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. However, 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… :-/

Download Statusbar – 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 looks for streaming media – specifically looking for any large content that is being downloaded. When you click on the icon, it shows you the currently-downloading streams and gives you the option to queue it as a “normal” download.

Since you never know if FF is going to crash or the power is going to cut, I’d prefer to save a copy to my desktop and I can then view the video without using more bandwidth to download the video again. Also, at work, when people send me links to youtube or other media, I usually don’t bother watching till much after – at my own leisure or during a break.

Expiry Canary – 9

This neat and minimal addon tells you if the SSL certificate for the site you’re currently viewing is soon going to expire. If your own site has an SSL certificate, I recommend you use this addon to help avoid your site’s SSL certificate expiring due to a simple lack of notification or miscommunication.

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

For web development and experimentation with pages. Awesome for testing little bits of code as well as debugging pages.

FoxClocks – 6

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

FoxyProxy – 9

Awesome for browsing specific pages through specific proxy servers. This is useful for when some sites are blocked or the SAIX Transparent Proxy servers aren’t working properly. 🙂

I use this to route some traffic over proxy servers that I’d rather not go through default routes. Its also very flexible. If you have more than one proxy server available and the one you usually use suddenly goes on the blink, just switch over to the next one. 🙂

Greasemonkey – 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 far – only 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 at blocking adverts. Its a little irritating at first since you have to whitelist all the sites you like – but in the long run it is soooo worth it. 🙂

Resurrect Pages – 10

Very useful for if you browse to a site and it happens to be down. If the site is static-content-oriented then this makes it easy to quickly find the content if its cached online.

Tab Mix Plus – 8

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

ShowIP (using a version modified for work purposes – displays 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.

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6 Responses

  1. 1
    Al 

    Foxmarks rocks! http://www.foxmarks.com/
    Synchronised bookmarks at work and at home.

  2. 2
    Tricky 

    Foxmarks looks very nice indeed. I’m a little wary of sharing my passwords (or bookmarks for that matter) with another organisation. I see mention of a feature to use your own web space instead of using foxmarks’ server so I’m investigating further. 🙂

    Their wiki shows what’s necessary to set it up on your own server. I’ll give this a bash.

  3. 3
    Craig 

    “I usually don’t bother watching till much after – at my own leisure or during a break.”

    Oh u such a little worker bee ey?

  4. 4
    Tricky 

    lol.

    The real excuse is that DSL is slooooooowwww – and vid sites are rate-limited at the office. I’d rather watch it in perfect harmony from my local disk than in a browser window. 😛

  5. 5
    Craig 

    haha fa sure. 🙂

    Rate limit now? Them dsl guys going overboard still? is fetty safie still around?

  6. 6
    Tricky 

    I’ve decided to turn this post into a page. 🙂

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