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Saturday, February 21st, 2009 | Author:

and my Personal Rating (PR) out of 10 😉

I use Firefox so most of these won’t apply to non-FF users. Egter, I’d be very very interested to hear what other addons my friends, subscribers, and random websurfers find interesting or useful to them. Have your say and let us know why you love the addons you love. 🙂

Personally, I prefer addons that aren’t intrusive. Ideally, an addon must have a minimal interface and give me a measurable benefit for me to keep it installed.

Cacheviewer – 7

This is a GUI front-end for the Cache Firefox keeps of the last few pages and media. I’ve found this addon more interesting than useful right now so I’m probably going to remove it soon.

ColorfulTabs – 9

I love the colours. The tab colour-grouping doesn’t work very well when you reach about 30 tabs though… :-/

aflaai Statusbalk – 10

I prefer having everything in Firefox in a single window in tabs. Having a download box in a separate window is a big no-no for me. It also saves screen real-estate since it is very minimal. 🙂

video DownloadHelper – 10

Video DownloadHelper lyk vir streaming media – spesifiek op soek na 'n groot inhoud wat afgelaai. As jy kliek op die ikoon, dit wys jou die oomblik te laai strome en gee jou die opsie om dit te ry as 'n “normaal” aflaai.

Omdat jy weet nooit as VF gaan crash of die krag gaan sny, Ek sou verkies om 'n afskrif aan my lessenaar te red en ek kan dan die video te sien sonder die gebruik van meer bandwydte om die video weer te laai. ook, by die werk, wanneer mense stuur vir my 'n skakel na YouTube of ander media, Ek het gewoonlik nie die moeite kyk totdat veel na – op my eie tyd of tydens 'n inbraak.

Expiry Canary – 9

Hierdie netjiese en minimale addon vir jou vertel as die SSL-sertifikaat vir die webwerf wat jy tans lees gou gaan verval. As jou eie site het 'n SSL sertifikaat, Ek beveel aan dat jy hierdie addon gebruik om te help verhoed dat SSL sertifikaat na jou webwerf se verval as gevolg van 'n eenvoudige gebrek aan kennis of misverstand.

Fasterfox – 8

Fasterfox adds some network optmisation options. Some of the options could make your corporate network admin a little mad with you though. 😉

Firebug – 9

Vir web ontwikkeling en eksperimentering met bladsye. Awesome vir die toets van klein stukkies van die kode asook die opsporing van bladsye.

FoxClocks – 6

errtells you the time in other time zones. o.O Was useful for a short timenow its redundant since my head is working it out faster than I can glance. rm -f

FoxyProxy – 9

Awesome vir op spesifieke bladsye deur middel van spesifieke proxy servers. This is useful for when some sites are blocked or the SAIX Transparent Proxy servers aren’t working properly. 🙂

Ek gebruik dit om die roete 'n paar verkeer oor volmag bedieners wat ek liewer nie te gaan deur verstek roetes. Its also very flexible. As jy meer as een instaanbediener beskikbaar en die een wat jy gewoonlik skielik gebruik gaan op die knip, net oor te skakel na die volgende een. 🙂

Grease – 10

Right now, I use this only for the GooglemonkeyR script. This script reformats Google‘s search results to your specifications and also has an option to show small thumbnail of the pages Google links to. Greasemonkey can do a lot more and there are plenty of scripts readily available for many many sites.

Live HTTP headers – 8

I’ve used this a few times to diagnose gzip compression issues with IIS web servers. Not much else to say though: It works.

Live PageRank – 10 (so faronly installed it yesterday)

This addon seems simple enough. It gets the PageRank from Google and shows it in the tray.

NoScript – 10

NoScript is awesome by die sluit van advertensies. Dit is 'n bietjie irriterend op die eerste sedert jy al die webwerwe wat jy wil witlys – but in the long run it is soooo worth it. 🙂

wek Bladsye – 10

Baie nuttig vir wanneer jy na 'n webwerf en dit gebeur om af te wees. As die site is-statiese-inhoud georiënteerde dan maak dit maklik om vinnig die inhoud te vind as sy aanlyn kas.

Tab Mix Plus – 8

Awesome for if you have more than 7-or-so tabs.

ShowIP (using a version modified for work purposesdisplays company server’s canonical name when browsing) – 10

I cannot imagine the hell I’d have to go through to identify a server without this plugin. Okay, I can. Used to have to do this all the time. I eventually scripted it but I can’t find the original script. Here’s my 60-second attempt at recreating what was in that script:

$ cat /etc/hosts | grep `dig A $hostname @mycachingnameserver | grep . | grep -v "^;"`
$ dig -x `dig A $hostname @mycachingnameserver | grep ^$hostname | grep A | \
  awk '/[.]/{print $5}'` @mycachingnameserver | grep . | grep -v "^;"

Web Developer – 9

I used this once to diagnose some issues with a page. I don’t do much web development so I’m going to remove this one. Its no comment on its capabilities since I believe this is a top notch add-on if you’re doing a lot of web development work.

Tuesday, February 17th, 2009 | Author:

Some of you may already know that I built a home server not too long ago. I documented some of the very important parts of how it was built though I was planning on releasing all the documentation all at once. I was using Arch Linux and I hadn’t nearly finished everything, especially the documentation. Byvoorbeeld, it was supposed to be a media server. After some disk shuffling, it was supposed to end up having a RAID1 for the boot and RAID 10 for the rest (the media part).

This didn’t work out at all.

I got as far as having an efficient (en goedfirewalled) routing gateway server. I was finally satisfied that the customised local routing* was working correctly and I was confident that my tests with DHCP meant I could disable the DHCP service on the flimsy ADSL router and have all my flatmates start using the server as the Internet gateway. Instead: I was logged in to the server from the office, I’d just installed Apache2**, and I was about to consult with a colleague regarding getting nice graphs put together so the flatmates could all see who was using up the bandwidth***when I noticed a little message indicating that the root filesystem had been remounted read-only due to some or other disk failure.

And then I lost my connection to the server.

And then I gained a foul mood.


When I arrived home, I found that, as I had guessed from the descriptive message given at the office, the (baie) old 80GB IDE disk that I was using for the root filesystem had failed. Unfortunately, the server would never boot again and there was little chance of prying everything off onto another disk to continue where I’d left off.

I’m buying a replacement (SATA) HDD this next weekend just after pay dayand I’ve changed my mind about documenting my progressand backing up my configurations:

Release Early. Release Often.

* ISPs in South Africa charge less (easy price comparison) forlocal-only” (within South Africa) traffic on ADSL but only if you use an ADSL account that CANNOT access web services outside of South Africa. This means that if you want to take advantage of the reduced costs but still be able to access the Internet at large, you need to set up some sneaky routing.

** one-command-install: ~$ yaourt -S apache

*** Internet Access in SA is expensiveyou get charged about R70 ($7 / £4.9 / €5.46) per GB when using ADSL, or about R2 per MB if using GPRS / 3G.