Working has managed to take me away from blogging as often as I once used to.
Its done other things to0 – like rekindle my interest in building, keeping and growing social networks, figuring out a GTD like system that actually works for me both at work and at home.
I call this phase of my existence the “networking-productivity MashUp” phase.
Central to this phase has been reconciling myself to use two separate laptops one for work and the other for my techie misadventures.
The two set-ups have much in common sans the OS and documents.
One of the things that maintains seamless similarity across any laptop/computer I am assigned to for a fairly reasonable length of time is my browser.
My Wakoopa usage tells me I spend a lot of my time in a ‘browser’ (combined for work and home use) and so I try to get it to work the way I like.
Firefox is still my favourite browser despite the existence and obviously faster performance of Chrome (which I use solely for GMail, GReader and so on…), the reason is its extensibility.
Here are my favourite Firefox add-ons with a description of why I like them.
Some are still ‘experimental’ so you’ll need to create an account to make them show up on the add-ons website.
Just the most effective way to get rid of ads on the net.
I like this set by Gina of lifehacker – and because I read Lifehacker every single day the ‘Better Lifehacker’ add on too is extraordinarily useful.
To use any or all of these you need to get GreaseMonkey.
– bit.ly Preview
A little pop up overlay over all shortened url’s (not just Bitly) which is great, if you, ever need to discover what website that great nugget of knowledge came from while you stumbled along the net.
A feed reading extension which is probably the simplest one to use!
This one puts a new strip of the ‘greatest political philosopher ever’ 😀 in your status bar, comic relief is important!
– Clean And Close
Adds a Clean And Close button to your download manager, which is useful if you download a lot and the long list bothers you.
Makes it easy to copy link text and locations, especially useful for research where you want text and link sources.
The best description is the official one — “Cooliris (formerly PicLens) transforms your browser into a full-screen 3D Wall for searching, viewing and sharing the Web.” Very pretty indeed!
I like how this adds to the ‘awesomeness’ of the awesome bar – search results directly from keywords. Cool.
If you ever have had to copy a table from a web-page you will be very happy you found this!
Doesn’t require a description does it this one!
“Dumps a list of the installed extensions.” – very useful if you ever wanted to write your own “my favourite Firefox extensions” type blog post.
“Performance and network tweaks for Firefox but without the Pre-fetching”, which really wasn’t that useful.
Sorry!, but Google for this one. It lets you – “Search for a music artist or band on MySpace, LastFM, or Pandora”. 🙂
Get your daily music fix from Last.fm.
Want downloads? Get FlashGot.
– Google Gears
At the minimum you’ll need it to enable gmail offline and a faster loading version of word press.
For keyboard shortcut junkies.
Adds numbers, highlighting, favicons and ‘search by date’ to Google searches
“Provides easy access to common image functions”, IE Style.
Enables the Intense Debate comment system in Google Reader.
Changes the cursor to indicate the target of a link.
Converts text links into genuine, clickable links.
Adds feed reading and notifications to Live Bookmarks.
– Morning Coffee
Keeps track of daily routine websites and opens them in tabs.
Lets you view the RottenTomatoes rating for a movie.
Store Notes on Websites in your Bookmarks.
Manage site-specific full page and text zoom levels
– Open in Google Docs
Open web documents directly in Google Docs
Allows you to choose what to do with a PDF file: download it, view it with an external viewer or view it as HTML.
Allows “Easy link previewing”
Displays and manages reminders and ToDo’s
– Search Cloudlet
More powerful Google search with context-aware tag clouds
Select, search, and preview instantly.
Open websites using special keyboard shortcuts, like Launchy for Firefox
Adds a “related articles” box to Wikipedia and allows searching of selected text from context menu
Post your tunes to Twitter using FoxyTunes, and more…
An extension that allows for the use of dynamic commands in Firefox.
“Unread tabs are displayed in italics to indicate that you haven’t read them.
“Extends the Location Bar with set of commands to (Make Tiny URL,Copy URL,Search site,Go up,Tag pages easily ,Navigate through sequential URL’s,Unblock filtered websites and Surf anonymously using online phproxy servers)
Play YouTube videos in cinema style.