My add-ons

Posted 4 years, 3 months ago at 15:34. 3 comments

puzzle pieceI realized the other day that I hadn’t done a post about my favorite add-ons since Firefox 1.5. The add-on landscape has changed a lot since that time, sufficiently so that I think it merits an updated post with a short blurb about why I love/need each extension. I’m using some add-ons for Thunderbird too, so I’ve included those as well.


  • about:me – interesting to see where my browsing time goes
  • Adblock Plus – do you like intrusive ads? Me neither.
  • BarTab – by default, Firefox attempts to load all your previous tabs at once when you start the browser. If you had lots of tabs open last session, Firefox start-up can take forever. This extension delays tab load until you actually click on the tab. Note: we’re looking to improve the default tab open behavior in Firefox 4, but how exactly is still under discussion.
  • Contacts – a Mozilla Labs project that’s trying to unify disparate contact sources from across the web and give control back to the user.
  • Download Statusbar – a lightweight alternative to the download window that is still quite powerful.
  • Enter Selects – saves me a whole keystroke every time I use the awesomebar.
  • FaviconizeTab – I use this as a poor-man’s app tab right now, but Firefox 4 may obviate the need for this.
  • feedly – my preferred feed reader/aggregator
  • Flashblock – turns Flash elements off by default, allowing you to click on only the ones you want to load. Saves bandwidth and possibly sanity.
  • FoxClocks – shows me the current time from various locations around the world, because I can never remember what time it is in New Zealand.
  • Greasemonkey – I use a few simple Greasemonkey scripts to tame the output from some of the web tools I look at frequently for work.
  • Jetpack Prototypeno longer under development, but I still use some useful Jetpacks.
  • Kidzui – I don’t let my kids surf on their own yet, but when I do, I think this might make a good set of software training wheels.
  • Mass Password Reset – I want to hug johnath for this add-on every time I need to reset my LDAP password.
  • Nagios Checker (disabled) – I only run this when I’m on buildduty, but it helps keep nagios info available without being obtrusive.
  • Live HTTP headers (disabled) – I only run this when I’m debugging AJAX, but useful to have around for when I need it.
  • Readability – allows me to focus on the text of articles without all the usual visual distraction.
  • TabCandy – this add-on is brand new and still under-development, but it has already changed the way I interact with my browser for the better. I hope that many of it’s features get uplifted into Firefox 4.
  • Textarea Cache – ever have your browser close/crash while you were filling out a form or writing an email? You don’t have to worry about that any more.
  • User Agent Switcher – I keep this around for the few web sites that botch their UA/version checking.
  • VacuumPlaces Extension Improved – cleanliness is next to speediness
  • View Source Chart – I actually paid for this add-on back in the day when it was one of the best tools out there for dissecting page layout.
  • Weave Sync – I use a lot different machines. Weave keeps my settings in sync across those machines. As a long time user of Google Browser Sync, I was thrilled when Mozilla started the Weave project.
  • YSlow (disabled) – I only turn this on when doing webdev, but thankfully I haven’t needed to bother with it much lately.


  • Bugzilla Helper – allows me to display the user who actually caused the bugmail to be sent, which is very useful when dealing with bugmail in volume.
  • Enigmail – I rarely use the encryption functions, but I always (digitally) sign my mail.
  • Remove Duplicate Messages – Again, very useful when dealing with large volumes of mail.

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3 Replies

  1. Firebug. Don’t forget Firebug.

  2. @Walt: that’s a pretty big one to forget, isn’t it?

    I *do* have it installed, but it’s disabled most of the time.

  3. Not much of use to me – :) I wish all this neat stuff existed back when I was a programmer.

    I do use AdBlock Plus and Greasemonkey, and Personas. I really like a Greasemonkey app called FFixer which makes FaceBook a lot less cumbersome.

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