People often ask me “what’s that browser you’re using” or “how the hell did you make it look like that”.
This article serves two purposes:
- answer these questions
- remind me what to do when Firefox frags the profile 😎
Nothing special here but my GTK and xfwm themes are dark so Firefox is … dark.
I know I am wasting some space on toolbars but I need them so I just have to live with them.
I use my Firefox like a Swiss Army knife which means that I have lot of extensions installed (which does contribute a bit to the instability I see from time to time).
- Adblock Plus
Adblocker (With Filter von Dr. Evil and ABPdk filter subscriptions)
Adds extra information to search results (links to other search engines), removes spam and adds from the results and adds extra functionality like streaming results and much more
View and manage downloads from a tidy statusbar
The download manager for Firefox
- Extended Statusbar
A Statusbar with speed, percentage, time and loaded size (similar to Opera’s)
Fission combines address bar and progress bar – Safari style
- ForecastFox Enhanced
Adds weather forecasts to the Firefox statusbar
Bookmark backup and synchronizer. An essential tool
Proxy management, rules based. I need this at work
Considered by many to be the Swiss Army knife of Firefox – I use it a little, see further down
Linkyfies the URL (like Chrome)
- PermaTabs Mod
Turn tabs of your choice into permanent tabs. PermaTabs can’t be closed accidentally no matter what you click (even actions like “Close other tabs” will not affect them) and will stick around between sessions.
(The best) sidebar RSS reader
- Screen grab!
Screengrab! is an extension for Firefox that makes it easy to save a web-page as an image. With it, you can save anything that you can see in a browser window – from a small selection, to a complete page.
Probably the greatest time waster ever invented
Auto submits login forms if the username and password is saved in Firefox
The only other hack I have done so far is enabling TraceMonkey in Firefox 3.1:
about:config look for the key
and restart the browser.
One problem I’ve come across from time to time (with Firefox 3.1) is
All downloads fail with the error
> … could not be saved, because the source file could not be read
The extension and themes list are empty
This fix has worked for me
- Shut down Firefox
- Start Firefox manually:
- Disable all extensions
- Restart Firefox
- When Firefox is back up and running, re-enable all extensions
DownThemAll not working
At some point DownThemAll stopped working, the dta manager hung with the message “loading”.
Looking through the dta bug tracker I found a Similar to mine; at least the fix was the same:
- Reset all values to default