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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. Hata hivyo, 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. 🙂

Sehemu DownloadHelper – 10

Sehemu DownloadHelper inaonekana kwa Streaming vyombo vya habari – hasa kuangalia kwa maudhui yoyote kubwa kuwa ni kuwa kupakuliwa. Wakati bonyeza icon, inaonyesha mito kwa sasa-kushusha na inakupa fursa ya foleni ni kama “kawaida” download.

Tangu huwezi kujua kama FF ni kwenda kwa ajali au nguvu ni kwenda kukata, Ningependa wanapendelea kuokoa nakala ya desktop yangu na siwezi basi kuona video bila kutumia Bandwidth zaidi kwa kushusha video tena. pia, kazini, wakati watu kutuma mimi viungo kwa youtube au vyombo vingine vya habari, Mimi kawaida si bother kuangalia mpaka kiasi baada – katika burudani yangu mwenyewe au wakati wa mapumziko.

Expiry Canary – 9

Hii nyongeza nadhifu na ndogo atakwambia kama cheti SSL kwa ajili ya tovuti wewe ni sasa viewing ni hivi karibuni kwenda kumalizika. Kama tovuti yako mwenyewe ana cheti SSL, Mimi kupendekeza kutumia nyongeza hii ya kusaidia kuepuka tovuti yako SSL cheti expiring kutokana na kukosekana kwa taarifa au 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

Kwa maendeleo ya mtandao na majaribio na kurasa. Kutisha kwa ajili ya kupima bits kidogo ya kanuni kama vile debugging kurasa.

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 kwa ajili ya kuvinjari kurasa maalum kwa njia ya watumishi maalum wakala. This is useful for when some sites are blocked or the SAIX Transparent Proxy servers aren’t working properly. 🙂

Mimi kutumia hii ili Njia baadhi ya trafiki juu ya seva wakala kwamba nisingependa hata kwenda kupitia njia default. Its also very flexible. Kama una zaidi ya moja seva wakala inapatikana na moja matumizi ya kawaida ghafla unaendelea blink, tu kubadili juu ya moja ijayo. 🙂

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 ni ajabu katika kuzuia matangazo. Wake inakera kidogo mara ya kwanza tangu una whitelist maeneo yote wewe kama – but in the long run it is soooo worth it. 🙂

kufufua kuhusiana – 10

muhimu sana kwa ajili kama wewe kuvinjari kwa tovuti na hutokea kwa kuwa chini. Kama tovuti ni tuli-maudhui-oriented basi hii inafanya kuwa rahisi kwa haraka kupata bidhaa kama yake 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. Kwa mfano, it was supposed to be a media server. After some disk shuffling, it was supposed to end up having a Uvamizi1 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 (na vizurifirewalled) 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 (sana) 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.