Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Top Five Firefox Tools (plus 3 Fun extras)

First of all, if you don't have Firefox installed, you should. Go and get it right now. No, we're not kidding. Get it and come right back. Here, we'll make it easy for you: Firefox

Okay, now you're set, right? Wondering why we got so bossy? Here's why.

One of the best features of Firefox is that you, the user, have so much flexibility customizing the browser to do exactly what you want.

We've hand-picked some of the best and brightest Firefox tools out there, and linked them all for you:

This one's a must. We've mentioned it before here on Fuel the Rebellion, and we're going to keep doing it until you all catch on. Seriously, Stumbleupon puts the fun back into surfing. Clicking on the Stumble! button in your Firefox toolbar will take you to a random, top-rated site in categories you select. If you like a site, you can give it a one-click thumbs-up, network with other people with similar interests, rate it and add it to your favorites. Don't like something? Just hit Stumble! again to leave it in the dust, or even give it a thumbs-down and you'll stop stumbling upon any sites like it. Yes, Fuel the Rebellion is one of those top-rated sites. Go ahead and rate us again. Did we mention we love our readers?

Clipmarks--Don't bother opening up your text editor, figuring out what's on your clipboard, worrying whether what you are pasting is really that recipe for your Mom or that new toy you saved for your significant other. Clip a paragraph, clip an image, clip a quote. Put them on your blog. Bang, you're done. Bookmarks--We couldn't live without this one. Puts, the top social networking site, right on your toolbar so you can tag, view, share, send, and channel surf the whole web if you want. Don't forget to add Fuel the Rebellion once you install it. We really do love our readers.

Firebug--Just plain fun, this is tool developers shouldn't do without. Firebug shows you anything you could possibly want to know about a webpage's layout: monitor CSS, HTML and Javascript. Edit. Debug. It's all there. We've just started playing with this one and it has us hooked.

Jumpknowledge Webpage Annotator--Ever want to add your two-cents to a website? Ever notice misspellings, ridiculous grammatical errors, erroneous conclusions that make you grind your teeth in frustration? No? Maybe it's just us, then. But Jumpknowledge is still a great tool. This handy dandy add-on lets you grab a web page and annotate it with your own comments, for e-mailing, blogging (though you should only be reading the Fuel the Rebellion blog), sending an instruction page back to tech services when their "fix" didn't work--we're sure you can think of plenty of other ways to use it.

Just for Fun:

RedShift V2--Join the Dark Side. This Firefox theme serves no functional purpose, but it does transform your browser into something wicked cool. Like wearing dark sunglasses all the time.

Red Cats (Blue Favor)--Crazy cat lady theme for Firefox. Have to say, the blue is seriously mellow.

Daily Dilbert--Cross one off of your Google Reader list. Now you can see a new Dilbert comic every day right from your toolbar with just one click.

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