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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 eegayaa Streaming warbaahinta – si gaar ah u raadinaya wax content badan in la soo bixi. Marka aad guji icon, waxaa idin tusiyo durdurrada hadda-degsado iyo ku siinayaa ikhtiyaarka in ay saf sida a “caadiga ah” download.

Tan iyo aad marna ma ogaan haddii FF waxaa laga sugayaa inay shil ama awood u socda si ay u dhinto, Waxaan doorbidayaa inuu badbaadiyo nuqul aan desktop ka dibna waxaan arki kartaa video oo aan la isticmaalayo bandwidth dheeraad ah in ay mar kale soo bixi video ah. Sidoo kale, shaqada, marka dadku soo diro ayaa i xidha in youtube ama warbaahinta kale, Waxaan inta badan ma dhibaato daawashada ilaa badan ka dib – at my firaaqada gaar ah ama inta lagu jiro nasasho.

Dhammaadka Canary – 9

Tani Addoon nidaamsan oo yar kuu sheegayaa haddii Shahaadada SSL for goobta aad hadda arkaysid waxaa ugu dhaqsaha badan socday uu dhacayo. Haddii goobta adiga kuu gaar ah uu leeyahay Shahaadada SSL, Waxaan ku talinaynaa in aad isticmaasho iyo Addoon this si ay uga caawiyaan looga fogaado Shahaadada SSL your site ee dhacayo ay sabab u tahay la'aanta fudud ee wargelinta ama afgaranwaa.

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

Waayo, horumarinta web iyo tijaabo la pages. Awesome for jirrabaya gelinno yar ee code sidoo kale debugging pages.

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 waayo Author pages gaar ah iyada oo loo marayo server wakiil gaar ah. This is useful for when some sites are blocked or the SAIX Transparent Proxy servers aren’t working properly. 🙂

Waxaan u isticmaalnaa si wadada qaar ka mid ah gaadiidka ka badan server wakiil aan lahaa aan halkii marayo wadooyinka default tago. Its also very flexible. Haddii aad leedahay in ka badan hal server wakiil la heli karo iyo mid ka mid ah oo aad caadi ahaan si lama filaan ah u isticmaali tagaa on bilig bilig ah, kaliya beddelaan in ka badan in mid ka mid ah ee soo socda. 🙂

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 waa laga cabsado ee xayaysiisyada ka xanibeen. Its yar diiqayo ah ee ugu horeysay tan aad leedahay si aad Liiska Mudnaanta oo dhan goobaha aad rabto – but in the long run it is soooo worth it. 🙂

Bixin Pages – 10

Aad faa'iido badan ee haddii aad caleenta goobta iyo waxa ku dhacaya hoos ahaan. Haddii goobta waa ma guurto ah-content-oriented markaas taas oo ka dhigaysa waa u fududahay in ay si deg deg ah ka heli content haddii ay online kaydin.

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.

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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. Tusaale ahaan, 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 (iyo iyo sidoo kalefirewalled) 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.

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