Monday Feb 04, 2008

Firefox: mrtech Toolbar Extension

I installed the mrtech Toolbar about a month ago, and am very pleased with it. Here's a screenshot:

mrtech toolbar

I use it instead of Googlebar Lite and WebMail Notifier. Plus it adds features such as clearing Cache/History/Cookies, weather forecasts, news feeds, gadgets, and a bunchload of other stuff.

Thursday Nov 08, 2007

Firefox and Thunderbird Addons

As I've blogged about before, I'm a huge, huge, huge fan of the Firefox web browsing and Thunderbird email applications. I run them on my Solaris x86 box at work, and my Solaris x86 and MacBookPro systems at home.

And, just for the record, I actually removed the Safari packages from my MBP... it blows me away that Jobs would try to unbundle this POS. "The world's best browser" proclaims their download site... you've got to be kidding...

In any event, I check the addons for Firefox and the addons for Thunderbird on at least a weekly basis, and adjust my configuration at least every couple of weeks.

So, for folks who aren't as inclined to while away their time searching through such things, I figured I'd add a entry to my blog every now and then regarding something cool which I've found.

And, without any further adu. my pick for this post is:

    Update Scanner
    https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/3362

    Monitors web pages for updates. Useful for websites that don't provide Atom or RSS feeds.

Honestly, I've just not been happy with other tools I've used to monitor blogs and other pages with dynamic content.

When a page that you've tagged to monitor (right click, Scan Page For Updates...) is changed, an up arrow in the lower right hand corner of the browser's window changes to blue. Clicking on the arrow shows all the pages which you want to scan in a sidebar, with ones with changes highlighted.

Clicking on the below image shows you what happened when my friend Sin-Yaw just updated his blog.

addon2

So, there you have it... a really lightweight extension that is effective and easy to use... check it out. :)

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