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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

Ke khetha ho lintho tsohle tse Firefox fensetereng e le 'ngoe ka tab. Ho ba le jarolla lebokoso le le mo fensetereng arohaneng ke e kholo ho se ho se na-le 'na. It also saves screen real-estate since it is very minimal. 🙂

Video DownloadHelper – 10

Video DownloadHelper sheba phallela mecha ea phatlalatso ea – ka ho toba batla dikahare dife kapa dife tse kholo le ntseng le downloaded. Ha o tobetsa aekhoneng e, e bontša o melapo hajoale o-Downloading le u fa le kgetho ya ho lethathameng le hlophisitsweng e le “ho tloaelehile” jarolla.

Kaha u tsebe haeba FF o tlil'o etella kapa matla a tlang ho khaola, Nka rata ho pholosa kopi ho komporong ea ka 'me ke ka ka nako eo nka video sa sebelise kgonothebolo eketsehileng ho thowuni video hape. Also, mosebetsing, ha batho ba nthomelle amahanya ho mang youtube kapa lisebelisoa tse ling tsa, Ke atisa u se ke ua itšoenye ho shebella ho fihlela ho hongata ka mor'a – nakong ea phomolo ea ka e kapa nakong ea khefu e.

nako Canary – 9

Sena se addon behoe ka makhethe 'me fokolang e re u haeba setifikeiti SSL bakeng site u hajoale o sheba e haufinyane ho ea shoa. Haeba hao sebaka hae e na le lengolo la bopaki la SSL, Ke ho kgothaletsa u ka sebelisa addon ena ho thusa qoba hao sebaka a SSL setifikeiti sa e hlokahala ka lebaka la ho ho hloka bonolo tsebiso kapa 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

Bakeng sa ntshetsopele ho web le theknoloji le maqephe. E ntle bakeng sa inonye likotoana llisoa ke lintho tseo khoutu hammoho le debugging maqephe.

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

E ntle bakeng sa browsing maqephe tse tobileng tseo ho pholletsa server tse tobileng tseo ho vouta. This is useful for when some sites are blocked or the SAIX Transparent Proxy servers aren’t working properly. 🙂

Ke sebelisa sena ho tsamaea ka tsela efe ba bang ba sephethephethe tse fetang server vouta hore Nka mpa ua tsamaea ho pholletsa le litseleng ya kamehla. Its also very flexible. Haeba u na le tse fetang e le 'ngoe proxy fumaneha' me ea o tlwaetseng sebelisa tšohanyetso o tsoela pele panya ea, feela switjha holim 'ho ea latelang. 🙂

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 ke a hlollang nakong thibela dipapatso. Ea eona e tena bue hakaalo qalong ha u lokela ho whitelist liwebsaete tsohle u ka rata – but in the long run it is soooo worth it. 🙂

tsosa Pages – 10

se nang le thuso haholo bakeng sa haeba u sheba setšeng le e se etsahala hore e be fatše. Haeba site ke ee sa fetoleng boemo-dikahare tse sekametseng ka nako eo sena se etsa hore ho le bonolo ho ka potlako fumana dikahare ha yona Cached Inthaneteng.

Tab ya 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. For example, 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 (and wellfirewalled) 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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