Out Firefoxed

Oh dot Nine-Three - you silly (former) bird. You had me at dot Six! Dot Nine One was almost there. What have you done with 0.93 however? Every install Mac and Windows alike has been a horrible frozen step backwards. I think I can blame my Windows XP Firefox install on a bad plug-in choice or two (I'm looking in your direction MozBlog , c'mon we need a Firefox version).

Because I'm going to blow away this installation and start over, I'm linking some of the plug-ins I've installed so I can reinstall them with care. For those who venture out looking for extensions beyone my list, there appear to be three authority sites on Firefox extensions, 1, 2, and 3. Someone should make an introduction or two, because it's confusing. Here we go with my list of Firetweaks:

  • Firefox Toolbar: Blogger Edition - Not developed by Google but still an interesting start
  • Bookmark Synchronizer - Total must have item for Firefox if you use multiple machines. Uses FTP - hot.
  • Web Developer Extension - A must have for webmonkeys.
  • Sage : Atom and RSS feed reader - I keep forgetting it's right there in the margin.
  • GoogleBar - Again, not from Google but pretty darn good. I think they fixed the bug where the default results assumed you were searching Google Columbia. I think.
  • Firesomething - I may not reinstall this one because it's actually a joke. Because Firefox has had a few naming issues in the past this plug-in randomizes the name shown at start-up. It says I'm using Mozilla Powertiger right now.
  • Auto-hide - If you want to run your browser in a kiosk mode this is the deal to use.
  • Gmail Notifier - Simple and elegant way to tell if you have new mail as well as one button access to your inbox.
  • BugMeNot - For those times when I'm not username: rebeccas_pocket pass: pocket
  • Bloglines Notifier - Just installed but it looks great so far.
  • Flat Bookmark Editing - Adds some flexibility in bookmark editing.

PS: On a day when Moscovians are dying, the US is bracing for a potentially deadly hurricane, and Chechens and Russians are locked in a horrible stalemate over the lives of young children I feel like an ass for posting about my free web browser issues and preferences. Feh.


  1. Hi Jason,
    Thank you very much for mentioning the firefox toolbar. Please let me know if you have any ideas as to how we might improve the bar.

    thanks again,

  2. Though firefox still has a few quirks (like the added tools) I have to say I much prefer it and have designed my own blogger template to work with mozilla vs. IE. . . Time to take back the web. . . or so the icon says! Anyway you obviously use quite a few plugins, i find that the blooger and google tool bar are great options for the average joe.. then again.. who is average now-a-days anyway!

  3. About that deadly hurricane: It's on my doorstep right now, and I'm trying to install that Gmail notifier. No harm done, really.

  4. P.S. Can't speak for the Russians.

  5. Hey thanks for the links. I love firefox extensions, there's just so many I don't have the time to go through the huge list! I was actually looking for a feed notifier!

  6. Jason, this post looks interesting. I admit I haven't read it yet, but I bookmarked your blog.

    The reason I stopped by is that I couldn't find a way to suggest a 'notable blog' in blogger knowledge. http://howsluke.blogspot.com/ How is Luke Doing is a blog written by Luke's Dad. It documents Luke's struggle to survive after drowning in a swimming pool. I have been trying to document what I have seen at this site, the many blogger signups, comments and so on. I have also been trying to offer advice about blogging.

    Sorry to bring this up in your personal blog but I think it is an interesting piece of bloggin history and the family could use encouragement.

    That's all I wanted to say. Thanks for your time.

  7. After patching Firefox yesterday, I checked my email to find that the patch was no longer suggested, but a fresh install would be required. Que?

    And is it me, or has Maxthon been rocketing backwards with the same tenacity as Firefox? MyIE2 Beta was rock-solid. Missing a couple features, but had so many other add-ins and reliable operation that no one really cared. With the gold release and the name change, the program has sudenly become somwhat clunky and error-prone.

    Maybe it's time to start looking for an alternative to the alternatives.


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