Technology: My Pimped-Out Firefox

Lauren’s post from last night feeds quite nicely into my Thursday technology theme for NaBloPoMo.

I’ve spent the past several months getting my web browser working just to my liking.

My Firefox

If you click over to the Flickr photo, you can see the notes I’ve put on the screenshot showing many of these extensions in action (which I’m lazily not going to link to – suffice to say that the bulk of them can be found at mozilla and the rest by using a simple google search.) Some of them you can’t see doing anything in my browser right now – but I love them just the same.

  • Better Flickr
  • Better Gmail
  • Better GReader
  • Better YouTube
  • BugMeNot
  • Bookmarks
  • Google Browser Sync*
  • Google Gears
  • Google Notebook
  • LibraryThingThing
  • Linkification
  • Meebo
  • Ook? Video Ook!
  • PDF Download*
  • Session Manager
  • TargetAlert*
  • Twitbin
  • Twitterbar
  • Vertigo*
  • Zotero

The asterisked ones above are the 4 I would be lost without.

Google Browser Sync lets me synchronize my bookmarks (and many other things, although I only use it for bookmarks) across the several computers I regularly use.

PDF Download lets me decide what to do with a PDF when I click on a link to open one. Most times I want to open it outside of my web browser, and now I can!

TargetAlert pops up small icons when I hover over a link, letting me know if I’m going to open a web page, PDF, word document, new window, and a whole slew of other things.

Vertigo allows me to open my tabs vertically rather than horizontally under my bookmark toolbar (which I’ve spent a fair amount of time configuring as well.)

As I wrote over at Flickr too, I’ve tweaked my about:config file to set “browser.tabs.loadDivertedInBackground” to true.

The bookmark toolbar on my Firefox (for which I use the Google Browser Sync) is my command center. The bookmarks go to (click to read more):

  • Wellesley home page
  • Wellesley Library
  • Wellesley Library blog
  • HelpDesk logs
  • Banner Self-Service (time sheets, vacation stuff, etc.)
  • Tri-co Library Catalog
  • Minuteman Library Catalog
  • iGoogle
  • Google Calendar
  • Google Reader
  • Google Docs
  • Gmail
  • Yahoo Mail
  • Hotmail
  • Livejournal
  • Diaryland
  • Flickr
  • pbwiki
  • Twitter
  • Bloglines beta
  • Bloglines
  • Ravelry
  • LibraryThing
  • Facebook
  • MySpace
  • my blog’s admin
  • eMusic
  • YouTube
  • Shelly’s blog
  • Folder of about 30 more bookmarks that are “on trial”
  • Folder of 4 bookmarks related to my blog (you can’t see that folder on this screenshot, because the resolution on this computer is a bit lower than the others I work on… links are to, sitemeter, feedburner, and Dreamhost, my web company)
  • “Email This!” shortcut which emails current URL to whoever I indicate, using my Gmail account.

I know it all probably seems like a lot, but it really works for me. What does YOUR Firefox look like?

2 thoughts to “Technology: My Pimped-Out Firefox”

  1. You HAVE to have FEBE… if your system crashes and you have to restore its vital (not that I would know ANYTHING about that).

    You can save your extensions, profile, etc.


  2. Great list! There are several there that I didn’t know about and will be playing with over the next few days. Thanks!

    As for Karin’s suggestion, I’ve just started playing with FEBE, too. I think it’s really useful, though I’m trying to make it work across a mac and a pc, I think I’ve nearly figured it out.

    Good stuff all the way around!

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