Try out Firefox 3, Gran Paradiso

20 09 2007


Firefox 3 is shaping up to be a real mean browsing machine. The team has added a whole slew of amazing new features. While Firefox 2 was more of a big update, Firefox 3 (or codename Gran Paradiso) is shaping up to be a real makeover. It is really great to try out all the new features and play around, plus then you’ll be ready when the first stable release comes around in October. The easiest way to download it is through download site Softpedia. And don’t forget to report bugs!

Firefox 3 Alpha 7 from Softpedia

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Get The Simpsons theme for firefox

7 08 2007


In celebration of the release of the new Simpsons movie, 20th century fox has released a donut-filled, yellow and pink Firefox theme. While the theme is geared towards the German release of the film, it has no signs of being so. Its really fun and reminds me of the Mario theme. It feels good using something besides just a different icon set with gray brushed metal. It’s colorful and makes you feel good, especially if you’re a Simpsons fan.





Foxmarks revamps its online acess

30 07 2007

 

The Bookmarks syncing extension Foxmarks has recently redone its online access site my. foxmarks.com. It’s full of great features like previews and two view modes that I think really beats the pants off of Google bookmarks.

“You can add, delete, and modify bookmarks, folders and separators. You can use drag-n-drop to move things around. You can search your bookmarks in a way that we (in all humility) suggest is better than anything else out there. And there’s a “grid” view that allows you to see all of your bookmarks in a flat list, sorted in any way you choose.”

To use it, just go to my.foxmarks.com and sign in with your account.

or, you can read the article





Upgrade your sidebar with All-in-One Sidebar

16 07 2007

The All-in-One Sidebar Firefox extension squeezes a whole slew of extra features into your sidebar, as the website explains:

“All-in-One Sidebar (AiOS)is a sidebar control, inspired by Opera’s. Click on the left edge of your browser window to open the sidebar and get easy access to all your panels. It lets you quickly switch between sidebar panels, view dialog windows such as downloads, extensions, and more in the sidebar, or view source or websites in the sidebar. It includes a slide-out button and a toolbar, all of which can be extensively customized. You can set the orientation to left or right, set the minimum, default and maximum width and the behavior on browser startup.”

I like the option to load pages in the sidebar, it’s great for comparing two web pages and the extension does not slow down Firefox as much as the split browser extension does. Also there’s a ton of keyboard shortcuts to play with.

All-in-One Sidebar is free and works wherever Firefox and flock do.

All-in-One Sidebar website

All-in-One Sidebar Extension





Make Google even more useful

14 07 2007

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Ask.com may advertise that they have “The Algorithm,” but Google doesn’t even need to advertise. It always seems to find what you’re looking for in a neat, organized and efficient way, and while I sometimes find myself trying out other engines such as Snap.com, I always end up coming back to Google.

There are a few things, though, that I think could be better. I always thought the ads were a waste of space (what ads aren’t?), and I liked the option to show up to 100 pages per search, but didn’t like the extra load time it came with. Thankfully there’s Greasemonkey to the rescue! Greasemonkey is a Firefox add-on that embeds javascript into a web page, making it configurable. think of it as an app that lets you add extensions to websites themselves, not just your browser.

There are a lot of resources out there explaining what it is, so I wont really go into it. If you want to learn more, Google it.

I do, however want to point out three Greasemonkey scripts that compliment eachother and customize the Google interface to be much more productive.

First, if you haven’t already, install Greasemonkey for Firefox here

The first script is Google Ads Remover+. There’s not much to explain here, this script removes ads from Google searches and other off site Google ads, making Google even cleaner and less cluttered. get it here

The next makes use of that extra space by wrapping around the second half of your search results into another column. there are two scripts that do this depending on how you like it, one is the more popular Two Column Google which comes as regular and in a row-wise version. The second one, which I like better, is called Multi-Column View of Google Search Results. It isn’t Row-wise, but it allows you to switch the number of columns up to 3 by using a keyboard shorcut of alt+1, 2, or 3.

here is what this looks like in action:

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The final script autoloads the next page of search results as you scroll down, so you’ll never have to click the “next” button again. It also have an advantage over setting the number of results per page to 100 as it is faster. It is called GoogleAutoPager. The downside is that the two column scripts only work on the first page of results, but that doesn’t really hinder its usability.

Finally, you should have a Google that looks like this:

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Congratulations! Google is even more useful!

There are a lot more scripts available for Google and a ton of other websites at the best place for Greasemonkey scripts: Userscripts.org