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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