Firefox

Firefox Tip: Clear your file download history

Posted on March 19, 2007. Filed under: Advice, Firefox |

Weblog Of Zen and Computing reports that you may be able to speed up Firefox by clearing out its Download history.

By default, the ‘fox keeps a record of every single file you’ve downloaded – whether it’s still on your hard drive or not – in its Downloads dialog, unless you clear it. To do so, from the dialog, hit the “Clean up” button. I don’t know how much this list actually affects performance, but it’s a good way to make sure the next person who uses your browser doesn’t see you just downloaded a video called naughty.avi.

+ Speed Up Firefox by Cleaning Out Your Downloads [Of Zen and Computing]

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Supercharge your Firefox downloads with DownThemAll

Posted on March 2, 2007. Filed under: Add-ons, Downloads, Firefox |

When it comes to heavy duty download jobs, Firefox’s default Downloads manager just doesn’t cut the mustard. If you often need closer control of multiple, large downloads, you need the DownThemAll! Firefox add-on. This extra-strength download manager can speed up, queue for later, and batch download sets of files from the web based on patterns you define in one click.

+ Supercharge your Firefox downloads with DownThemAll [via lifehacker]

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Download of the Day: Linkification (Firefox)

Posted on March 2, 2007. Filed under: Add-ons, Firefox |

Windows/Mac/Unix (Firefox): The Linkification Firefox extension converts text URLs into clickable links.

When we posted about opening unlinked text URLs via drag-and-drop, a couple of readers suggested Linkification, and they were certainly right to do so. The Linkification extension turns any unlinked text URLs into clickable links so you don’t even have to know there was ever a time when the link wasn’t clickable. Add to that a robust set of preferences and this is a great little extension. Linkification is free, works wherever Firefox does. For opening wrapped links, don’t forget about AutoCopy.

+ Linkification [Mozilla Add-ons]

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Make Firefox Look Like Internet Explorer v2.0

Posted on February 2, 2007. Filed under: Browsers, Firefox, IE, Skins |

Yes, it’s true. There are some people that prefer the look of Internet Explorer to the way Firefox looks (though I’ve never met one). So, John Haller has created this simple How To guide that shows you just what needs to be done to get Firefox looking just like IE. The goal of this project is mainly to demonstrate the power of Firefox’s themes and extensions in making the browser work the way you want it to.

+ Make Firefox Look Like Internet Explorer v2.0 [from JohnHaller.com]

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Download of the Day: FoxyTunes (Firefox/Internet Explorer)

Posted on February 1, 2007. Filed under: Browsers, Downloads, Firefox, IE, Music |

Firefox and Internet Explorer only: Access and play your music library from within your browser with FoxyTunes, a free plug-in. The latest version adds support for Last.fm (though currently only in the Firefox version).

The new addition definitely merits a look. In case you’re not familiar with it, the plug-in adds a full complement of music-player controls to your browser, thus saving you having to switch apps to skip tracks, pause playback and so on. Now you can do the same with your Last.fm player: see what’s playing, skip tracks, control volume, etc.

For now the Last.fm support is Firefox-only, but an IE update is coming soon. In the meantime, don’t miss this essential browser add-on. It’s free.

+ FoxyTunes 2.2.5

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Firefox 3 Alpha 1, The First Taste Of The Next Generation Of Firefox

Posted on January 15, 2007. Filed under: Browsers, Firefox |

Project code name “Gran Paradiso”, is the version 3 of the popular mozilla browser Firefox 3. The new generation of the Firefox browser introduces several new features which can be tested in the first alpha 1. Notice that some of the changes in Gecko 1.9 Alpha 1 will affect the web and platform compatibility of Gran Paradiso Alpha 1:

  • Cairo is now being used as the default graphics library, affecting all graphic and text rendering
  • Cocoa Widgets are now used in OS X builds
  • An updated threading model
  • Changes to how DOM events are dispatched
  • Changes to how elements are loaded
  • Changes to how web pages are painted
  • New SVG elements and filters, and improved SVG specification compliance
  • Windows 95, Windows 98 and Windows ME are no longer supported platforms
  • OS X 10.2 is no longer supported, and OS X 10.3.9 or higher is recommended
  • Moving DOM nodes between documents now requires a call to importNode or adoptNode as per the DOM specification.
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Gmail or Thunderbird?

Posted on January 9, 2007. Filed under: Browsers, eMail, Firefox, GMail |

I’m a loyal Gmail user but I keep hearing good things about Thunderbird. Is it really the Firefox of email programs? Why should I use Thunderbird instead of – or in conjunction with – Gmail?

+ Read the reply here

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Firefox Quick Tip: Drag and drop URL text

Posted on January 5, 2007. Filed under: Firefox |

Next time you stumble onto an unlinked URL while browsing in Firefox (i.e., the text of a URL that’s missing the link anchor to make it clickable), highlight and then drag and drop the text to the address bar and be instantly swept away to said URL.

Of course you probably already knew that you can drag and drop text (and even clickable links) in this manner, but what’s neat about this little trick is that after you drop the URL text in the address bar, it instantly executes the URL (provided it starts with http://); regular text won’t execute in the address bar. On the other hand, dragging and dropping regular text to the Firefox search bar will automatically execute the search, offering another quick way to perform a text search. None of this will rock anyone’s world, but these are nice tricks to have on hand for the right situations.

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Download of the Day: Uppity (Firefox)

Posted on November 21, 2006. Filed under: Firefox |

Windows/Mac/Linux (Firefox): The Uppity Firefox extension acts like the the Up button in Windows Explorer, navigating up one directory on a web page.

If you often find yourself deleting sections from the end of a URL, you can just click on the Uppity button and move up one directory at a time, or click on the arrow next to it and choose the parent directory you want to go to.

After you install Uppity, it doesn’t show up anywhere by default. If you want to use it on your toolbar, right-click your toolbar and select Customize; find the Uppity button, then drag and drop it to your toolbar. If you don’t want to take up more space on your toolbar, you can add Uppity to the statusbar by going to the Uppity options and turning it on in the statusbar. Uppity is free, works wherever Firefox does. Thanks Lovedeep!

+ Uppity [Mozilla]

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Control your BitTorrent downloads from Firefox

Posted on November 6, 2006. Filed under: Firefox |

BitTorrent enthusiast web site Torrentfreak has a tutorial for setting up a web interface and Firefox extension for remotely controlling the hugely popular, small-footprinted BitTorrent application, µTorrent.

The µTorrent WebUI can be used to access µTorrent from an external computer. This also opens the possibility to handle your torrents from your browser window. We’ve discovered a Firefox extension that makes using the WebUI a lot easier.

The µTorrent WebUI can be used to access µTorrent from an external computer. This also opens the possibility to handle your torrents from your browser window. We’ve discovered a Firefox extension that makes using the WebUI a lot easier.

This is a great way to have control over what’s going on with your BitTorrent downloads when you’re away from home. 

+ Firefox Extension for µTorrent WebUI [Torrentfreak]

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Download of the Day: Aging Tabs (Firefox)

Posted on November 6, 2006. Filed under: Firefox |

Windows/Mac/Unix (Firefox): The Aging Tabs Firefox extension keeps an eye on your open Firefox tabs, highlighting your active tab and fading the aging tags that you haven’t used in a while.

If you’re someone who’s perhaps a little too tab-happy in Firefox (a pack-rat for tabs, perhaps?), Aging tabs could be a great way to find the tabs that are ripe for the chopping block.

+ Aging Tabs [Mozilla]

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