First off, if you use a browser that isn’t Firefox, then you need to change immediately. One of the benefits of using Firefox is the numerous amount of extensions that are out there. This is a list of all the extensions that I use. Quite literally, Firefox is my portal to my computer. I always have Firefox open, it just does too much for me. Anywho, on with the list…
- Mozilla Calendar
- I’m not sure how many of you folk use a calendar of sorts, but I’ve found it helps me out quite a bit. I tend to have a problem remembering exactly when long term events are coming up. I can usually remember the current week fairly well, but who knows, sometimes I even mess that up. Regardless, I find it quite helpful. This extension, isn’t really an extension in the sense that the others are. It’s a separate install, I believe, but I can access the calendar via the Tools menu in Firefox.
- All-in-one Gestures
- This extension is pretty much explained in the title of the extension. Basically with the right-click of the mouse and then some variety of mouse gesture, the extension will tell Firefox what to do. Most useful for doing things like reloading a page, forward, back, new tab, etc. I tend to only use this extension for the simplest features, as they are the most simple, but if the extension floats your boat, then by all means use it more heavily, still recommended though.
- Do you listen to music on your computer? Lord knows I do. Regardless of what platform or music player you use, this extension will probably be able to fit your needs. Check out the list of supported music players. Personally, I use Winamp 5 and it stays minimized in the Windows system tray – that means by the clock for those who don’t know .
- Firefox Bloglines Notifier
- As far as I know, AFAIK in nerd-speak, few of my friends – Barrett being the exception, as well as myself – use Bloglines. Bloglines is a centrally managed collection of RSS feeds that you are subscribed to. I highly recommend this plugin for those who do use RSS feeds. I formerly used an at home RSS agregator, but was perturbed that I had to maintain two sets – home and work. A centrally managed set of RSS feeds is the answer. This extension simply tells me when I have updated feeds that I’m subscribed to.
- I just recently installed this plugin but have already found it useful. (and will use it again when I’m done writing this entry) Basically it will do spell check for you. Simple. Effective.
- Web Developer
- Few people outside of the web development realm will care about this extension. However, if you consider yourself within this select group of people, or are considering entering it, this tool is priceless. That’s all I’ll say.
- First off, I’ve never been much for bookmarks. Be it on any browser or platform or whatever. They are locked to one computer and I find that to be useless for me, especially because bookmarks are used so infrequently – at least in my usage of them. Now, Del.icio.us, like Bloglines for RSS feeds, is a centrally managed set of bookmarks. I am slowly but surely finding this resource invaluable. If you know me at all, then you know my infatuation – and if there is a stronger word for infatuation, obsession perhaps?, I’d use it here – for sending random links to random, usually pointless, online websites, then you can probably understand my use of this tool. Foxylicious simply integrates your Del.icio.us bookmarks into the regular bookmarks you have in Firefox. If you change the Del.icio.us bookmarks from some other computer, then you can update them with the click of a button.
And that’s that. Go get Firefox and use some of these extensions why don’t you. I just finished my white russian, so have a good night, folks.