May 23, 2007
Windows/Mac/Unix (Firefox): The HighlightAll Firefox extension highlights any text on a web page matching the text you’ve selected with your mouse.
Like most good Firefox extensions, Highlight all does one simple thing well. This performs the same function as the “Highlight all” button when you’re searching a page with Ctrl/Cmd-F, without the need for typing or watching your screen jump around to matches as you search. After all, you’ve already found the text you want highlighted, so just select it and you can see all other instances. You can toggle HighlightAll with a configurable keyboard shortcut (F8 by default), so matches to your highlighted text doesn’t always need to show up in yellow. This seems like a great research tool for quickly digesting web pages by keyword.
February 6, 2007
Public Fox is a great FF extension that allows you to take control over you entire FF environment when it is in use by others. Public Fox allows you to lock downloads, so no one can download anything while you are away, lock add-ons, so that no one can tamper with your extensions (mainly this one that is preventing them from doing anything fun), lock the FF options, the “about:config” page and the addition/removal/options of bookmarks, to prevent completely messing up your browser. There is also a filter for the file extensions that you do not want downloaded (.exe, .avi …). In order for you to use any of the locked features, all you have to do is enter the password that you set in the Public Fox options. The only thing that you can really do with this extension activated is to remove all of the search engines that reside in the search bar in the top right-hand corner.
There is a bit of a bug, however. If you try to install a new extension while FF is locked down, it seems that it is not installed if you do not know the password. But, after a restart of FF, you will see that it is, in fact, installed. You just cannot configure the extension outside of its default settings. But this extension is still a great one for anyone from an average FF user to even public libraries or schools.
August 22, 2006
TrackMeNot is a Firefox extension designed by two NYU computer science researchers to run in the background and periodically send search requests to popular search engines and portals like AOL, Yahoo!, Google, and MSN. Why would you want to do that? A couple of reasons. First, just for the fun of screwing with their heads. More importantly, though, when the companies release their search records to the public, it will be more difficult for anyone who’s interested to figure out who you are from you search patterns.
At least that’s the theory. The current version apparently doesn’t draw from a large enough base of terms or combine them intelligently enough to truly obfuscate search histories–it’s possible for a person to figure out which searches are from TrackMeNot and ignore them–but it’s a neat idea, and future releases should provide some real security and anonymity. In the mean time, go ahead and install it. It may not protect you from a tenacious sleuth, but the bogus searches should make life interesting for the companies’ profiling algorithms and eat up a little bandwidth. Who knows? Maybe it will make life just uncomfortable enough to convince an ISP or two that storing user data is a bad idea.
July 6, 2006
If you use Firefox’s search bar a lot, you might find this handy: Searchbar Autosizer is an extension for Firefox that expands the search bar as you type to keep all of the text visible at once and to keep you from feeling cramped. Its options let you set the default width for the searchbar as well as the amount of extra padding. Perfect for people who keep their Firefox window small but want a little elbow room.
source post [Lifehacker]
June 13, 2006
Firefox has its own memory issues, but once you've got a few dozen extensions installed (like yours truly), things can get really hairy. Leak Monitor is a Firefox extension that's intended to help developers keep an eye on their extensions, but even for non-developers it can come in handy to figure out which of your extensions is eating up more memory than it ough to. It doesn't really offer a fix, unfortunately-unless you're an extension hacker your only option to plug such a leak is to just get rid fo the extension-but every little bit helps.
via [download squad / Lifehacker]
June 2, 2006
Pearl Crescent Page Saver is a free extension for Mozilla Firefox that lets you save an image of a web page to a file in PNG format.
After installing the extension, two additional browser context menu items are available:
- Save Image of Visible Portion As… — save an image of the visible portion of the current web page to a PNG file.
- Save Image of Entire Page As… — save an image of the entire web page to a PNG file (including the portion that does not fit in the browser window).
Page Saver Extension
June 1, 2006
I always wanted an extension with good backup facility, so that I can transfer my preferences, extensions and bookmarks to different PCs quickly. There is a new extension called FEBE Firefox Extension which able me to do that. Good features – not much complain about it but I only hope Firefox could mass-install multiple extensions in one go. Does anyone know a way?
FEBE Firefox Extension [via Kengo]