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Mozilla Extensions I'm Using

Adblock - Exactly what it sounds like. Incidentally, it makes picking up printables (coloring pages, crafts, etc.) from Nick Jr., Disney Magic Artist Online, and the like go much faster.
AniDisable - Adds control for .gif animation (normal, once, or none) to the context menu.
BugMeNot - Allows you to bypass the login of websites that require compulsory free registration and/or the collection of personal/demographic information (such as the New York Times).
ChromEdit - A simple user profile file editor.
ColorZilla - Graphics tools: eyedropper, color picker, page zoom, DOM inspector.
downTHEMall! - A download tool that filters the extensions of all the links on a page, then allows you to select which to download with a single click.
Flashblock - Replaces Flash objects with a button you can click to view them.
ForecastFox - Gets weather forecasts from weather.com and displays them in any toolbar or status bar. Totally pwns waiting for the local weather news.
Gmail Notifier - Exactly what it sounds like. Adds an unobtrusive icon to the status bar.
ieview - Adds "View page in Internet Explorer" links to the content and link context menu.
MapIt! - Highlight an address and get a map and/or driving directions using your favorite online mapping site.
miniT (drag+indicator) - Adds tab dragging with drop place indicator.
OpenBook - Allows customization of the Add Bookmark dialog.
Paste and Go - Exactly what it sounds like. I missed this feature after switching from Opera.
SessionSaver - Auto-tracks, saves and restores window positions, tab histories, cookies and scrolling on startup.
Show Image - Adds "Show Image" to context menu entry to reload images.
Slim Extension List - hides descriptions and shrinks icons in extension list except for currently active extension (i.e., clicked on) and sorts them by name.
Stop-or-Reload Button - combines the stop and reload buttons, displaying the stop button while a page is loading and the reload button the rest of the time.
Tabbrowser Preferences - Enables enhanced control for tabbed browsing.
ViewSourceWith - Allows you to view page source with an external editor.
Wikipedia - Adds a new toolbar for easier editing of Wikipedia pages. This has tempted me to migrate TODCRA to a wiki, but I haven't brought it up for discussion yet.

I also use these search engine plugins: AllRecipes, Amazon.com, eBay, freedb (a GPL CD database server), Google, IMDb, RecipeSource, Urban Dictionary, Wikipedia, Wordorigins. (If you're wondering about the lack of a regular dictionary search in there, I use the Google "define:" boolean before more specialized dictionary searches.)

I'd like to see search plugins for the Merck Manual, RxList, and This Might Be A Wiki (scratch that, it's here), but doing those myself will have to wait until I've got some time alone because I can't concentrate with the combined noise of the TV, talking and vigorous LEGO block clashing. Oh well.


Mar. 25th, 2005 03:48 am (UTC)
I've just started using Firefox for my browser and I'm slowly exploring the plugins. I love the weather one that shows tiny graphics at the bottom of the window for forecasts.
Mar. 25th, 2005 05:04 pm (UTC)
I adore having the weather in my status bar. I do hope tomorrow's forecast is off temperature-wise, though -- it's going to be in the mid-70s today so a high of 58 tomorrow would be disappointing, especially for a Saturday.
Mar. 25th, 2005 08:26 pm (UTC)
All of the forecasts I have heard for this weekend involve a large cool air mass from Canada that's going to get sucked into our area. 58 is lower than I've heard, though. I think I heard 65 on Saturday and 70ish on Sunday.
Mar. 25th, 2005 09:16 pm (UTC)
I remember seeing that on the news, I was just taken aback by the forecast high.

Our planned playground visit today was a wash because she really needed a nap after going to bed late and waking up early today. Heck, I could use a nap, but I'll just have a chocolate and go check the mail instead.

If you could show me where the cramp bark is hiding after you get in, I'd appreciate it. (I saw your labeled bags of blue cohosh and squaw vine when I cleaned the freezer this week.)
Mar. 25th, 2005 09:51 pm (UTC)
The bitch wort is in the small bags (the ones not marked cohosh). I mixed it because I figured that I wouldn't be using it without the squaw vine, so it would save time to just premix them. Now, all that is needed is to put them in capsules, a decidedly un-fun process, even with the capsule press. I'll take care of it when I get home.
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Mar. 25th, 2005 09:21 pm (UTC)
I look forward to future updates of MapIt. I am way too easily amused by it, though usually anything with maps can keep me entertained for awhile. (:

Last month when I switched to Firefox and asked what extensions people use, you replied that you were using WeatherFox, BugMeNot, ListZilla, OpenBook, View Cookies, Tabbrowser Extensions, DictionarySearch, Adblock and easyGestures.
Mar. 25th, 2005 04:25 am (UTC)
So... I'm guessing your Firefox eats up about... what 130-200 meg when idling? Hell.. it takes up 80 out of the box - and each plugin is like a pair of cement shoes.
Mar. 25th, 2005 04:58 pm (UTC)
Windows Task Manager has reported 50-60MB mem usage and 60-70MB VM size this week. It may not be great, but it's better than Opera.

About a quarter of the extensions I'm using are standard features in Opera that I missed after switching.
Mar. 25th, 2005 05:22 pm (UTC)
Heretic! How could you switch from Opera to ... ok, I'll be nice and not use any names. But still... HOW? By comparison it's just so intollerably slow to render. Mouse-gestures (which i don't see you using, btw) are very heavy in firefox. Memory usage is much higher, unless your CPU is so brank spanking new it's still not available OEM. All the skins look like something Windows XP vomitted up after a night of hanging out with a MacOS 9. Every upgrade I've done on firefox broke my extensions, settings and skins. And true to Mozilla, you can't get rid of that annoying "Bookmark Toolbar" folder in bookmarks list. The only advantage that it has over Opera is that it's actually free, whereas Opera had to be... engineered to get rid of the banner
Mar. 25th, 2005 07:27 pm (UTC)
The more recent stable releases of Opera (7.51+) repeatedly crash on my 500 MHz system. The obvious answer is to upgrade my system, but I can't afford that for awhile.

I'll give Opera another try when version 8 comes out, but for now I'm happy with Firefox -- it crashes less often on my system and I don't use mouse gestures or skins. I really don't mind paying for an upgrade license for Opera 8; I've been a paid user since version 5.
Mar. 26th, 2005 03:06 pm (UTC)
I don't know. While I'm stuck in this hell-hole (read: Ohio) I only have my 533Mhz/256RAM Linux laptop. I've been running Opera 7.23 up through 7.54 for years. Never had a problem. Firefox on the other hand (which I keep arouond for 1 or 2 sites that require more IE compatibility than Opera offers) has been nothing but problems sine .09 On the other hand - for reasons I can't understand, Mozilla's MS port of Firefox seems to be much better thought out and implemented than their Linux version - which quite frankly bothers me.
Mar. 25th, 2005 05:21 am (UTC)
I didn't even know about these plugins but I'm going to use them now! Thanks!
Mar. 25th, 2005 05:32 am (UTC)
a) I'm kinda surprised you're not using Mouse Gestures. I _adore_ them. And they actually do work better with a non-Mac, since I typically use the right-click to do gestures, but since Macs only have the one mouse button, I just use it, and that sometimes gets annoying, like if I'm trying to select something, I have to pause a bit.

b) I'd be fine with a Wiki, actually; I think we'd have to set it where only TODCRA members could edit, though, but I would enjoy doing that sort of thing, especially because we could always do subpages and whatnot and make it even more hyperlinked and neato. You should mention it on the list, but I figure that everyone'd be awesome with it. Because it's pretty awesome.

c) I think I'll have to check some of those out in a bit.
Mar. 25th, 2005 07:34 pm (UTC)
a) I tried the mouse gestures with Opera and never really got comfortable with them, so I don't miss them in Firefox.

b) I'll bring it up. My sister just called with a task for me to do before I return to replying to comments, so I'll probably look into it tonight.

c) I've tried and uninstalled a couple of extensions I either didn't use or didn't like (FoxyTunes, which most people like, comes to mind), but I didn't think about noting which ones those were so they weren't mentioned in my original post.
Mar. 27th, 2005 05:09 pm (UTC)
I've been all thinkin' about the wiki idea, and I really dig it. I think in my own LJ I did a couple of mentions of possible things (making sure only todcra members can edit; maaaybe a thing about maybe if it's possible to have it have a nifty design instead of the utilitarian type thing (i.e. Wikipedia, or, well, most every wiki I've seen), though that's totally not necessary, as content is nice and good and design type stuff is only frosting.)

But yeah, I am really digging on that idea. For what it's worth.
Mar. 25th, 2005 08:28 am (UTC)
GPL stands for "GNU Public Licence."
Though, for accuracy, and I don't know if the abbr tag allows it, you would then need to recursively embed that GNU stands for "GNU is Not UNIX"...but there I digress.
Mar. 25th, 2005 08:56 pm (UTC)
Actually, it technically stands for the General Public License, though the GNU GPL is often considered to be the only GPL and is thus often considered synonymous with the term "GPL." The GNU GPL is also the license for Freedb. That's why I like it because, unlike CDDB, you don't have to worry about having to buy it, license it, or rely on companies not abusing the good will of the people who created the data and who were paid nothing for creating/entering it.


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