Category: Firefox

Upgrade to Firefox 3

By , Friday, 20th June, 2008

Firefox 3 has been released and I’ve upgraded – I must say that it seems to be much quicker than Firefox 2, and I do like the integration with my MacBook Pro – now it looks like it does belong there! 🙂

I have made some changes to the default settings though:

  1. Installed Stylish extension – this is great!!! Then installed these styles:
  2. Style – Google Web Search (dark grey design)
  3. Style – Google Image Search (dark grey design)
  4. Style – Favicon on Bookmarks Toolbar for Mac
  5. Style – Remove the Throbber Button
  6. Style – Combine Stop/Reload Buttons
  7. Style – Gmail Redesigned
  8. Set Gmail to launch for mailto links
  9. Installed Bookmarks Toolbar Extension
  10. Installed PicLens
  11. Set the Search Bar to give results in a new tab, rather than the current one.

Anyway, a great browser, so why not get it and try something new???


Quick Proxy

By , Thursday, 23rd August, 2007


At school I have to use a proxy address to gain access to the internet. This is OK when I use web browsers like Opera or Safari, because they pick the proxy details up from the System Preferences under Mac OS X, so I can just use different locations. However, with Firefox the proxy settings are set within Firefox’s preferences – which means a trip to the preferences pane, visiting advanced and network options, changing the proxy, reloading it and clicking OK.

I had been using SwitchProxy Tool, a Firefox extension to manage this, but didn’t like the fact that it took up extra space at the top of each window. But at least I didn’t have to make that trip to the preferences window.

Through the MacEd Listserve though, I recently discovered the QuickProxy Firefox extension, which puts a little button in the status bar of the window (so doesn’t take up valuable real estate) and is a simple on/off switcher, rather than SwitchProxy Tool’s – select proxy, click apply process.

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