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Exploring Firefox Extensions

Hemos posted more than 10 years ago | from the learning-more-about-it dept.

Mozilla 484

Gary writes "If you haven't made the switch to Mozilla Firefox it may be because you aren't aware of the great benefits Firefox has over IE. Flexbeta has posted a nice HOWTO guide on Firefox extensions; my favorite is the Target Alert extension which displays a small graphic next to links that are not web pages. For example a mailto: link will display a small envelope, a link to a PDF file will display a small Adobe icon, etc."

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FIRST POST!! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10167842)

FP!!

Re:FIRST POST!! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10167916)

p.s. I would like to have my three modpints back from the pulled/dupe story.

PLSTKS,
TYGN

this fp si mine (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10167849)

propz to my homies

names (0, Offtopic)

Slashbot Hive-Mind (810267) | more than 10 years ago | (#10167850)

You know, I wish they would stop changing their name. I use Phoenix/Firebird/Firefox as my sole browser and absolutely enjoy it. The problem is, I am trying to get my family to use it as well, but trying to keep them straight on what it is called is getting a little ridiculous. Conversation with family: "You know that browser I gave you a link on...No, not Mozilla. Yeah, it was Firebird. No now its called Firefox. I don't know why, just use it"

Re:names (3, Funny)

Quo_R (734198) | more than 10 years ago | (#10167863)

Dude, 2003 called, they want their joke back.

Re:names (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10167902)

Hey, David Spade called, he wants his lame joke back.

Re:names (1, Flamebait)

slobbargoat (726076) | more than 10 years ago | (#10167881)

They last changed their name ages ago, and it wasn't cos they "felt like it". I wish people would get over it and move the fuck along.

Re:names (0, Offtopic)

praedictus (61731) | more than 10 years ago | (#10167898)

Gets even better when you are using the Firesomething extension.
Vanilla Moistpussy, now THERE'S a browser!

In addition, I currently use the Download With extension in association with Prozilla, which comes in handy for those mp^h^h source file downloads, especially on unreliable dial-up connections.

If you didn't like those changes, you'll hate this (2, Interesting)

Jon.Laslow (809215) | more than 10 years ago | (#10167907)

Take a look at this [mozdev.org] . From the site:
Allows you to change the product name in various parts of the browser. Random name generation ensures perpetual humour and possible end-user confusion.

first post failure due to cmdrfago (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10167851)

Slashdot only allows a user with your karma to post 2 times per day (more or less, depending on moderation). You've already shared your thoughts with us that many times. Take a breather, and come back and see us in 24 hours or so.


I'm a student of Darwin. I believe that we should stop supporting such
obviously inferior countries and let them self-destruct without
intervention. It's Nature's way. The US, et al, seem to think that if they
dump enough money into this dodo-bird of a continent that it will somehow
recover, but the truth is that we're only delaying the inevitable
extinction. Instead, use the money to help developing countries that at
least have a chance of succeeding, like those in Latin America.


Also, once the dodo bird is dead, we can use the newly-empty continent to
store our garbage and nuclear waste. It's a win-win situation.

Extensions? (0, Offtopic)

tuxter (809927) | more than 10 years ago | (#10167856)

I don't need an extension of any kind you insensitive clod!

polls (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10167857)

HAHA U STUPID LIEBERALS (i misspelt that on purpose because u liberals LIE). BUSCH now leads Kerry by 9 pts! HAHA! U guys r all so full of hate and you just TAX all my hard earned money so screw u! BUSCH AND CHANEY will stop the terrorists and fix the economy!!!!

-Cecil

Yet more good reasons to switch from IE (5, Informative)

Slashbot Hive-Mind (810267) | more than 10 years ago | (#10167860)

FireFox features I can't live without:

1. Middle click to open link in new window/tab
2. Find as you type
3. Themes/Skins/Chromes
4. Customizable toolbars
5. Plugins that allow me to put just about anything on the toolbars
6. Great development tools - javascript console, venkman debugger, live-headers plugin

All that boils down to:

1. Easier to use
2. Easier to customize
3. Broader advanced feature set

Re:Yet more good reasons to switch from IE (2, Interesting)

LiquidCoooled (634315) | more than 10 years ago | (#10167892)

One feature I cannot work out is how to stop Animated gifs from animating.

I've looked around and cannot find it, do I need to add a plugin to stop them, or am I just missing something really fundimental?

Re:Yet more good reasons to switch from IE (5, Informative)

qshapadooy (134224) | more than 10 years ago | (#10167908)

about:config

Preference Name: image.animation_mode
Value: once

Re:Yet more good reasons to switch from IE (3, Interesting)

LiquidCoooled (634315) | more than 10 years ago | (#10167967)

Doh! Of course it would be there!

Extremely straightforward and easy to find and understand!

Theres me thinking it would be on the Options/Web Features dialog in the "Load images" area.

Sorry for being sarcastic, and I do thank you muchly for the info, it has been something thats bugged me from day one.
I just don't think a novice user could handle changing that.
I wonder what other gems are lurking in the depths of the config area, I shall investigate later...

Re:Yet more good reasons to switch from IE (2, Insightful)

Threni (635302) | more than 10 years ago | (#10168003)

> I just don't think a novice user could handle changing that.

Novices shouldn't be using pre v1.0 software. It's not done yet.

> it has been something thats bugged me from day one.

So ask for your money back.

Re:Yet more good reasons to switch from IE (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10168059)

ROFL!

Nicely put.

Re:Yet more good reasons to switch from IE (1)

Artichoke (34549) | more than 10 years ago | (#10167940)

Go to about:config [about] and navigate to:
image.animation_mode
Set its value to 'once' or 'none'.

Re:Yet more good reasons to switch from IE (2, Interesting)

nkh (750837) | more than 10 years ago | (#10167903)

Middle click to open link in new window/tab

Someone should really change the code of this feature because it doesn't work with javascript links (you get a blank page when you middle-click on this kind of link)

Re:Yet more good reasons to switch from IE (4, Interesting)

Anml4ixoye (264762) | more than 10 years ago | (#10168035)

Someone should really change the code of this feature because it doesn't work with javascript links (you get a blank page when you middle-click on this kind of link)

Unfortunately there is no way to know what to change it to so it can be "fixed." Such a wide variety of actions could occur during onClick that it would be very difficult to parse that out and do the right action.

For example, I have used javascript in an href to do the following:

  • Open a new window
  • Open a new window to a specific width and height
  • Change the location of the current page
  • Change the source of an image on the page
  • Interact with a Flash movie
  • Interact with form elements on screen

And even with the location and window opens, sometimes it is done with the simple

javascript:window.open()
and sometimes through a function.

Re:Yet more good reasons to switch from IE (1)

nkh (750837) | more than 10 years ago | (#10168074)

I was just thinking of a small hack to detect the simple redirections, not a full-featured parser. I guess I'll have to look at Firefox's source code for that :(

Re:Yet more good reasons to switch from IE (1)

peterprior (319967) | more than 10 years ago | (#10168066)

The DOM inspector is also quite useful...

Does it warn about known "work-unsafe" links? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10167861)

Quick test: harmless link [goat.cx] .

Tabs (4, Informative)

frankthechicken (607647) | more than 10 years ago | (#10167867)

Tabbrowser extensions [sakura.ne.jp] , to get the tabs reacting the way I want(i.e everything in the same browser window, middle mouse click on the tabbar opens an accidently closed tab).

And for browsing Slashdot, this [beggarchooser.com] kind of helps.

Re:Tabs (1)

ari_j (90255) | more than 10 years ago | (#10167890)

Can you get it set to everything goes in one window, except when you click on the program icon in Windows (or other OS's)? When I hit it on my quicklaunch bar, I want a new window in the foreground, not a new tab in some deeply-hidden browser window I had left minimized for later perusal.

Re:Tabs (1)

frankthechicken (607647) | more than 10 years ago | (#10167987)

Yep, it should work if you set Window mode in the Startup option to use multiple browsers normally.

Though I've only quickly experimented with it, as I tend to prefer using just the one browser.

Re:Tabs (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10168004)

Whoops, I meant the Advanced option.

Re:Tabs (1)

ari_j (90255) | more than 10 years ago | (#10168086)

Is that a new option? I don't have it in 0.9.2, evidently. (Yes, I read the sibling to this comment and still didn't find it.)

Re:Tabs (1)

BigHungryJoe (737554) | more than 10 years ago | (#10167914)

Thank you for that link. I've been looking for something that makes the tabs behave more sensibly for a while.

Re:Tabs (1)

Pentagram (40862) | more than 10 years ago | (#10167955)

Does anyone kow if the are there any plugins that stop target="foo" links opening in a new window? That really annoys me.

Re:Tabs (1)

Yer Mom (78107) | more than 10 years ago | (#10167968)

Go to about:config [about] and set browser.block.target_new_window to true.

Re:Tabs (1)

eddul (45670) | more than 10 years ago | (#10167993)

No need for an extension. Just set
browser.block.target_new_window=true
There is a basic UI to all config options if you type about:config in the URL-bar.

RTFA? (0, Redundant)

herrison (635331) | more than 10 years ago | (#10167868)

Thought I might as well make the effort to read the article before commenting. But it's /.ed already. My favourite: webdeveloper.

Debian Story??? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10167870)

Can anyone tell me what happened to the Debian news I saw 2 minutes ago on the front page? It was the story posted after the LCD screens, I clicked on the link, got a Nothing to see here error and it disappeared!!! I know it was a dupe, but deleting pages without explainations...

my most used extension ever... (5, Informative)

huphtur (259961) | more than 10 years ago | (#10167874)

...has to be Web Developer [chrispederick.com] .
A MUST for every webnerd.
It even lets you edit CSS live on the web.

It's also a potential expoit (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10167911)

When one of my work mates stepped out for a bit leaving his Firefox running , we just opened Yahoo and did a "Show Passwords" in Webdeveloper :)

That'll teach him not to leave his PC unlocked.

If you know who I am, I'll have to kill you

adblock (5, Informative)

seanismdotcom (746929) | more than 10 years ago | (#10167877)

adblock is one of the greatest extensions I must say. Adblock along with the following filter block 98% of ads..

[Adblock] /[\W\d][Aa]d(server|s|remote)?[\W\d]/ /[\W\d][Bb]anner(s|id\=)?[\W\d]/ /[\W\d][Ss]ponsors?[\W\d]/ /amazon\.com.*\W(promotions|marketing|merchants|st ores|associates)\W/ /yimg\.com.*\W(a|flash)\W/

FF Extensions (1)

wongn (777209) | more than 10 years ago | (#10167941)

I use webdeveloper - it certainly is very useful... I also use session saver, which is a bit like an extremely scaled down Tabbrowser extensions. It has in problem in that if you don't close the main browser window as the last Firefox window, it is extremely hard (well, I haven't found a way) to get Firefox back to opening in a mode that includes any toolbars, an address bar, and from a website that isn't "Sign up for Gmail" (as was the last window that I closed -.-). Oh - is it just me or doesn't the webpage the article is linked to work at the moment? :S

Re:adblock (1)

pacslash (784042) | more than 10 years ago | (#10167944)

I've been using Adblock for about 3 months now, and I have to say: it is amazing. The only time I have to see ads now is when I'm at someone else's house, at which point I can ask "Why aren't you using Adblock?!?". Unfortunatly, as Adblock becomes more popular, advertisers will surely find ways around it. In most cases, however, a simple right click will allow you to make a new filter and block out the rogue ad.

Also, as a shameless plug, I have a list of the extensions I use here.
http://www.pacslash.com/read.php?subaction=showful l&id=1092810539&archive=&start_from=&ucat=2&am p; [pacslash.com]

and hosts file. (1)

Janek Kozicki (722688) | more than 10 years ago | (#10168032)

not only adblock is great. Custom hosts [everythingisnt.com] file greatly increases browsing sanity.

Re:adblock (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10168081)

Adblock only blocks depending on the URL of the image file itself. What I'd like to see are the blocking of ads depending on the URL the image links too. Something which blocked images that linked off-site would be extremely useful for example.

The best thing is not that it has extensions (4, Interesting)

Gopal.V (532678) | more than 10 years ago | (#10167888)

The best thing I like about firefox is not that it has extensions , but that the extensions are done up in Javascript and XUL (most of them are). I can safely install most of these because I just take a peek at the code (*tinfoil hat*) to make sure there are no obvious backdoors in it.

Thankfully most extensions are done up cleanly , so it's easy to understand that there is no "crazy" code or backdoors hidden.

Lastly they run the same (almost) everywhere :)

Re:The best thing is not that it has extensions (2, Insightful)

alphan (774661) | more than 10 years ago | (#10167946)

I wouldn't bet on it.

1)Most of firefox is in XUL/javascript, meaning XUL+javascript+chrome can be very powerful.

2) There are binary extensions,

The moral of the story is: Don't install anything you don't know/trust.

Great features, huh? (0, Troll)

Danj2k (123765) | more than 10 years ago | (#10167889)

"If you haven't made the switch to Mozilla Firefox it may be because you aren't aware of the great benefits Firefox has over IE."
What, like crashing when I try to import Saved Form History and Saved Passwords from IE using Firefox's import wizard? Or maybe you mean the way that every new version is incompatible not only with the settings and profiles of the old one but the extensions too, forcing me to uninstall and delete the old version before upgrading? Yeah, those are some really cool features... hey look! It even has an Error Report thing that comes up when it crashes! Oh wait, IE has that too...

Re:Great features, huh? (1)

Jarlsberg (643324) | more than 10 years ago | (#10168026)

...Or maybe you mean the way that every new version is incompatible not only with the settings and profiles of the old one but the extensions too, forcing me to uninstall and delete the old version before upgrading?...

Yeah, if there's one thing that annoys me about Firefox, it's the really annoying hoops you got to go through when you update it. You'd think it'd be a easy thing keeping your preferences, themes and extensions when updating the browser - but na-ah, no such thing...

Re:Great features, huh? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10168047)

I feel your pain. I mean it's so much easier to import Saved Form History and Saved Passwords from Firefox to IE.

Oh, wait...

And you are absolutely right, I mean it's simply unbearable to reinstall a browser extension again after upgrading a browser that is still a technology preview.

Thanks to the mods for moding the parent informative, it clearly deserved it.

Re:Great features, huh? (1)

Brando_Calrisean (755640) | more than 10 years ago | (#10168049)

What? I've NEVER had a problem importing settings/profiles between versions of Firefox.

technewslive (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10167894)

There is a good follow-up article over at Tech News Live! [technewslive.info] . Check it out.

Switch tabs ? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10167900)

Is there a nice extension that does shortcut keys to tabs ?
(E.g. galeon -> Alt + 2 = Jump to window 2)
--
www.jmeeting.com - meet friends.

Re:Switch tabs ? (2, Informative)

Luthwyhn (527835) | more than 10 years ago | (#10167921)

No extension needed... just use Ctrl + #

Re:Switch tabs ? (3, Informative)

qshapadooy (134224) | more than 10 years ago | (#10167927)

You were so close. Control+[1-9] goes to tab 1-9.

Then there's always Control+Tab/Shift Tab or Control+PageUp/Down to go to next/previous tabs.

Here's one benefit... (5, Funny)

proxy2 (156777) | more than 10 years ago | (#10167905)

Firefox is the ultimate porn [squarefree.com] browser !

Adblock (5, Informative)

strider44 (650833) | more than 10 years ago | (#10167909)

As extensions go, nothing beats adblock [mozdev.org] .

Compact Menu Extension (3, Interesting)

xaoslaad (590527) | more than 10 years ago | (#10167912)

The thing that has kept me away from Firefox and Mozilla is that each has very large menu bars when compared to IE. You have the Standard Menu bar, the back/forward/stop/etc bar, the address bar; it all adds up.

With IE you could always throw them all up on one line with small icons and it took up very little space at the top of your window when you have the browser minimized.

The Compact Menu extension for Firefox allows me to setup the menu bar very similarly; then just use a small icon theme and boom I have almost the same effect.

Now that I can see the screen the way I want I have to admit firefox is indeed a very nice browser.

Re:Compact Menu Extension (1)

BenjyD (316700) | more than 10 years ago | (#10167975)

I'm sure I used to run firefox like that, but it doesn't seem to work anymore (0.9.3).

Re:Compact Menu Extension (2, Informative)

tfreport (458641) | more than 10 years ago | (#10168017)

You installed an extension for this? Try following these steps:

1. Right-click on any of the icons (say the home icon) and choose 'Customize'.

2. Choose small icons.

3. Then drag all icons and bars (such as the URL and Search) into the top menu bar. Everything should now be along the top. And if there are any icons you do not want or need, simply drag them onto the Customize Box.

4. But you say, there are still two bars without anything in them. Correct. Solve that by going 'View' > 'Toolbars' > and unselect both 'Navigation Toolbar' and 'Bookmark Toolbar.'

Not that the way you did it is wrong. Just that you will want to know about the feature of Customizing for other uses.

Why people cling to IE (1)

ptomblin (1378) | more than 10 years ago | (#10167915)

I wish somebody would port mozex to Mac OS X. (And no, I don't think I could manage it myself)

I introduced my step-daughter's girl friend to Firefox when she was complaining about all the pop-ups in IE, but after about 5 minutes she switched back to IE. The only reason: In IE you can copy an image to the clip buffer and paste it into Photoshop or some other graphic program (she was grabbing pictures to make her Livejournal icons), but in Firefox (and Mozilla) you have to save the image and then open it in Photoshop as an extra step. Evidently managing all those little files was more effort to her than dismissing all the popups.

your step-daughter's a what ?? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10167945)

> my step-daughter's girl friend

Did you really mean "girl friend" or are you just an irresponsible step-father ? (of course, you might be irresponsible to NOT admit she was ....)

--
Of course this being slashdot, random insults have a legitimate right to appear.

Re:your step-daughter's a what ?? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10168020)

Ahh... I can always rely on /. for a daily dose of Victorian puritanism.

Re:your step-daughter's a what ?? (1)

ptomblin (1378) | more than 10 years ago | (#10168057)

Shouldn't you be getting to your "Nazis for Bush" meeting?

Re:Why people cling to IE (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10167953)

Not true! Right Click / Copy Image -- use it all the time for Photoshop jokes I trade on IRC. If she spent more than 5 minutes using it, she would have found some of those features -- too quick to judge. Took me a while to get Firefox *just* the way I likes it.

Re:Why people cling to IE (1)

Midnight Thunder (17205) | more than 10 years ago | (#10168002)

Hmm, I decided to try that, but the only copy option is 'copy image location', which copies the URL. This is for both Mozilla and Firefox. I tried dragging and dropping to two different applications. The first application only took the URL, while the second took the image.

Maybe there is an extension to add 'copy image'.

BTW this was under MacOS X.

Re:Why people cling to IE (1)

manticor24 (643590) | more than 10 years ago | (#10167954)

You better hook her up with an extension to copy images:
http://forums.mozillazine.org/viewtopic.p hp?t=7332 4

Re:Why people cling to IE (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10167980)

I'm confused. I just tried it using drag and drop and got an image into Photoshop w/no extra steps.

Re:Why people cling to IE (1)

the_womble (580291) | more than 10 years ago | (#10167983)

So why not install the Image Toolbar extension [texturizer.net] ?

Re:Why people cling to IE (3, Informative)

SimplePaul (807846) | more than 10 years ago | (#10167996)

1. Right-click on an image
2. Select 'Copy Image'
3. Paste into mspaint, Photoshop, etc.

This works fine in FireFox 0.9.3

Re:Why people cling to IE (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10168058)

Actually you now can copy image directly from firefox, time to switch her back!

I also held back for a long time for the exact same reason. There is an extension for mozilla that does it, but in Firefox 0.9 there is a "copy image" function built in when you right click on any image.

I haven't switched...my reasons are... (4, Insightful)

bogaboga (793279) | more than 10 years ago | (#10167922)

I haven't switched [from Konqueror], and will not switch anytime soon because I find that: -

1: Mozilla Firefox had terrible fonts on Linux. I know there is the possibility of using one compiled with xft. But where is it? Whenever a new release is announced, the version producing those bad fonts is what I find.

2: I find that it is slower than Konqueror on most sites. My only use of Mozilla Firefox is on Gmail. I wonder why Google will not support Konqueror yet.

3: Firefox keeps some important passwords long after I have logged out of my online baking site. It is not the problem of the site but Firefox. I have confirmed this.

Please note that I am no expert in these matters. I just download stuff and use it as such.

Cb..

Re:I haven't switched...my reasons are... (5, Funny)

The Grassy Knoll (112931) | more than 10 years ago | (#10167971)

>my online baking site

Doh! (nut)

.

Re:I haven't switched...my reasons are... (1)

cloudless.net (629916) | more than 10 years ago | (#10167974)

"Mozilla Firefox had terrible fonts on Linux."

Which Linux distro do you use? If you install Firefox in a binary format (RPM/DEB) thru APT/URPMI, you'll probably get a version of Firefox with good font support.

Re:I haven't switched...my reasons are... (1)

cammoblammo (774120) | more than 10 years ago | (#10168012)

1) Edit -->Preferences --> General -- Fonts and Colours.

2) Can't answer that one. You might be right. The one thing I like about Konqueror is the status bar tells you in kb the size of the page and how much has loaded. AFAIR Opera has (or had) this feature too.

3) Edit --> Preferences --> Privacy --> Saved Passwords. Edit away. It's probably a good idea to make sure that you never save passwords for banking sites. If you want to reset any of your password choices you can do it here.

Re:I haven't switched...my reasons are... (1)

rincebrain (776480) | more than 10 years ago | (#10168042)

1) A lot of programs have terrible fonts if you don't take the time to set them up. If you're using a binary distro, such as RedHat or Debian, that's not the browser's fault, but the distro's. If you're using Gentoo, toy with the make flags. Otherwise, build from source manually. =) 2) Konqueror is fast because it's not as compliant as Firefox. I've seen several sites display as crap in Konq, and run perfectly in Firefox. In addition, GMail doesn't support Konq yet because they don't see a need to, IMO [Firefox runs perfectly on any OS, and IE/Safari are the primary browsers of most users of the respective OSes, so why support Konqueror?]. 3) That's your own problem, not Firefox's. I've never had that problem, and I've run Firefox on my Linux boxen for almost a year now...under whatever name it was at the time. =)

Extensions are the Killer App (1)

plasticmillion (649623) | more than 10 years ago | (#10167925)

Although I couldn't RTFA (slashdotted already) I feel compelled to comment on this. We are considering deploying a multiplatform version of our product developed on top of Mozilla, so I downloaded Firefox a few weeks ago to check it out. My intention was to download it, play with it and then go back to IE which I was perfectly happy with on my 2 XP boxes.

Well guess what, I'm still using the damn thing and have become a huge evangelist for it. And 99.9% of the reason is the great extension mechanism and growing library of how-did-I-live-without-this extensions. If the browser wars really do take off, I think that XUL might have a bigger impact long term, but definitely for now extensions are the killer app that is pulling people onto the Mozilla platform.

Re:Extensions are the Killer App (2, Interesting)

Yer Mom (78107) | more than 10 years ago | (#10168005)

Maybe they'd be less slashdotted if they hadn't split the article across six teeny-tiny pages just to force people to view more adverts. The ads are about three times the length of the body text!

There isn't even a link for a printable version, so if you want to print the article, you have to waste half a tree.

Perhaps Flexbeta should whack the marketroids over the head with a clue bat?

Wikalong (5, Informative)

phUnBalanced (128965) | more than 10 years ago | (#10167929)

A little blatant self promotion. (I apologize)

I've written up a little extension called Wikalong [phunnel.org] .

Basically, it puts a wiki in your sidebar, that is indexed off the current page you are viewing. The wiki is online so anyone using the plugin, that visits a page you make notes on will see your notes, and vice versa.

It doesn't work perfectly yet, but I'm hoping to attract some smarter people than I to help get it straightened out.

More details on the site I linked above.

Re:Wikalong (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10168045)

It does not install. Neither by clicking on the link or saving as a file and dragging and dropping it into firefox. I use 0.9.3

Builti-in features vs Extensions (4, Insightful)

cloudless.net (629916) | more than 10 years ago | (#10167930)

I am quite interested in how the Mozilla team decide what goes into the browser, and what should be left as an extension. Many built-in features of Firefox can actually made made as an extension instead, which could make the browser more lightweight and start up faster. Yes it would require the user to download more extensions, and I think it could be solved by providing extension packs with several useful extensions put into one easy-to-install package.

Best by far.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10167933)

..is Adblock http://adblock.mozdev.org/

Blocks all annoying ads. Highly custumisable.
It's a pleasure to browse the web without ads!

Target Alert not too useful... (2, Interesting)

jdreed1024 (443938) | more than 10 years ago | (#10167934)

my favorite is the Target Alert extension which displays a small graphic next to links that are not web pages.

I came across this a while ago and thought it would be useful for helping out some novice users who don't understand helper applications and the like. Alas, it's mostly useless. It uses the 3 digit extension, not the MIME type. So it's useless for content served dynamically via CGI scripts. It would also be trivial for a malicious user to create a website, post some .doc files, which would show up as Word Documents, and instead change the MIME type and serve up JavaScript or VBScript to do something evil.

The right way to do this is to get the HTTP Headers and see what MIME type is being returned by the server.

I'm a FireFox user - have been since it was Phoenix - but so many of the skins and plugins have too much of a "Oooh, shiny!" factor to them. How about more flexible X.509 configuration or a harcore Kiosk mode (that's the reason most kiosks run IE) or something like that. It has the same problem as WinAMP - there are far too many skins (40% of which have UI design issues; 40% of which are identical to each other, and 20% might be useful) and not enough technical plugins.

To pre-emptively fend off trolls, yes I know it's free, you get what you pay for, if you don't like it go code it yourself, etc, etc.

Re:Target Alert not too useful... (1)

BenjyD (316700) | more than 10 years ago | (#10167964)

You might fool the user with a wrong icon, but Firefox will still use the MIME type when it downloads the file, so it's hardly a major problem.

Wouldn't getting the HTTP headers for every non-HTML file linked to on a web page be a bit bandwidth and processor intensive for an extension?

Fav Firefox extension (1)

kinrowan (784107) | more than 10 years ago | (#10167943)

for this inveterate /. reader is ReloadEvery. I can reload /. every minute (although that still doesn't help me get the first post).

I also love WebDeveloper, DownThemAll, GMailCompose, SwitchProxy, and the ever-popular TabBrowser Prefs.

OK, maybe I'm a little over-extensioned.

Wanted Extension: (5, Funny)

tratten (783047) | more than 10 years ago | (#10167957)

'Apply new extension without Firefox restart'-Extension

Re:Wanted Extension: (1)

Yer Mom (78107) | more than 10 years ago | (#10168031)

If I hadn't already posted in this thread, I'd be modding you up right about now.

Even Windows lets you change and install stuff without having to reboot every time these days...

What plugin is this? (2, Funny)

leomekenkamp (566309) | more than 10 years ago | (#10167965)

There is a problem with the database that is preventing the site from working.

An email has been sent to the administrator notifying them of the problem. Please try again later.


Is this a direct effect of the slashddos plugin?

Re:What plugin is this? (0, Offtopic)

leomekenkamp (566309) | more than 10 years ago | (#10168007)

An email has been sent to the administrator notifying them of the problem.

Sorry to reply to my own posting, but would this imply that the administrator is
  1. suffering from a multiple personalities disorder
  2. a siamese twin
  3. undergoing a sex-change at this very moment
  4. a monarch
  5. God
?

Re:What plugin is this? (0, Offtopic)

BenjyD (316700) | more than 10 years ago | (#10168054)

Them/they is commonly used as a gender-neutral pronoun in English.

Re:What plugin is this? (1)

leomekenkamp (566309) | more than 10 years ago | (#10168082)

Yet again the level of my former English teacher becomes painfully apparent...

Re:What plugin is this? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10168064)

YOU FAIL IT TWICE (it is 1: being funny and 2: realizing that in English, "they" and "them" can be used in place of "he/she" and "him/her" in order to be gender-neutral)

Firefox Game (2, Interesting)

matrem (806375) | more than 10 years ago | (#10167969)

Linux users can select text in a webpage and middle-click: this will take them to the first hit in Google with the selected text as search term. This is amazing!

So I propose a new internet game. Start from a page, e.g. slashdot, and try to reach a certain other page, say somethingawful.com, by just selecting text and middle-clicking. Clicking hyperlinks is not allowed! Have fun!

OT: need an XUL developer (0, Offtopic)

professorhojo (686761) | more than 10 years ago | (#10167973)

hi guys -- anyone out there an XUL expert? we're hiring! we need someone who can do some GUI work and help us set up a build system for our project. can you contact me at murray@qunu.com ? (there should be 2/3 months full time work here)

thanks in advance...

Extensions = extensive crashes (1)

YeeHaW_Jelte (451855) | more than 10 years ago | (#10167994)

Maybe it's my installation, but every time I try to install an extension either it doesn't install or I have to reinstall firefox because it won't start anymore. I'm writing this in konqueror as I just tried to install adblocker and firefox won't start anymore after quitting.
I'd say the extensions system needs just a bit more work. And mind you, I've seen a lot of mozilla bugs as I've been with mozilla since version 0.8.x

Some useful links (5, Informative)

t7 (591821) | more than 10 years ago | (#10167997)

Texturizer.net [texturizer.net] has a nice collection of extensions you may not find on mozilla's dev site.

Some extensions I'm currently using:
Flat Bookmark Editing [bluweb.com]
Add Bookmark Here [gorgias.de]
CuteMenus [mozdev.org]
Paste and Go [tecwizards.de]
Gmail Notifier [nexgenmedia.net] (Still works)

Free iPods? Sure. freeipods.com [freeipods.com]

Re:Some useful links (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10168039)

What does that Free ipods link have to do with your message? Can't you keep it in your sig so that we don't have to be bombarded with pyramid schemes?

Nuke Anything (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10168019)

Nuke Anything [mielczarek.org] is a favorite of mine. Right click an image, table, or even a frame, select "Remove this object" and it's zapped from the page layout. Quite useful for removing images or overly large margins.

Flashblock (4, Informative)

Artichoke (34549) | more than 10 years ago | (#10168021)


Flashblock [mozdev.org] replaces Macromedia Flash animations with a button you have to click to download and run the animation. Most uses of Flash are abominations to me; I like to choose when to consume it.

Gripe wrt Macromedia: a couple of days back I installed the latest and greatest Flash player from Macromedia on my WinXP box and it uninstalled Flashblock for me.

Better yet: it also prevents subsequent (re-)installation of Flashblock.

Solution: download Flaskblock.xpi, unzip it, mod so that it installs under a nom de guerre, rezip and install.

Anybody at Macromedia, if you're listening: STOP BEING NAUGHTY.

stop /.-ing (0, Offtopic)

ssbljk (450611) | more than 10 years ago | (#10168037)

stop slashdoting useful web sites

can't download anything now

my extensions: (1)

fadir (522518) | more than 10 years ago | (#10168043)

Tabbrowser Preferences - very useful, nearly everything you can dream of to configure the tab-behaviour
ReloadEvery - the only reason why I use Firefox, autoreload is a must and just perfect for pages like /.
Linkification - alot of boards that I use have clickable links disabled for "security reasons". This extension brings back the link.
googlebar - not really necessary but nice to have
Dict - not used yet, but sounds promising
BookmarksHome - great thing, always missed it
Autofill - not used yet, but sounds good

Did I miss anything necessary?

Yeah great, but what about... (2, Interesting)

Begemot (38841) | more than 10 years ago | (#10168051)

...signed XPI?

I mean before all those bells and whistles. As a plugin developer i greatly miss them
(not this [mozilla.org] , but one that really works).

And pleaaaaaaase before you tell me it's useless, go ahead and try to convince some Joe user to install "unsigned hence possibly dangerous" plugin.

mouse gestures (1)

BraveSlice (702315) | more than 10 years ago | (#10168065)

I changed recently from IE to Opera. It took one week to give up using IE by mistake. Opera is far superior for everyday use BUT I still have use IE sometimes when pages are not looking otherwise readable. Two favourite functionalities, without I can not live and well not sure if you really need anything else :) Mouse gestures and mouse zoom for pages with too small print (too common mistake).
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