Monday, February 28, 2011

IN WHICH JFRO TAKES A LEVEL IN GEEK




Dr S. has been asked to playtest our Interface Zero roleplaying game. This means our merry band of roleplayers make some observations that in theory make the game better and in return get free stuff. Yes! Being a geek is finally (minimally) paying off! I'm queen of the nerds, bitches!

In other news, cyberpunk is totally back, baby. Who says? Uh, me and this awesome Japanese electro band. Thanks to Patrick Macias for the tip.

Monday, February 21, 2011

I MIGHT AS WELL FACE IT, I'M ADDICTED TO FIREFOX EXTENSIONS




Firefox is a little poky on the Mac, but I can't stop using it because I'm addicted to the extensions. Here's what's on my browser at home right now:


  • FastestFox--Since it's slow, might as well try to make it faster. It also let you search highlighted terms on Google & Wikipedia without even right-clicking.
  • FoxyTunes--Lets me control iTunes through the browser and look up lyrics and artwork for song that's playing
  • Greasemonkey--So that I can use Better Flickr
  • Better Flickr--Improves my Flickr social experience immensely by making it easy to add links and bold or italic text in comments or descriptions. I love that it makes a little icon of someone's avatar so they know who you are talking to.
  • No Script--protects me from ads and unnecessary video or audio (love those sites with music on each page) on unfamiliar sites. I have to remember to turn it off once for sites I like, but after that it remembers the site.
  • Autofill Forms--I missed the autofill function on Safari, so I added this.
  • AddThis--For quick emailing a site or sharing it on a social network.
  • Delicious Bookmarks--I use this so much, if Delicious does disappear or is sold and starts to suck, I will be very sad. I have over 2300 bookmarks, way more than can be contained in browser bookmarks or favorites. Delicious bookmarks lets me add web sites easily and gives me a sidebar for searching all my bookmarks. I use it at home and at work so my bookmarks are everywhere, even on my flash drive with Firefox Portable.
  • Download Statusbar--the whole separate-window-for-downloads-thing just bugs me. I like to see my downloads.
  • Download Helper
  • Down Them All--I really, really want to be able to download things, so I have 2 extensions for this. YouTube is not always so great with Firefox on a Mac.
  • Web Of Trust--It warns me when I go to a bad, naughty site. Oops!
  • Invisible Hand--when I got to a shopping site, it lets me know about cheaper prices elsewhere.


Bookmarklets:
  • Universal Wish List--if it can be found online, I can add it to my Amazon Wish List.
  • Purify--lets me watch YouTube videos in peace and quiet without all the clutter.
  • Scan for Privacy--Checks if that darn Facebook has changed its privacy settings on my again.

Search Engines:
  • Amazon
  • Bing
  • Delicious
  • eBay
  • Flickr Tags
  • Google
  • IMDB
  • Merriam-Webster Dictionary
  • Technorati
  • Wikipedia
  • Worldcat
  • Yahoo!

Extensions that didn't work out for me:
  • Stumbleupon- I find so many web sites already from my RSS feeds, Twitter, Facebook, etc. I don't really need a web site discovery service.
  • Meebo--I thought this would encourage my friends to IM me if I left it on all the time, but it was too obtrusive, always wanting to load the whole web page when I started up the browser.


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