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June 2006

Weather Bug

Over the past year and half I have been using Firefox I am on my third, make that fourth weather extension. I started out with AccuWeather’s Forecastfox later upgraded to the Forecastfox Enhanced which was suppose to work better in the Firefox 1.5.0.* builds plus offer larger and more radar images. Later on tried out 1-Click Weather which uses weather.com (The Weather Channel). The Forecastfox extensions still had compatibility issues and some international users complained it would not work correctly for their local. Forecastfox also produced a slide-up alert with the current temperature, conditions and/or warnings, even when the browser…

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Preview: FoxyTunes 2.0

The other night I received a comment about my FoxyTunes entry. The developers are coming out with a ‘new & improved’ version 2.0. You can get more information and download the preview at foxytunes.com . Some of the new browser feature include: Artist search on several sites such as Amazon, All Music Guide, Wikipedia and more Song search on the iTunes Music Store Album search on the iTunes Music Store, Amazon, Yahoo!Images and eBay Several web search options Quick Searches for Info, Images and Lyrics

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Foxy Tunes

There are some extensions that I simply wonder how did I ever get along with out them? FoxyTunes is one of those extensions. Since I am always using WinAmp to listen to my music anytime I am using the computer, not just surfing the web, FoxyTunes makes things so much simpler. With FoxyTunes, you can control (right from the Firefox browser) virtually any music/media player including: WinAmp Real Player iTunes Windows Media Players Yahoo!Music Engine and many more (see the extension page for a complete listing) Once installed, FoxyTunes adds all the player controls on to the status bar (see…

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FoxyTunes

There are some extensions that I simply wonder how did I ever get along with out them? FoxyTunes is one of those extensions. Since I am always using WinAmp to listen to my music anytime I am using the computer, not just surfing the web, FoxyTunes makes things so much simpler. With FoxyTunes, you can control (right from the Firefox browser) virtually any music/media player including: WinAmp Real Player iTunes Windows Media Players Yahoo!Music Engine and many more (see the extension page for a complete listing) Once installed, FoxyTunes adds all the player controls on to the status bar (see…

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Themes: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly Revisited

I mentioned in my first post about Themes (Themes: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly), how they can cause Firefox to odd things when paired up with certain extensions. A member on Go Firefox! came to us with an unusual problem, their Firefox was ‘jumpy’ after updating some of their extensions. Now, I have seen this before when I had had the NoScript extension installed. In fact my Firefox would un-maximize itself and do all kinds of odd stuff. Unfortunately, I do not recall what theme I may have been using at that time, but I am somewhat sure…

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Is Anyone Out There?

This Pearls Before Swine cartoon is the inspiration for this evening’s entry. I’ve gotten some feedback from members on Go Firefox! they have visited my blog. However, I really have no way of tracking visitors unless people leave comments!!! The only comments I have gotten thus far were obliviously done by a robot since they were by the same person, duplicated, minutes a part and not even related to the topic at hand. Because of this I had enabled to word verification feature for leaving comments. You see these all the time on web registrations forms, there is a graphic…

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Themes: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

The other major add-on for Firefox is Themes. From the Firefox Update Themes Page: “Themes are skins for Firefox. They allow you to change the look and feel of the user interface and personalize it to your tastes. A theme can simply change the colors of Firefox or it can change every piece of its appearance.” There are some creative themes out there some are just simple color or icon changes. Others are well…how do I put it? I guess I’ll let the author of one such theme, PimpZilla describe it “It’s overdone… It’s tacky… It’s PimpZilla !!!’ See for…

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Troubleshooting Add-ons Installation

For the most part, add-ons (extensions and themes) are trouble free. However, once in a while an add-on will not install, upgrade or uninstall correctly. Or may be you launched a different version of Firefox on the same profile and now your add-ons are disabled because Firefox says they are incompatible.I will cover the three most common issues with Add-ons Installation: Software Installation Disabled Extension(s) not installed after restarting Firefox Add-on(s) Disabled by Firefox Software Installation Disabled This issue mainly occurs when upgrading to a major version of Firefox such as going from 0.* to 1.0.* or 1.0.* to 1.5.0.*…

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Problematic Extensions

If your Firefox starts acting odd, slows down, hangs, crashes without reason, etc., chances are you could have a problematic extension installed. Sometimes these extensions are fine by themselves, but if paired with another extension could cause troubles. For example, running No Script and FlashBlock together can cause problems. Flash Blocking is included with No Script, so it is redundant to have both installed. The folks over at mozillaZine and have come up with a list of known Problematic Extensions. The list goes into details as to the issues caused by the said extension and offers solutions from changing settings…

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Installing Spellbound FF 1.5.0.X

Note: Please see the SpellBound – Spellchecker For Firefox entry for more information about the Spellbound Extensions. With these builds of Firefox the installation site still automatically detect your version of Firefox, but when you go to install you will get an incompatibility error message. Getting SpellBound to work on this build takes a few extra steps: If you have already installed SpellBound on FF 1.5.0.1 or newer and have upgrade to the newer FF build, skip to step 8. You will need to install the Nightly Tester Tools extension (if you already have Nightly Tester Tools skip to Step…

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