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Firefox Rumors, Hearsay and Links

Since it is the end of the year, Firefox news is hard to find. I went out and did the almost impossible though, and found a handful of goodies worth checking into. On with the linkage…

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Google Calendar in Your Sidebar (again!)

Update – looks like this is no longer working. As an alternative, I would suggest using this: Google Calendar in Your Sidebar (iPhone Version)

I love my Google Calendar, but loading up the official web site each time I want to check it out is sometimes a burden.

Since I use it much more as a to-do list rather than actually setting up events and times I needed a quicker way to access. So I thought, why not figure out a way to open it in the sidebar in Firefox?

Google Calendar in Firefox Sidebar

Here are the steps to get it done:

  1. Create a new bookmark (right-click and select “Bookmark this link…”) for this address or drag it to your bookmarks toolbar:

    Mini Google Calendar

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

    Step 2
  3. Check the box that says, “Load this bookmark in sidebar” and you are good to go! I promise you this is a tip that is easy enough for anybody to use and setup.

Now you can access your Google Calendar and upcoming events on your agenda without pulling up a new web page.

Bonus: Check out my previous Google Calendar/Sidebar hack using the iPhone friendly version of Google Calendar. Also you can open Google Notebook to your sidebar too. Don’t forget about adding Google Talk to your sidebar!

Top 5 Links of the Week

There has been a lot of cool tools, tweaks, links and news to fall through the cracks this week so let me get you caught up to date with a little round up of my top five stories of the week. Well, top five that didn’t start at FirefoxFacts.com anyways, Hehe…

5. Wrap Firefox’s Bookmarks Toolbar – Neat tweak to make that toolbar wrap onto multiple lines instead of scrolling off the right side.

4. Meet the Firefox Marketing Team – Check out the folks who’s job it is to spread the word about Firefox to all. Plus, you can get a little more information behind them too.

3. First Look at Firefox 3.0 – A series of screen shots of what you can expect to see in Firefox 3. If your just itching to see what it looks like, this is the link for you. They get two thumbs up from me thus far.

2. Gmail Greasemonkey API – The recent Gmail updates broke a lot of Greasemonkey tweaks – and now it looks like the Google Gmail team are offering an olive branch to the create scripters.

1. Better Gmail is Back – Gina over at Lifehacker has updated the Better Gmail extension to work with some of the recent changes to the Gmail system. All your old favorites might not be enabled in the extension just yet – but I am sure with time this extension will become as good (if not better) than Better Gmail 1.

Have a link suggestion? Pass it to me at mitch@mitchkeeler.com!

Google Calendar in Your Sidebar

I like to use Google Calendar much less as a time organizer and more as a big to do list. Now I hadn’t really given two thoughts to the mobile version because I don’t really browse the Web on too many mobile devices. After having a look though – I thought to myself – this would make the perfect sidebar for Firefox.

Google Calendar in Your Sidebar

This is how you can get it added to your own browser:

1. Browse to http://calendar.google.com/m

2. Bookmark that web page, or drag the link to your links toolbar.

3. Right-click on the bookmark, select “properties” and then click the checkmark for “load this bookmark in sidebar”.

I don’t know about you but this just makes the application a little more usable for me. Big fonts, big colors and a guide of what I need to do over the next few days. Also it acts as a great reminder tool for folks who like to make sure they are getting things done.

Tweak Google Calendar

Google Calendar TweaksGina is at it again with one of those “Better” Firefox extensions. This time around she tackles Google Calendar. As a big user of the other extensions she has released (plus I use Google Calendar too) I couldn’t pass up on the chance to try this one out.

The Better GCal extension for Firefox wraps some of the best Greasemonkey scripts into one easy to install extension. Editing the options of the extension allows you to also turn certain features on and off. Here are some of my favorite Greasemonkey scripts that have been included:

Plus a lot more tweaks and edits you can do.

If you use Google Calendar (or you think you might if a few things were changed around) then I would suggest giving this extension a shot.

Add Google Reader to Gmail

Do you like to multi-task? Why check your e-mail and read your feeds in two different web applications when you can get it all done in one by combining the power of Google Reader and Gmail.

Google Reader + Gmail

Now I have talked before about the Gmail + Google Reader greasemonkey script before. After giving it another shot the other day though I noticed the experience is much more polished. What does that mean? Well looking at it right now it really looks like it belongs there – and doesn’t just look like an out of place web page stuck on another web page.

If you haven’t given this greasemonkey script a try in a while, it might be time to do so. Also if Google Reader isn’t your thing – you can do the same thing with Google Calendar too.

Add to del.icio.us from Google Reader

Google Reader + Del.icio.usOne thing I have been looking for, for a while is a way to add del.icio.us link saving to Google Reader. I use both products, and they just seem like they should merge together nicely. Thanks to the Google Reader + del.icio.us Greasemonkey script now I can.

This script adds the “Add to del.icio.us” button to the bottom of each post and then gives you all the regular fields, so you can edit the extended info, description and tags before sending it to your del.icio.us list.

Google Define Tool Set

DartI often use Google’s “define:” search tag to find definitions of things from various different sources. It is a good way to find several points of view and not just one dictionary definition. That is why I was happy to find the Define extension for Firefox.

Search the definition of the highlighted text at Google. If there is highlighted text, a new option is added to the context menu. This option search the definition of the highlighted text at Google (like searching “define:some_text”).

To use it, all you need to do is highlight a word in your browser, right-click on it and select Define “yourword”. That’s it. Sometimes the more simple extensions out there are my absolute favorite.

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.