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My firefox extension called “Request Access” has been hosted in http://www.download.com and http://www.softpedia.com sites. I have not submitted this open source extension for hosting. I am happy to note that it is found useful to some one. You can find more details and download from Download.com and Softpedia.com.

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Searchmash is the test bed for next generation google search. This site is owned and operated by Google, Inc. It is called Google Search 2.0. It’s look and feel and presentation are designed such a way that it is easy to explore the data we search. It is worth to test this site.

I have developed a search engine plug-in for Firefox, to search using this site. I have done nothing more than running a wizard provided by searchy. In this site, look for searchmash and download the plug-in. It will prompt you for adding the searchmash search engine plug-in. If you agree, immediately you can see searchmash search box in the drop down search engine list at the top right corner of the Firefox.

Firefox 2.0 RC2 has been released. It is well polished and has good number of features which includes, better tab handling, anti-phishing, inline spell check,etc. We use to face the problem of version incompatibilites of existing firefox extensions while we test beta/release-candidate versions. Some time even after official release of Firefox new version, the extension developer don’t update their extension immediately. If there is no major API change in firefox, most of the old extensions works well with new firefox. The upcoming Firefox 2.0, does not have any major API change which makes us to tweak the existing extensions to work well with new firefox. Here is a simple HOWTO on the same:

1. Download and save the extension which you want to install in your desktop.

2. The firefox extensions are packed as zip file and renamed as .xpi. So you can use any unzip tool to extract the content of the .xpi file (you can easily rename as .zip instead of .xpi, then your default zip program will extract the file when you double-click it)

3. You can find install.rdf file in the extracted file. You can find a tag called “<em:targetApplication>”. Under that tag, you can find firefox minimum and maximum version. Replace the maximum version with new firefox release and save the file.

<!– Firefox –>
<em:targetApplication>
<Description>
<em:id>{ec8030f7-c20a-464f-9b0e-13a3a9e97384}</em:id>
<em:minVersion>1.5</em:minVersion>
<em:maxVersion>2.0</em:maxVersion>
</Description>
</em:targetApplication>

4. Now zip the entire directory and rename it as .xpi.

5. Open the .xpi file from firefox. Now your favourite installed and works well with new firefox release.

Sometimes we encounter “Firewall – Access denied for the web site you requested!” message while surfing from a corporate network. Unfortunately, firewalls sometimes rate a good valid site as blacklisted site. In that case we use to request our system administrator to whitelist that site. This tool comes in handy for this purpose. Once you encounter this message, you have to just click “Request Access!” menu in Tools menu of firefox. Now your mail requesting administrator to unblock the site is ready in your default mail client. Just click “Send”. That is it. Your System Administrator’s email-id and your Full name are configurable through Options button in extensions dialog.

This is my first contribution to open source world. My first firefox extension too. Welcoming your comments for this tiny tool..!

I had submitted this extension to mozilla for approval. Today it has been approved and listed in Mozilla site. You can download it from here:

https://addons.mozilla.org/extensions/moreinfo.php?id=1826&application=firefox

Mozilla has released Firefox 1.5 web browser yesterday (29th Nov 2005). It has many good features and improvements. I list out the features which I understood and like here.
1.Back and Forward works fast. Everytime when you go forth and back, the already rendered page is transferred to screen instead of rendering again. Nice thought!
2.Automatic Update has been very well integrated. Here afterwards need not to download the entire (5MB) Firefox for security update. A few hundred KB of file is enough. It shows that mozilla listens to end users requests.
3.Drag and Drop the tabs – i.e ordering the tabs is also a nice feature.
4.Clear Private Data in single click is also a good feature (that too customizable).
5.Security wise I don’t know much about technical aspects. But I strongly believe that Mozilla releases security fix as quick as possible. It is proven in past.
6.In long run only, I can tell you about popup block improvements in this version 1.5. So far it is good.
7. Screen reader support for commercial application Windows-eyes has been provided in this version. This feature takes Firefox close to blind people. Good move. But why can’t Firefox provide support for a open source screen reader application?
8. Apart from these, I always like the highly customizable tool bar, so that people like me who work on 14/15″ screen are blessed with this tool to save more space for web page. It avoids cluttering of tool bars in screen.

Here is the list of extensions I use with Firefox 1.5 for your reference.
1. Download Statusbar – It avoids unnecessary dialog box. We are able to monitor the status of all downloads behind, from status bar.
2. Plain Text to Link – Selected plain text in web page can be fired as url, google search term using context menu.
3. StumbleUpon tool bar – Social site rating and sharing tool.
4. ScrapBook – A good relief from annoying “Save as” dialog box. Just click to save the web page and organize.
5. Flashgot – Download manager integration tool
6. Fasterfox – Fine tune the Firefox configuration for faster browsing experience.
7. IE Tab – Renders the web page using IE engine, handy tool for “Designed for IE” web sites.
8. imagepref – Just click to enable/disable the images in a web page.
9. Google tool bar – Need to say anything?

Why can’t you give a try by downloading it from here.