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  • Matt 12:00 am on November 4, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , CustomizeGoogle, , , Gears, , Google Gears, Google Toolbar, Googlepedia, Must Have Extensions   

    Must Have Firefox Add-ons, Part 5: The Google Experience 

    Over the next several days I’ll be giving you my list of must have Firefox Add-ons.

    Election Day Bonus:  Enhancing Your Google Experience with Firefox Add-ons

    There are many Firefox extensions that can change your Google experience, but I think I’ve got it narrowed down to the three best.

    Google Toolbar for Firefox

    This one really goes without saying.  The Google Toolbar is probably THE must have extension for Firefox.  If you don’t already have it, get it now! This essential add-on allows you to search all of Google’s web based tools instantly, allows you to search Google applications like Google Earth, Google Desktop, and Picasa, it also automatically fill-in forms, adds spell check to every web form, and even has a built in translate feature that shows the chosen translation for any word you hover the mouse pointer over.  Like everything else in Firefox, it’s highly customizable.

    For more information go to the Google Toolbar for Firefox home page or click here to install it now.

    CustomizeGoogle

    This feature laden extension is like steroids for Google.  This add-on removes advertising from your Google results, rewrites links from Google Images searches to point directly to the full size image, filters spam results from Google searches, adds numbers and favicons to your search results, and makes your Google preferences ‘sticky’.  What this means is that you set your search preferences in CustomizeGoogle, and these preferences are applied to all Google searches.

    Most amazingly, CustomizeGoogle allows you to ‘stream’ search results.  With streaming enabled instead of getting the word Gooooooooooogle at the bottom of the page, CustomizeGoogle automatically queries Google for the next set of search results as you scroll towards the bottom of the page, so the results appear as one long web page.  This is great for almost anyone who searches with Google.

    For more information go to the CustomizeGoogle home page or click here to install it now.

    Google Gears

    Google Gears is a web API (Application Programming Interface) that allows for a richer experience for users web-based applications.  So far there are not a ton of sites that use gears, but, as with most Google technologies, I imagine that will change very soon.  For now, if you use MySpace, Picasa Web Albums, gmail, Google Reader, or Google Calendar you want Google Gears.

    Google Gears also supports offline storage.  Some web sites, such as Google Reader, Google Calendar, or Remember the Milk, will automatically sync news, appointments, or tasks to your desktop so they are available offline.

    For more information go to the Google Gears home page or click here to install it now.

    Googlepedia

    Last, but not least, is a simple little extension that can really make a difference in how long it takes you to get your answers.  When you search Google, Googlepedia queries Wikipedia with the same search terms and returns the most relevant result to the right of your Google results in place of the advertising that would normally appear.

    Screenshot of Wikipedia
    Screenshot of Googlepedia results for ‘University of Texas’

    For more information go to the Googlepedia home page or click here to install it now.

     
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  • Matt 12:00 am on November 3, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , Magic's Video Downloader, Must Have Extensions   

    Must Have Firefox Add-ons, Part 4: Magic’s Video Downloader 

    Over the next several days I’ll be giving you my list of must have Firefox Add-ons.

    Magic’s Video Downloader

    Have you ever started watching a YouTube video only to discover it’s part 1 of 9 and wished you could download them to watch later on the plane?  Or, have you ever loved a Google video so much that you wanted to download it to your desktop?  With Magic’s Video Downloader you can do just that.  When you are viewing supported content an arrow in your status bar turns from red to green, and you just click it to bring up a pop-up window where you can start the download.

    Magic’s Video Downloader supports downloading from the following web sites:

    Video.Google.com, Youtube.com, Metacafe.Com, 220.ro, Trilulilu.Ro, Neogen – Video, 2XtremeBoom.phg.ro, Metacafe.Ro, xtube.com, redtube.com, xhamster.com, myvideo.de, peteava.ro, myspace.com, ifilm.com (spike.com), dailymotion.com, pornhub.com, gametrailers.com, mymusclevideo.com, vbox7.com, video.acasa.ro, crunchyroll.com, wrzuta.pl, supernovatube.com, 420tube.com, godtube.com, tnaflix.com, video.rol.ro, protv.ro, bofunk.com, loadup.ru

     

    For more information go to Magic’s Video Downloader home page, or click here to install it now.

     
  • Matt 12:00 am on November 2, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , Must Have Extensions, Undo Closed Tabs Button   

    Must Have Firefox Add-ons, Part 3: Undo Closed Tabs Button 

    Over the next several days I’ll be giving you my list of must have Firefox Add-ons.

    Undo Closed Tabs Button

    Ever close a tab and realize you shouldn’t have?  With this simple extension you simply click the Undo Closed Tabs Button, or press ctrl-shift-z, and voila, your tab reappears.  UCTB can be configured to remember up to 99 tabs.

    For more information go to the UCTB home page, or click here to install it now.

     
  • Matt 12:00 am on November 1, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , Facebook Toolbar for Firefox, , Must Have Extensions, MySpace, Unofficial MySpace Toolbar   

    Must Have Firefox Add-ons, Part 2: Facebook/MySpace Toolbars 

    Over the next several days I’ll be giving you my list of must have Firefox Add-ons.

    Facebook Toolbar for Firefox

    Facebook Toolbar for Firefox keeps you logged in, and notifies you of any new messages, friend requests, or notifications.  In addition, you can update you status or search Facebook directly from the toolbar.  It also includes a combo box with quick links to the most used Facebook pages and a sidebar that lists your friends and has links to message, poke, or post to the wall of your friends.  Perhaps the best feature is a ‘Share’ button that allows you to instantly post a comment as well as a link to the current page directly to your Facebook.

    For more information go to the Facebook Toolbar for Firefox home page, or click here to install it now.  (You will need to click ‘Allow’ when asked in order to give the site permission to install the software.)

    Unofficial MySpace Toolbar

    Like the Facebook Toolbar, Unofficial MySpace Toolbar keeps you logged in, and notifies you of any new MySpace activity.  In addition, it includes a link to a style editor for customizing your profile and a button to quickly add a blog entry.

    There are other MySpace toolbars out there, but in my experience the others are limited and ad-laden.

    For more information go to the Unofficial MySpace Toolbar home page or click here to install it now.

     
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  • Matt 12:00 am on October 31, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Adblock Plus, , , , Must Have Extensions   

    Must Have Firefox Add-ons, Part 1: Adblock Plus 

    Over the next several days I’ll be giving you my list of must have Firefox Add-ons.


    Adblock Plus

    Ever get tired of web pages so crowded with advertising that they become difficult to navigate and read?  Well, then you need Adblock Plus.  This extension automatically filters out virtually all advertising.  You can choose to keep your filters up-to-date by subscribing (free) to web-based filter updates.

    Don’t take my word for it, see for yourself:

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    Without Adblock Plus

    With Adblock Plus

    For more information go to the Adblock Plus home page or click here to install it now.

     
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