I will not lie to you, no matter how much hate mail I get for saying what I am about to say. I don’t often check to see if my Web sites are using “valid HTML”. Now that I have confessed my sin, I am ready to start validating like everybody else. The HTML Validator extension for Firefox is what is going to help me make the change.
CNET has put together it’s own battle of the browser wars. With insights on Internet Explorer beta 2, Firefox 2 alpha 1 and Opera 9 beta 1, who will come out the winner? I’m not too sure if I agree with the outcome, but there is a lot of good side by side comparisons here you should check out.
Everybody loves the Google Toolbar, right? Well not everybody. I will admit I used to use it back when it first came out, but now it just feels a little bloated. I would still like to use some of the Google features, but I don’t want the official toolbar. What am I to do? Googlebar Lite offers you the great taste of the Google toolbar, but is less filling.
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.