cimorene: A black-and-white vintage photograph of 1920s singer Helen Kane in profile, with a dubious, side-eye expression (sweatdrop)
A counterweight to the trouble I went to in order to get my computer working again was that at the same time I checked out Firefox more thoroughly and for the first time in years I'm no longer dependent on Opera!

I've used Firefox for various periods of my life, but eventually I've always gone back to Opera. Opera is faster and uses less system resources, and round about 2005, the first time I got fed up and moved back to it, it was because Firefox was consuming all the memory and not just crashing a lot, but also causing X to crash, requiring me to logout and back in. Other reasons for reverse pilgrimage, or failed attempts to use Firefox, have included:

  • Opera's mouse gestures, the original reason, but a Firefox add-on duplicated that years ago.


  • At one time it was impossible to keep my Firefox bookmarks in a side pane and edit them easily via dragging and dropping. This is now accomplished by the All-in-One Sidebar extension, which also allows downloads, history, and add-ons to be managed from the side pane, much like in Opera.


  • Opera's customizeable Speed Dial is better than the Chrome and FF default behaviors. You can manually enter the addresses of the bookmarks you want to show there. The last time I tried to go back to Firefox - because several sites I needed to use frequently wouldn't work in Opera - this was the stumbling block. A few years ago there were a couple of Firefox add-ons for this functionality but none of them would work correctly for me. Constant crashing, very slow loading times, etc. But the add-on New Tab Plus suffers from none of those problems.


  • Opera's tab groups are actually still more convenient than Firefox's tab stacks, but it's not the end of the world. I don't mind the group view page, but I would like to be able to view each group as a stack the size of one tab in my tab bar, to allow switching between groups via the tab bar. In opera you can also mouseover a tab bundle and get a preview pane showing thumbnails and titles of every tab in the group. You can then click on the tumbnail to open that tab even if it's not the top one in the stack. It's not unlikely that a Firefox add-on duplicates this functionality but I haven't found it yet.


  • Opera Dragonfly was way more useful than the Firefox alternatives for some time. It's most useful when saving images as it allows you to highlight CSS elements and objects by hovering and click on them to view their selectors in the code pane. That made it quite simple to find the address to the image, usually. It was also quite nice for trying to do CSS yourself of course. However, I was pleased to find that the clickable element selection is now available in Firefox too.


  • FF still doesn't have its own open closed tabs button, but the Undo Closed Tabs Button add-on takes care of that. Tumblr savior also works more easily in Firefox.


  • One thing I've been wanting since forever is for Opera to remember my page zoom preferences by default. I want to always view this site at 90% or that one at 120%. Well, Opera doesn't have it, but in Firefox you can do it with the NoSquint add-on. NoSquint also allows you to override text, background and link color, and to disable images.

  • Unfortunately, the one thing I couldn't figure out how to replace are Opera's view buttons, 'viewer/author style' (disables the style sheet) and 'fit page to width'. You can disable the stylesheet in Firefox but I don't know of a toolbar button that will do it with one click; and I wasn't able to figure out how to duplicate Fit Page to Width, which is really, really useful. I found an add-on that sounded like it might do some of the same stuff, but it was part of a broader zoom control widget and, unfortunately, it broke NoSquint. I needed NoSquint.



There's also Extended Statusbar, which gives more information during page loading, like Opera's does. I also like Tile Tabs, which will automatically resize several tabs within the window for you, side by side or in other configurations. Share This didn't work for some reason, but I don't use it that often anymore anyway, since most of the places I might want it now have their own Tweet This buttons.

Anyone else got any add-ons or user script recs?
cimorene: A black-and-white vintage photograph of 1920s singer Helen Kane in profile, with a dubious, side-eye expression (Default)
i updated firefox to 1.0.4 and now quicknote (among other things) doesn't work! i may have to go back to 1.0.2.  i had important notes in there, yo.  and now i can't figure out how to get it open and get my notes out.
cimorene: A black-and-white vintage photograph of 1920s singer Helen Kane in profile, with a dubious, side-eye expression (Default)
allow me to just gack this from [livejournal.com profile] guinevere33.

WebSideStory registered Microsoft's Internet Explorer's share drop under the 90% level for the first time, while Firefox has enticed additional 0.74% to its 5.7% browser market share in the last five weeks since the research in January. Amsterdam-based OneStat awarded Firefox with 8.5% share of the browser market. According to its Web research, the share of IE has fallen to 87.3 percent. According to WebSideStory, the Mozilla Foundation could possibly reach its desirable 10% browser market share by the end of the year.
http://www.getfirefox.com


in other news my sources have reported the temperature at -18 C. fun fun fun till the daddy takes the t-bird away, kids. and tea's acting extra crack-baby-ish today, but in a charming and kind of affectionate way. awwwh.

eta: no, you know, that's not it. i'm astonished ie still has that much of the market. if you're still using it, stop. there's no good reason. it's thoroughly crap in nearly every possible way. it's inferior by miles and it's evil. just the fact that they package it like they do and try to make it so you can't delete it and try their idiotic scare-tactic "warnings" to make people think they can't use the windows website with another browser should be enough to make anyone drop it like a hot potato.
cimorene: A black-and-white vintage photograph of 1920s singer Helen Kane in profile, with a dubious, side-eye expression (better living through orgasm)
how to speed mozilla up x a lot link courtesy of [livejournal.com profile] sonatine_.  thanks from me, mozilla lightningsquid*, and our eternal undying love, babeh.

*remember i mentioned firesomething in the last post, the extension that renames mozilla randomly?  well, i wasn't kidding. GET IT.
cimorene: A black-and-white vintage photograph of 1920s singer Helen Kane in profile, with a dubious, side-eye expression (Default)
some really jolly extensions for mozilla firefox, the sleekest, sexiest, shiniest, spit-n-polishiest browser on the market:

disable targets for downloads--prevents that annoying blank page from popping up when you download.

mouse gestures--gives opera's mouse gesture functionality to firefox.  you can open new pages, open links/tabs in new pages, go forward and back, reload, close, etc by drawing little shapes while holding down the mouse button.  needs to be reconfigured to make it right-button instead of left-button if you're used to opera.

tabbrowser extensions--lets you configure all kinds of properties for tabbed browsing.  gives color codes, adds a little 'x' to each tab if you want it--really really spiffy.

firesomething--does nothing but randomly re-name the browser on the title bar and in the taskbar.  a new random name everytime you open it--ie "mozilla firepanda," "mozilla spacemonkey."  i'm enjoying it.

quicknote--loads (optionally in the sidebar) a little stickynote pad.  you type notes to yourself in it; it automatically saves them for you.
cimorene: A black-and-white vintage photograph of 1920s singer Helen Kane in profile, with a dubious, side-eye expression (jeeves/wooster)
noia extreme 2 is an awesome skin for firefox.  the buttons are round and space-agey and bright-colored on a shiny, shaded silver ground.  the selected tab looks like blue anodized titanium.  it's just all really awesome.  maybe a screencap later if i feel like it.
cimorene: A black-and-white vintage photograph of 1920s singer Helen Kane in profile, with a dubious, side-eye expression (Default)
there's a gmail compose extension for firefox that adds 'compose in gmail' to the right-click menu for email addresses, whether text or link.

ETA: FUCKIT it didn't work. i accidentally disabled DDS apparently or something.
cimorene: A black-and-white vintage photograph of 1920s singer Helen Kane in profile, with a dubious, side-eye expression (Default)
the deepest sender extension for mozilla firefox can update either gj or jf, but is based on the visions client, not on semagic.  but it opens inside firefox and you can keep it in your sidebar if you want to.  the only thing is, i just used it and my icon preference didn't work.
cimorene: A black-and-white vintage photograph of 1920s singer Helen Kane in profile, with a dubious, side-eye expression (Default)
i downloaded mozilla firefox, and i love it.  i like it even more than opera, actually, except for one TWO thing*S.  it's extra SUPER spiffy with high monitor resolution.  it's sleek and sexy like a sleek sexy car.

i downloaded it just especially for the purpose of downloading apoplexia's animated Cabal icons, but now i use it all the time.  it makes it hard to tear myself away, actualmente.

*in opera, you can save a default startup browser window configuration so your home "page" consists of several sites open at once.  i haven't seen that in mozilla.

AND also no mouse gestures. :

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