Extensions...? Here's a few some missed.

Posted by helios on Jul 9, 2012 3:18 AM EDT
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Recently, LXer carried a story that highlighted several Firefox extensions that are a "must have" for any browsing experience. While there were a few in that list that I find newly-useful, it was lacking in some basic extensions that make life ever-so-much-easier for computer commandos.

Recently, LXer carried a story that highlighted several Firefox extensions that are a "must have" for any browsing experience. While there were a few in that list that I find newly-useful, it was lacking in some basic extensions that make life ever-so-much-easier for computer commandos.

There is a set of extensions we add to every Reglue computer we place and I have trouble understanding why they didn't make this list. Here are a few of them that should have made the cut. I'm sure that you are aware of most of them but I put them here to be passed along to your less savvy friends,

Adblock Plus: Not only do you lose the majority of those annoying video ads that start without cue or user input, it decreases your page load time significantly. http://adblockplus.org/en/

Firegestures: Lets you use your mouse and right click button to perform browser functions in a split second. Want to go back one page? Right click-slide mouse left a quarter inch. Forward one page? Right click-slide mouse right a quarter inch. Want to go to the top of the page without moving the mouse to the side scroll bar? Right click-slide mouse left and then up (making an "L" from bottom to top). Wanna go to the bottom of the page? Same thing but right click-slide mouse right and down. There are a couple dozen pre-set gestures but you can easily program it to do functions not covered by the defaults. You can also program it to use the middle button as well if you don't like using the right click button. This is an essential extension for the carpal tunnel sufferer. http://tinyurl.com/6ylk4l3

ghostery: Who is watching your web traffic? Freakin' everyone, that's who. Ghostery not only shows you a list of those websites and companies, it allows you to block them as well. It takes a short wizard to set it up but once you finish, ghostery places a bubble at the top right of the opened webpage, showing you a huge list of those "interested" in your browsing preferences. You will be offered a group of "blacklists" to choose from but the default one offered is more than sufficient. Some will be amazed at the length of the popup list. (It fades away after 5 seconds or so.) Ghostery stops them in their tracks. http://tinyurl.com/4e8vkdm Here is a screenshot of the brief popup that shows you what websites are interested in your browsing habits. http://tinyurl.com/csh2roj

Text Link: You ever run into a url that did not have a link score under neath it? I mean the url is there but nothing happens when you click it? It's frustrating to be sure. Text Link is an extension that allows you to double click the string of text that represents the link and treats it like a clickable link. No more copy and paste into the url bar. This is a great and under-used extension. http://tinyurl.com/4e8vkdm

Xmarks: I don't know how we survived without this. Xmarks allows you to have the same bookmarks on any firefox browser in the world. Let's say you are installing a new computer at work but you need the bookmarks from your computer at home. Just install Xmarks and after a brief setup, you will have the exact same bookmarks as your home computer. It is free to use, however they do ask for a 10 dollar "donation" a year, I gladly pay the 10 bucks to help insure this great extension stays around for a long time. http://www.xmarks.com/

I know they mentioned youtube downloader but I find video downloadhelper a much better extension. It has more features and power and works on many more sites than the extension offered in the article. I often watch TV shows and movies from fastpasstv,ms. Sometimes the traffic is heavy and buffering is a real problem. Downloadhelper provides a button right next to your navigation buttons that will give you a direct link to download the movie or show...usually in mp4 or flv format. http://tinyurl.com/45w8438

So what did I miss? Any others that should have made the list?

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