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Add Favorite Locations to Firefox

fav-loc Right now I use my “downloads” folder as a catch all for all the things (audio, video, pictures and more) that I download from the Web.  From there I sort it out to where it needs to go.  If you want to add a few more favorite locations to save to from Firefox you can do so with the FavLoc addon.

FavLoc (short for favorite location) will let you set certain folders as favorite locations to easily download files to.  For an example, lets say you subscribed to my podcast, the Web Hosting Show and you wanted to send all the mp3s you downloaded to your special podcast folder.  With this extension, you would just add your podcast folder as one of your favorite locations, then you have instant right-click and save access to it.  No more downloading and then sorting it all out later.

The FavLoc menus will appear on the File menu (for saving pages), the context menu (for saving images and links), and on the download prompt.  Sure there are other ways to go about this, but this one was put in place to save us all a little time.

Keep Track of Time

time-tracker Sitting at the keyboard for hours on end, it is really easy to get off task, get distracted and get to where you forget to check what time it is and what time you started.  Thankfully the TimeTracker extension for Firefox helps you keep track of how much time you browse.

Some of the features of this awesome addition to any Firefox install include:

  • Tracks browsing time across sessions
  • Pauses automatically when you stop browsing
  • Reset counter
  • Pause toggle per window
  • List ‘work’ sites that should not count
  • Tooltip showing total time today, since last reset and since installing.

TimeTracker is a great way to keep tabs (not the browser kind) on yourself and the time you are spending Online.  For those of us who spend our days working within the Firefox interface it also is a helpful reminder to tell us we have worked enough and we might deserve a break.

Add Some Spice to Your Stop Button

Feel like the stop button is just a little too dull these days? Well if you want to add a little spice to the experience I have two Firefox extention additions that will get that done, or just drive you nuts.

hammertime Stop! Hamertime!

Yeah, I wore MC Hammer pants once upon a time, so don’t act like you didn’t. I’ve got a Firefox addon that allows me to peak inside your closet, I know they are there. With Stop! Hammertime! each time you hit the stop button, you hear one thing that both made and broke poor MC Hammer’s career.

Stop in the name of Love!

In the same spirit as Stop! Hammertime! this newer extension replaces your stop button with a heart and each time you hit the button Diana Ross and the Supremes will sing a little ‘bit of the “Stop in the name of love” song. Not something I’ll be jamming out to here anytime soon, but fun to use to pull a prank on somebody.

Both of these oddball addons were created by Ben Dodson, be sure to check out his site and give him praise for his unique addons for your favorite browser.

ScribeFire – Any Blogger’s Right Hand Man

Digging through my archived posts I knew I had written something about ScribeFire before, but could not find it. How could I overlook one of the best blogging tools for Firefox? ScribeFire, which used to be known as Performancing for Firefox) is the hands down best blog editor that turns Firefox into a publishing machine.

scribefire-blog-tool

To get started, all you need to do is download the addon from the Mozilla web site, restart Firefox and then launch ScribeFire by clicking on the orange task bar icon or right clicking on any web site and selecting “blog this page” from the ScribeFire menu item.

For the best blog updater I often recommend people uses Windows Live Writer. If it isn’t your cup of tea though my number two choice would definitely be ScribeFire.

Navigate via the Numbers

If you have a hidden hate for your keyboard’s companion, you know that mouse sitting over there, mocking you with its two buttons and scroll wheel of humility then you might want to look into NumberFox. This addon for Firefox will allow you to navigate links, selections, search boxes and more by typing in the corresponding number.

firefox-numbers

When NumberFox is turned on, the page is filled with numbers corresponding with the links on the page. To choose a link, all you have to do is enter the number into the NumberFox box (in the picture, seen right above the Google logo) and your off to surfing through cyber space. You can also use the up and down keys to cycle through the available links for another way to navigate through your clicking choices.

If the mouse is on your bad list, or you need an alternative this extension is a good way to go.

Quick TransLation

I have spoken the English language all of my life, (some may debate how well I write it though) so the Web is not that scary of a place for me. I could see however that for somebody who has not mastered English – it might not seem so welcoming. The Quick TransLation extension for Firefox gives us a tool to all bridge the language barrier we share.

Here is what Quick TransLation looks like in action:

Quick TransLation in Action

Of course that is the English translation of an English word. The highlight is you can select from the status bar flag that is added the language you would like to read that definition in. If you spend your time reading a lot of content on the Web that is from another country, this extension would be a handy addon to make use of.