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Firefox 3 is Best of the Betas?

In a comparison with Internet Explorer 8, Safari, and Opera 9.5 I think Firefox 3 so far wins hands down.  To get a better idea of what you can expect though from the next generation of browsers, Cnet has put up a nice round up of all the latest for you to browse through and see what you like and hate about each.

The section on how it compares to the others was the most enlightening of all:

Firefox remains the best browser on the whole, with great features, impressive improvements all-round, a revised bookmarking system and thousands of add-ons to make it easy to perfectly customise.

The improvements in performance are stellar, it’s got some well-integrated features than everyone will use (resumable download manager, tag-ready bookmarking) and it offers, overall, a better, richer Web experience. We’re behind Firefox and we hope that when the final release is out it’ll be just that little bit better to boot.

More great news for the Mozilla crew!  Is there something the other browsers are getting or doing that you wish Firefox 3 would try to do too?

Firefox’s Best Map Extensions

Firefox Map ToolsI dare you – no I triple Firefox dare you to find a better list of map related extentions and tools for any browser out there. Thanks to Firefox and some creative map loving developers there is no way you could ever get lost as long as you had a laptop, an internet connection and that lovable Firefox.

Map+ – View the Yahoo Map of any address without having to open a new tab or window.

Get directions from Google Maps – Highlight any address on the web and get directions.

PackageMapping.com Extension – Track your shipments via a map to see where exactly that electric toothbrush you ordered is.

Map This – Launch a Google Map for any address you select on the Web.

All Your Maps Are Belong To Us – convert any mapping service URL or address to Google Maps. Good one for the Google Map fan boys.

Mini Map Sidebar – Mapping sidebar suite for Mozilla Firefox.

GDirections – Find where your going or where you have been on Google and Yahoo Maps based on your selected text and one of various home addresses.

Shazou – A unique Japanese mapping service and tool that enables the user with one-click to map and geo-locate any website they are currently viewing.

GeoLocateFox – Find where any web site’s HQ is with this tool. It tells you the location if contains GeoLocation metadata within the HTML on the web page.

GMiF – An addon for Flickr that will tell you exactly where those photos were taken via Google Maps.

Locator – Finds any location via Google Maps.

Geo – Another extension that opens a Google Map for a web site’s location if it contains GeoLocation meta data or is geographically marked with ICBM.

Know of another I might have missed? Leave a comment and share!

eBay Trackers, Sorters and Tools for Firefox

eBay Firefox Tips and Tools Am I weird? I never fell victim to becoming obsessive compulsive about eBay so maybe a lot of these tools fell under the radar for me before, but after taking a look there are a slew of Firefox extensions to help you get the most out of your online auctions.

Firefox Companion for eBay – The official Firefox and eBay extension. It keep an eye on your eBay trading wherever you are on the web.

eBayCaptcha Populator – Promises to fill in the captchas for you on the eBay web site. Yes, those boxes where you have to type in ridiculous phrases to show your human.

myibay eBay bid sniper – linking to myibay.com eBay bid sniper will help you snipe and monitor your auctions.

ShortShip Pro – Adds real-time sorting of eBay listings by total and shipping, and so much more! We do everything we can to make eBay a better place to shop.

myTimeZone for eBay – Automatically converts times on eBay pages to your local time zone and custom formats dates/times to be more readable.

eBay Buddy – This is a small extension for quick navigation of eBay and other related tools through the right-click context menu or toolbar button.

Know of anymore good eBay tools for Firefox?

More Best of Firefox Awards

Time to hand out a few more awards to those who have made using Firefox just a little ‘bit better over the past 12 months. Congratulations to all, and yes – I am sure a few more awards might be on the way…More Year End Awards

Best Firefox related project award?

iPox Remix – In TwisterMC’s own words, “iPox Remix is my way of letting the user customize the iPox Firefox theme to their liking.” Never have I seen a better guide on how to get a good looking theme going with a lot of hand holding along the way. By far – this multi-stepped article series deserves to be the best as far as the non-Mozilla owned projects go.

Best alternative guide to Firefox award?

Learn Firefox – It is a visual guide to help you learn more about the Firefox browser. With an original look and feel to the entire web site and project, Learn Firefox leaps above the rest when it comes to giving you a new and exciting way to learn more about everybody’s new favorite browser. Major props for Chris, Ryan and Ashley for putting this one together.

Mitch’s favorite Mozilla Firefox awareness program?

Operation Firefox – Sharing the Firefox love by placing huge stickers all over the place. Point to me where the part not to love is, because I ain’t seeing it. Winners were also recently announced, so might be time to take look back at this Mozilla project if you haven’t been there in a while.

Best Firefox Blog?

MozillaLinks.org – This is a good blog that even I like to subscribe to so I can stay ahead of the game with some really cool news and information coming out of Mozilla about Firefox. Percy does a great job and hopefully will keep up the great work. Two thumbs up from one blog to another.

Want more? Ok, here are a few quickies:

Favorite Mozilla Personality? Asa Dotzler

Best Use of the Firefox Community? Spread Firefox

Biggest Waste of Time? Why Firefox is Blocked

Have any other awards you’d like to see me hand out? It is your turn! Give me your choices and awards in comment form.

User Styles for Facebook

Facebook Firefox TipsWho doesn’t like Facebook? I’ve got a profile there and I am sure you do too. While looking for ways to make my facebooking just a little ‘bit better I ran into these user styles created to work with the Stylish Firefox extension.

De-MySpacify – Tired of all the user applications on Facebook? Say goodbye to them with this user style. The name of this tweak does speak volumes to some.

Facebook Green – Yes, everything you can expect is delivered here. All the same Facebook goodness except everything has a green tint to it. Great for St Patrick’s Day.

Mini Facebook – This makes the font on the iPhone version of Facebook smaller so that it will work well in an iframe widget on iGoogle.

deviantART Skin for Facebook – deviantART has a pretty slick style – and now you can bring that same style to your Facebook page.

Facebook Always Expand Applications – Get rid of the toggle feature on the applications sidebar, allowing all apps to be visible at all times.

Now you should have no problems with saying you have the most stylish looking Facebook page around.

Old Posts, New Popularity

Month after month, the most popular post I have done seems to be the best Greasemonkey script roundup. Just wanted to let everybody know I have updated the list, deleted some junk and hopefully now it is worth its popularity levels yet again.

Here are some of the other posts that were popular last month:

If there is ever anything you’d like to see me cover, talk about or stop talking about – my door is always open, shoot me over a line or two.

Your 5 Most Popular Extensions

Best Firefox ExtensionsWho better to get suggestions for than the public at large?

The Mozilla team does a pretty good job at keeping their ear to the ground and tracking the best of the best extensions out there. Here are the five most popular extentions, according to the official web site.

Agree or disagree?

1. VideoDownloader – Alright, number one on the list does make sense to me because a lot of people like downloading the “cat gets caught in ceiling fan” video to show to friends and family without needing to visit the (insert your favorite video web site here) link again and again.

2. Adblock Plus – Yet another obvious or “duh!” selection for the list. A few Online ads are fine and dandy. Heck I have them because I have to make a living somehow. (not a guilt trip, just a reminder) Other ads are dangerous or just out right annoying. This does a fine job at ditching those.

3. Download Statusbar – I have been using this one since almost day one. I do a lot of downloading – and I think having the download box with the status pop up at me is just a little annoying. This fixes that.

4. NoScript – Kind of surprised to see this one so high on the list. NoScript allows JavaScript, Java and other executable content to run only from trusted domains of your choice which keeps the good guys in and the bad guys out.

5. Greasemonkey – Come on, everybody loves Greasemonkey! This extension allows you to add functionality to both Firefox and web sites you browse. Check out our Greasemonkey tip archive for a lot of good suggestion on what you can do with it after you get it installed.

So with that said, what is going to be the next “big favorite” that everybody is going to be sure to install next time the open up our favorite browser of choice?

Best Flickr Greasemonkey Scripts

FlickrMany people love Flickr, but that doesn’t mean it is perfect. There are a lot of little things that Flickr could do better – and thankfully with a tool like the Greasemonkey extension for Firefox, you can put in what the Flickr developers might have left out.

Here are five of the best Flickr Greasemonkey scripts on the Web today.

1. Flickr Image Unblocker – This script gets rid of that annoying image that hovers over an image to keep you from saving it. It remove the “spaceball.gif” blocking and does so very well.

2. Multi Group Sender – This script enables you to easily send your Flickr images to multiple groups at the same time. It works by overriding the normal “Send To Group” button on your Flickr photo page.

3. Flickr EXIF Decorator – Hover over a photo on Flickr to get an unobtrusive translucent overlay in the top left corner showing meta data including camera model, aperture and shutter speed.

4. Flickr Shades – Changes colors of all Flickr pages pages to white text on a black background. You can also easily edit the colors in the script to whatever your preference is.

5. Flickr Photo Magnifier – Have a look at the notes on the images. Basically, when you toggle the magnifier on, you have a small rectangular magnifier on the medium sized image to look at the details. Great for seeing details in photos.

Need more? You can always find more Greasemonkey user scripts for Flickr right on Userscripts.org. Have any favorites I didn’t mention? Feel free to drop in a comments and share with the group.

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

6 Best Oddball Firefox Extensions

Since today is Friday, I figured why not lay back – kick my feet up and just look for some really wacky and maybe even useless Firefox extensions for you to play with? Here’s what made the list for this round up of oddball extensions.

Secret Word Grabber – Inspired by the “secret word” off of Peewee’s Playhouse. Yeah, that’s enough of that one already. As long as it doesn’t expose itself to me we will be alright.

OfficePoltergeist – Turn your web browser into a web server… of terror!

Anti-Paranoia – No, this extension will not spy and destroy your personal data, remember: Everything is good! Don’t panic!

Firesomething – This extension will give Firefox an identity crisis by generating a new randomized browser name every time you open a new window. Who doesn’t want to use Firetoad?

RandomMessage – For those of us out there who really do like to be bugged with random messages with no real purpose behind them. Excellent tool for those people who want to look busier than they really are.

STOP! Hammertime! – You can never get enough MC Hammer. Yeah, I had the baggy pants when I was young and you know you did too.

Best News Reading Extensions

Has a week really passed us by since the last weekly top five? Well this week I figured I would help you stay on top of things with some really good news reading extensions. From the traditional RSS help to even a Digg tool from Netscape – we have a little ‘bit of everything.

Have another you love? Drop in a comment and let me know about it.