I talked about hitting the milestone before, but now it has happened. The eBook, Firefox Facts has been downloaded over 10,000 times. This just goes to show you that when you put out a quality product and you price it for free, good things will happen. Of course, many thanks go out to Lockergnome and Gada.be. Asa’s mention of the eBook really helped put us over the 10,000 downloads mark, so I want to thank him for that as well.
Available in nightly builds (starting Friday, May 5, 2006) the feeds view in Firefox is going to get a little more pretty. Right now Firefox is still dumping out the ugly XML interface that would scare most of my non-geeky friends. The future looks bright though, with the ability to choose live bookmark subscription, one of the many Web site subscription places or an application.
In my opinion, the address bar in Firefox is too long and the search bar is way too short. Now if we lived in a world without extensions, I would just have to live with this fact and move on. Thankfully somebody else feels the way I do and has written an extension to fix it.
Searchbar Autosizer allows you to resize that search box to fit your personal browsing needs.
Specializing in Mozilla-based products (such as Firefox) MozillaKicks.com looks like a neat place to find Mozilla news, updates and interesting links. Yes, it is another Digg.com clone, but that shouldn’t take too many points away from it. I just wish it was a little more active.
Making up for the fact that they had to drop Places for right now, it looks like all is not lost. Via CyberNetNews.com I read about a new “Add-ons Manager” that seems to be merging both the theme manager and the extension manager into one spot. Hey, the more simple you can make it, the better.
I wouldn’t mind seeing them put in a search engine manager there as well. Themes, extensions, and search engine plugins are the three major things folks add or delete from Firefox, so why not join them there in one window?
See the pictures of it over at CyberNetNews.com!
If you have been using Firefox for any amount of time, you have probably fell in love with the search box in the top right corner of the browser. The only problem is that not every Web site is listed on Firefox’s search plugin Web site. Are you looking to add a search engine that nobody has written a plugin for? Try the Search Engine Wizard.
Most people’s installations of Firefox have probably been auto-updated already. For those of you who haven’t gotten the “update ready” box popping up at you yet, go get the latest release of everybody’s favorite browser or check for updates inside the browser.
So you can’t find the extension you need? Why not jut build it yourself? I ran across a guide to do so over at Roachfiend.com that is the best I have seen so far. After an easy to follow 12 step program, you too can become a Firefox extension writer.
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.