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RSS Bootcamp with Sargeant Firefox

Listen here Private, I am going to not only give you some tools to get your RSS editing and reading done. I am going to give you the best tools you can load into that browser of yours. Are you ready? Well ten-hut – and sound off.

Different Ways to Read FeedsAlternative and Different RSS Readers

RSS Ticker – watch as your live bookmarks and scrolls their entries across your screen while you surf.

Simple RSS Reader – When you need to get the news fast, Simple RSS gets you there faster.
With only a few clicks you get your favorite news in your toolbar.

Feed Sidebar – The Feed Sidebar is an extension for the Mozilla Firefox Web browser that displays the new items from your Live Bookmarks in the sidebar. It works well – as long as you don’t have many feeds to get through.

InfoRSS – The extension installs a small icon (looks like an earth) in the status bar. The headlines are displayed in the beside this icon in the status bar or in a separate bar (top or bottom of the screen).

Editing RSS Tools and Addons

RSS Editor – Edit your own feed with this extension. It delivers a simple desktop RSS editor for casual editing of RSS 2.0 files.

RSS Validator – Once you open the RSS feed into the browser window, you can right click on the page or goto the Tools menu and validate the RSS feed.

Firefox Standard Feed ReadingTraditional RSS Reading in Firefox

Wizz RSS News Reader – At first I didn’t like Wizz much (fighting the urge to make a joke about “taking” this Wizz anywhere) but it has improved with time. It is fairly powerful, feature rich, well supported and has comprehensive online help for all.

Sage – The oldest and maybe the best of the built in Firefox feed reading clients. It delivers newspaper feed rendering customizable via style sheets. It also does a good job at integrating with with Firefox’s bookmark storage and live bookmarks.

Beatnik – Simple but elegant news reader for RSS and Atom feeds. It is simple. If your looking for neat features and a “wiz bang” interface, this isn’t the extension for you. If you need a feed reader for a dozen feeds or so and you want it built into your browser, you might want to give Beatnik a shot.

NewsFox – NewsFox is an RSS reader for folks who like Thunderbird’s built in RSS reader, but they don’t use that E-mail client.

RSS Reading on the Web (along with some cool tools)

Google Reader Notifier & Google Reader Watcher – Two grade A addons that give you a way to track when your Google Reader updates with new things to read. Pick which one does the best job for you and stick with it.

BlogRovr – It fetches posts from your favorite blogs about anything you’re browsing, and shows you summaries you can open read posts without leaving the web page you were on.

Quick Photo Editing With Picnik

Online Photo Editing with PicnikI am about to promise and deliver to you something that many people can not do – a Picnik with no ants – just photos.

Confused yet? Picnik is a really cool web site that allows you to edit your photos Online. Now when you mix that with the awesomeness that is Firefox – you have in your hands one heck of a nice tool.

Add a menu options and a toolbar icon to make importing images into Picnik easier. This extension adds a menu option when you right click on images to make it easy to pull the image into Picnik for editing. Firefox 2.0 users also menu options and a toolbar icon to take screen shots and import them into Picnik.

The thing that brings the magic together is the Picnik extension for Firefox. Might not be the time to uninstall Photoshop just yet – but give it some time and you might re-think that idea.

Firefox Text Editing

Thanks to Mozilla Links for pointing me towards this Firefox extension. It’s All Text sounds like a very neat tool indeed.

It’s All Text! is a Firefox extension that let’s you edit text entries you may need to do in your preferred text editor. It adds as small transparent button to a corner of text areas which you can press to launch your selected text editor with a uniquely named file IAT! creates.

When you want a little more control over your Web text editing, it sounds like this extension might be the way to go.

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Wiki Editing Help

I do not pretend to know much about wikis on the Web, what they are there for or what you should really do with them. Of course, neither does eighty percent of the Web, so I do not feel so much out of the loop just yet. That is where a Firefox extension like Wikipedia Toolbar comes into play.

The Wikipedia extension makes editing of Wikipedia pages easier by adding a new toolbar to your browser and by providing new menu items in the context menu (right mouse key). You can read more details, have a look at it or jump right to the installation..

It might not make wikis any more interesting or teach you how to use it. It will though make editing them a heck of a lot easier.

+ Download and Learn More About the Wikipedia Toolbar for Firefox!

Side Note: to get this extension to work in Firefox 2, you will need to use Mr Tech Local Install

More about:config Help and Guides

One of the best features about Firefox is the about:config window. You can hack away and play with just about every aspect of the browser from there. Here is a guide I ran across that helps you use about:config to get rid of a few annoyances.

After installing Firefox, there are things I must do every time to make it behave sanely. Thank God for about:config. Strange how all of these things are disabling some feature of Firefox. Maybe Firefox tries to do too much.

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Shrink Your Toolbar Area

Want to have more room for browsing, and less for all those extensions and toolbars you have been installing for Firefox? Here is a good start at getting your browser a little neater.

You’re a power web surfer, so of course you use Firefox. But while the Firefox team has done a great job of creating an interface that accommodates most web surfers, you’re not most surfers. There are bunch of unnecessary buttons, menus and doodads in the Firefox control area (the “chrome”) that you don’t need, taking up space you could be using to see and do more with your web pages and tabs.

+ Read More About Consolidating Firefox’s Chrome!

Add to the Dictionary

Firefox 2’s dictionary function might take a little while to train, but once you do it is a welcome improvement for all us bad spellers out there. When you see a word that you need to add to the dictionary – that might not be there – it is easy to add it in so it doesn’t show up as a misspelled word any longer.

All you need to do is right-click on the word and select “Add to Dictionary”.

Mimulus

Most “What You See Is What You Get” or WYSIWYG editors aren’t worth much. Sure there are a few that break that rule, but for the most part I have always said you are better off ignoring them. What if you could edit other people’s Web sites in this way? As long as it is for your own private use, I don’t see a problem with that. That is what the Mimulus Firefox extension brings to the dance.

[Learn More About Mimulus!]

Slashdotter

Personally I never really got into the whole Slashdot thing. Sure, I read it from time to time. Most of the time though, it just confused the heck out of me. I guess some of it was a little over my head. Well, if you have ever used Slashdot and figured you wanted a few more tools to help you navigate the Web site, then you need the Slashdotter Firefox extension.

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