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.
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.