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Location Bar Characters

Have trouble remembering the special characters that focus the location bar’s results? When you want to search only in bookmarks, or history, or open tabs, etc.? With this add-on they are only a right-click away in a context menu.

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Move Tabs to the Bottom

Change Default Tab Bar Location

A few Firefox versions ago, you used to be able to have your tabs under the location bar rather than on top of it.  If anybody is feeling nostalgic or simply preferred this way of browsing in Firefox, it is fairly easy to put tabs back on the bottom (rather than the top) of Firefox.

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Make New Tabs Open Closer to Your Tab

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Some people may find the fact that Firefox opens a new tab on the far right of your tab toolbar a blessing and some might find it a curse.  It really has to do with how many tabs you are look at, in one single browser.  For those who are cursed today, I have your solution.  The Tabs Open Relative extension changes how new tabs open up, which means no more tab surfing for you.

Once installed, the Tabs Open Relative add-on for Firefox will make all new tabs open to the right of the current tab, rather than the far right of the tab bar.  Of course, this only applies when you are clicking links on a page.  In the case where several new tabs are opened in a row without switching tabs, each subsequent tab will be opened to the right of the previous one, so as to keep them in order.

So if this sounds like the solution to the tab navigating curse you’ve been living under, be sure to pick up this extension via the Firefox Add-ons site.  It is an easy way to fix this tabbed browser nuisance.

Geode

File Mozilla Labs keeps up the good work launching tons of interesting add-ons for Firefox.  The latest, Geode is no exception.  The idea here is simple, to always know where you are.  Using the example they give, this extension makes a lot of sense:

You’ve arrived in a new city, a new continent, a new coffee shop. You don’t really know where you are, and are looking for a good place to eat. You pull out your laptop, fire up Firefox, and go to your favorite review site. It automatically deduces your location, and serves up some delicious suggestions a couple blocks away and plots directions there.

It sounds to me a lot like what people had hoped Google would do with their Android phones, except Mozilla here isn’t talking about ad space yet. 

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How can this be done?  It is in part thanks to the new W3C Geolocation Specification which, in turn, adds the ability for web sites to request and users to provide their locations.  It would/could be done a number of different ways such as GPS, WiFi, entering the details yourself, and so on.

If this tickles your fancy, you can download the Geode add-on for Firefox or just check out Mozilla Labs for more of the inside dirt on the idea.

Flagfox – Where is that Server?

Flagfox Extention for FirefoxDon’t you sometimes wonder where that server is that is hosting the web site you are viewing? Ok, maybe it isn’t something we all day dream about – but I do have a special connection with the web hosting world. Flagfox is a simple extention that does a simple job – it displays a country flag in the status bar depicting the location of the current web site’s server.

Here is a little more information from the extension developer:

It uses relatively little resources, and works by accessing an IP address database contained within the extension rather than relying on top-level-domain roots like “.com” or “.uk”. Clicking on the icon brings up further information from Wikipedia or Geotool, which is an online Geolocation tool. Geotool attempts to get more information from the Website’s IP address, such as ISP and city and shows the location on a Google Map.

Where are some of your favorite web sites really hosted?