[NBLUG/talk] Firefox extensions

Troy Arnold troy at zenux.net
Wed Jan 12 20:51:46 PST 2005


Here are the extensions that I covered in last nights meeting.  Since
URLS to the extension pages are rather long, I'll just provide the
category, and let you take it from there.

ColorZilla: Developer Tools

"Advanced Eyedropper, ColorPicker, Page Zoomer and other colorful

"With ColorZilla you can get a color reading from any point in your

Couldn't find this at with the 'official' Firefox extensions so: 

"Bypass Compulsory Web Registration"

Wanna log in to nytimes.com but you don't have any account?  If you have
this extension, logging in is as simple as right-clicking on the nytimes
login form.  Claims logins for 47000+ sites.


Add BookMark Here: Bookmarks

A nicer, faster way to organize your bookmarks.


SwitchProxy: Privacy and Security

"SwitchProxy lets you manage and switch between multiple proxy
configurations quickly and easily. You can also use it as an anonymizer
to protect your computer from prying eyes." 

Cool Non-obvious Features:
1) Switch anonymous proxies every 'x' seconds, where 'x' is user-defined
2) In answer to Jake's question, it DOES proxy socks v4 and v5.

Proxies are useful for web anonymity, but you must remember that a given
proxy server is only as trustworthy as its admin.  Likewise, remember
that the majority of proxies *will send* an X-Forwarded-For header, which
the server you're trying to reach may or may not pay attention to.

You're welcome to use this quickie to check any proxies
that you'd like to use:

REMOTE_ADDR is the IP address of the machine making the request, while
HTTP_X_FORWARDED_FOR will be set to the IP address of your machine, if
you're using a proxy server and it sends the header.


Adblock: Misc

"Once installed, it's a snap to filter elements at their source-address.
Just right-click: Adblock: done. Filters use either the wildcard
character (*) or full Regular Expression syntax. Hit the status-element
and see what has or hasn't been blocked."

Also, there are pre-made filter lists available by googling, and lots of
info and filter help here:

But if your browsing habits are anything at all like mine, you can build
up your own highly effective filter list very easily and quickly through
a little extra right-clicking action in your daily browsing.


Hope this is useful.  I'd be interested to hear about your favorite
extensions as well, especially if they are obscure, or otherwise not
available from the official extensions repository.

Oh, and sorry you all had to put up with our wonderful projector; it
runs Windows ME.  ;-)


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