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Interview with Anthony Lieuallen, Greasemonkey Guy

Interview with one of the Greasemonkey Guys You might not know the name Anthony Lieuallen, but I bet you have heard of Greasemonkey before.  It is the Firefox extension that allows you to extend or customize your favorite web sites in a number of different ways.

Anthony is one of the driving forces behind that project, so I thought it would be fun to pick his brain to find out what his part in the project is, and what advice he might have for other hopeful Greasemonkey script writers or Firefox add-on developers.

What all have you done in development for the Firefox Greasemonkey extension?

I’ve definitely lost track of when and how exactly I first learned about Greasemonkey, and when I got involved.  Luckily, I can look up enough old records to get a pretty good idea of what the right answer here is.

I first interacted with Greasemonkey as a user.  Quickly though I graduated to User Script author.  My earliest blog post about a script I authored was in March of 2005.  I wrote a few scripts, some quite popular, for a while.  By June, Mark Pilgrim contacted me about being included in the “Greasemonkey Hacks” book, essentially a cookbook-like collection of existing User Scripts, with discussion about what they were and how they worked.  I was included as a contributor when that book was published.

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6 Add-ons to Grab Usage Stats from Firefox

How do you use Firefox? Want to know exactly how you are making use of the Firefox web browser?  Here are six of the best add-ons for Firefox that will give you every statistic you would ever want from your own day to day usage.  From cache, to download usage, and even easy cache status – we have something here for everybody to make use of.

Net Usage Item – Displays a progress bar of your Internet usage (grabbed from your ISP) on your Firefox Toolbar.

Usage Counter – Tells you how much time you have spent using Firefox and browsing sites.

StatusbarEx – Show some useful information on status bar of Firefox, such as the memory usage of system & Firefox itself, network speed, system power status, etc.

Minimeter – Monitor your provider’s upload/download usage meter.

DataFox – Check your BSNL DataOne and MTNL Triband bandwidth utilization in Firefox at the click of a button. A color coded progress bar and bandwidth usage tracking helps you stay within your monthly cap and efficiently utilize your bandwidth.

Cache Status – Easy cache status & management from the status bar.

Know of another favorite usage add-on that didn’t make it to the list?  Be sure to leave your suggestions in the comments!

Where Did Foxie Wire Go?

I have noticed the past few days that FoxieWire.com has been down.  For those of you who might not have seen it before, Foxie Wire is a digg-like web site just for Mozilla fans.

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Hope all is well in Foxie Wire land!  It has been a great alternative resource for Firefox news and interesting links.  Would hate to see it get lost. If anybody knows the inside scoop, let me know!

Update: Looks like it is back now. :)  Here is an update from the webmaster on how you can help out:

We are back
its been a long week changing from pligg to drigg

its not 100% working out all the bugs you may need to request a new password to login

if your a drupal or drigg guru and want to willing to volunteer some free time please contact me anytime

Thanks Jamey for the update!

Memorial Day Weekend Link Off!

With the upcoming weekend holiday, I know a lot of you will want to stash away a few links to save for later – maybe when Uncle Sam is telling you his World War 2 stories again or when the pool is full, or you has a belly filled with mashed potatoes. Here is a little link love for some other popular, interesting and neat stories from around the Web.

Use Yahoo! Mail or Gmail for MailTo Links in Firefox 3

Top 10 Firefox 3 Features

Mal-what? Firefox 3 vs. Bad People

Firefox 3.1 targeted for year’s end

What Happened to the Microformats Support in Firefox 3?

Rotten Tomatoes says IE7 “Rotten”, Firefox 2 “Fresh”

Firefox Team Crossing The Delaware

Also don’t forget that today is Support Firefox Day! Have another link to share? Feel free to comment and post.

Learn More About Firefox 3’s Site Identification Button

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Taking a deeper look at the new site identification button inside of Firefox 3, dria.org does a good job at taking it apart and showing you what it is all about.  Honestly, it takes the padlock in browsers past and puts a whole new useful spin on it.   No longer is it just a yes or no answer on if a site is safe.  You get all kinds of useful information delivered right to you in a way you have yet to see in a next generation browser.

Check out more about Firefox 3: Site Identification button!

Firefox Link Assault

Time to check in with what others are saying about our favorite lovable browser. Remember a few weeks ago when I said it seemed like Firefox buzz was dying down? Well these links are proof that rumors of Firefox’s hype and excitement were dying down were overly exaggerated. Here are your links for this week…

Firefox Media of the Week

(I was cheering for the Firefox to take down the stick man!)

The Week in Hidden Firefox Links

Been a while since I traveled outside of the Firefox Facts village to go seek out goodies from around the Mozilla world. There are more than a few this week, so enjoy – and if you have anymore you can pass them back to me in the comments.

The Best Stuff You Didn’t See Here This Week:

Firefox Media of the Week:

A New FireFox Security Problem

Ho, Ho, Firefox Links!

Time to check out the old saved link bag of goodies to see who’s been naughty or nice? Oh no, we all know Firefox has been good this year for the most part. Here is your weekly linkage to check out before you do that last minute Christmas shopping.

Have any others to share? With this being the pre-holiday blitz I am amazed so much Firefox stuff has been going on the last few weeks.