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December 23, 2008

Favorite Firefox Addons of a Geek

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: — yasi8h @ 6:57 pm

I’ve seen some best addons for firefox lists here and there in the web. and i thought i should roll out my own. cause… mmmm… oh well… these addons are too good to be missed! and btw i am using all these under ubuntu firefox 3.0.5 but i am sure that most of these will work on windows/OSX as well.

Ad Block Plus

Preview Image of Adblock Plus

the ever famous ad blocker. this saves me a lot of bandwidth. and at the same time this keeps web pages simple. when there are ‘no’ flashy ads, you can put your concentration on the real content that matters. however, do not block all the ads in all the sites. i mean the site owners should earn some profit too… i would leave google text ads from been blocked because for me they are ok. they don’t ‘disturb’ me. and they are informative.

NoScript

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If you want to stay a step ahead when it comes to browser security, you need this. i have been using this addon for a while now. and by experience i can tell you that this gets updated really fast. and when configured correctly this will provide you solid protection without sacrificing the usability of the browser. when some new exploit comes out or when it appears in the wild, noscript will be the first to address it. i have seen noscript adding features to block some vulnerabilities in the browser even before mozilla devs rolls out a patch. so frankly if you are serious about security this is a must have.

Sxipper

Preview Image of Sxipper

it remembers all my passwords, usernames + how to fill in forms for me. i can maintain one or more profiles from which i can choose, when i am filling a form for a new account(signing up for some service online). people can ‘train’ it on filling forms in different web sites around the net. and then they can share it with other users. so most of the sites that i visit work correctly with sxipper(ie: sometimes when you have capitcha checks in a login page you just want sxipper to fill in the username and password, not auto submit the form)

DownThemAll!

Preview Image of DownThemAll!

built inside firefox, multi-threaded(ie download the same file divided in to several parts concurrently thus increasing the download speed) whats more can you ask for? 🙂

FireBug

web developers LOVE this one! this is basically a real time ‘IDE'(its not a IDE really :)) for client side web development. you can try out so many things, debug stuff… try new things while instantly see the effects(ex: change the set of styles assosicated with some div elements and see the effects instantly!) with this addon. this is a MUST HAVE, if you do any serious web developing.

Greasemonkey

the web is yours! 🙂 you don’t need to wait till ‘they’ fix their ugly layout or till they decide to show up that piece of vital information just next to your profile image. you can write some scripts and get it done. this one addon makes the web a whole lot better than it is. sites like userscripts.org are filled with useful, creative scripts that makes your life easier.

iMacros

Preview Image of iMacros for Firefox

you have bash in *nix when you need some ‘glue’ to script repetitive actions. inside firefox you can use iMacros to script actions. its pretty easy to use and it can be really useful in some situations.

Linkification

how many links have you come across which are not really(none click-able URLs that appear as plain text) ‘links’? this addon will convert them in to links. it can be really useful at times. specially if you come across a lot of plain text URLs. this addon will save a lot of ‘copy, paste, click go’ actions, that you would have to do manually, otherwise.


Read it Later

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sometimes you comes across nice stuff while browsing online. but you might not have enough time to read it all at that time. for ex: while you are at work you come across this cool article that you really want read but you don’t have enough time to do so, while you are still at work. you’d want to go home and read it, right?. Read it later can help you do exactly that. it can keep track of list of things, and sync them across multiple PCs.

FireFTP

firefox have minimum built in ftp capabilities. this addon add almost all the features that you would expect from a full featured stand alone ftp client. you can basically have a ftp client running in one of your browser tabs. now how cool is that? 🙂

btw: ftp is a inherently INSECURE protocol. so use it at your own risk 🙂

so those are addons that are of most importance to me. if you haven’t tried the above, why not give it a try and see, you never know what you have been missing 😉 if you don’t want any of the installed addons you can simply uninstall them, cleanly after all they are jut addons.

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6 Comments »

  1. I also have a couple of those extensions. But does download them all really incrase speed? I don’t think so – except if you have an ISP that does bandwidth throttling based on the volume of data that you are downloading.

    Comment by e4c5 — December 24, 2008 @ 2:25 am

    • hi e4c5(nice nick!, it some how makes me think of explosives(c4!)), download them all can be useful for a range of purposes. when it comes to increasing the download speed of a certain download, it tries to increase the speed by using a very common technique(that is been used by virtually all the major download managers/accelerators). it makes more than one connection to the server(that your download is coming from) and asks for the same file(but different potions). most of the time when you connect to servers you only receive a limited about of bandwidth per connection(ie: if you just do a wget url_of_the_file you might get x kbps), but if you make more than one connection you can get more bandwidth from the server(1’st connection gets x kbps, 2nd one gets y kbps, so in total you get x+y which is more than x…).

      so all it tries to do is increase the amount of bandwidth that you get from a remote server(from which you are downloading files). this might/might not be necessary depending on the situation. ie: if you have a server that sends you data at a high speed thats maximizes your connection’s usage, this is not necessary. but if you are downloading from a slow server this might be very useful.

      however this type of downloading is discouraged by some server admins because of the heavy load it put on the servers(and some admins make sure to limit the number of connection you can have with their servers, to prohibit you from doing this type of downloading)

      so it will increase your download speeds most of the time, but its not to say that it will fail to do so in some cases(and in some other cases this type of ‘acceleration’ might not be necessary at all).

      cheers!

      Comment by yasi8h — December 24, 2008 @ 3:25 am

  2. Hey, thanks for the list. I picked up DownThemAll and Linkification because of your list. I’d heard of DownThemAll, but only realized what it was when I read your post. I had always thought it was mainly to download everything on a page at once, which I would never do. Now I understand that it’s a download accelerator built-into Firefox, haha. This is the first time I’ve heard of Linkification, but it’s just what I need. I made my own list on my blog, feel free to check it out, some duplicates of your list on mine though.

    Comment by shufan — December 25, 2008 @ 3:56 am

    • shufan, whats your site’s URL?

      Comment by yasi8h — December 30, 2008 @ 3:41 pm

  3. Ad Block Plus goin to be my fav add-on ! 😀

    Comment by mayooresan — December 30, 2008 @ 1:47 pm

    • adblock plus is hmmm… almost as popular(not really :)) as firefox now days!

      Comment by yasi8h — December 30, 2008 @ 3:40 pm


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