Firefox Add-ons

Alright you know I recommend you run Firefox as your browser. But wait there’s more. If you want the ‘best’ experience here is my secret family recipe of add-ons.

OK, guys it you want the perfect Firefox install here is my list of recommendations from; https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/ FoxClocks Add world times to your browser. I recommend you change setting in ‘Positions and Display’ to FoxClocks icon ForecastFox Local and international weather in your status bar I get my Brisbane 3day forecast DownThemAll (aka DTA) Great built in mass and high speed downloader Dictionaries English (Australian) Dictionary & British English Dictionary (gives you inline spell checking in things like Gmail) FireFTP Makes a nice FTP program in a browser window Gmail Manager If you want to check Gmail account (or multiple accounts) Gmail Space If you use a Gmail account as an online 2.8GB of storage Map+ If you want to link from an address in your browser to a map ScribeFire If you want online blogging built into your browser (connects to WordPress etc) Skype Download this one for your Vista install. Its an MSI file and designed to give you both the IE and Firefox integration http://www.skype.com/intl/en/download/skype/windows/business.html Stumbleupon For when you’re bored but want to be amazed Tab Mix Plus Saves your tabs as sessions and great recovery of previous browsing sessions. I also have setup certain sessions I want to be able to load at a moments notice of a variety of sites under different session names. Web Developer Great for looking at page source, CSS and other web page info

House Plans

The excitement for the Pitchford family is that we are considering building a home. It has come by surprise and we look forward to the adventure of being able to exude some creative talent in the building process. Already we are working out how we take the ‘Pitchford Family’ lifestyle and fit in between four walls.

Watch this space.

Looking for God

We found out about this site from our sister organisation UCB Europe www.ucb.co.uk This is a fantastic site for people to get an introduction to God and how to understand Him. If you recommend the site to anyone, tell them to put their name in the first box on the home page. From there the site will ‘call them by name’ and it just adds to the experience.

I’d love to hear what you think when you’ve checked it out. Come back and leave us a comment or two on this one.

LookingforGod.com – find out more about God and Jesus.

Firefox Skype Extension

Have just been taking time to upgrade my new laptop with my usual suite of software. The changover to Windows Vista Ultimate is so far entertaining, nervously exciting and yet familiar. At least most of my favourite keyboard short-cuts return the results I need to manage my way around. What was disappointing is that on loading Firefox and the Skype, I was missing my favourite Skype extension.

Now someone will need to explain, but so far the Skype extension is not available at the mozilla.com / firefox.com website. At this point it is built into the Skype install. Sadly that went wrong, the extension didn't appear and there was no way to reinstall. Reinstall's failed, reboots were no go and uninstall and reinstall simply wasted coffee time.

However, despite asking Google's advice, the final answer came from the Skype forums. OK, I won't keep you waiting any longer,… If you lose your extension, go to the new Skype Business section and download the MSI version of Skype. This windows installer package allows you to choose both the IE and Firefox install extensions as part of the process. Yahoo, I'm back and connected.

Video Downloader

Talking to my son Corey he recommended the program UnPlug as an add-on to Firefox. Corey reckons it works really well and the review says it will guess the location of the source file if it can’t scan the page for it. Check it out at https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/2254/