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Tweak Google Calendar

Google Calendar TweaksGina is at it again with one of those “Better” Firefox extensions. This time around she tackles Google Calendar. As a big user of the other extensions she has released (plus I use Google Calendar too) I couldn’t pass up on the chance to try this one out.

The Better GCal extension for Firefox wraps some of the best Greasemonkey scripts into one easy to install extension. Editing the options of the extension allows you to also turn certain features on and off. Here are some of my favorite Greasemonkey scripts that have been included:

Plus a lot more tweaks and edits you can do.

If you use Google Calendar (or you think you might if a few things were changed around) then I would suggest giving this extension a shot.

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?

Easy Editing of Config Files

Edit Your Config FilesAre you one of those people that likes to tweak around with what is behind the pretty Firefox curtain? If you want to jerk back the interface and get to the guts of the browser, you might need to jump here or jump there to get to the settings you need.

One person made this job a little easier with the Edit Config Files extension for Firefox. Once installed it gives you quick and easy access to such things as the about:config screen and your UserChrome.css file as well. Here is a full list of the options from the extension.

UserChrome.css, UserContent.css, prefs.js, user.js, Open Profile Folder, and about:config. Quick and easy access to all the tweakers’ tools. Now I wouldn’t suggest messing around with these unless you know what your doing – but if you do this extensions can be a real time saver because you no longer have to go on a hunt for how to open each of these options up.

Popular Tweaks with User Styles

Yes, I am still having fun playing with the Stylish extension for Firefox. There are a lot of neat hacks I guess you could call them to make some of your favorite Web sites and Online applications just look a little better. Here are a few of the more popular ones.

Darkoogle – Gives you that “hey, somebody just turned the lights out” feeling for the Google Web pages out there. Personally I like the white look a little more, but this is neat for trying something “a little different”.

Transparency Edits for iGoogle – Want to make a few elements on iGoogle a little more transparent? This user style makes your search at the top fade a little more into the background so it doesn’t stick out like a sore thumb.

Google Reader Optimized – This one takes away all of the useless things from around Google Reader (mainly from the top) and gives you a cleaner and more straight forward interface to work with.

Gmail Air Skin – Want to give Gmail a more curved interface? This style makes a lot of your menu items and the Gmail interface a little more “round” I guess you could say.

Have any other popular ones you love but I missed?

Personas – More Firefox Customization

Firefox PersonaA few weeks back I got an E-mail from a guy who wanted to know if there was an easy way to customize the toolbar background for Firefox. You know, a simple way for people who just want to do a little personalization – not write an entire theme. Well, even though it is in an early beta I have found a project that will do that and a little more. Personas for Firefox is one of the more interesting Firefox projects I have seen for while.

Personas are lightweight designs that “skin” the Firefox web browser. Delivered as a web service, the menu interface and the Persona designs are exceptionally dynamic, and should allow for a wide range of interesting possibilities.

+ Check Firefox Persona Out | Read More at MozillaLinks.org

Hacking Flash High Scores

Feel like doing something creative this morning?

Maybe that flash version of Pac-man has really got you down in the dumps, and you would like to get some revenge on the little yellow glutton? No matter what your reason is for doing so, you can hack into some flash games’ high scores.

It takes Firefox, a little knowledge and a some free time – but you have all of that, right?

+ Learn How to Hack Flash High Scores Using Firefox!

Firefox Tools for Google Reader

Do you use Google Reader a lot?

Ever since Google moved Google Reader over to the newer, cleaner and better design I have been using it to handle all of my feed reading. I have gone from FeedBurner, to Newsgator, to Rojo to Google Reader – so I have tried a lot. Google Reader beats the rest of them hands down.

I just posted my big Google Reader Guide over at my personal blog, Mitchelaneous. There are a lot of Firefox and Greasemonkey goodies in there for you to check out, so please do so. If you know of any good ones that might have missed let me know as well. I did my best to find the best of the best.

Free Greasemonkey Resource

Greasemonkey is one of my favorite extensions to ever come out of the Firefox browser, and it seems to be the first thing I install whenever I am setting up a new installation of our favorite browser. To help with some of the details with Greasemonkey, I have found a neat Web site. All you need to do is read, and then click the page to get something new. Very innovative indeed.

+ Check Out the Greasemonkey Guide!