd. — doesn’t see it that way.
To keep a long story short, Ubuntu keeps the Firefox name and logo.
Now I have seen top Firefox extensions lists for everybody and anybody out there. They have ones for Web developers, they have ones for tech-savvy mothers, they even have ones for your five year old brother. I have never seen a list of Firefox extensions for us regular people though. Here is a list of extensions no regular person can be without.
The Resizeable Form Fields extension might go down as one of the best Firefox extensions to date. It looks like I am not alone, because Asa Dotzler looks to be like a big fan of it as well.
Over the last couple of years, I’ve posted the various extensions I use in Firefox. I’ve ended up with a few “critical” extensions that I simply cannot do with out. The top extension on my list was called Resizeable Text Area. This extension allows you to grab the corner of a text area and drag it to enlarge the text area like you would do for a window on the desktop.
Well now it works with Firefox 2, so you have no excuse not to pick it up and find out what all the fuss is about.
Firefox 2’s dictionary function might take a little while to train, but once you do it is a welcome improvement for all us bad spellers out there. When you see a word that you need to add to the dictionary – that might not be there – it is easy to add it in so it doesn’t show up as a misspelled word any longer.
All you need to do is right-click on the word and select “Add to Dictionary”.
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.
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.
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!
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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.
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.