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1/16/2005

Extensions Enhance Firefox

Firefox is taking the world by storm. And it even begun (albeit in a small way) to have an impact on the market share of Microsoft's Internet Explorer. Firefox is clearly off to a great start and it certainly should be—it's a great browser. As with all things, Firefox could be improved. Firefox, by default, is designed to be a lightweight browser. That means that it doesn't ship with tons of extras. If you want additional features, you'll need to go out and get them yourself. Fortunately, it's easy to upgrade Firefox by installing "extensions." An extension is simply an add-on that extends Firefox's functionality. You can get lots of different extensions on the Firefox extensions site. Since there are nearly two hundred different extensions currently available, it can take some time to sift through them all on the Firefox site. Below are few of my favourite extensions: FoxyTunes 1.0 Listening to tunes on a computer is something most of us do these days in one form or another. FoxyTunes simplifies your listening experience by building audio controls directly into the bottom of your browser. You can Play, Pause, skip tracks, choose your player, show/hide the player, and do all the usual stuff. If screen space is at a premium on your desktop, or if you just hate switching back and forth between your browser and audio player like me , then FoxyTunes is worth checking out. Gmail Notifier Gmail has become my default web mail service. I make no bones about the fact that i am a email addict. We do so much communicating via email these days that we pretty much can't live without and we always want to know when we have new email.

The Gmail Notifier extension makes this simply by installing a small menu that pops up when you have new messages in your Gmail inbox. You can customize Gmail Notifier by choosing how often it checks for new email and you can choose to have it open your mail in the current tab, a new tab, or in a new window.

1 Comments:

Blogger Matt said...

hmm, this post seems awfully similar to mine lol. FoxyTunes is definitely my favorite extention. A while ago I installed a few "widgets" or something on my desktop for things like weather info and a media player remote control but they took up too much space and slowed down my computer.

1/22/2005 08:00:00 AM  

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