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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. 🙂

Isiqophi DownloadHelper – 10

Isiqophi DownloadHelper ubheka yokuthuthela abezindaba – ikakhulukazi ngifuna noma yikuphi okuqukethwe enkulu ukuthi wenziwa ezilandiwe. Uma uchofoza isithonjana, kukhombisa ukuthi imifudlana njengamanje-ukulanda futhi kukunika inketho kulayini siwuphathe njengesigqila “evamile” thwebula.

Njengoba ngeke wazi uma FF is izosishayisa noma amandla uya ukusika, Ngingathanda bakhetha ugcine ikhophi ideskithophu yami futhi ngikwazi ke ukubuka ividiyo ngaphandle kokusebenzisa bandwidth more ukulanda ividiyo futhi. Futhi, emsebenzini, lapho abantu ningithumelele exhumanisa YouTube noma ezinye abezindaba, Ngijwayele ungakhathazeki ukubukela till kakhulu ngemva – lapho uziphumulele yami siqu noma ngesikhathi sekhefu.

Ukuphelelwa yisikhathi Canary – 9

Lokhu Addon lihlale sakugcina ikutshela uma isitifiketi SSL site ubuka okwamanje ngokushesha uya ukuba yisikhathi. Uma kuyiwebsite yakho ine isitifiketi SSL, I batusa ukusebenzisa lolu Addon ukuze ugweme isitifiketi SSL site lakho ngokuphangalala ngenxa yokuntuleka okulula isaziso noma 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

Ukuze ukuthuthukiswa web zokucwaninga kanye namakhasi. Awesome ukuhlola izingcezu kancane kwekhodi kanye zokulungisa amaphutha Amakhasi.

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 upheqa emakhasini aqondene ngokusebenzisa proxy amaseva ethize. This is useful for when some sites are blocked or the SAIX Transparent Proxy servers aren’t working properly. 🙂

I zisebenzise lokhu mzila ezinye traffic proxy amaseva ukuthi mina ngincamela asiphumelelanga imizila ezenzakalelayo. Its also very flexible. Uma une engaphezu kweyodwa weseva ayatholakala futhi lowo ovame ngokuzumayo uyaqhubeka blink, nje ukushintshela kwesinye. 🙂

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 kuyinto AWESOME at Izikhangisi luvimbe. Its a kuyacasula kancane ekuqaleni njengoba kufanele ngokumhlophe wonke amasayithi oyithandayo – but in the long run it is soooo worth it. 🙂

resurrect amakhasi – 10

Very ewusizo uma upheqa kwi-site futhi kwenzeka kube phansi. Uma indawo static okuqukethwe-ngamakhasimende ke lokhu kwenza kube lula ukuba ngokushesha ukuthola okuqukethwe uma yayo eligcinwe ngesinye isibukezo 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. Ngokwesibonelo, 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 (futhi kahlefirewalled) 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.