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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. 🙂

ວິດີໂອ DownloadHelper – 10

ວິດີໂອ DownloadHelper ເບິ່ງສໍາລັບນ້ໍາສື່ມວນຊົນ – ໂດຍສະເພາະການຊອກຫາສໍາລັບເນື້ອໃນຂະຫນາດໃຫຍ່ທີ່ຈະຖືກດາວໂຫຼດ. ໃນເວລາທີ່ທ່ານຄລິກໃສ່ຮູບສັນຍາລັກ, ມັນສະແດງໃຫ້ເຫັນທ່ານໃນປະຈຸບັນ, ການດາວໂຫຼດນ້ໍາແລະເຮັດໃຫ້ທ່ານທາງເລືອກໃນການ queue ເປັ​​ນ “ປົກກະຕິ” ດາວ​ໂຫລດ.

ນັບຕັ້ງແ​​ຕ່ທ່ານບໍ່ຮູ້ວ່າຖ້າຫາກວ່າ FF ແມ່ນໃຫ້ crash ຫຼືພະລັງງານແມ່ນຈະຕັດ, ຂ້າພະເຈົ້າຕ້ອງການທີ່ຈະບັນທຶກສໍາເນົາເພື່ອ desktop ຂອງຂ້າພະເຈົ້າແລະຫຼັງຈາກນັ້ນຂ້າພະເຈົ້າສາມາດເບິ່ງວິດີໂອໂດຍບໍ່ມີການນໍາໃຊ້ວາງຂອງສັນຍານຫຼາຍກວ່າທີ່ຈະດາວນ໌ໂຫລດວິດີໂອອີກເທື່ອຫນຶ່ງ. ນອກຈາກນີ້ຍັງ, ຢູ່​ບ່ອນ​ເຮັດ​ວຽກ, ໃນເວລາທີ່ປະຊາຊົນສົ່ງໃຫ້ຂ້າພະເຈົ້າການເຊື່ອມຕໍ່ຫາ youtube ຫຼືສື່ມວນຊົນອື່ນໆ, ຂ້າພະເຈົ້າປົກກະຕິແລ້ວບໍ່ bother ເບິ່ງ till ຫຼາຍຫຼັງຈາກທີ່ – ເວລາພັກຜ່ອນຂອງຂ້າພະເຈົ້າຂອງຕົນເອງຫລືໃນໄລຍະພັກຜ່ອນ.

Expiry Canary – 9

ນີ້ addon neat ແລະນ້ອຍບອກທ່ານຖ້າຫາກວ່າໃບຢັ້ງຢືນການ SSL ສໍາລັບການເວັບໄຊທີ່ທ່ານກໍາລັງຊົມຢູ່ຂະນະນີ້ທັນທີຈະຫມົດອາຍຸ. ຖ້າຫາກວ່າເວັບໄຊຂອງທ່ານເອງມີໃບຢັ້ງຢືນການ SSL ເປັນ, ຂ້າພະເຈົ້າແນະນໍາໃຫ້ທ່ານໃຊ້ addon ນີ້ເພື່ອຊ່ວຍໃຫ້ຫຼີກເວັ້ນການໃບຢັ້ງຢືນການ SSL ເວັບໄຊຂອງທ່ານ expiring ອັນເນື່ອງມາຈາກການຂາດງ່າຍດາຍຂອງການແຈ້ງການຫຼື 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

ສໍາລັບການພັດທະນາເວັບໄຊຕ໌ແລະການທົດລອງທີ່ມີຫນ້າ. ຫນ້າຫວາດສຽວສໍາລັບການທົດສອບ bits ພຽງເລັກນ້ອຍຂອງລະຫັດເຊັ່ນດຽວກັນກັບແກ້ຈຸດບົກພ່ອງຫນ້າ.

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

ຫນ້າຫວາດສຽວສໍາລັບຜົນການຊອກຫາຫນ້າສະເພາະໂດຍຜ່ານເຄື່ອງແມ່ຂ່າຍຕົວແທນສະເພາະ. This is useful for when some sites are blocked or the SAIX Transparent Proxy servers aren’t working properly. 🙂

ຂ້າພະເຈົ້າໃຊ້ເພື່ອເປັນເສັ້ນທາງການຈະລາຈອນໃນໄລຍະເຄື່ອງແມ່ຂ່າຍຕົວແທນທີ່ຂ້າພະເຈົ້າສັ່ງແທນທີ່ຈະບໍ່ໄດ້ໄປໂດຍຜ່ານເສັ້ນທາງໃນຕອນຕົ້ນ. Its also very flexible. ຖ້າຫາກວ່າທ່ານມີເຄືອຂ່າຍແມ່ຫຼາຍກ່ວາຫນຶ່ງທີ່ມີຢູ່ແລະຫນຶ່ງທີ່ທ່ານປົກກະຕິແລ້ວການນໍາໃຊ້ຢ່າງກະທັນຫັນໄປໃນ blink ຂອງ, ພຽງແຕ່ປ່ຽນໃນໄລຍະຫນຶ່ງຕໍ່ໄປ. 🙂

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 ແມ່ນຫນ້າຫວາດສຽວຢູ່ໃນການໂຄສະນາການສະກັດ. ເປັນການລະຄາຍເຄືອງພຽງເລັກນ້ອຍຂອງຕົນຢູ່ໃນຄັ້ງທໍາອິດນັບຕັ້ງແ​​ຕ່ທ່ານມີບັນຊີຂາວສະຖານທີ່ທັງຫມົດທີ່ທ່ານຕ້ອງການ – but in the long run it is soooo worth it. 🙂

ຟື້ນຄືນຊີວິດຫນ້າ – 10

ເປັນປະໂຫຍດຫຼາຍສໍາລັບການຖ້າຫາກວ່າທ່ານທ່ອງໄປຫາເວັບໄຊແລະມັນຈະເກີດຂຶ້ນຈະລົງ. ຖ້າຫາກວ່າເວັບໄຊດັ່ງກ່າວແມ່ນ static ເນື້ອໃນຮັດກຸມແລ້ວນີ້ເຮັດໃຫ້ມັນງ່າຍທີ່ຈະຊອກຫາໄວເນື້ອຫາຖ້າຫາກວ່າຂອງຕົນເກັບໄວ້ອອນໄລນ໌.

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. ສໍາ​ລັບ​ຕົວ​ຢ່າງ, 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 (ແລະ ດີfirewalled) 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.