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Making Old Extensions Work on Firefox 2

One of the few pains in the rear with using the latest and greatest version of Firefox is that it take a little work to get everything working just right.

With every new release of Firefox–like yesterday’s release of Firefox 2 Beta 2–comes the question, “How do I make my old extensions work with the new version?” Some extensions–which Mozilla is now calling Add-ons–made for older versions of Firefox really don’t work with the newer features and can cause problems, but for the majority of add-ons, all that’s needed is basically the flip of a switch.

Need more? Well here are your resources to learn a little more about making your old extensions work with Firefox 2.0.

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Learning to Build a Firefox Extension

Say what bad things you want about them, I have to thank webmonkey.com for teaching me many different things when I first came Online. I still remember their tables tutorial, with the plate of food as an example, like it was written yesterday. Well this time the team is back at it again, but this time they are showing you how to create your own Firefox extension.

Today let’s take a look at how one goes about creating these magical extensions. The active ingredient is XUL, a markup language (the eXtensible [or "XML-Based"] User-interface Language, to be precise) that describes things like toolbars, menus, keyboard shortcuts.

+ Read More About Your First Firefox Extension!

No Squint

They always tell you to be sure you read the fine print before you do anything important. So wouldn’t you say that it is important to be able to see the fine print? The No Squint Firefox extension hopes to make your vision a little better for any small text you might encounter.

[Learn More About No Squint!]

Firefox Gains, IE Loses

This is some good news for anybody who is a fan of Firefox.

Mozilla’s Firefox gained half a percentage point in market share at the expense of Microsoft’s Internet Explorer during August, continuing the steady climb of the open-source browser, a Web metrics firm said.

Firefox now owns 11.8 percent of the global browser market share, said Net Applications, a jump of .5 percent from July’s 11.3 percent. Internet Explorer, meanwhile, now accounts for 83 percent of browsers used to surf the Web; that’s down from July’s 83.5 percent.

[Read More About Firefox's Gains!]

ServStats

Once you start talking about networks and servers, a lot of folks start rolling their eyes and looking the other way. This stuff is complicated and hard to most, but it does not have to be. The Firefox extension ServStats makes getting information about connectivity a little easier.

[Learn More About ServStats!]

Extentions and Security

Over the past few weeks, I have seen more extensions that have “warnings” on them, like this:

It does not track webpages you visit. It does not change your browser behaviour, browser homepage or search results. Please see our privacy policy here…

Now when I see something like that telling me it isn’t watching me, I know most of the time it is. I just want to tell everybody to be careful with extensions that give you warnings like this.

Swiftfox Experience

For those of you who don’t know, Swiftfox is an optimized build of Mozilla Firefox. Swiftfox has builds for both AMD and Intel processors. The 1.5.0.6 release is based on Firefox 1.5.0.6. Here is just one person’s story on using it.

When I first tried Firefox on Linux, I thought to myself “Things simply don’t get better than this”. I had never used a quicker browser; it seemed to be making the most of my broadband connection. Never before had the internet seemed so accessible.

+ Read More About the Swiftfox Experience!
+ Go Download Swiftfox for Yourself!

Encrypt Web Mail

Want quick and easy encryption for your Web mail? You need to keep an eye on Freenigma!

Today, all your e-mails are stored and sent around the planet in plain text. And today you have no control over what happens to your private or business e-mail conversations and you can’t prevent others from reading them. Get your privacy back! Encrypt your private and business e-mails to protect your freedom, privacy and your business secrets.

From the look of their Web site, it doesn’t look like it is open to the public just yet.

+ Read More About Freenigma at Lifehacker!

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!]