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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.
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!
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.
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!
In the need for from free Firefox wallpaper?
If so then be sure to check out the 70+ Nice and Beautiful Firefox Wallpapers highlighted over at hongkiat.com. Some of theme are those that you have seen rounded up here in the past, but others are even new to me so I am sure they are probably new to you too.
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.
Also don’t forget that today is Support Firefox Day! Have another link to share? Feel free to comment and post.
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!
Over at CyberNet they have posted a great guide on how to create your own smart bookmarks. Smart bookmarks are the new feature to Firefox 3 that allow you to bring up your saved links in new, unique and useful ways. For example, you could browse through your most recently bookmarked links, your most recently visited links, and so on.
Check out Create Your Own Smart Bookmarks in Firefox 3!
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…
- 600 Million Add-ons Downloaded from Mozilla
- Firefox 3 Beta 3 expected early next week
- Firefox 188.8.131.52 Released
- Make Firefox Start Faster with a Preloader
- Easily convert Greasemonkey scripts into Firefox extensions
- iGoogleBar: Google Apps Bar with iGoogle Gadgets
- FoxyTunes joins Yahoo!
- Better YouTube Firefox Extension
- Too Many Tabs? Firefox Add-ons to manage a TAB JAM
Firefox Media of the Week
(I was cheering for the Firefox to take down the stick man!)
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:
- Review: URL Link
- Run Firefox 2 and Firefox 3 at the Same Time
- Firefox 3 Themes for XP & Vista
- Firefox vulnerability affects some extensions
- If Firefox was a Saturday Morning Cartoon…
- Facebook Beautifier
- Optimizing Firefox (Best Picks: Shortcuts, Speedups, Extensions)
- 5 Things You’ll Love About Firefox 3