26 Mar

Firefox 4 (counter) clockwise

The new Firefox 4 is out and I installed it now that most of my extensions work. There are a couple of things that I noticed:

  • It looks very much like Chrome with the tabs on top and the context menu placing “Open in New Tab” in the pole position.
  • The page loading icon is sometimes two different icons.

The latter is the one things that has been fascinating me for the entire day. So much so that I even recorded my screen to record the action. Normally, the page loading icon spins and spins and spins and you are happy when you finally get to the page, the flash movie etc. It usually spins clockwise. However, sometimes the page loading icon in Firefox spins counter clockwise. And on top of that, the graphics is a different one.

Now the big question is: Why? I’d love to hear a good explanation for these two different graphics. Is it essentially a different process, is it a bug that hasn’t been fixed, is it a feature to show a different loading process?

25 Mar

Check marks upside down

This is a true curiosity which caused some good laughter today. A colleague showed me his check marks in Firefox today. They were upside down and have been so for a long time. He does not have a clue why they are not the usual way. It does not matter on which web site he wants to place check marks. Be it Moodle, be it Doodle (as in the screenshot), they are always upside down. Should we now call them “hut marks”?

Check marks from down under in Firefox?

Check marks from down under in Firefox?

11 Mar

Toolbars galore

My beloved Firefox got its personaliy back. Finally Firefox Personas work again for me and the tabs (when there are any) can be distringuished. That was not the case after FF 3 came out. Thank you very much to all the developers working on it tediously. My browser is starting to look like the infamous screenshot of a Microsoft Word document in which all toolbars are open and you have hardly any space for writing. Luckily, my screen is still big enough to manage. 😉

I will have to do some spring cleaning at one point to get rid of at least two extensions that I just see that I don’t need anymore as I substituted them for another one. And I guess, I could add some more, but that’s the state of affairs at the moment. Of course, I do not use everything all the time, but I am sure that if I did deinstall one extension, I would need it shortly afterwards.

Toolbars galore

Toolbars galore

Here is a list of extensions / add-ons that I have installed. I sort them according to the frequency of my use. Within each group the sorting is alphabetically.


1Password – installed via the software

Fire.fm – since I have my Last.fm account and this extension, the songs that are played on my station have reached a greater variety; should have added it much earlier

Personas For Firefox – daily because I use a persona, not because I change them constantly

TwitterFox – it may be limited compared to other apps, but as it sits in my browser, it is convenient; my Twitter functionality wish is here

Zotero 1.5 – yeah, the Beta version, I love it and it has been working flawlessly (knock on wood); the synchronization is nice; now I just need to put all my file attachments into the Zotero database and not just link the files from my harddrive so that they are put on the WebDAV server

Very frequently

bit.ly Preview


Evernote Web Clipper – on the borderline to “Daily”; but I also use the desktop version a lot

Download Statusbar

Greasemonkey – I don’t have very many scripts installed as I still seem to have problems with it from time to time, but they make life in the browser easier


Google Gears – whenever I have to go offline for a longer stretch and for testing purposes

Read it Later – I try to limit myself to put too many items there 😉


(unless I have a project in which I need it constantly)


Delicious Bookmarks – it used to be in the “Daily” category, but since I switched to Diigo, I do not use it much to get used to Diigo

feedly – I always see it’s results; the latest update has improved it for me to understand it better, but I have not incorporated it into my routine


GCal Popup – oops, I almost forgot that it is there; I am so used to opening iCal instead of this little handy tool


Unshorten – bit.ly seems to do the trick most of the time; while searching for the link I found out that this extension is no longer supported; it still works, but probably not in the next version of Firefox

Web Developer

Rarely (or never)

CarCastWebRecorder – I need to invest some time in it to get around it

Drag & Drop.io – just installed it today -> no way I can tell how often I will use it yet

headup – recently installed to see whether it can be useful to me

LaterLoop – one of those that may have to go as I found Read it Later which also integrates with Google Reader

Sage-Too – oh, I did not know that I still had it; never got a start out of testing and I just love my Google Reader

ScrapBook – will most likely also go since I use Evernote and Zotero (Google Notebook is already gone as it was discontinued)

StumbleUpon – I know, I am late to come to this extension, just installed it to finalize give it a try

Zotz – installed it for testing purposes and wrote about it briefly