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Watch Your Google Reader Feeds

Google Reader WatcherIn my opinion, Google Reader is one of the best feed readers out there on the Web today. With that said, any tool that makes this better is alright in my book.

The Google Reader Watcher does just this. There are several tools out there that help you get more out of Google Reader but this one does the best job ad giving you updates.

This extension will checks your Google Reader for unread feeds and if you have, the plugin will display them on your browser’s statusbar. Keep your feed addiction going and pick up this extension.

Firefox 3.0 May Block Suspicious Sites

StopWill Firefox start telling you where you can or can not go? Where are my freedoms?! I can already smell some of the outrage that might be building over Firefox 3 blocking Web sites that try to install back stuff onto your computer. Personally I think it is a good thing after reading through this article from Computer World.

Here is the most interesting sample from the article in question.

“Similar to how Firefox 2 blocks Web sites that are potentially going to try to steal your personal information, Firefox 3 will block Web sites that we believe are going to try to install malicious programs on your computer,” said Alex Faaborg, a user experience designer in a blog entry last week. “Mozilla is coordinating with Google on this feature.”

So is it Firefox’s place to tell you where to go and where not to go? I think so. I think this is Mozilla trying to be proactive instead of being reactive.

Better GReader – Make Google Reader Better

Better GReaderThe folks over at Lifehacker have been up to it again with creating yet another cool extension for Firefox.

Firefox only: Google Reader is one of the best web-based feed readers out there, but it could stand a few adjustments. Greasemonkey scripters have come up with a few Google Reader user scripts that make some welcome GReader tweaks like maximizing the viewing area, skipping Google’s default subscribe mechanism, and adding keyboard shortcuts.

I downloaded it the minute I saw it and haven’t stopped using it yet. Can’t wait to see what they do with it in the future. Good work guys (and gals) at Lifehacker!

+ Download and Install the Better GReader Extension for Firefox!

Add Google Notebook to Sidebar

Google Notebook SidebarWant to add Google Notebook to your Firefox sidebar?

Well after looking at how others did the trick with adding Google Talk to your sidebar, I figured I would try it with Google Notebook. The good news is that it does work. I have posted a simple three step tutorial over at Mitchelaneous.com to help you get through it step by step.

Let me know if you find this useful and I might have to give it a shot with a few other widget services out there on the Web.

+ Check Out How to Add Google Notebook to Firefox’s Sidebar!

Add Favicons to Google

Favicons on GoogleI just love adding favicons to things.

If there was one innovation on the Web I had to pick that I could not live without, it would be our friend the favicon. It just makes browsing through links a little less challenging on the visual side. Now thanks to a Firefox extension you can add favicons to your Google usage as well.

Google Icon enhances search results by adding the favicon next to each search result (if available). Icons make it easier to recognize your favorite websites and breathe more life into that dull search page.

+ Download and Install the Google Icon Extension for Firefox!

Stream Google Search Results

The folks the brought you the CustomizeGoogle extension for Firefox are working on something else that might help you get more out of Google and push forward a new and innovative idea for Online searching.

This CustomizeGoogle feature saves you from the hassle of paging through Google web search results. Whenever you navigate to the end of the page, you dont have to hit the next button. CustomizeGoogle automatically fetches next set of results and appends them to the bottom of the page.

Here is a move that explains a little more about what is going on:

I like having the streaming results as I skim through Google Reader, so if you can give me functionality like that on the regular Google searches – well, then consider me sold.

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Make Gmail Better

Want to make Gmail better? Well the folks over at Lifehacker have put together one heck of a nice Firefox extension – taking some of the best Greasemonkey scripts from around the Web. What does it do? It adds a menu of optional extra features to Gmail. To view the enabled features and get more information on each, in Firefox’s Add-ons dialog, click on Better Gmail’s Preferences dialog.

Better Gmail

Gmail’s good, but it could be better. We’ve featured several Greasemonkey scripts that enhance Gmail in lots of different ways – like adding saved searches, attachment icons, label colors, keyboard macros, a filter assistant and right-click conversation previews. But not everyone wants to install Greasemonkey and hunt down all those scripts.

+ Download and Install the Better Gmail Extension for Firefox!

Add Google Talk to Firefox Sidebar

Several folks have been sending me this tip in so I figured it was about time I got to posting about it. Seems like the original claim to fame, as far as finding this tip goes to the folks at Digital Inspiration.

1. Create a bookmark for this address: talkgadget.google.com/talkgadget/client

2. Right-click on that bookmark and select “Properties”.

3. Check the box that says, “Load this bookmark in sidebar” and you are all set.

Now you can get your Google chat going without launching a client and you can keep it with you at all times because it is right there in your Firefox sidebar.

Gspace – Storage Space from Gmail

There are a lot of good Online backup Web sites out there today. Since Gmail first hit the scene though, people have been trying to use it to have a little extra storage space on their computers. Now there is yet another tool that helps you manage this process and your files in the Firefox extension, Gspace.

This extension allows you to use your Gmail Space (2.8 GB and growing) for file storage. It acts as an online drive, so you can upload files from your hard drive and access them from every Internet capable system. The interface will make your Gmail account look like a FTP host.

Gspace

Out of all the “lets use Gmail for backup” tools out there, this one is the best that I have seen thus far.

+ Download and Install the Gspace Extension for Firefox!

Google Utilities

Do you want a Firefox extension that gives you quick and easy access to all of Google’s services? When you look at things like Google’s word processor and RSS reader, you begin to think of these things as applications more than Web sites. The GUtil! Extension treats them as an extended arm of the browser.

After you install this extension it adds a new menu item just for Google and all the products they have out in the market today.

If you are a big Google fan, this could be the best way for you to get into each service you know and love. Horrible name for an extension, but it does get the job done.

+ Download and Install the GUtil! Extension for Firefox!