Favorite Firefox Plugins

Most users that favor Firefox do so because of the myriad of plugins that are available.  Below are the plugins that I currently use.

Classic Compact:  Technically a Firefox theme, Classic Compact tightens up the Firefox user interface to allow for more website real estate.  Every pixel counts!

Delicious Bookmarks:  After searching and surfing the web for years, I’ve some across hundreds of sites that I want to save for later use, maybe a year or more later.  The social networking and bookmarking service Delicious allows you to save these and tag them to be easier to find.  The Firefox plugin adds buttons to the toolbar to make it even easier to tag sites.  Much better than using favorites or bookmarks.

Foxy SEO Tool:  If you are a web professional, or are doing in depth site analysis for you company site, it does not get much better than this.  Traffic, profile, keyword, and other tools are all available.  Probably the best all-in-one SEO package for Firefox

RunDownload:  Like to “run” or “open” a download like in Internet Explorer?  This plugin adds that capability to Firefox.  Since this is an “experimental” addon, be sure to check the box to allow it to be added to your Firefox installation.

ScribeFire:  Although my favorite web posting tool is Windows Live Writer, Scribefire is getting more and more powerful with each version.  Especially great if you have multiple blogs to publish.

SearchStatus: Another SEO tool.  Quickly see the PageRank of a website upon visit.

Tab Mix Plus:  Unbelievable control of Firefox tabs.  Almost overwhelming with features.

Xmarks:  Have 2 or more computers that you want to keep bookmarks and passwords synced between?  This is as good as it gets.



United States Not a Valid Country

After reading Fake Steve Jobs discussion with about AT&T complaining about iPhone users bandwidth, I wondered if the United States is becoming irrelevant, but Amazon has taken it once step farther:




Use BCC:, Please

Here is a little ettiquette tip for proper Internet Communication.  When you get a funny picture, a political outrage, or a religious sentiment you wish to share with everyone on your email list, do 2 things:

Seriously consider whether everyone on your email list really needs this information.  Seriously.  Most recipients probably don't need it, want it, or they have already seen it.

If you feel you must email something to everyone in your email list, at least use the BCC: field so you are not sharing everyones email address with everyone else.

Besides the privacy issues, email harvesters can more easily see the addresses which contributes to more spam.  

Use this site if you need to do an intervention on a friend or relative that forwards too much email to others.




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Free Christmas Music Online

Need Christmas background music for the holidays?  Let your computer do it.

Over at makeuseof.com, they have assembled a list of 8 sites for listening to holiday music.  I haven’t tried any of these for Christmas music, but I know that Last.fm is a great online radio station.

Technorati Tags: Last.fm,Christmas music

Sold Everything, Sailing the Seas

Frank and Karen Taylor spent about a year sailing around the  Caribbean a few years back and enjoyed it so much they decided that once their children had left the nest, they were going to do it more.

Enter the Tahina Expedition.  After selling their home, cars and other belongings “pretty much everything”, they’ve purchased a 50’ catamaran to sail the world for 5 years.

Both of the Taylors have worked at NASA and the computer industry, and Frank is an instrument rated pilot. 

They have partnered with Google, National Geographic, VideoRay (for underwater video equipment), EarthNC (charting with Google Earth), SatWest and Vizada (for video services), ClearPoint (global weather software and data) and Nodal Ninja, 360Cities.net, and PTGui for immersive 3D and panoramic photography.

The Tahina Expedition is making use of a wide range of Google products including: Gmail, Picasa, Picasa Web Albums, Google Reader, and several others.They have partnered with Google to track their expedition with Google Earth, and they are shooting pictures, video and making posts about the journey on their blog.

The expedition is just getting underway.  Subscribe to their blog using your favorite RSS reader.


Technorati Tags: Tahina Expedition

When Black Friday Comes (and Cyber Monday)

Here are some sites to assist in your shopping in brick and mortar stores on the Friday after Thanksgiving, and the following Monday when you are in the office supposedly working but instead shopping online.


Black Friday 2009 




Windows 7

7 I’ve installed Windows 7 on 2 laptops today.  One was an old Averatec, which Ashley is using these days.  It has been cantankerous when installing OSs before, so I expected the worst.  It worked flawlessly.  Even used the Windows XP drivers for the wireless card that I could not get to work with anything other than XP.


After this success, I decided to go for it on the Dell Inspiron 640m that I use daily.  This is a production laptop – my only computer on weekends – and I was apprehensive.  Every single thing has been painless.  It even recognized the wireless card, and after a connection to Windows Update, all device drivers were loaded.


So, how does it perform, Tom?  Well, I’ve spent a few hours with it downloading software for my laptop, surfing the web, etc. and it has not missed a beat.  Even the UAC is not as annoying as it was with Vista.  In fact, I think it may actually run faster on 7 than XP.  I’m even using Aero.


Your mileage may vary of course, but when time allows I intend to shift the desktop over as well.


music note While writing this, I was listening to "Looney Tunes" by Grooveyard

14 Great Cheat Sheets

office2007Over at makeuseof.com (one of my favorite tips sites) are 14 cheat sheets that you can download.  Office 2007, Linux, SEO, Photoshop and even Twitter are there.  Enjoy!


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