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WordPress.com Posting in Sidebar

WordPress.com Posting in SidebarWordPress.com makes for a great publishing platform.

Some folks out there have e-mailed me and asked for an easier way to post to it. Well, after doing some searching I ran across an extension that will let you blog from your sidebar in Firefox.

The WordPress.com Sidebar extension puts a button in your browser that allows you to click it and open up an editor on the sidebar where you can get your posting done.

Project Update – Hosting Hoopla

Hosting HooplaNow spending a lot of time talking about things that are not related to Firefox or browsing here just seems like it is a little silly. Just give me five minutes though of your time (or less) and I promise you will feel the effort was worth it.

I just re-launched an older project of mine, HostingHoopla.com. From this point on my hope is this will be “the” list people come to, to find out some of the best news, resources, help, and more on and about the web development and web hosting worlds most of us have to deal with on a daily basis.

Of course you can subscribe via the RSS feed or even get daily e-mail updates. Don’t forget the mobile device friendly version of the Hosting Hoopla link list as well. Many ways to take in the hosting goodness.

So if your a web hosting or web development junkie like me, come check it out and let me know what you think, what you would like to see and more.

Firefox Friday Link Roundup

Time to wrap up the week with some good ol’ fashioned link love.

What are the top 10 Firefox features that don’t require extensions?

FoxSaver (a Firefox Screensaver) supports MediaRSS! This is the one thing they were lacking and now I think it is a very unique and useful extension all should give a second look to if you missed it the first time around.

Need an arts and crafts project for the weekend? Go ahead and bake up some Firefox cookies! Who knew a browser could be so yummy?

Having trouble finding the right extension to help you with your downloading needs? Mashable is at it again with another mega list – this time covering 30+ Firefox Add-ons For Downloading Images, Videos & Files.

Mozilla security patches are coming, well they are coming really really quickly – hopefully, I promise.

Do you have a link to share?

Coupon Notifier for Firefox

Coupon HuntingLong gone are the days of sitting hunched back over the Sunday newspaper, cutting out ads for the next week’s worth of shopping. With neat extensions like Coupon Craze now we can just do all that hard work “virtually”.

Here is a little more about the extension from the developers:

The extension supports over 4000+ merchants with up to date offers to be found. So if you see the bag light up that means the site you are shopping at has offers available. Click the “Offers” button to get an up to date list of the offers available on the very site you are visiting. Then click the offer and you will be taken to the special offer and if the offer requires a coupon be given a coupon code or display any additional restrictions or instructions.

Sounds like a good deal to me. If this could also team up with some of the other coupon databases out there, it would really be a winner to me. All in all though, a deal is a deal no matter which way you slice it – and there is never anything wrong with getting your goods a little cheaper.

Block New Yahoo! Mail Beta Ads

I have been fighting my own battle with the new Yahoo! Mail beta ads for some time now. Thanks to their partnership with my DSL provider AT&T, I now have the new “ads” feature and for some darn reason I just can not warm up to it. Well thanks to a reader submission I now have a way to ditch them and go back to the clean Yahoo! Mail beta interface.

All you need to do is to pick up this user script for the Greasemonkey extension. The Yahoo Mail Cleaner is a great fix for this really annoying issue.

Firefox Link Roundup

I know I have been a little light on the posting as of late – just been busy with a dozen different things. I am about to make it up to you though by giving you all the links I collected over the past few days and have yet to share with anybody. Your the first to get a look – now don’t you forgive me?

Have any other interesting links you’ve run across leave a comment and let us know. Share nicely!

Firefox Keyboard Shortcuts to Remember

Keyboard ShortcutsThere are a handful of keyboard shortcuts I always use with Firefox. Maybe I’m just becoming lazier as I get older, before Firefox it doesn’t seem like I ever used keyboard combinations to make my way around a program that often.

I could toss in something there about how Firefox has made me a better person, but that might be going a little overboard. Here are a few keyboard shortcuts that I use on a daily basis.

Ctrl + Shift + T – Use this to pull up a tab that you might have closed by mistake. I always hate closing the wrong tab when I am cleaning up Firefox after doing some heavy duty browsing. This shortcut is a life saver for me in that regard.

Ctrl + T – Use this keyboard combo to open up a new tab. I used to have an icon on the toolbar to do this. That just takes way too much time though. It is much easier for me to hit Ctrl and T to get the new tab I need.

Space Bar – Get to scrolling down the Web page a little faster by hitting the space bar key. No big secret to this one – but it is helpful.

Ctrl + B – Pull your bookmarks up in the sidebar with this wonderful keyboard combo. Helpful for finding that one bookmark that is buried three or four folders deep.

Have any other keyboard combos you think everybody should use?

How Does Firefox Handle RSS Feeds?

With the release of Firefox 2, the browser has done a much better job with handling RSS feeds.

Instead of throwing you up a bunch of random XML code they actually give you a pretty nice interface to learn from and use when clicking on that little orange subscription button you see on all the Web sites these days.

For an example, let’s use the RSS feed for Firefox Facts:

http://feeds.feedburner.com/firefoxfacts

Now when you launch that in Firefox, you will be given a clean easy to read interface. You can see all the latest links and summeries from Firefox Facts and at the top you will have a few subscription options. You can use one of the exteneral RSS feed readers on the list or you can choose to add it as a Live Bookmark.

What is a Live Bookmark? Here is how the Mozilla team describes it:

Whether it’s news from CNN and the BBC, or posts on your friend’s blog, the Web is updated continually. Firefox’s Live Bookmarks feature automatically keeps track of these updates for you, so you always know when new content has been added to your favorite sites. With Live Bookmarks, the content comes to you. Instead of constantly checking Web pages for changes and additions, a Live Bookmark delivers updates to you as soon as they are available.

Another way to gain access to a Web site’s RSS feed is to look for the little orange RSS icon in the address bar. Depending on what theme you use it might look a little different but when you click on it it should give you a few subscription options. If you select to add it as a live bookmark – it opens up the previously mentioned styled RSS feed.

There is one more RSS in Firefox option I’d like to share with you. To configure a few things about how Firefox handles RSS feeds navigate yourself to Menu > Tools > Options… and then click on the tab for “Feeds”. From here you can choose if you want to get a preview of the feed everytime you see an RSS feed in the browser or you can set it to automatically subscribe using the Live Bookmark system or any other RSS reader out there (both Online and Offline).

There is more than one way to skin a cat and there is more than one way to subscribe to your favorite RSS feeds in Firefox. For a few more subsciption options for Firefox Facts please check out the Subscription Links Web page at FirefoxFacts.com.

Weekend Firefox Link Roundup

DartWell I was gone most of the weekend to a wedding, so I missed out on some pretty cool links and Firefox stories that have been going on. Figured while I play catch up I could inform some of you of the links that caught my eye while browsing. Enjoy!

Have a link to suggest? Drop it my way or leave a comment so we can all check it out.