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aspiring2live
This is the first in (hopefully) a series...
If you don't use the Firefox browser, read no further, unless you are considering using the FF browser, in which case you should download it here, install it, and then read the following from your new browser.

Have you ever been reading on a web page and come across a word you didn't understand, a place you'd never heard of, or a person you wanted to know more about? Of course, we all have. With this add-on, you can simply place your cursor over the word you want more info on and hold the ALT key while clicking the word. When you do, you will get an info box from Answers.com with more information on that subject. Here's a screen capture of me using this add-on, courtesy of an entry in curious_corax's LJ.


Notice that the box is small, but there is a scroll bar, and further down there is a button that let's you open a whole web page on the subject.

If you do any research at all: shopping, school work, etc., you need this add-on. Do you want it? You won't believe how easy it is to download and start using. Click this link --> Answers.com Firefox Add-On from within the FF browser (make sure you have the latest version of the browser, currently 2.0.0.1), wait till the Install button is ready (about 3 seconds) and install it. Now, to use it, you need to restart the browser. After that, you will thank me. Yes, you will.

If you found this useful, offer me some feedback, and I will continue to give you info on some AMAZING Firefox add-ons!

Note: when searching for an image for a new teacher icon, do NOT enter the words "naughty" or "sexy"! Oops. I thought a "naughty teacher" icon would be appropriate for such tutorials, but um, heh, no.

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acey From: acey Date: December 21st, 2006 04:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
My current favorite add-ons are Adblock, Flashblock and NoScript.
aspiring2live From: aspiring2live Date: December 21st, 2006 04:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
I haven't used any of these yet, but I just installed them, so I will. Thanks!
acey From: acey Date: December 21st, 2006 04:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
I installed Adblock and Flashblock to minimize the assault on my senses when the flashing ad-laden news/web pages load. Although Flasblock will prevent any flash creations running, it's easy to enable it as you wish. Same with NoScript. It will not run scripts unless you give it the OK. It's also easy to permanently enable scripts and flash on any site you wish, so you don't have to click "enable" every time.
aspiring2live From: aspiring2live Date: December 21st, 2006 05:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yep, already using them!
thunderslug From: thunderslug Date: December 21st, 2006 04:30 pm (UTC) (Link)

Just to add...

He's Linus F'ing Pauling around here.

Two. Solo. Nobels.

One of two things my alma mater is famous for.

The other is the maraschino cherry.
aspiring2live From: aspiring2live Date: December 21st, 2006 04:47 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Just to add...

Sorry. Around here he's Linus who? Had to look him up. Now cherries I know!
thunderslug From: thunderslug Date: December 21st, 2006 04:49 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Just to add...

Heh...I got schoolgirl-giddy when I found an early edition of "The Nature of the Chemical Bond", when he practically *invented* modern chemistry.
curious_corax From: curious_corax Date: December 22nd, 2006 01:39 am (UTC) (Link)
   Very useful Bruce. MORE, MORE!
aspiring2live From: aspiring2live Date: December 22nd, 2006 05:22 am (UTC) (Link)
Yay! I was wondering why NOBODY found this as cool and useful as I did! I'll do more of these.
gymbrall From: gymbrall Date: December 23rd, 2006 10:40 am (UTC) (Link)

Quick searches

One other nice Firefox feature that I use constantly is the the Suicksearch. If you click on Bookmarks->Organize Bookmarks, you will (probably) see a folder called "Quick Searches". There is (again, probably) a bookmark for a wikipedia search there. If you right-click on the bookmark and choose Properties, you will come to understand the beauty of the quick search. In the keyword box, is a bit of text (I've changed mine from the default, so I can't remember what it was set to, so I'll pretend it's "wiki"). If you type "wiki SearchTerm" (i.e. "wiki Linus Pauling") in the address bar, you will be taken directly to his wikipedia page (the default wiki search url allows for mismatched capitalization errors, and even, to some extent, typos, your mileage may vary with other sites). The magic behind this is in the url string. You will see that it is a normal url in all regards except for the %s. The "%s" gets replaces by "Linus Paulson" or whatever you type after wiki. Because I'm super-lazyTM I like to set my keywords to single letters, "w" for Wikipedia, "d" for dictionary.com, etc. Anyway, clearly, the Answers.com add-on is also useful (and as answers.com already integrates wikipedia entries, it may seem redundant), but QuickSearches can be created for any web site that embeds the search term in the url (almost all search engines, The Internet Movie Database - imdb.com, and the verbal cesspool that is urbandictionary.com, to name a few.)

To create one, just bookmark a search, replace the search term with %s, and add a keyword. You don't have to change the bookmark's name or put it in the Quick Searches folder (but doing those things can make your life simpler in the long run). Anyway, I know this is long, but Firefox is a sort of passion of mine (right up there with Klondike Reese's ice cream bars, my wife, and when the stars are in alignment, writing - it's below my wife and writing but just above the Klondikes if anyone's curious) and I haven't left a comment here in a while, so... uhm... that's it I think....
Later,
Charles
aspiring2live From: aspiring2live Date: December 23rd, 2006 12:57 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Quick searches

If you click on Bookmarks->Organize Bookmarks, you will (probably) see a folder called "Quick Searches". There is (again, probably) a bookmark for a wikipedia search there.

Um... no. And, uh, no. But, really, I don't understand why you would go to all that trouble when there are search engines available for those things, and eBay, Froogle, Bittorrent, Amazon, etc., that you can add to the search box in the upper right (is it called the "Quick Search Box" I'm thinkin'?)

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