January 31

the top 10 Firefox extensions

what follows is a list of the top 10 Firefox extensions I use, in no particular order.

Firebug

Firebug is a tool I use every day as a web developer. This isn’t meant to be a power users-only post, but there’s no way to get around it – Firebug is the most valuable extension (MVE!) I’ve ever used. I use it for non-web development tasks all the time as well – for example, if you get to know how to use it well, you’ll be able to do some light hacking like getting around javascript timers on DMV driving class websites ;)

Xmarks Sync

Xmarks Sync is clutch for anyone with more than one computer that hates having disjointed bookmarks. Xmarks allows you to sync your bookmarks between multiple machines, saving a ton of hassle. It was in peril of being shut down, but luckily it was recently bought and will continue as a freebie.

Form History Control

Form History Control allows you to see all of the saved form entries in your browser. It is useful for managing/deleting saved form information which you may not realized Firefox had saved, but which could be detrimental if it fell into the wrong hands (such as credit card numbers, etc).

DownThemAll!

DownThemAll! is simply a download manager done well. I sometimes have issues downloading from sites like rapidfire, however, that tends to be on the site end, not on this software. Useful if you download big files that need to be paused and continued.

HTTPS Everywhere

HTTPS Everywhere is one of my favorite extensions because it treats a growing internet problem: stolen credentials. Many sites have a secure https option, but do not default to it, such as Twitter (and, just recently, Facebook). This extension will check to see if the site you’re visiting has https (or SSL), and if so, redirect you. No more stolen login information when you login from Starbucks.

StumbleUpon

StumbleUpon simply assists in finding interesting new websites when you’re bored. A simple interface and sure to send you somewhere cool after a few clicks.

ReminderFox

ReminderFox is a to-do/checklist manager. Nothing fancy, but it gets the job done!

Screengrab

Screengrab allows you to take screenshots from your browser in a number of different formats. Most machines have fullscreen capture built-in, but Screengrab allows selections, which is a timesaver.

YSlow

YSlow is another developer tool that tells you why your site is loading slow. Of course, my site loads slow, but that’s just because I’m too cheap for a new server ;)

Extended Copy Menu

Extended Copy Menu is probably the simplest of these extensions, but also one that I use most often (now that Copy Plain Text has died). In trying to be efficient, I am constantly copy/pasting text between web pages. I usually end up having to paste into a plaintext area (like the URL bar) and then re-copy/paste so that I don’t get the text formatting along with it. Now? Problem solved :)

What are your favorite extensions? Let me know in the comments!

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August 25

the top 10 iPhone apps everyone should have

I’ve had my iPhone for a little over a year now, and over that time I’ve grown to love a few apps above all the rest. A few of these are obvious, but I’m sure there are a few you haven’t heard of. And the best part is, they’re all free! I think…

Words With Friends

While I realized I don’t actually have the patience to play this Scrabble-like game after a few months, it is still really well-made, and it is fun.

Audiobooks

Bored at work? Listen to The Anti-Federalist Papers on your iPhone, for free!

Google

How can you not love Googling something just by speaking it?

TweetDeck

If you’re a Twitterer, this is the way to go.

Facebook

Obvi.

YouTube

Yes, it comes with the phone. However, as a YT addict, I couldn’t just pass over this one.

QRANK

Recently found this quiz game and it’s a lot of fun. Similar to the trivia at B-Dubs, and you can play with friends.

Remote

Yes, I’m a lazy slob and I like changing my iTunes from my couch. Get over it.

Pandora

Targeted radio. The way of the future.

Shazam

Even I, the world’s third best programmer, will never understand how this one works. Music recognition? Magic.

November 8

wp-postratings-my

I just finished my second WordPress plugin. here is some information about wp-postratings-my:

Shows users their WP-PostRatings and allows filters. You must have WP-PostRatings installed first.

See it in action at Audio Showcase (you must be registered, then use the “My Ratings” link).

and here is the wp-postratings-my WordPress plugins page, where you can download it. while I may provide updates here from time to time, all new versions will be posted there.

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September 28

the future of radio

on my way home from Athens tonight, I saw the future of radio – and it was beautiful.

first of all, let me just say that the iPhone is one amazing piece of equipment (when it works!), and everyone should have one. at some point here, I will do a “Top 10 iPhone Apps” post.. but the apps that I enjoyed the most tonight were those by Last.fm and Pandora.

both of these apps allow you to listen to streaming internet radio straight from your iPhone. since with an iPhone you can access the internet anywhere, I was able to listen from my iPhone while cruising down the highway. and, since I installed an iPod jack into my car stereo, I can listen to streaming internet radio through my car speakers.

the Last.fm app was cool because it recorded all my listens on my cfretts Last.fm account, but the quality was a bit lacking, although completely listenable (similar to normal radio quality). then I checked out the Pandora app, on my frettsy Pandora account, and was blown away by the sound quality. beautiful!

the awesome thing about these apps is that you can uber-target them. you can listen to artists in a certain genre, or that sound like a particular band – no more searching the radio stations in the hopes of finding something even decent! you can skip songs you don’t like, and “like” or “dislike” them to give the app a better idea of what to play. you can even bookmark songs to go back and download when you get home!

this is the future of radio, and although it’s long overdue, it’s coming soon. traditional stations… start preparing.

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