deltagator
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FireFox Plugin Suggestions?

Tue Feb 06, 2007 9:22 am

Ok folks, I've gotten tired of all the other techies bitching that I don't use Firefox (sadly, Cisco has issues with it on some of their web admin pages) and I've decided to take a stab at it for some stuff. I hear all these great little plugins exist to make my life easier, wash the dishes, and get me more premium tail. That said, please give me some ideas of the plugins you are using that are to die for. Thanks for the help.
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FriendlySkies
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RE: FireFox Plugin Suggestions?

Tue Feb 06, 2007 9:29 am

I personally love ForcastFox and FireFTP...the former shows you weather for today, tomorrow, and current and has a popup radar screen...the latter is a full FTP program (well, basic one) built into Firefox that opens in a new tab...no additional software required.
 
tz757300
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RE: FireFox Plugin Suggestions?

Tue Feb 06, 2007 9:30 am

The IE Tab plugin is a godsend when you need IE to properly view web pages.
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rammstein
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RE: FireFox Plugin Suggestions?

Tue Feb 06, 2007 9:32 am

* BugMeNot. Avoids the hassle to register/login when browsing news from main online newspapers (NYTimes, Washington Post, etc.)
* FasterFox. Tweaks the settings for faster browsing.

Have fun with firefox!
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NWDC10
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RE: FireFox Plugin Suggestions?

Tue Feb 06, 2007 9:38 am

Colorful Tabs 1.9 and use NoScript for alittle protection. Robert NWDC10
 
hawaiian717
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RE: FireFox Plugin Suggestions?

Tue Feb 06, 2007 4:14 pm

Adblock Plus to block ads.
Download Statusbar to replace the downloads window with a little bar across the bottom of the browser window.
 
itsjustme
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RE: FireFox Plugin Suggestions?

Tue Feb 06, 2007 4:32 pm

Must Haves: Adlock Plus, Tab Mix Plus, and IE Tab (the difference between IE Tab and IE View is IE Tab opens the website in a new tab within Firefox but with IE attributes. IE View actually opens the IE browser to view the site).

For cosmetic purposes only: Update Notifier, Toolbar Buttons, FirefoxMenuButtons, and Search Keys.

If you use a web based email such as Yahoo, Hotmail, or Gmail I highly recommend installing the corresponding email notifier (it displays a visual and/or audio alert when you have new received new email).
 
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RE: FireFox Plugin Suggestions?

Tue Feb 06, 2007 11:52 pm

Quoting Itsjustme (Reply 6):
Must Haves: Adlock Plus, Tab Mix Plus, and IE Tab (the difference between IE Tab and IE View is IE Tab opens the website in a new tab within Firefox but with IE attributes. IE View actually opens the IE browser to view the site).

For cosmetic purposes only: Update Notifier, Toolbar Buttons, FirefoxMenuButtons, and Search Keys.

If you use a web based email such as Yahoo, Hotmail, or Gmail I highly recommend installing the corresponding email notifier (it displays a visual and/or audio alert when you have new received new email).

All good plugins, one I can't live without anymore is Videodownloader for downloading movies from Youtube and other Java based moviesites.
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DL787932ER
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RE: FireFox Plugin Suggestions?

Wed Feb 07, 2007 12:27 am

Security:
Adblock Plus with the Filterset.G filter list (two separate extensions) - gets rid of ads while browsing
NoScript - lets you turn JavaScript and Flash on and off on a per-site basis.
RefControl - removes the "referer" tag from the page request your browser sends to a web site
Redirect Remover - highlights links that redirect through another site and gives you the option to go to a "cleaned" link directly to the target
Cookie Button in the status bar - this combined with making Firefox ask you about cookies lets you control site cookies and third party cookies on a per-site basis
McAfee SiteAdvisor - adds an icon to display potentially dangerous or spammy sites in Google searches and in the status bar

Usability:
Tab History - links opened in a new tab retain their history - i.e. if I open an a.net thread in a new tab, that tab has a back button and I can go back to the forum index.
Session Saver - when you open Firefox, all the tabs and pages you had open when you last closed it are reopened, including each tab's history.
Duplicate Tab - duplicate a tab in a new window - works with Tab History so the duplicate tab has the same history as the original
Download Statusbar - gets rid of the stupid "Downloads" window and shows downloads in a mini-progress bar on the status bar. Lots of options.
Fasterfox - options to speed up browsing
Tabbrowser preferences - because tabs are awesome and more tab features are even better
IE Tab - there is exactly one site I use that doesn't work well with Firefox, and this opens it in a new tab with the IE engine

Convenience:
Bugmenot - right-click on a login page to automatically fill in a Bugmenot signin from the context menu.
Dictionary Tooltip - double-click a word to open up a mini-window with definitions from a choice of about a dozen different online dictionaries.
Right-Click-Link - for fools who can't be bothered to insert URL tags, this lets you highlight a plain-text link and right-click to open it in a new tab
SlimSearch - right-clicking on a word to search for it gives you a new context menu to directly search Wikipedia, IMDB, and a bunch of other sites

As you can see, I love my extensions. I'll probably pick up some more if I see some good ones on this thread.
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deltagator
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RE: FireFox Plugin Suggestions?

Wed Feb 07, 2007 12:44 am

All good suggestions folks and I'll try some of them out. How much more overhead do these add in the terms of memory and such? I'm old school and try to conserve as much RAM as possible despite having 2GB in my laptop.
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BR076
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RE: FireFox Plugin Suggestions?

Wed Feb 07, 2007 3:22 am

Quoting DeltaGator (Reply 9):
All good suggestions folks and I'll try some of them out. How much more overhead do these add in the terms of memory and such? I'm old school and try to conserve as much RAM as possible despite having 2GB in my laptop.

that is sooooo 1985 Big grin , yes RAM is important but not for this little plugings , and I gues if you have 2GB RAM in you laptop you will have a big ass harddrive so what to worry about?
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DL787932ER
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RE: FireFox Plugin Suggestions?

Wed Feb 07, 2007 4:11 am

Quoting DeltaGator (Reply 9):
How much more overhead do these add in the terms of memory and such?

With my couple dozen extensions running, my current instance of Firefox is using just under 130MB. That's with one window and nine tabs open. People complain about Firefox's memory use, but I honestly haven't had any complaints other than with lots of tabs in memory and lots of extensions it can take a few seconds to start up. I don't really concern myself with memory use on my current config, which is 2GB of DDR2 and no page file.
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itsjustme
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RE: FireFox Plugin Suggestions?

Wed Feb 07, 2007 7:43 pm

Just found a new favorite extension. SlimSearch. Allows you to highlight text, right click on it, and execute a search of the selected text in a host of other sites (Google, Google Maps, Google Videos, You Tube, IMDB, eBay, Netflix, etc...). Check it out.

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