If it is wrong to love a web browser, then buddy – I don’t ever want to be right. OK, now I know this might sound like the introduction to a bad geeky country western song – but hear me out. I love the Firefox web browsers, put out by those fine folks at Mozilla. Now I didn’t just jump on the bandwagon when using Firefox was cool – oh no. If that was the case I’d be using Google Chrome right now. So what makes Firefox so special to me? Let me see if I can count the ways.
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After watching a video online, you might decide you want to watch it again later – but rather than going to the website again and slowly downloading it as you watch, you would like to have a local copy. The freeware program, VideoCacheView will let you easily recover videos from your browser’s cache.
Continuing the e-mail trend from yesterday, today I thought I would share some of my favorite Firefox add-ons and themes. Listing the add-ons I use with Thunderbird is an easy task. Why? Well… there are only two of them.
Quicktext – Keep a list of pre-written messages to use in your e-mails. It also accepts variables so personalizing a static message with information you have in hand is easy to do.
Minimize to Tray – This extension minimizes Thunderbird to the system tray on the task bar. This way I can keep Thunderbird running without it getting in the way when I don’t need it.
There are only a handful of themes really worth checking out too. Here are a few of my favorite themes for Thunderbird:
Azerty ‘mail – Brighter and unique icons, but still keeps the same look and feel.
Charamel – A tan colored Thunderbird theme that is awesome, except for a few little things here and there that keep me from using it 24/7.
Silvermel – A silver port of Charamel, same look (and bugs) – just a different color.
The rest of the popular themes out there all look like Apple/Mac clones (insert yawn here), and do we really need more than one of those? I think not. Really wish DeviantArt had some better ones too, but they seem to be a little lacking with the Thunderbird skin section.
Prism, Mozilla’s answer for bringing the web in as desktop applications, continues to amaze me. I just downloaded the newest release, and it has a few new features worth checking out. They have an extension for one, that works with Firefox 3 so that you can quickly split out web applications from Firefox without the need to manage a separate Prism application. You can convert to a Prism powered application right there in Firefox.
You can also pick an icon to represent the web site or Prism application you are setting it up as. By default it searches for the favicon, but you can edit it to go to any image. That image will become the desktop icon for it. The Fluid Flickr group had a lot of nice icon examples you could use too. (thanks to TwisterMc for that jewel)
To help with performance, each Prism app also runs in it’s own profile:
Prism now places each web app into its own process/profile so they don’t interfere with each other, which also makes it possible to install a web app twice and use it simultaneously with two different user accounts.
Personally Prism really excites me a lot and if this is still the beta form of the project, I can’t imagine the goodies waiting for me in the final release.
I have been working hard at building up a better “basics” section for Firefox Facts. With all the news about Firefox 3 and all the people wanting to tweak the browser to fit their needs I think we sometimes forget that there are a lot of new people coming into the mix everyday.
- What is Mozilla Firefox?
- How Do I Download Firefox?
- Why Should I Switch to Firefox?
- What Are Firefox Extensions?
- What Are Firefox Themes?
- Can I Customize Firefox’s Toolbars?
- How Can I Manage My Firefox Bookmarks?
- How Does Firefox Handle RSS Feeds?
- Firefox Keyboard Shortcuts to Remember
- What is the Firefox Search Box?
Know of any other topics that you would like to see me cover? Drop me an E-mail and let me know.
I like using Google’s Notebook feature but the extension they give you is a little lacking. I think it is too small and doesn’t allow me to open and shut it very quickly. What’s the solution? Well I took the Google personalized homepage widget for Google Notebook and added it to the sidebar of Firefox.
- Create a new bookmark (right-click and select “Bookmark this link…”) for this address:
- Right-click on that bookmark and select “Properties”.
- Check the box that says, “Load this bookmark in sidebar” and you are good to go! It isn’t exactly rocket science so everybody should be able to enjoy this one.
Now you have a full note taking application to work with in your sidebar and it beats that tiny default extension Google provides you any day of the week.
Mozilla has taken a lot of a good extensions and tossed them in the trash. Why? I don’t really know. There is somewhat of an explanation for their actions here – but it doesn’t tell me too much. I have been a big Firefox fan for a long time, but this was just a stupid move.
I have gotten a lot of people saying that some links on my Firefox blog, FirefoxFacts.com are broken now because of this. I’ll be doing my best trying to fix their mess and finding alternative links to themes and extensions. The thing that sucks if for many of these extensions I am the number one source, so finding an alternative might be harder than I thought.
Maybe it is my fault as well, maybe I was stupid to think that Mozilla wouldn’t be clueless enough to eliminate that many quality extensions. Maybe I shouldn’t have kept giving them credit and linking back to them?
Maybe I’ll get started on Opera Facts? Ok – no reason to take it that far yet.
Was your extension deleted by Mozilla? If so – send me an E-mail and I’ll be happy to highlight you on Firefox Facts. As long as you have an alternative hosting solution setup for the extension or theme I’ll be happy to highlight you.
Update: Looks like links are coming back – or so I am being told via E-mail. I have been talking with several people from Mozilla and they promise they the broken links should only be a temporary thing as they work the bugs out of the new system. Mozilla, you won me back over again! Thanks for getting it fixed quickly!
Now I do come from the camp of folks that say that Firefox is mainly safe because it is not the tallest nail getting hit at this moment. Internet Explorer is harder hit on by those who wish to do you harm, so that is one reason why it is less safe than Firefox.
On the other hand though, Firefox is a “stupider” browser (no offense to my Mozilla friends) so it is harder for deviants out there to get it to do their evil deeds.
No matter if you like Firefox or not, you have to admit there are a lot of great extensions out there that can make your browsing a lot safer. Nothing beats common sense, but having some of these extensions installed should be a good first line of defense.
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