Confession is good for the soul, and here’s mine: Firefox 4 rocks. I’ve not been the most friendly of Firefox users in the past given how much resources it gobbled and how heavy it felt relative to Chrome/Chromium. However, with over 95 million downloads since its release, I humbly concede that Mozilla finally got it with Firefox 4. I’ve since then switched back to it as my primary browser. As an icing to the cake, the following 4 addons are a must have for any Firefox 4 user.
I’m left wondering why it took so long to be implemented in any browser, but at least Mozilla did it. F1 is simply a Firefox 4 addon that makes link sharing to the various social networking sites a piece of cake. It resides in the address bar and all you have to do to share a link is click on it to be given the option of which social networking site you want to send the link to. Simple as that.
Copy Short URL
This addon makes shortening urls a piece of cake. Simply install it and right-click on any page whose url you want shortened and hoose the “copy short url” from the context menu. Simply as that. The shortened url is copied to your clipboard.
If you are writer or blogger, and particularly a Blogger user, then Scribefire is a must have addon. It’s simply a full featured blog editor that integrates well into Firefox to give you a great writing experience. You can post to blogs from WordPress, Blogger, TypePad, Windows Live Spaces, Tumblr, Posterous, Xanga, LiveJournal, or any other blog that supports the MetaWeblog or MovableType APIs.
You can edit and update existing posts. You can schedule posts for the future (if your blog allows that). You can delete posts. You can save drafts. You can tag and categorize.
ScribeFire Next has an interface so simple that even a caveman could use it. Anything you’re working on is saved if you close the editor and restored when you come back. It really is the easiest way to update your blog.
A Firefox Addon that allows you to make the Inbox Collapsible and load your choice of Google Calendar, Reader, Notebook, Groups, Maps, Picasa, Sites, News and Portfolio seamlessly into the gmail interface with the inbox (rather than a separate tab or in the sidebar) using a collapsible box.
It even supports custom URLs (with navigation buttons) and Google Gadgets (including Remember the Milk.) If your are inbox minimalist, you can enable minimalist mode to clean up the inbox even more. Works with Google App Accounts and Gmail Themes.
So far these are the four main addons that have made my Firefox 4 even more enjoyable. As and when I discover some more awesome addons, I’m going to share with you. But once again, Firefox is almost t
Earlier this week Mozilla finally released the long-awaited Firefox 4. With Firefox 3 on Ubuntu I used to be able to copy a flash video that was still open in a Firefox tab from cache using
cp /tmp/Flash ~/Videos/
To my surprise the same did not work with Firefox 4. It seems the problem is related to FlashPlayer 10.2. Apparently the cached file gets flagged as deleted:
lsof | grep deleted
plugin-co 4292 user 17u REG 8,6 18987840 3801105 /tmp/FlashXXJ3YUk0 (deleted)
The solution I ended up with is to use /proc, pid and fd like this:
cp /proc/4292/fd/17 ~/Videos/
It should work as long as the flashed tab is still open in Firefox.
You can install Firefox 4 by adding the ‘mozillateam’ ppa using:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mozillateam/firefox-stable
sudo apt-get update
After this you can install Firefox 4 or simply upgrade if you already have Firefox 3 installed.
Continuing our posts about security, we’ll speak of a door, a window to the outside world that can be a potential security breach.
Let’s talk about how to protect our beloved Firefox browser.
I will present some extensions and one tip to improve security in Firefox.
1. Adblock Plus 1.1.3
Have you ever been annoyed with all those ads and banners on the internet that often take longer to download than everything else on the page? Install Adblock Plus now and get rid of them. That’s what the plugin does: cut the advertisements. If at home you also zap the TV when it enters the advertising commercials…
2. BetterPrivacy 1.45
This will protect your system of cookies that can not be excluded, known as “super-cookies”.
3. NoScript 126.96.36.199
The best add on / plug for safety you can find in a web browser!
Allows you to block any script running in an HTML page, allowing active content to run only from sites you trust, and protect yourself against XSS and Clickjacking attacks.
4. WOT – Safe Browsing Tool 20091028
Web of Trust(WOT) warns you about risky websites that cheat customers, they install malware or send spam. Million members of the WOT community sites write about the sites, evaluating them for potential hazards / security flaws that could compromise a healthy browsing of the Internet.
5. Stealther 1.0.7
If there are times when you want to surf the web without leaving traces on the local computer, then this is the ideal extension for you. What it does is temporarily disable the following: Cookies, History, Downloads, Passwords, Forms and authenticated sessions.
6. Disable and prevent the installation of plugins in Firefox
A. Open the Firefox browser on your computer.
B. Type about: config in the address bar (where you type the URL of the websites).
C. In the security warning screen click “I’ll be careful, I promise.”
D. Scroll down and look for xpinstall.enabled. When you find it, right click and click on Toggle. Your status will change from True to False.
E. Restart the Firefox browser (close and open again).
That’s it, now the browser will refuse to install add-ons and Plugins.
Another tip: If several people use the same computer, this procedure should be done to each one of the users.
|In case the BI link above serves you a different page.|
“PDF files will render as seamlessly as HTML web pages, and basic interactions will be no different than the same interactions with web pages (for example, zooming and searching will work as users expect).”
“Currently, we do not support 100% of the advanced PDF features found in Adobe Reader, such as certain types of embedded media. However, for those users who rely on advanced features, we plan to give them the ability to launch Adobe Reader separately.”
“While Firefox acts like a typical open source project, listing whatever comes in, working with everyone, Chrome acts more like a proprietary outfit, strategically. This is a key difference between Google and most open source companies. Most are looking to build an ecosystem however they can get one. Google can be more careful.”