20 must-have Firefox extensions

These plug-ins give you souped-up functionality, better look and feel, and streamlined development tasks. And some are just plain cool.

A freshly installed copy of Firefox is a great software package, but what makes this open-source browser so special is the ability to customize it via extensions and themes to really make it yours. The problem is, there are so many available add-ins, it’s tough to know what’s worth installing and what’s just going to junk up your system.

That’s where we come in. We’ve ferreted out 20 of the best extensions and add-ins used and recommended by hardcore Web surfers, developers and IT pros. Whether you’re looking for more streamlined surfing, improved look and feel, cool design tools or serious Web development help, there’s something (and more than likely several things) here for you.

and now take me to the 20 must-have Firefox extensions

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The 20 (Mostly Free) Downloads You Can’t Do Without

Cure a sluggish PC, improve your defenses, and have more computing fun with these great programs. Most are freebies, and you can try those that aren’t before you put down any cash.

You likely have plenty of software on your PC. But do you have the right software?

Any well-equipped system needs a basic software suite, a collection of tools that can keep your machine in working order and help it take care of everyday tasks–as well as some not-so-ordinary tasks. Since such software doesn’t ship with your PC, for the most part, you’ll have to accumulate it over time.

Which programs should you get? We’ve put together a suite of 20 must-have applications–the tools that will allow you to get the most out of your PC. We’ve included a wide variety of software, from security utilities to system cleaners to graphics tools. We’ve mixed some all-time favorites with some apps that you’ve probably never heard of. They all have one thing in common: You need them. Now. So read on and start downloading.

20 Fantastic Open Source Downloads

They’re free, but that doesn’t mean these apps aren’t powerful. Created by folks who welcome help and improvements to their work, many of these programs are superior to packaged software.

The very earliest days of the PC revolution were soaked in idealism. People shared their knowledge with one another freely; the very idea of charging for software was an anathema. The early days of the Internet had a similar rosy view of the world.

Today, of course, all that has changed. But there are still plenty of idealists out there, sharing their work with the world freely, and asking others to work cooperatively with them. That’s the underlying idea behind the Open Source movement. People create software, and allow others to download and use it freely, and let them modify it as well.

This idealism can create great software. That’s where Firefox got its start, for example. But there’s plenty of great, free Open Source software beyond Firefox. I’ve rounded up 20 of my top Open Source favorites. Their sophistication and power will surprise you; you’ll find everything from a universal instant messaging program to powerful multimedia and graphics tools, security software, and beyond. The programs show that Open Source adherents aren’t wild-eyed zealots–they produce plenty of great software.

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iTunes Cover Flow in Flash

Hey Everyone,

Love Apple? Love iTunes? Love looking at all your albums in your iTunes in a sense of accomplishment. Now you can do it in flash. Great way to show off those piece of work or just have a photo album. I hope someday someone takes this and hooks it up with an API to some music service. That would be amazing. Anyways here is the example and then the code below.

coverFlowV1

Have fun and make it better.

Example

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The 15 Best Web Apps You’ve Never Heard Of

If popularity were a reliable indicator of a product’s greatness, the Big Mac would be the world’s best burger, Coca-Cola would be nutritious, and Microsoft wouldn’t have to spend billions to convince you to buy its software. Savvy computer users know that sometimes the best program is the one you haven’t yet used. So when we set out to find the ultimate online apps, we skipped the big sites that everyone already knows.

Sure, you can track your schedule with Google Calendar, watch videos on YouTube, and share pictures with friends on Flickr, but while these popular web apps certainly serve up great features, none of them is perfect. Meanwhile, the Internet is brimming with underdogs that are dreaming up some kick-ass new concepts—and putting them into action right now.

The rise of easier-to-use web development tools like Python and Ruby on Rails has caused an explosion of cool new web services that do everything from organizing your thoughts to tracking airfares across multiple travel sites to replacing your entire Office suite—and almost everything is free. Even as you read this, the world of web apps is expanding with cool new sites that take the features of your favorite old standbys and give them new, innovative twists. Some are terrible, but many are just plain brilliant, and we’ve narrowed down the field to 15 apps that will fundamentally change the way you use the web.

The 15 Best Web Apps You’ve Never Heard Of

Mozilla introduces new Weave online service

Mozilla Labs launched a new online service called Weave yesterday. The idea behind Weave is that all your personal information such as bookmarks, passwords and are synced to your Mozilla account via Firefox.

Mozilla Weave logo

As Mozilla Labs GM Chris Beard describes in this post, the goals of Weave are to:

  • provide a basic set of optional Mozilla-hosted online services
  • ensure that it is easy for people to set up their own services with freely available open standards-based tools
  • provide users with the ability to fully control and customize their online experience, including whether and how their data should be shared with their family, their friends, and third-parties
  • respect individual privacy (e.g. client-side encryption by default with the ability to delegate access rights)
  • leverage existing open standards and propose new ones as needed
  • build a extensible architecture like Firefox

While it’s interesting to see Mozilla moving into services, I am not sure if this matters yet.