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After all the stress of the holidays, and before you start getting stressed about taxes – you need a way to relax. How do I relax? I play games. Want to turn Firefox into your own personal arcade? Here are a more than a few extensions to help you along the way.
Cards – A collection of patience (i.e. single-player) card games. Included are: Aces Up, Black Widow, Canfield, Demon, Double Klondike, Double Solitaire, Grounds for Divorce, Fan, Forty Thieves, FreeCell, Golf, Gypsy, Klondike, Maze, Mod 3, Montana…
Clines – Clines, a little game. (with dots!)
Mozteroids – Mozteroids is a variant of the computer game classic Asteroids.
Xultris – Xultris is a variant of the computer game classic Tetris.
Snake – Snake is a clone of the popular Snake or Worm…
Xoom – a top-down racing game with simple graphics, but tons of fun.
Red vs. Blue – The goal of this little game is to sort all red dots to left side and all blue dots to right side. Do this as fast as possible.
Froggr – Froggr is a clone of the classic Frogger.
There are tons of free flash games out there too, so to help you with those – I have another add-on that is worth mentioning. Flash Game Maximizer does exactly what it claims to do. It maximizes the flash game you are playing to fill the entire browser. Also, you can’t forget about FireNES, which (last time I checked) allowed you to play tons of old NES titles.
Have any other favorite games you can play from within Firefox?
Need an easier way to share a list of links you may have opened up in tabs via Firefox? Send Tab URLs is an add-on for Firefox that will allow you to send a list of browser tab URLs to e-mail, web mail, or the clipboard.
If you do a lot of sharing of links, this add-on can come in really handy. Here are some of the other features Send Tab URLs has to offer:
Send Tab URLs Features:
- Works with most e-mail applications (some limitations apply to Windows users; see Known Issues below for details). Gmail is also supported.
- Up to 30 browser tabs can be listed; there is no limit if sending the URL list to the clipboard
- Select the style of the URL list in the email: numbered, bulleted, or plain list
- Optional toolbar button available for the browser toolbar
I dare you – no I triple Firefox dare you to find a better list of map related extentions and tools for any browser out there. Thanks to Firefox and some creative map loving developers there is no way you could ever get lost as long as you had a laptop, an internet connection and that lovable Firefox.
Map+ – View the Yahoo Map of any address without having to open a new tab or window.
Get directions from Google Maps – Highlight any address on the web and get directions.
PackageMapping.com Extension – Track your shipments via a map to see where exactly that electric toothbrush you ordered is.
Map This – Launch a Google Map for any address you select on the Web.
All Your Maps Are Belong To Us – convert any mapping service URL or address to Google Maps. Good one for the Google Map fan boys.
Mini Map Sidebar – Mapping sidebar suite for Mozilla Firefox.
GDirections – Find where your going or where you have been on Google and Yahoo Maps based on your selected text and one of various home addresses.
Shazou – A unique Japanese mapping service and tool that enables the user with one-click to map and geo-locate any website they are currently viewing.
GeoLocateFox – Find where any web site’s HQ is with this tool. It tells you the location if contains GeoLocation metadata within the HTML on the web page.
GMiF – An addon for Flickr that will tell you exactly where those photos were taken via Google Maps.
Locator – Finds any location via Google Maps.
Geo – Another extension that opens a Google Map for a web site’s location if it contains GeoLocation meta data or is geographically marked with ICBM.
Know of another I might have missed? Leave a comment and share!
You owe a lot to your tabs in Firefox. Without them you would have a desktop filled with clutter. So why not do something nice for your tabs and give them a few tweaks?
Coloring Your Tabs
ChromaTabs – A neat addition that will tints browser tabs with a color specific to the website loaded.
Aging Tabs – The tabs will change colors with this extension depending on how long it has been since you last looked at them.
ColorfulTabs – Add some flavor (and some colors) to all of your tabs to help tell one from the other.
Tab Interface Tweaks
Open Image In New Tab – Open that image your looking at in a new tab, to get a closer look.
Downloads in Tab – Opens your downloads in a tab instead of a popup window.
Tab Mix Plus – An extension with tons of tab tweaking options and setting to play with.
New Tab Button on Tab Bar – If I have to tell you what this extension does you don’t deserve to use Firefox.
Hide Tab Bar – If none of these tweaks have been for you – how about just hiding the tab toolbar all together?
Undo Closed Tabs Button – Tab tool that will allows you to undo closed tabs via a toolbar button, right-click context menu or even a shortcut (Alt+Z).
Duplicate Tab – Make a copy of that open tab with a quick to access toolbar button.
Favicons and Tabs
HashColouredTabs+ – Improves tab identification by providing a small colored icon for any site which doesn’t have its own ‘site icon’ (aka favicon).
FaviconizeTab – This extension adds a new “FaviconizeTab” option to the context menu of the tab. When it is clicked, The width of the tab becomes small up to the size of favicon.
View Your Tabs in a New Way
Viamatic foXpose – Another alternative way to view all your tabs. Click on the icon in the status bar to view all the browser windows with a single click.
Ctrl Tab Preview – Another extension that changes the way you browse through your open tabs in Firefox.
Tab Scope – Shows a popup on tabs and enables you to preview and navigate tab contents through popup.
Firefox Showcase – Manage your Firefox tabs and windows by showing them as thumbnails in a single window, tab or sidebar.
FishEyeTabs – New view for tabs. User can zoom tab labels by moving the mouse cursor over them.
Misc Tab Tools and Tips
TabRenamizer – A tab tweak that lets you rename your tabs to anything you want or need. Perfect for hiding things!
PermaTabs – Make a an open tab in a series permanent so you don’t accidentally close something important.
Tab URL Copier – Copies the URLs of all open tabs. Puts ‘Copy Tab URLs’ item in right click menu of tabs and Edit main menu.
Month after month, the most popular post I have done seems to be the best Greasemonkey script roundup. Just wanted to let everybody know I have updated the list, deleted some junk and hopefully now it is worth its popularity levels yet again.
Here are some of the other posts that were popular last month:
- The Super Mario Bros 3 Firefox Theme
- Firefox and BitTorrent
- 5 Star Firefox Wallpaper
- Best Flickr Greasemonkey Scripts
- Google Calendar in Your Sidebar
If there is ever anything you’d like to see me cover, talk about or stop talking about – my door is always open, shoot me over a line or two.
I have not used a desktop e-mail client in a long time. Web mail is just too easy and too convent not to use. Being in the same boat as a lot of you out there, I figured I’d do a round up of some of the best extensions to fix your e-mailing ways via your favorite browser.
Better Gmail – A comprehensive suite of Gmail enhancements, including skins, saved searches, keyboard macros, secure access, attachment icons, attachment reminders, label colors, signature floating and more.
Yahoo Mail Notifier – This extension notifies you when new messages arrive in your Yahoo mailbox. Notification options include: customizable sound, notification alert, status bar and toolbar icon. Also allows the user to map different mouse buttons to open Yahoo Mail in different tabs, windows, etc.
SendStory – With SendStory, simply select some text and select “Send Text in Message…” from the right-click menu.
WebMail Notifier – This tool checks your webmail accounts and notifies the number of unread emails. You can use multiple accounts in a same host. Support for tons of different webmail providers.
Email This! – This extention will send your recipient the link, title, & highlighted text of the page you are viewing using GMail, Google Apps GMail, Yahoo, Hotmail and Stand-Alone Mail Clients.
eWebMail Plus! – Enables rich text editing for Yahoo! Mail, Hotmail and MyWay composition in Firefox.
Send Page By Email – Send any web page to any friend with this quick and simple tool.
TrashMail.net – Create free disposable email addresses and paste them directly in forms. This helps to protect you from spam mails and could be useful when subscribing to forums or newsletters.
Gmail Manager – Allows you to manage multiple Gmail accounts and receive new mail notifications. Displays your account details including unread messages, saved drafts, spam messages, labels with new mail, space used, and new mail snippets.
Paste Email – Paste your email address into text fields.
Since today is Friday, I figured why not lay back – kick my feet up and just look for some really wacky and maybe even useless Firefox extensions for you to play with? Here’s what made the list for this round up of oddball extensions.
Secret Word Grabber – Inspired by the “secret word” off of Peewee’s Playhouse. Yeah, that’s enough of that one already. As long as it doesn’t expose itself to me we will be alright.
OfficePoltergeist – Turn your web browser into a web server… of terror!
Anti-Paranoia – No, this extension will not spy and destroy your personal data, remember: Everything is good! Don’t panic!
Firesomething – This extension will give Firefox an identity crisis by generating a new randomized browser name every time you open a new window. Who doesn’t want to use Firetoad?
RandomMessage – For those of us out there who really do like to be bugged with random messages with no real purpose behind them. Excellent tool for those people who want to look busier than they really are.
STOP! Hammertime! – You can never get enough MC Hammer. Yeah, I had the baggy pants when I was young and you know you did too.
The folks over at Computer World have put together a list of Firefox extensions that you should avoid. Now I’ll say it from the start, I don’t agree with many of the choices they have on the list. Some like FasterFox (which for me has never improved my speed) I can understand. They don’t want you using Greasemonkey? AdBlock? NoScript? Those I can’t agree with too much.
Instead of calling it a list of extensions to stay away from, maybe they should rename the article “Extensions That Non-Power Users Should Stay Away From”. Then again, if your a power user – what Computer World says probably is not going to change your mind.
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