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Personas Updates, News and Customization Tips

Watching the Mozilla Labs discussion on Personas is really exciting. It looks like they have more than a handful of great designers and there are so many different ways this Mozilla project could go in development.

If your interested in getting involved, here are a few links to get you started:

You can also browse through some of the designs people have submitted too. In a future version it has been said that you’ll be able to flick a switch for an advanced setting to allow you to install your own designs but till then here is the work-around they published:

1) In the URL bar of your browser type “about:config” and hit enter.
2) Search for “extensions.personas.editor” by typing it into the Filter box that appears at the top of the page.
3) Double click on the line for “extensions.personas.editor”.
4) In the dialog box that appears prompting you to enter a string value, enter “manual” and click on OK.
5) You should now be in manual mode.
6) Click on the little Fox mask icon in the lower-left corner of your browser, and you should see a “Use Local Header…” option.
7) Click on the “Use Local Header…” option, and it should open up a file selector. Select the header file for your design.
8) You should now see your design in your browser.

As you can see it is not for the weak of heart, so if messing around in about:config gives you the willies, better wait for the update to the extension. All in all though, Personas seems to be moving along beautifully and I can’t wait to see how this project turns out in the long run.

Launch Tabs from Run Box

In need of a quicker way to launch Firefox with a series of tabs? You can quickly do so in Windows by clicking on the start button, then go to run (or just hit Win+R) and type in:

Firefox from the Run Command

Been playing with this for a while, and have yet to break it. Seems to work flawlessly each and every time. If you jut type in “firefox keyword” then you will get the same effect as just typing a phrase into the address bar.

Bonus: In Window Vista, the same trick works for me from the Vista search box in the start menu too. Whoo hoo for one less step!

Check out the other posts in this series:

Setup a “Temp” Bookmark Folder

You browse those articles, web sites and Web 2.0 masterpieces, give them a quick look over and say to yourself, “I should really comeback here later” because you know your suppose to Christmas shopping – not browsing through interesting pages.

Quick Place to Store Pages for Later! 

If you have been in these situational shoes before, I have a quick fix that will let you get back to work. No extensions are needed and only a little browsing habit needs to be changed.

temp. place for your bookmarks1. Right-click on your bookmarks toolbar and create a “New Folder”.

2. Name that folder “Temp”

3. Next time you find yourself looking at something you want to give a little more time to at a later date and time, drag the favicon “or page icon” in the address bar to this new “temp” folder and get back to doing what you need to be doing.

This is one of my little browser tweaks that I have been doing for years and years. It makes it really easy to save stuff you want to read through at a later date and time and once you have, you can delete it or move it to another one of your bookmark folders.

Get More Than 5 Bookmark Backups

Want to get a little more from Firefox when it comes to backing up your bookmarks? Not many people know that Firefox actually does save backups (one a day) of your bookmarks. They should be located in your “profile” folder. On Windows XP that would be here:

C:\Documents and Settings\YOURNAME\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\UNIQUEID\bookmarkbackups

You can change it though to go a little higher. I wouldn’t recommend bumping it up too much more, but a jump from 5 to 10 shouldn’t hurt you.

Bookmark Backup

By default Firefox only saves five backups of your bookmarks. If you want to set this higher go into about:config (just type about:config in your address bar) and search for:

browser.bookmarks.max_backups

Now change the value from 5 to some other number. From that point on, Firefox should be saving more than just five backups.