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well, maybe a useful thread will come of this if people post their favorite, lesser-known, but very useful "pet-extensions" here. you know, the one your roomie thinks you're a dork for having, but you think it's really cool?

i'm looking for an extension that will allow FF to download more than 2 (or is it 3) files at a time. anyone know if something exisits? i'm sorry to bug about it, but i always feel like it's trying to find a needle in a haystack over there. even if you know an extension exists (the web dev, for example), if anything, i find it difficult to get it to return as a top result.

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I have a massive topic about this in the "Geek News Humour" section.

However, have you tried Download Satusbar? I think that allows you to download multiple files.

Either that, or Flashgot.

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rock on. thanks, tph!

yeah, after i posted that, i thought-- man, i'm tryin' too hard! hehe. i didn't search to see if a thread like this had existed already. do you know the url off hand? why geek humor?

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Geek "News" and Humor

Top post (its green). :mrgreen:

This is my big chance . . . yep, I blew it . . .

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ahhhhh.
thanks!

just goes to show that i never looked there. hmm... wonder why. for some reason, i always read that as "geek humor".
doh!

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have you tried Download Satusbar?

no, i haven't... can't find it!?

also, i don't currently have a download manager w/ which i could use Flashgot, unless i tried to implement Shareaza, which i'd rather not.

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I've just installed Download Statusbar. I've only d/led one thing so far, but it enables you to delete files from your system by right-clicking the tab in FF which I reckon is pretty cool.
I've also got the 'view style information' under the CSS tab of Web Developer working properly now (had to reinstall FF and select the custom install option) and it does a weird thing on one of my sites: without 'view style info' selected, two little flag gifs are knocked out of whack from their position in the layout. As soon as I select 'view style info', they pop back into place. :?

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I've just installed Download Statusbar. I've only d/led one thing so far, but it enables you to delete files from your system by right-clicking the tab in FF which I reckon is pretty cool.

T, could you please provide a URL to that extension (tools>extension>visit-homepage?)?. i only found a reference to it on some german forum, which didn't work. i don't understand what i'm doing wrong looking for it.

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I've also got the 'view style information' under the CSS tab of Web Developer working properly now

what was the problem before your fix? is it something that we all experience?

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T, could you please provide a URL to that extension (tools>extension>visit-homepage?)?

Download statusbar

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what was the problem before your fix? is it something that we all experience?

'View style info' under the CSS tab was there but greyed out so I could never use it. If you do the default install of FF, you don't get the DOM inspector which this part of the extension requires. To get the DOM inspector, you need to select custom install and then select developer tools.

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To get the DOM inspector, [needed to gain access to the CSS>View Style Information component of the Web Dev Extension] you need to select custom install and then select developer tools.

are you saying that anyone who wishes to use that option in the Web Dev extension will need to "reinstall" firefox, or the extension itself?

if you're saying it's FF which needs a custom install, then i wonder if control panel>change/remove will allow installing that component w/out a complete uninstall/ reinstall?

not that you necessarily would, but do you have any additional, specific instructions for this process to ensure the View Style Info will work?

what does the View Style Info give you that you didn't have before? (it's grayed out on mine too)

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WEB DEVELOPER and etc

in case it has never been clearly explained. in order to get the best bang for your FF buck (Free buck, of course), you should always install FF using "CUSTOM", so DON't use the default install settings. when you select CUSTOM, you get options to add the FF Error Reporting, and more importantly for you Web Design freaks, the additional FF Web Dev goodies!! i forget the exact text on the install prompt, but it's one of the two CUSTOM INSTALL OPTIONS (as of v.1.0.7), and it's NOT the FF Error reporting, so you figure it out!

oh, (and, TPH, if you're reading,) what do you think about IE-Tab, vs IE-View? i find i haven't used IE-View at all since i grabbed IE-Tab

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jsabarese wrote:
if you're saying it's FF which needs a custom install, then i wonder if control panel>change/remove will allow installing that component w/out a complete uninstall/ reinstall?

Hi

If you are worried about blotting out your settings etc, you need to to do a full install, but FF picks up your old settings, so don't worry.

It even kept the Active-X component I had installed.

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oh, no-- i'm all good on the install-- i was simply contemplating (out-loud) in that particular passage, about if the manual uninstall / install is necessary for complete, full functionality of the Web Dev Extension (and the FF Web Dev components installed during the "custom install process), or if it can be achieved through control panel -- i think i checked, and discovered that the manual route was indeed necessary.

when tyssen mentioned about the thing being greyed out, it reminded me--
i use a few different hard drives (but, down to one most of the time now, although tons of data pack-ratted on those others), so one of my FF installations i had used the Custom install, and my Web Dev extension there had the CSS View Style Info ability, so this is when i realized that the custom install (in addition to Tyssen's reiteration of this fact) was indeed the way to go if you want to enjoy the full benefits of the extension(Drunk.

blah, blah. there was probably a short version of this post. i just don't 'talk' that way. sorry.

EDIT: damn-- i do confuse things!

yes, as CT has stated, DON'T WORRY ABOUT the ACTIVE-X control if you need to re-install FF, and your profile will remain the same as well. if you are concerned about backing up your profile, you can always follow these steps

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so, does anyone out there have a new "must-have" you'd like to talk about?

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Yes - Nightly Tester Tools. Possibly the best ever, it allows old extensions that haven't been coded for 1.5 to work with them Laughing out loud Install, then pick "Install with NTT to override compatibility"

It made all my fave 1.0.7 extensions work with 1.5 Laughing out loud

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rock n roll! now that's what i'm talkin' bout!
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oh, btw-- for those of us slow-bies (okay, maybe i'm just slow!), does anyone care to comment about the 1.5 enhancements? i didn't get it yet. i take from your post, TPH, that there are some initial obstacles to be reckoned with?

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1.5 is absolutely awesome. It has instant back-and-forward navigation, thanks to pipelining and caching and stuff.

however, I have had it crash on me a few times - which is a b*gger when you're in the moddle of forum browsing here and lose all those helpful little orange icons Laughing out loud

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lose all those helpful little orange icons Laughing out loud

again, i guess i'm outta da loop.
cool-- you have always given sound advice in the past-- i think i'll have to go download it now!
hehe. i am such a follower, it's sick!
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oh, so what's the first extension then i need to get for 1.5-- the one you mention on page 1? and then all my old stuff works, eh?

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I'll explain about the little orange icons first Laughing out loud

When you ato-login to CSSC, it saves your information, so it knows what topics you have read.

When you come back the next day, any new topics have a little orange icon by them, and any old topics with new posts have an orange icon.

This way, I know what the day's new topics are, and I don't have to read old topics with no new replies.

However, every time you close your browser window and reopen it, all the little orange icons disappear. This is a bad thing, as I'm usually only about half-way through forum browsing.

Firefox 1.6 does seem to crash a bit on me - mind you, it's not the final version. I'm using Release Candidate 1, and RC2 is already out:

http://weblogs.mozillazine.org/asa/archives/2005/11/firefox_15_rc2.html

I'm using build 2005-10-25-19 - an outdated one.

As for a nice fresh install of 1.5, DEFINITELY get the Nightly Tester Tools. Most extensions created for Firefox haven't been updated in months, and NTT allows them to work with 1.5. FOr example, I used to use StautsbarClock and Canonical Url - NTT allows them to work Laughing out loud

Then you need to get Adblock Plus (not in the Must-Haves unfortunately). AdblockPlus is the same as adblock but it allows site whitelisting. The only reason I use it, however, is because it is still maintained and updated, whereas the original adblock has stopped.

Then, simply pick and choose the extensions you want Laughing out loud

The ones I can't live without are:

Adblock Plus + Filterset.G - removes ads :S
Download Statusbar - puts your download progress in the statusbar
StatusbarClock - self explanatory
Gmail Notifier - allows you to log into your Gmail account from the browser, and pops up little messages when you get new mail.
Canonical Url & Mouse Gestures - great for people who use keyboard shortcuts and don't want to click buttons Laughing out loud
Greasemonkey - allows you to customise the web.

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