Igniting the Web

UPDATE: All of the extensions have been checked and are compatible with Firefox 1.0. Thanks to Adrian and Thom for some additional suggestions. I’ve recently introduced a couple of people to the Firefox browser. I have to admit to getting quite a buzz watching their faces light up as you show them the basic features (efficient popup blocker, tabbed browsing, excellent FIND function) and how fast it is compared to IE. The next thing I do is show them the extensions I have installed, and I figured some of you guys might appreciate these too – you HAVE switched to Firefox, haven’t you? On with the extensions then, and I should note that there are many many more extensions available, …

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Backtracking

HTML Design: If you are aware of the movement towards CSS and away from tables and frames for site structure, read on. If you don’t, I would skip this. A List Apart and WaSP. Two sites campaigning for the same thing, a move towards acceptance of the standard (as defined by the W3) CSS and XHTML definitions. The suggestion was that browser makers would try and implement proper support, and we (the designers for want of a better term) would follow and code our sites in nicely degrading XHTML and CSS. So if you used an older browser, you can still access site content without any major issues. The main man, or one of them, behind this push is Zeldman. …

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The end of the world is nigh

OK, not quite, but I’m still amazed at the number of people who get caught by email viruses. If in doubt, don’t open the attachment. Simple, or so you would think. These worst case virus scenarios are a bit scary though, I might have to revise my working practises.

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Sensible software

w.bloggar – name change and new version (2.0), Good to see a common sense approach with the name. Big corporations should take not from the approach of Evan to this situation, a polite request, and of Marcelo’s reaction. Now if the new version would just hurry up and download….

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Freeware

ShortPopUp – sometimes you just find a piece of software, something simple, that does exactly what you’ve been looking for since, well since Windows 95. Display the contents of a folder from the taskbar (including the ability to filter the list). Simple and allows me to pull my playlists from my ‘Music’ directory, fire up WinAmp and (with the aid of the auto start plugin for WinAmp) starting playing automatically. Nice for me, a huge bonus for Louise as it saves her rooting about to find ‘her’ playlist. Ohhh and while I remember, I’m kinda liking WinBar too, but TClock will ALWAYS reign supreme. Don’t believe me? Ask Virtual Plastic.. (advance warning: ensure you have plenty of room on your …

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