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Mahalo Follow

I am a big fan of Mahalo – an alternative to your traditional search engine. I didn’t have a clue until now though that they had a toolbar too. Mahalo Follow gives you all kinds of goodies to help you use Mahalo and a handful of other bonus services.

Screenshot of Mahalo Follow

Some of the features of Mahalo Follow for Firefox are:

  • You can quickly recommend links to Mahalo for search results
  • Share your recommended links on Twitter, Faves, del.icio.us, Google Bookmarks, Stumble Upon and more.
  • Follow Mahalo results from the toolbar
  • Follow links and do a little random browsing of the Web, based on links to relative content

For those of you not up on what Mahalo is, it is a human powered search engine. All the search results are put together by the community, and by doing it this way you can often get results that make much more sense and that are at a higher level of relevancy than your traditional searches.

Pick up Mahalo Follow for yourself. If your a fan of the Mahalo search, I would highly recommend it as a useful addition to that Web tool.

New Look for Firefox Add-ons Site

Along with Firefox 3 , it looks like Mozilla will be giving a refresh to the Add-ons web site as well. Out of a one to ten score, I would give it myself a 8.5.

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I like it – but the middle seems unorganized some. Not sure if I am in love with it 100%. The far right column I think needs some color too.

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For the single review pages, I do like they added the comment and review box a little higher so it is more noticeable. I don’t know, still rubs me as a little “vanilla” though. Vanilla isn’t a bad thing though. What do you think, good change or bad? Get the preview here!

Firefox 3 – Return of the Beta 3

Firefox 3 Beta 3 is released out for testing purposes. Are you getting excited yet? Here are some things worth taking note of in the newest Firefox release:

  • [Improved in Beta 3!] Speed: Major architectural changes (such as the move to Cairo and a rewrite to how reflowing a page layout works) put foundations in place for major performance tuning which have resulted in speed increases that continue to increase page drawing speed in Beta 3. This release also features over 90 changes that improve performance over the previous beta.
  • [Improved in Beta 3!] Download & Install Add-ons: the Add-ons Manager (Tools > Add-ons) can now be used to download and install a Firefox customization from the thousands of Add-ons available from our community add-ons website. When you first open the Add-ons Manager, a list of recommended Add-ons is shown.
  • [Improved in Beta 3!] Memory usage: Over 350 individual memory leaks have been plugged, and a new XPCOM cycle collector completely eliminates many more. Developers are continuing to work on optimizing memory use (by releasing cached objects more quickly) and reducing fragmentation. Beta 3 includes more than 50 improvements to memory use over the previous beta.

Check out the full Firefox 3 Beta 3 Release Notes to read more about what is better, what has changed and what may stay the same. As an interesting side note – I think it is about time Mozilla started to remind addon developers to update their work to get it ready for Firefox 3.

Here are the results of our latest poll:

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Me.dium Goals, Future and Praise

Me.dium InterviewMe.dium is one of those unique Firefox addons that delivers a service that none so far have been able to duplicate. Giving you a way to chat live with other people on the same page – the idea is simple, yet brilliant. I recently had the chance to get a quick interview in with David Mandell the founder and VP of Marketing at Me.dium.

Does it make you feel nervous at all that your success is so tied into the success of addons for the browser? You have clients for both Firefox and Internet Explorer, but what if addons sometime become “not so cool”.

Sure, industry change always makes us nervous. The key is to continually provide enough value for the user that cool transforms into indispensable. We are trying to provide a tremendous amount of information in a very small space, so there is always the possibility of looking at other ways to display the value, but at this point, the experience of surfing with your friends is so tied to where you are on the Internet, that a marriage between the browser and Me.dium makes sense.

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Your Addons Ready for Firefox 3?

How many of the extensions you use are ready for Firefox 3? Sure it has not been released just yet but now is the time to get the work done early to make sure that when Firefox 3 is released your favorite addons will work. I know of several great extension authors who have already made the leap and others are in the progress of doing so.

Are you worried that your extensions you use won’t work when Firefox 3 goes into it’s final release? Will it stop you from going to Firefox 3 if all your favorite addons are not working?

Voting Closed – Here Are the Results!

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Sound off and let me know what you think.

Mozilla Addons – Updated Thumbnail Preview

Not sure how long this update has been out there, but Mozilla has done something really neat with their addons web site. Right now, when your looking at an extension, you know you can click on the screen shot to see it a little bigger and by itself – right?

Well now when you click on a thumbnail, and the extension has more than one preview you can browse through them using the right arrow button or the thumbnails underneath.

New Thumbnail Previews

For an example, try checking out the entry for Flagfox on their web site, and click where it says “See all preview images”. I wonder if this is just something out of the blue – or maybe a update preview to the Mozilla addons site getting ready for Firefox 3?

3 Addons for Web Dev Heads

Web Dev Tools for FirefoxWhen web development and design is mentioned, everybody’s top Firefox extension is the Web Developer toolbar. There are a few other choices out there for design and coding tools that you might have not of seen before.

View Source Chart – This extension does one job and does it well. It draws colored boxes around different source codes to help you read the information better. Instead of black and white confusing stuff – it’s all colored man. Look at all the pretty colors. Far out!

FireShot – This screen grabbing extension does the basics. It takes pictures of the web page your looking at. Unlike other extensions that do this job, this plugin provides a set of editing and annotation tools, which let users quickly modify captures and insert text and graphical annotations.

Palette Grabber – This one is really new (at least to me). It creates a color palette for Photoshop, Paint Shop Pro, GIMP, Flash, or OS X based on the current page.

What alternative web development extensions are in your toolkit?

20 Tips to Tweak Your Tabs

You owe a lot to your tabs in Firefox. Without them you would have a desktop filled with clutter. So why not do something nice for your tabs and give them a few tweaks?

Firefox Addons Coloring Your Tabs

ChromaTabs – A neat addition that will tints browser tabs with a color specific to the website loaded.

Aging Tabs – The tabs will change colors with this extension depending on how long it has been since you last looked at them.

ColorfulTabs – Add some flavor (and some colors) to all of your tabs to help tell one from the other.

Firefox Addons Tab Interface Tweaks

Open Image In New Tab – Open that image your looking at in a new tab, to get a closer look.

Downloads in Tab – Opens your downloads in a tab instead of a popup window.

Tab Mix Plus – An extension with tons of tab tweaking options and setting to play with.

New Tab Button on Tab Bar – If I have to tell you what this extension does you don’t deserve to use Firefox.

Hide Tab Bar – If none of these tweaks have been for you – how about just hiding the tab toolbar all together?

Undo Closed Tabs Button – Tab tool that will allows you to undo closed tabs via a toolbar button, right-click context menu or even a shortcut (Alt+Z).

Duplicate Tab – Make a copy of that open tab with a quick to access toolbar button.

Firefox Addons Favicons and Tabs

HashColouredTabs+ – Improves tab identification by providing a small colored icon for any site which doesn’t have its own ‘site icon’ (aka favicon).

FaviconizeTab – This extension adds a new “FaviconizeTab” option to the context menu of the tab. When it is clicked, The width of the tab becomes small up to the size of favicon.

Firefox Addons View Your Tabs in a New Way

Viamatic foXpose – Another alternative way to view all your tabs. Click on the icon in the status bar to view all the browser windows with a single click.

Ctrl Tab Preview – Another extension that changes the way you browse through your open tabs in Firefox.

Tab Scope – Shows a popup on tabs and enables you to preview and navigate tab contents through popup.

Firefox Showcase – Manage your Firefox tabs and windows by showing them as thumbnails in a single window, tab or sidebar.

FishEyeTabs – New view for tabs. User can zoom tab labels by moving the mouse cursor over them.

Firefox Addons Misc Tab Tools and Tips

TabRenamizer – A tab tweak that lets you rename your tabs to anything you want or need. Perfect for hiding things!

PermaTabs – Make a an open tab in a series permanent so you don’t accidentally close something important.

Tab URL Copier – Copies the URLs of all open tabs. Puts ‘Copy Tab URLs’ item in right click menu of tabs and Edit main menu.

Sorry, Mozilla Broke That Link

I have been getting E-mails about some links on FirefoxFacts.com not working. That is just crazy talk I thought. Mozilla isn’t goofy enough to start removing extensions and changing links left and right, are they? Well I have to say I was proven wrong.

Mozilla’s new addon Web site has broken my Web site and a dozen others out there that have linked to extensions in the past.

So if you are checking out a link here and find an “extension not found” that is because Mozilla ditched it to the wayside. There have been some really good themes and extensions missing from the new Web site as well. Why delete them Mozilla crew?

I have been a big Mozilla fan since day one, but this time around I have to call a spade a spade and say they screwed up. Bring back the old Mozilla Updates Web site!

Update: Looks like links are coming back – or so I am being told via E-mail. I have been talking with several people from Mozilla and they promise they the broken links should only be a temporary thing as they work the bugs out of the new system. Mozilla, you won me back over again! Thanks for getting it fixed quickly!

20 Quality Greasemonkey Scripts

It has been a while since I went out and found a lot of useful Greasemonkey scripts. I was just about to do it myself here – but why go through all that testing when somebody has already beaten me to the punch and done it well?

Couple of months back I had covered Greasemonkey, a powerful and all-favorite firefox extension. Now I am taking it further and want to present some of the coolest greasemonkey addons(aka scripts) out there letting you do crazy things such as: downloading apple trailers and clips from popular video sites(Youtube, GoogleVideo….etc), integrating google reader into gmail, adding mirror links to digg listings and etc… No-technical knowledge required, guaranteed.

+ Check Out the Full List of 20 Great Greasemonkey Scripts!

Greasemonkey Help Need Help? Be sure to check out the Beginner’s Guide to Greasemonkey!