Yes I’ve been off of WordPress for a while… life happens.
Anyways, I’ve made it a habit to create a new profile for Firefox every month. Why? I’m easily amused? Also, it lets me take a fresh look at the things I use every day and drop those things that were cool at one point but I grew out of or just didn’t really use.
A little late into the month, and I’m creating my January profile as I type this. I created a new profile by closing down Firefox and typing into the command line / terminal the following:
Yes, changing a shortcut to do the same works quite as well.
Ok, on to add-ons:
I’ve found that installing add-ons that I know I use everyday all at once (not restarting Firefox between each one) is probably the best way… it’s certainly the fastest.
First stop is the Firefox add-ons site, and I add them to my search engine list (in the top right corner).
NoScript – https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/722
(I minimize the add-on pop-up that says I need to restart Firefox)
Adblock Plus – https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/1865
Adblock Plus – Element Hiding Helper – https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/4364
CookieSafe Lite – https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/5207
Greasemonkey – https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/748
Context Search – https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/240
At this point my brain reaches a blank, so I go and take a quick look through the popular list, and find some of my favourites.
Download Statusbar – https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/26
Web Developer – https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/60
StumbleUpon – https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/138
Image Zoom – https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/139
ColorZilla – https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/271
This looked interesting: CSSViewer – https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/2104
Menu Editor – https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/710
At this point I start to realize that the list is getting long, and I save this post and restart Firefox.
And as I come back I have a few dialogues to go through:
Choosing my locale for Adblock Plus (EasyList (USA))
Closing the slightly annoying, but only appears once image zoom pop-up (it’s handy to learn tricks about how to use it, but I already know them).
I hide the Web Developer toolbar from view (I use it’s right-click menu), as well as the StumbleUpon one (until I get around to looking up my login details).
I move the Adblock Plus icon from the toolbar (top) to the status bar (bottom).
And then I visually clean up Firefox – I know what everything means and where everything is, so I don’t need big icons or labelling or every thing on it’s own horizontal zone.
I right-click between the Help and the loading icon (8 dots that go around in a circle) and choose to Customise.
First I tick off (check) the Use Small Icons Box, then I drag the back, forward, reload, stop, home, address toolbar and search toolbar all up beside the Fire Edit View toolbar. Then I remove the separator bar that’s there from before.
Now that the navigation toolbars’ contents have been moved, I can hide that as well.
I delete the Getting Started and Latest Headlines (default bookmark toolbar contents) and make the Bookmarks toolbar disappear until I find sites I want to have there.
I then make it so that NoScript doesn’t show me when it’s blocked scripts (in an inch high bar across the bottom), but to just change it’s icon.
After all that I sit back and try to remember what to set-up next. Oh, yes… the search engines I use.
Wikipedia, userstyles.org, theKoLwiki, Firefox add-ons (from before)
And I remove the ones I don’t:
Yahoo, Amazon, Answers, Chambers, Creative Commons and Ebay.