Firefox Extensions: Picks of the Week 2008-02-21

Firefox 3 has been getting a lot of coverage here. We saw the release of Firefox 3 Beta 3 , which I am really fond of as well as the new Firefox Add-ons site that’s about to debut with the release of Firefox 3.


Let’s look at some of the Firefox Extensions that I came across this week.

  • Quick Preference Button: If you tweak of lot of your options time everyday and if you are tired of clicking through to find various options, this extension gives you a menu option to quickly access your various preferences. Not sure if it justifies another extension to get this functionality but some may find it useful.
  • Platypus: How would you like to create your own Greasemonkey scripts? That’s right. This extension lets you make changes to a web page as you see it, like remove parts you don’t like, rearrange the layout a little, insert your own HTML code, etc and save it as a Greasemonkey script so you get the changes everytime you visit a page.
    This sounds like an awesome tool and I will have to set aside some time to maybe come up with some examples to show you.
  • iGoogleBar: A treat for the Google apps addicted user – this changes the top apps bar in Google Apps to use favicons as well as act as triggers to the iGoogle Gadgets. They also show unread counts from Gmail and Google Reader. For eg. you can see the iGoogle gadget for Google Calendar right from within Google Docs.
  • Twitterfox: I am a late adopter of Twitter and find it very interesting in the last couple of days I have been using. I use the Samplace extension for GChat & to keep track of Twitter updates but this Firefox extension is also a really cool one of you just want to follow tweets. Yes, that’s what they call the twitter updates. πŸ˜‰ Add me (KIntheHouse) if you are on Twitter too.
  • 8aweek: It seems employee spends an average of 8 hours a week in the Internet. This extension tracks your Internet activities and shows you a neat graph of where you spend most of your time and helps you restrict time wasters and get more productive.I know, you are probably thinking ‘they underestimate the power of Internet’. It should have been named more like 19aweek. πŸ˜†
  • Multi-Sidebar: As the name implies, this extension lets you create multiple sidebars at the same time. Useful for times when you really can use more than one. [via CyberNet]

I would love to hear from you if you have used Platypus or already have examples of its uses. Also, I have been thinking about maybe showing my Twitter updates in the sidebar and kind of use that as a sideblog for things I don’t get to link here normally. I am sure there are WordPress plugins out there that make this easy, but I would like to hear from you if you have any thoughts on that.

Also, it looks like Feedburner is having some problems this morning as it seems to have dropped the RSS subscriber numbers for me from around 350 to 180! I hope I didn’t piss off my readers to see such a drop in a single day.. πŸ˜›

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9 Responses to “Firefox Extensions: Picks of the Week 2008-02-21”

  1. Tina Russell February 21, 2008 at 2:31 pm #

    I found your blog on google and read a few of your other posts. I just added you to my Google News Reader. Keep up the good work. Look forward to reading more from you in the future.

    Tina Russell

  2. Brown Baron February 21, 2008 at 10:58 pm #

    That 8aweek extension is deadly haha.

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  3. Techblissonline Dot Com February 22, 2008 at 12:02 pm #

    i am not using twitter much unlike others…i will have to start using it more…how helpful is it to bloggers?

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  4. K February 22, 2008 at 1:47 pm #

    Hi Tina.. thanks for stopping by and welcome to ShanKri-la! You have made my day by stopping by to comment.. it’s wonderful to chat with new readers and hope to see you around more! πŸ™‚

    Brown.. I installed it yesterday and I don’t even want to look at the charts it produces! πŸ˜€

    Techbliss.. as I said I am very late adopter myself! But, it kind of gets addictive as it’s cool to follow the constant chatter that’s going on! If I had a busy workday just monitoring the tweets help me gauge what’s going on at the moment without opening my feed reader. Also, I see that once you have a community of people following your tweets you can easily use that to your blogging advantage to spread word about your new posts or just share other cool things you don’t get the time to blog about.

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  5. Kyle Eslick February 22, 2008 at 3:26 pm #

    I think the iGoogle toolbar looks like one I might use. :mrgreen:

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  6. Troy February 22, 2008 at 3:39 pm #

    Wow, 8aweek looks like an updated version of LeechBlock, although it could use LeechBlock’s more sophisticated blocking system (or Leech could use a graph) :). Looks like an awesome productivity tool!

  7. K February 22, 2008 at 7:35 pm #

    Kyle.. after all my posts looks like I’ve succeeded in getting you to try one! 😈

    Troy.. Leechblock was nice too! I haven’t yet mustered the courage to look at the charts yet. πŸ˜€ (I’ve got the login links up for you in the sidebar even though it looks like you have bookmarked the login page πŸ˜‰ Sorry I didn’t do it sooner. )

  8. Rakshit February 23, 2008 at 6:24 am #

    That 8aweek extension seems to be very useful. Let’s see how much time I waste over the internet and more importantly where.

    Thanks for sharing that with us.

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  9. jane@Cheap local phone service January 28, 2009 at 4:46 pm #

    I like the google ibar best. I do not use the twiter one that much. The 8 week extension i might try but not sure how usefull it is.

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