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Hyperwords – Hype What You Can Do in Firefox

Posted in Firefox, Firefox Extension, Google, Office with tags , on September 26, 2007 by Ethan Dickenson

Hyperwords is one of the most functional extensions in Firefox. I use this all the time through the context menu. I use it consistently for thehyperword.jpg following things;

1. it allows me to highlight some text and send it to the printer. This is good for a lot of things, including Google directions

2. copy url

3. copy link location

4. look up definition in dictionary

5. send highlighted words to Google search

6. get similar pages through delicious

7 and many more…

There are a lot of things it enables you to do. You can also see a report of everyone who links to the page, see a wayback report of the page… It makes all the sense in the world to install this extension because many of the things that you would normally pull up a different site to do are part of hyperwords and it is much faster to use it as opposed to pulling it up individually. It will take you a while to get used to everything and know what you can use hyperwords for but once you’ve figured it out I’m sure you’ll appreciate how useful it is.

One word of warning on this extension, when you first install it the default settings will enable a bothersome auto engage. Whenever you click on a text box it will bring up a ‘hyperword menu’. Disable this bothersome function in the options and you’ll be happy with the abilities of the extension.

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/1941

Manage Gmail Accounts Easily

Posted in Firefox, Firefox Extension, Google on September 24, 2007 by Ethan Dickenson

I use several Gmail accounts, and you should too, even if you have plenty of room left on your 2GB of free email storage that Gmail gives you, it’s nice to have another Gmail account so you can set it up with your Gmail drive  and backup your important files.  It’s easy to get another Gmail account.  Simply log out of your existing Gmail account and request another one.  Once it is setup you can manage multiple accounts with the Gmail Manager.   You login by simply clicking on the ‘live icon’ which Gmail Manager puts on your Firefox statusbar and selecting the appropriate account.

This Firefox extension has always kept current with Firefox’s new releases. It works well with the rest of our configuration so it fits right in.

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/1320bar

GDrive – Google Hard Drive – 2GB, Searchable, Backup Space…

Posted in Disk and File Mgt, Download Management, Google, Security, Utilities on September 15, 2007 by Ethan Dickenson

When Gmail really opened up their doors and allowed anyone to sign up for an account I created one for each of my children and another one for me. This meant I had 5 gmail accounts each with 2gb storage limit (total 10gb) and I remember thinking that it would be a real asset if I could use it. I’ve found a freeware program that really makes gmail accounts efficient for file storage. gmaildrive

All you do is install this and it creates a gmail hard drive. So it shows up in explorer as C:\My Computer\GmailDrive. Click that drive and it asks you to login to your Gmail account and you check the box that tells it to keep you logged in. Then you can just drop files on that gmail drive and it takes care of sending them to your gmail address as an email (totally transparent to you) and it works pretty quickly. I have not tried it with super large files, I think Gmails new attachment cut off is 20mg so I’m sure it will not work with a file much larger than 20mg. It does not move the file that is dropped on it, so that file still exists on your PC, it just copies it and sends it to gmail behind the scenes.

I normally wait to write about new freeware until I have the opportunity to test it for a while but this is such an important breakthrough for everyone that I thought I should tell you about it right away. This program will really improve the home user’s ability to backup important files easily and quickly and then having a great way to search for those files on the front end is truly wonderful. The fact that you don’t have to deal with setting up where to save the files to and how to retrieve them or deal with any of part of that is a really wonderful thing. All you have to do is have a Gmail Account, install this program, and start dropping files on it and everything is free of charge to you! I can’t say enough good things about this program and what it means to myself as a home user.

http://www.snapfiles.com/reviews/GmailDrive/GmailDrive.html

ps – If you don’t have a Gmail account yet I really think you should sign up for at least one. Even if you don’t plan on using it for email, you should grab it for the space. You’ll also have access to blogger and picassa (photo storage) and a whole bunch of other Google stuff (Google Groups, Google Reader (newsreader)…. Just go to www.gmail.com and sign up… it is quick, easy, and very beneficial.

Scripts Ahoy! – Stylish Greasymonkey Needed 4 Filtered Gmail

Posted in Entertainment, Firefox, Firefox Extension, Google, Web Site on September 8, 2007 by Ethan Dickenson

I don’t do too much with scripts but there are a couple of sites where they really add value. Firefox has 2 script extensions, Greasemonkey and Stylish. These ‘script engines’ run against the html between when the browser pulls the data from the web site and when the data is presented to you. Therefore, the script is usually written for a specific site. The most popular sites are; Google – search, mail, images, reader, calendar and YouTube, and Yahoo and a few others. So unless you use these sites the script extensions will be of little value. I personally use Gmail and some other Google pages frequently so I’ve found some interesting scripts and I will give you some links to the scripts I use (see below). Recently, I’ve noticed people writing scripts to change the Firefox GUI. I changed my theme to a ‘dark’ design which will shade every theme and I really like that feature.

When Firefox first came out I tried Greasemonkey and was intrigued by it. I loaded up several themes and after about 6 months of fooling around with it I decided to slim down my browsing environment and I uninstalled nearly everything. Since then I’ve built up and slimmed down several crazy larrytimes. A few months ago I installed Stylish and found a couple of scripts I really thought added value but then I read about a Greasemonkey script in Lifehacker that identified a script that customized Gmail’s filter assistant (I recommend this script, see link below, for anyone that uses Gmail and its filtering features). So now I’ve got both the Greasemonkey and Stylish extensions installed. I wish the two of them would merge so we could cut Firefox overhead. In general, I’ve learned to keep my Firefox extensions as slim as possible. So it would be a nice improvement but my Firefox configuration still runs very fast and when viewed as a complete browser, it is an unbelievable solution.

As a side note, when the filter assistant mentioned above first came out it was a Stylish script. But then I lost it (for whatever reason) and I couldn’t find it again and it finally resurfaced as a Greasemonkey script. Maybe the Stylish script is still out there someplace or maybe someone will port it to Stylish some day. I may look at that myself. 🙂

I will continually update this page and add/subtract the scripts I use in my configuration of Firefox.

Breedlink: Stylish

Breedink: Greasemonkey

My Stylish Scripts

Scripts To Change Stylish
Dark Blue Redesign of Stylish
User Styles 3 Column Display
Google Redesign Blue
Scripts to change Gmail
Customize New Header Line
Attachment Icon Replacer
Inbox With Nex Style
Sidebar with Renovated Style
Scripts to change Firefox Application
Darkstyle for Firefox: 
The best thing about the Darkstyle script is something that the script author
doesn't have a picture of on his page.  It puts these bands around your tabs 
and marks your 'active' tab with a red band as opposed to the 'inactive' blue 
tabs.  I love it because it enables me to see which tab I'm truly focused on.
See Picture below:
 darkmode



Add Bookmark Dialog: Show Folder Tree 

 

addbookmarkIt has always bugged and
confused me when I go to
add a bookmark and you can't
tell where you are going
to put it. They change the
way the directory tree interacts
with the user when saving
a bookmark and I could never
understand why they would do
something like that.  This script
solves the problem.  This should
definitely be a part of the
standard product.  Why oh why would
they make it harder than it has to be!










Global – Changes Apply to Every Page

Bright Focus (buttons, links, text boxes)
Icon Identifiers for Links
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My Greasemonkey Scripts

Greasemonkey scripts to change Gmail
Filter Assistant 

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Google Spell Check 2nd to None!

Posted in Firefox, Firefox Extension, Google on August 22, 2007 by Ethan Dickenson

Google’s toolbar for Firefox does a lot of things; it provides safe browsing by helping to eliminate phishing scams, it fills in your search with a drop down menu (like your browser’s text search) and you can see how many matches of each option you have, but above all the others is the spellcheck. Because I write a lot of things, emails, blogs, bulletin posts… I’ve always wanted a good spellcheck that was fast, easy to use, and be the same tool for every site. Most of the past solutions had spell checking integrated into the websites and those stunk because they were all different and some worked well and some did not. Google’s spell check works GREAT and it applies to every web page you use. This is reason enough to download the extension. If you download the extension it will be one of the few that you use all the time and you’ll appreciate the value daily.

There are some catches that go along with the some of the other features in the Google Toolbar. There is an option to enable Google to gather data on your searches and some other things about your computer. I went ahead and allowed them to pick my information because I couldn’t think of a scenario that would hurt me (given the type of data they say they are collecting). If you are worried about those issues you can respond NO to their prompt and it will disable some of the features but the spellcheck is still available (and a good many other features). So, no worries, this extension delivers enough value any way you look at it.

http://www.google.com/tools/firefox/toolbar/index.html