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29 April 2009 @ 12:06 pm
Pretend I'm a visitor from 1998 and haven't really gotten into this whole newfangled web 2.0 thing. What firefox plugins might make my life better?
I'm feeling: chipperchipper
maebethmaebeth on April 29th, 2009 04:09 pm (UTC)
Hello. If you are a visitor from 1998 then you don't even know to ASK about "web 2.o", "firefox", or hell, "plug-ins".
ruthless compassion: cheersaroraborealis on April 29th, 2009 04:21 pm (UTC)
I think you need more practice with playing pretend. :)
Spike: Basic - Naked librarianspike on April 29th, 2009 04:22 pm (UTC)
Book Burro.

"After installing Book Burro, you continue to browse the web as usual. When you visit a webpage with a book on it, Book Burro adds itself to the page... Clicking the panel will open up a list of your libraries, book stores and online services. In addition, information about pricing and availability is added to the list - all without visiting any other pages."
unintentional baitredheadedmuse on May 2nd, 2009 01:38 am (UTC)
that sounds very cool. can you tell it which bookstores and libraries to list for you?
Spikespike on May 2nd, 2009 01:40 am (UTC)
Yep. e.g.,
unintentional bait: redredheadedmuse on May 2nd, 2009 01:45 am (UTC)
yay! now I love this!
Spikespike on May 2nd, 2009 01:49 am (UTC)

And now you can't say I never did anything nice for you.
blk: computerblk on April 29th, 2009 04:23 pm (UTC)
I am boring. But I am sold on Adblock Plus and Session Manager.
it's a vain pursuit but it helps me to sleeprezendi on April 29th, 2009 04:30 pm (UTC)
Flashblock. And possibly NoScript.
funner'n a sack a weaselsmoominmolly on April 29th, 2009 04:34 pm (UTC)
BugMeNot, LJ Addons. And URLFixer!

Edited at 2009-04-29 04:44 pm (UTC)
Blinkerslinkr on April 29th, 2009 04:50 pm (UTC)
I can't live without the Delicious plugin. Also, the Wikipedia search engine, but that's not exactly a plugin.
Charleyszasz on April 29th, 2009 04:51 pm (UTC)
Adblock Plus and Flashblock are invaluable. I also have Web Of Trust installed, but find it only useful in a vague advisory sense.
evolution, and some other stuffjacflash on April 29th, 2009 05:13 pm (UTC)
What they all said. Plus, if you regularly use more than one computer (and don't have Evil Corporate Overlords snooping on any of them), Xmarks -- a bookmark and saved-password synchronizer -- is wonderful.
Driver of the clown carskintalker on April 29th, 2009 05:35 pm (UTC)
I'll throw another vote for AdBlock. CoolIris is completely indespensible if you search for images at all frequently. Firebug is the greatest CSS/HTML/Javascript debugger in history if you ever have call for that sort of thing.

If you're anal about controlling the tabs TabMixPlus gives you a lot of flexibility. Mostly I use it to make Firefox act like Chrome since that's what I use the bulk of the time.
Mizarchivist: Locutusmizarchivist on April 29th, 2009 06:30 pm (UTC)
Foxmarks (now called Xmarks, apparently), LJ Plugin, weatherbug, and stumble upon
your friendly neighborhood delinquent: codeuberjay on April 29th, 2009 06:57 pm (UTC)
Ones I think you'll like:

AdBlock Plus (seriously, you want this)
Delicious extension
Download Statusbar

Maybe not as useful for you:

Trying to do one true beautiful thinggeekchick on April 29th, 2009 07:12 pm (UTC)
Adblock Plus
Greasemonkey (which lets you use killfiles on LJ, woohoo!)
Tab Mix Plus

(I also immediately install Web Developer and Firebug, but those are web development/work-related)
the independent republic of nopantsistanfraterrisus on April 29th, 2009 07:34 pm (UTC)
i'm a firm believer in "Flashblock". oddly i don't use an ad blocker, but flashblock takes care of the most annoying (i.e. animated) ones anyway.

"Forecastfox" puts Accuweather forecasts in your status bar, which I like.

"LiveJournal Addons" polls LJ for you and puts an icon in your status bar to show you when there are new unread posts. it also does eight hundred other things that i don't use.
fanwfanw on April 30th, 2009 01:18 am (UTC)
I thought you were gonna say "and try to explain to me what happened in the last ten years." Cause, a lot has happened. And I wouldn't know where to begin!
Ellenkeyne on April 30th, 2009 02:53 am (UTC)
I have a bunch of add-ons installed, but the only ones I really notice and/or appreciate are Forecastfox, LiveJournal Addons, NoScript, Tab History, Tabs Menu, and Tab Mix Plus.
Ellenkeyne on April 30th, 2009 02:54 am (UTC)
BTW, I used to have the BugMeNot add-on, but the last version I had stopped working for me (since I upgraded to Firefox 3, I think), so now I just go to bugmenot.com when I need a password.
drwexdrwex on April 30th, 2009 07:46 pm (UTC)
I'm not at all sure this is "web 2.0"
Whatever that might mean, but here are some things I use that you might like:

Adblock Plus. I'm completely baffled at how people manage to read Web pages that are swamped with garish jumping crap. I don't, as a rule.

Chatzilla: it's an IRC add-on, in case your current computer doesn't have an IRC client you like.

Delicious bookmarks: assuming you use del.icio.us this is a convenient way to merge the two sets of bookmarks or choose to bookmark something on delicious rather than locally.

And speaking of bookmarks:

Xmarks (was Foxmarks): a simple bookmarks synchronizer/backup system. I have at least four computers I use a Web browser on and this ensures I have the same set of bookmarks on all four, without my having to lift a finger.

Google toolbar: I'm not a fan of added toolbars in general, but I've drunk the Google kool-aid sufficiently to find this useful. I mostly use the search shortcut and the pagerank visualization.

Forecastbar: weather info, which I find very useful when the kids ask how they should get dressed this AM, or I want to figure out whether it's safe to leave my car windows open.

Retailmenot: a shopping conceit. Checks a bunch of online coupon sites for me and if it finds one relevant to a site I'm visiting it offers me a link to see the coupons.
unintentional baitredheadedmuse on May 2nd, 2009 01:20 am (UTC)
I use Todoist for organizational stuff, on the strength of it's firefox sidebar thingy. i don't know if that counts as a plugin, but it makes my life better.