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Quick Link: Tab Effect for Firefox

One of the more innovative things I’ve seen lately for Firefox is the Tab Effect Extension. It adds an interesting transition between tabs reminiscent of how Suse handles desktop transitions.

tab effect extension for Firefox

I’ve got to admit it does look sexy, but after living with it for 5 minutes, I’ve already removed it. The authors should be commended for creating this wonderful extension, but to me this is a clear case of eye-candy getting in the way of practicality.

Conditionally Sticky Sidebar

If you use pretty much any browser except IE 6 (more on that later) when you visit this site, you've probably noticed that the dark-grey sidebar scrolls with you just until the banner and menu are off the page, and then locks itself into position or "sticks". When you scroll back to the top, if the menu and/or banner need to be seen again, the sidebar politely resumes its normal scrolling duties. Go ahead, try it now, I'll wait. Fun isn't it? I've had a number of people comment on that, so I thought I would outline how I accomplished it.

Quick Link: Firebug 1.0 is out in beta

One of my favourite Firefox extensions has just released a new version. Firebug announced today that the 1.0 version is out now in beta, and even more importantly, has been released under the same open source license as Firefox itself. From the site: Firebug integrates with Firefox to put a wealth of development tools at your fingertips while you browse. You can edit, debug, and monitor CSS, HTML, and JavaScript live in any web page.

Fancy-pants DOM features abound, and the usual AJAX debugging goodness is in there. Thanks go to Joe Hewitt.

Firefox 2 tabs - Hate em…

I don't like the way Firefox 2 handles closing tabs. Here's how I fixed my Firefox to get back to the behaviour I wanted.

Tamper Data for Fun and Security

I can't believe I just discovered this now. The Tamper Data extension for Firefox.

TamperData is an extension to track and modify http/https requests. It is great for security testing and just in general trying to break your applications. In fact, if breaking is what you want to do, check out the pre-packaged built in SQL Injections, Cross Site Scripting (XXS) vulnerabilities and other goodies.

Quick Link: Firefox 2 is out

Get it now. http://www.mozilla.com/

Good God I hate the new location of the tab closing button.

Quick Link: Internet Explorer 7 is out

Get it while it's steaming!

IE homepage.

RSS in Firefox

Do you use RSS? Really Simple Syndication is a super convenient way of tracking your favourite news and general "goings on".

When Internet Explorer releases version 7 later this year it will include the ability to read RSS… but if you want to be one of the cool kids, you can enjoy the benefits now with Firefox. Need a quick primer on RSS? Here's a great resource.

Firefox can take advantage of RSS in 2 ways.

Top 8 Cool things you can do with Firefox

Firefox is one of my favourite peices of software. Fast, secure, and most of all, open source. Even though I've been using it since its "beta" days, I continue to learn new tricks. There are many lists like this on the net, but I haven't found this stuff collected in one place before, so here are some of my favourite Firefox tips. I decided to stop at 8... I know 10 is cooler, but adding 2 more would take "filler".