Integrated Gmail Firefox Add-on

I read about this neat sounding add-on for Firefox on Lifehacker – but unfortunately it’s not ready for prime time.

Allows you to make the Inbox Collapsible and loads your choice of Google Calendar, Reader, Notebook, Groups, etc… plus Custom URLs and Google Gadgets seamlessly into the gmail interface. Works w/Google Apps Accounts and GMail Themes.

I installed the Integrated Gmail add-on, but every time I went to Gmail I got an error pop up :(

I guess I’ll just have to wait for more testing before it works on my combo on OSX and Firefox. If you get this to work, let me know how you like it.

New Firefox add-on for WordPress

This sounds so awesome!!

On my list of 14 extremely useful Firefox addons I included ScreenGrab for capturing web pages to PNG or JPG images.

Today, I replaced it with Screen Grab to WordPress. As you probably guessed, it’s got the same core functionality with one major addition: the ability to send images directly to your WordPress-powered blog.

Heading off to download it and give it a whirl.

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Power User’s Guide to Firefox 3

This handy guide from Lifehacker may help you customize your newly installed Firefox browser.

Learn how to:

  • Shrink the Super-sized Back Button
  • Adjust the Smart Location Bar’s Number of Suggestions
  • Delete Mistyped URL Suggestions and Other Auto-complete Entries
  • Ditch Obselete Extensions
  • Revert the “AwesomeBar” with Oldbar
  • Trick Out Your Smart Bookmarks
  • Set Gmail as Your Default Email client—Without an Add-on
  • Say Hello to the Firefox Robots
  • Enable Spellchecking in One-line Input Fields
  • Mac Users: Add Favicons to Your Bookmark Toolbar

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Help Firefox Win a Guinness World Record

This from DownloadSquad:

Mozilla is attempting to break a Guinness World Record for the most downloads in 24 hours with its upcoming Firefox 3 release.

“Download Day” is nothing new for the Firefox crew, and it’s really a great way to spread the word to the world about software. Sure, people can download things whenever they want, but there’s something cool about all doing it at once…it’s like Hands Across America. Except it has little to do with hands, and it’s global. You get the idea.

Learn more at DownloadSquad and sign up to download Firefox 3!

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No more Netscape

AOL has announced that yesterday was the last day they would support Netscape Navigator – “the first mass market graphical Webrowser”:

At one time, Netscape was the de facto Internet browser, but due to some nefariousness on the part of Microsoft, Internet Explorer took over. Now, the spiritual successor to Netscape, Firefox, is chipping away at IE’s market dominance.

I can clearly remember my transition. Our school supported Netscape and so that was the first browser I used. It was only after I got my first computer that I started using IE – just like Matt at CrunchGear said – it was because I was inexperienced and it came with my computer.

I can’t say I’m sad to see Netscape go – it caused me all kinds of trouble when I was designing web pages – but I mention this because of its historical nature.

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500 million Firefox downloads

Yesterday Mozilla announced that Firefox has been downloaded 500 million times!!

Firefox just reached 500,000,000 downloads. This is an absolutely phenomenal milestone for Firefox. It is sort of hard to imagine what that number means. For some perspective, that’s roughly the audience size of 10,000 Rome Colosseums combined. It would be the weight, in kilograms, of 8,500 Boeing 747 airplanes. In dollars, for $500 million you and 15 of your friends can fly to the International Space Station.

To celebrate they’re asking that we help people in need:

OR, you can affect change and invite 15 of your friends to play a game and feed 25,000 people. With your help we can break another milestone today with FreeRice.com –500,000,000 grains of donated rice in one day. Imagine helping to feed the hungry while picking up some new vocabulary too!

This is great news! Now if more libraries would just make Firefox their default browser on patron stations – imagine how many more downloads Mozilla would be able to report??

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Browzmi

When I first saw this video I thought – ooo – a neat way to do webinars. I’m always looking for free tools to assist in web programs (not sure why – just something I’m interested in). After trying it out with a friend though – I have to say that Browmi has a little more usability testing needed before it’s ready for prime time.

Found via MoMB, Browzmi is described:

You can now browse, chat, share and discover the web together with your friends

First, after we signed up we couldn’t find each other to become fellow “browsers.” We ended up using the new user list to find each other – and after about an hour of poking around found out that the “tag search” also searched for people. It looks like browsing together is not instantaneous as I was hoping – it requires that fellow browsers click on what their friends are browsing in order to join them – this also means that you don’t see what your friends are typing – so it’s hard to know when they’re about to leave a page. At one point my friend and I both clicked on each others “browsing” button and found ourselves swapping places :)

In short – a neat tool to play with and a maybe even a tool with potential, but right now, it’s just a toy for me.

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What about free will?

I user Firefox for all of my web browsing – but as someone who works on web pages, I need to have an older version of IE to do testing – also, I don’t like what I’ve heard about IE7 so far – but apparently I’ll have no choice (or little choice – I might find a way around it) but to upgrade next month:

For those of you that still haven’t updated to IE7, be prepared as it will be forced out in the critical updates on Feb. 12.

Found via LISNews.