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Firefox Tab-a-mania!

There is no doubt in anybody’s mind that tabs are a big part of the success of Firefox. So to pay homage to that trait that we all know and love I pulled out some of the most popular tab tips to date that I have posted here on Firefox Facts. Some of them you remember, and some you may have missed.

Here we have 40 A+ tips though that will make your tabs even more terrific!

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8 Fresher YouTube Scripts

monkey-tube2 Remember the 10 freshest YouTube Scripts? Well thanks to a few reader submissions and a little more searching on my own I have found a few more to share with you that are well worth trying if your a fan of Greasemonkey and/or YouTube.

1. Add Link to HD Video on YouTube – Simply adds a link to the higher resolution version of a video.

2. Download ANY Video from YouTube – Download the video as a MP4 file.

3. Yet Another YouTube alternate Player – Replaces YouTube’s flash player with http://mplayerplug-in.sf.net.

4. YouTube “Lights Out” – Dim everything on the page except for the video.

5. Hide comments from YouTube videos – Hide YouTube comments, replaces them with a link just in case you do want to read them.

6. YouTube More Info Auto-click – Always get all the description when watching a video via YouTube.

7. YouTube+ – Optimizes YouTube for bigger resolutions and gives you the opportunity to hide various sections of the video playback page, disable autoplay, enable HD and download videos.

8. YouTube Loop – Make your video keep playing for ever and ever.

Did I miss your favorite? Leave a comment and let me know!

Best Firefox Fixes for Your Popular Pages Being Down

popular-404-fixes Knowing that by the time I get there, the page will probably have already been dugg to death or viewed by so many people on reddit, del.icio.us and others that I won’t be able to view it, I often give up.  Firefox gives us a few more chances to bring that popular web site back up from the dead.

Handy Links and Bookmarklets

First solution I have to share with you would be the bookmarklet way of doing things.  Thanks to Stephen Ostermiller and his Cache Bookmarklets – you too can view Coral Cache, Google Cache, or the Wayback Machine history when it comes to checking out that cool link all your friends are talking about.

You could always visit come of these caching services by hand too.  Just toss these addresses in front of your link:

All you have to do is replace the word “link” with your own URL you are trying to visit.  Handy list of bookmarks to keep by your side.  What about the add-on fix?

Firefox Add-ons to Help Resurrect Pages

If you would rather go the extension route, then pick up the Resurrect Pages add-on for Firefox.  This tool will give you a way to access these services and more right from the browser.  It works from:

  • the context (right-click) menu for the current page, and for all links.
  • in the toolbar, just customize it to drag the button in.
  • with the keyboard: press Ctrl-Shift-U

Another extension for Firefox that may do the trick is CacheIt.  It will also display an archived version of the page you are viewing or the link you are hovering over.  Does a lot of the same things Resurrect Pages does, it just does it differently.

More Add-ons to Try: Cache View, ErrorZilla Mod, and TADSEE

Got Greasemonkey? Try Digg.com Mirrors.  I wish I could toss in a few more Greasemonkey fixes but all the scripts out there that used to be good just are not updated as much as they used to be.

Now you should be ready to view any popular link your friends have to send your way without the fear of being the one “out of the loop” due to the web site being down.  Have anymore fixes I didn’t mention?  Please share!

3 Ugliest (yet Popular) Firefox Themes

Why are so many of the Firefox themes out there on the popular list so darn ugly? Here are just a few examples of some of the “most popular” themes out there. So ugly you might want to slap your mama and go back to Microsoft. Now that is ugly.

Ugly Red ThemeBloodFire

What is red, black and kinda hard to use? This Firefox theme! Now I do not meant to hurt feelings here but I kinda like to be able to have a peaceful and calm Firefox experience. This one makes me feel like I need to sit in a dark empty cellar and write this by candle light.

Ugly Old FactoryOldFactory Black

With all the rustic switches and knobs, this one has the “hey this looks cool” part of the theme down – but when it is all said and done, it is really hard to use. The old-fashioned theme for a modern browser….. I always thought that was the title for all those Internet Explorer themes out there.

Creepy Red Cats!Red Cats (blue flavor)

I hate cats – they freak me out. Didn’t you ever watch or read Stephen King’s Cat’s Eye story. They just give me the creeps… My deepest apologies to the cat people out there I just can’t give this theme any love. The fact that it is cute isn’t winning any points with me either.

This all leaves me with this thought, maybe I should do a countdown or review before the end of the year of the real best looking themes that are out there. Then again, I guess best and popular don’t always fit together all that well.

Access Every Instant Messanger in Firefox with Meebo

Meebo Firefox Chat ToolIt looks like Meebo’s Firefox extension has gained a lot of popularity and praise since its debut. Mashable is even reporting that “Meebo has already gained 12,000 users in under a week”. If you are familiar with Meebo – the Firefox extension should seem very similar in nature.

Get a sidebar with all of your buddies visible while you’re browsing. Get visual notifications when your friends IM you. Drag and drop links and images from web pages right onto your friends!

Your buddies live in your sidebar and you can login to AIM, Yahoo!, MSN, GTalk, ICQ, and Jabber! The neatest feature I would have to say is the visual notifications letting you know when you get a new message. So does this turn Firefox into an IM client as well as a browser?

Old Posts, New Popularity

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:

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.

Your 5 Most Popular Extensions

Best Firefox ExtensionsWho better to get suggestions for than the public at large?

The Mozilla team does a pretty good job at keeping their ear to the ground and tracking the best of the best extensions out there. Here are the five most popular extentions, according to the official web site.

Agree or disagree?

1. VideoDownloader – Alright, number one on the list does make sense to me because a lot of people like downloading the “cat gets caught in ceiling fan” video to show to friends and family without needing to visit the (insert your favorite video web site here) link again and again.

2. Adblock Plus – Yet another obvious or “duh!” selection for the list. A few Online ads are fine and dandy. Heck I have them because I have to make a living somehow. (not a guilt trip, just a reminder) Other ads are dangerous or just out right annoying. This does a fine job at ditching those.

3. Download Statusbar – I have been using this one since almost day one. I do a lot of downloading – and I think having the download box with the status pop up at me is just a little annoying. This fixes that.

4. NoScript – Kind of surprised to see this one so high on the list. NoScript allows JavaScript, Java and other executable content to run only from trusted domains of your choice which keeps the good guys in and the bad guys out.

5. Greasemonkey – Come on, everybody loves Greasemonkey! This extension allows you to add functionality to both Firefox and web sites you browse. Check out our Greasemonkey tip archive for a lot of good suggestion on what you can do with it after you get it installed.

So with that said, what is going to be the next “big favorite” that everybody is going to be sure to install next time the open up our favorite browser of choice?