Back up your Browser’s Passwords, Extensions, more.

mozbackup.pngRecently I screwed up while partitioning my laptop and lost all my files. Yippee. 😦 Luckily, I had found a freeware program called MozBackup and had backed up all of my Firefox passwords and more. So I had the backup file on another computer and only had to use MozBackup there and restored all my passwords, bookmarks, and some of my add-ons. Heres what MozBackup can backup:

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Platypus! A Partner to Greasemonkey

Platypus logoA few days ago i posted an article on Greasemonkey and its features, but i also mentioned you needed to know javascript, and frankly without a good knowledge of javascript you can’t do much. But now there’s a solution. (Well, actually there has been but I’m posting it right now) Platypus is another Firefox add-on, extension, whatever you like to call it; that lets you edit a web page live and save the result as a javascript file for Greasemonkey that will let you make the web page stay the way you made it with Platypus. You only have to change the url with Greasemonkey to have it work for the entire website, but after that, you’re done!

There are only a few setbacks, such as not being able to undo your previous action and that when you are changing page styles you are limited to only about a dozen colors (that can be changed easily though by editing the javascript code afterwards. Just take a color value such as #da0000 to make the color a shade of red, or #000000 to make the color black) . But other than that it works very well and you do not need to know javascript to use Platypus. Once you’ve downloaded it and installed it, simply right click on a web page and click “Platypus!”, move around some pieces of the web page and when you’re finished click Save.

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Random Good add-ons for browsers.

Here are some free yet good add-ons or plug-ins you can install for you web browser. Please note that they don’t work for every browser or every version of certain browsers and may have different features. But they may in the near future so you should check their site every month or so. (Click on the name to get to the info page of the product, im not including direct links so you know bit more about before you download.)

Cooliris PicLens– Firefox 2.0, Windows XP or Vista required:
Lets you view pictures at full size from places such as Google Image quickly and elegantly. The application and user interface take up your entire screen but has a very clean and simple interface and is very fast at loading.

Cooliris Previews– Firefox, Internet Explorer, Opera, and Flock: This lets you preview we pages before opening them. Its loads VERY quickly, and act like a mini browser.

I heard that the Browster add-on for Firefox works very well also and is similar to Cooliris Previews but the website was bought out and i could no longer find a download link.

Download Status Bar-Firefox-
Shows your download(s) status within your status bar and has other options such as color customization and the ability to manage your downloads with a (right) click. Also has a tooltip design that lets you preview the image you’ve downloaded.

Thats all for now. I’ll be posting more every now and then.

Update: It seems that there are some glitches when you have both of the Cooliris add-ons sometimes, such as both of them flashing continuously. That seems to happen rarely though to me, the other one is how sometimes the Page Preview won’t load the page right away or not appear for a while. It seems rather annoying, so I’m hoping to find the Browster add-on which is said to work better.