Improving Firefox

I posted yesterday about the official release of Firefox 3. I’ve been using the beta versions for several months now and I love it. It’s stable and faster than anything else out there. However, I can’t just leave it alone, so I had to trick it out with some add-ons. I think one of the great benefits of firefox is that many people are developing all different kinds of add-ins and themes to customize the browser. Here are a few add-ons that I use that have helped make my internet life a little easier.

  • – This one is great. is a bookmarking service that lets you access your bookmarks from anywhere on the web. I have installed this on several different computers so I always have access to the same set of bookmarks.
  • Google Gears – Google is working on several of their web apps so that you can work or read even when you are not connected to the internet. This one will be huge in the coming year. Google Reader is already using it.
  • Greasemonkey – this one is a little harder to explain. It allows other custom scripts to run that actually change or enhance certain websites. I use this so that I can use the next two.
  • Better Gmail2 – This is a collection of greasemonkey scripts to improve the gmail webpage. You can select themes, add html signatures, and do several other cool things. I like this one a lot.
  • Better GReader – This is a collection of greasemonkey scripts to improve Google Reader which I use to track quite a few blogs.

Overall, these add some neat features. What add-ons are you using? Drop me a comment and let me know.


I am a former design engineer who now pastors Cornerstone Community Church in Galax, Virginia. I'm passionate about following Jesus and I love technology. I've been married to Jennifer for 28 years, and we have three adult children.

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1 Response

  1. Chris Reeder says:

    Better Gmail2 & Reader are awesome. I was SOOOOOOOOOO excited to be able to do html signatures.

    I currently use Foxmarks to sync favorites… need to give a try.

    If you do any web development, the Web developer add in is great.

    Can’t live without the IE Tab add in either. Some sites do not work with Firefox because of ActiveX stuff.

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