InformationWeek has posted an interesting article asking if Microsoft can get folks to switch back to Internet Explorer. You aren’t going to see me do it, and this article points out many reasons why I wouldn’t. I think the competition is good for the industry. I also think we haven’t even come close to seeing the browser wars’ “shock and awe” period just yet.
Do your fingers ever get tired of hunting down a certain key that is hard to type? Maybe you find yourself saying the same thing over and over in a set of forums. PastePalette allows you to quickly paste anything into a Web site’s text field. Check out the screenshots to see it in action. This extension is simple, but effective.
I’ve been playing with a new Firefox extension over the weekend that allows you to download those embedded movies that you see on Web sites. The extension is called, Video Downloader. The only catch I can find is that it has to be one of the video services they support. The good news is they support about two dozen (including MySpace, Google Video, YouTube, iFilm and more). Well worth the download if you find yourself wanting to save a lot of media from the Web.
Want to get a little more information about your extensions you have installed in Firefox? The Extension Manager Extended extension (that is a mouthful) gives you some of the geeky backend information about your extensions. The best part about it is you can open the extension’s folder with just a few clicks. No more hunting it down or searching through folders for the right one.
There has been a lot of talk about the new Places feature being disabled in the new Firefox 2 Development Branch. Personally I think people are trying to hard to find reasons for disliking the folks at Mozilla. I say give them a break! Here are some related links:
The winners for the Firefox Flicks contest have been announced. While my favorite of the bunch (Wheee!) didn’t take the number one spot, I am happy to see it got second place. It seems like there is some controversy brewing as well with a couple of people mad about the choice of winners.
Ever wanted to edit your CSS files for your Web site while getting a live preview on both Firefox and Internet Explorer? CSSVista is a program that will let you do that all in one application. The only catch is that it is only for Windows XP. I have to say this is one freeware program I won’t be doing without anytime soon.
I really like downloading things from Sourceforge. If you haven’t done it before, just do me a favor and browse through some of the projects listed there. The only Web annoyance comes in when you have to download something. I don’t want to be bothered with picking a mirror to download from anymore.
Sourceforge Direct Download is the answer to my problems. No longer will I be bugged by the “select a mirror” Web page on Sourceforge.
Scuttle is another social bookmark and link sharing Web site, such as digg.com and del.icio.us. From what I have seen of Scuttle, they aren’t reinventing the round ball in that department of Web 2.0. One thing they have done right is put out a Firefox extension that is worth picking up if you are a fan of the services Scuttle provides.
Want to make a little cash and get folks to switch from Internet Explorer? That is the idea behind the Web site, ExplorerDestroyer.com. Using Google AdSense referral system and little scripting on the Web site, you can “persuade” your visitors to “upgrade” to Firefox. Want more information behind the project? Read what the folks at PC Magazine had to say about this rebel group of Firefox users.