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Remapping Your Interests in Firefox

Pearltrees in Action

Need a good way to quickly reorganize the way content is seen on the web?  That is what Pearltrees is trying to do, and it is getting a lot of good press in delivering one of the best representations of this age old idea.  The idea of bookmarking pages is really outdated.  Shouldn’t there be a better way by now to save, discover and share the stuff you like?

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Firefox Add-ons Site Gets a Makeover

New Firefox Add-on Love!

Today is the day that Firefox’s new add-on site has gone live.  You can check it all out at addons.mozilla.org.  The new look and feel does look nice, and there is a lot to love here.  For example, on the main page you have  rotating list of suggestions based on categories like web development, family, social, travel and more.  Each category on the left-side menu also has a number count – so you can see exactly how many extensions there are.  My favorite new feature might be the listing of recommended, popular, just added and updated extensions all right on the front page.  No more hunting around link to link to find them all. 

So, what is your general feeling for the new Firefox add-ons site?  Love it or hate it?  I’ll be sure to be diving into more features from this new site later on – but till then I want to hear what you think about it.

Use Google’s New Favicon in Your Search Box

google-new-favicon-firefox Do you really love the new Firefox favicon that was released a short while ago?  Well, thanks to a little shifting around of Firefox’s internal organs Mozilla Links has come up with a way you can update your search box’s Google favicon to match.  Here are the instructions:

    • Locate the searchplugins folder in your Firefox install folder. (typically C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\ on Windows).
    • Open the google.xml file with a text editor.
    • Locate a section that starts with <Image width=”16″ height=”16″>. You will see it is followed by a long series of characters (the encoded Google icon).
    • Replace it with this equally unreadable code: the new encoded Google icon. Ensure the closing </Image> stays there.
    • Save the file and restart Firefox.

      If your picky about this sort of thing, or you just really love the new look this is a quick and easy hack to do.  Also check out Mozilla Links for more information on this awesome tip.

      Pirillo Talks Firefox 3

      For long time readers, you’ll remember that Chris and Lockergnome were the main supporters of me starting this site and getting the word out about the Firefox Facts e-book. Where here are some of his thoughts on Firefox 3.

      Still got much love for Chris, and he’s got some good and bad things to say.

      Interesting video – maybe I should do a few video Firefox podcasts?

      Firefox Most Wanted

      Most Wanted

      I want to start up something new here. With all the Firefox Facts fans out there and myself, I think we can do some good and help some folks.

      Are you looking for Firefox to do something that it has not done before? Are you having trouble finding the perfect extension to fix your issue? Do you have a request for a Firefox feature that has not been seen before? If you fall into any of these camps – drop me an E-mail at mitch@mitchkeeler.com or use our “submit a tip” link and let me know.

      If we get enough, I might make the Firefox Most Wanted a regular feature here on the Web site. Get to it, send me your most wanted requests from the folks at Mozilla and I’ll do my best to either let the world know about it or find a solution for your problem.

      Search to Tab

      Going into the “should have been in there by default” pile of extensions I have grown to enjoy since Firefox 2 came out, we have searchOnTab. This simple and small extension allows you to select that new searches always appear in a new tab via the browser.

      It is a pain in the neck to have to open a new tab before I start a new search (if I do not want to have my current tab changed or surfed away from). I just have to believe though that there must be an easier way to do this. Has anybody else been able to find an about:config hack to get it done?

      If not – then at least we have this extension to get the job done.

      + Learn More About and Install the searchOnTab Extension for Firefox!

      ShadowThunder I

      No, this isn’t the name of some low budget action film, this is one of the coolest new themes that right now only works with Firefox 2. Here is a little more of a description from the folks who created it.

      ShadowThunder’s personal touches onto a combination of la crème de la crème (the best of the best). Pretty and pleasant icons on a cool, blue background designed to be soft on the eyes.

      This is a nice sample of what is to come with new and updated Firefox themes.

      + Download and Learn More About ShadowThunder I!

      How to Open a New Blank Tab

      Need to open a new tab in a hurry? Sure, you could do it a number of ways. I have one that will get you there faster than all the rest. This is all you need to do:

      double-click any empty spots on the tab bar

      Now wasn’t that easy?