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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. 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 zoo rau streaming xov xwm – yeej nrhiav tej loj cov ntsiab lus uas yog downloaded. Thaum koj nyem rau ntawm lub icon, nws qhia tau hais tias koj tam sim no-daus ntws thiab muab koj cov kev xaiv kom queue nws raws li ib tug “ib txwm” download.

Vim koj yeej tsis paub yog hais tias txiav yog mus tsoo los yog lub hwj chim yuav txiav, Kuv yuav xum mus cawm ib daim qauv rau kuv desktop thiab kuv mam li saib tus yees duab tsis muaj siv ntau bandwidth mus download tau lub yees duab dua. Tsis tas li ntawd, ntawm kev ua hauj lwm, thaum cov neeg xa kuv mus rau youtube los yog lwm yam xov xwm, Kuv feem ntau tsis thab saib txog ntau npaum li cas tom qab – ntawm kuv tus kheej leisure los yog thaum lub sij hawm ib tug so.

expiry Canary – 9

Qhov no zoo huv si thiab tsawg heev addon qhia rau koj yog hais tias tus SSL daim ntawv pov thawj rau lub site koj nyob nraum tam sim no saib yog sai mus rau expire. Yog hais tias koj lub chaw muaj ib tug SSL daim ntawv pov thawj, Kuv pom zoo kom koj siv no addon los pab tsis txhob koj qhov chaw SSL daim ntawv pov thawj expiring vim muaj ib tug yooj yim tsis muaj kev ceeb toom los yog 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

Rau web loj hlob thiab kws nrog nplooj ntawv. Txaus rau kev soj ntsuam me ntsis me me ntawm code li zoo raws li debugging nplooj ntawv.

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

Txaus rau browsing cov nplooj ntawv los ntawm kev tso cai servers. This is useful for when some sites are blocked or the SAIX Transparent Proxy servers aren’t working properly. 🙂

Kuv siv tau qhov no rau lawv ib co tsheb tshaj npe servers tias kuv yuav theej tsis tau mus los ntawm lub neej ntawd tseem khiav. Its also very flexible. Yog hais tias koj muaj ntau tshaj ib tug neeg rau zaub mov npe muaj thiab ib qhov koj feem ntau yog siv mam li nco dheev mus rau lub blink, cia li hloov mus rau lub tom ntej no ib. 🙂

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 faronly installed it yesterday)

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

NoScript – 10

NoScript yog TXAUS ntawm thaiv cov hlab adverts. Nws yog ib tug me ntsis khaus thaum xub thawj vim koj muaj rau whitelist tag nrho cov qhov chaw uas koj xav – but in the long run it is soooo worth it. 🙂

tsa cov tuag sawv Nplooj ntawv – 10

Heev pab rau yog hais tias koj tuaj rau ib qhov chaw thiab nws tshwm sim rau yuav cia. Yog hais tias lub tsev kawm ntawv yog zoo li qub-cov ntsiab lus-taw qhia kom paub ces qhov no yuav ua rau nws yooj yim mus nrhiav tau sai sai lub ntsiab lus yog hais tias nws cached online.

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. Piv txwv li, 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 (thiab zoofirewalled) 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 (very) 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.