My Firefox 12 extensions and addons
In light of yesterday's entry about my failed Firefox Nightly
experiment and the potential that some of
my extensions are the root cause of my Firefox problems, I'm going
to run down the current set of Firefox extensions that I use in my
main browser (updating previous discussions from the Firefox 7 era, which alarmingly was less
than a year ago). This time around I'm going to group them by purpose:
and only enable it selectively on sites when I have to (and almost
always temporarily). I consider this more an issue of safety than of
not do things that will make me unhappy.
(NoScript also takes care of blocking Flash, Java, and so on.)
- CookieSafe 3.0.5,
with the actual addon here. I browse through
a filtering proxy and it blocks ordinary cookies, but it can't
(For me, CookieSafe 3.1a10 has an explosive interaction with NoScript
still on 3.0.5 aka the 2011-12-10 version of CookieSafe.)
- All-in-One Gestures
(specifically my tweaked version of it). I turn off A-i-O autoscroll
because the native Firefox autoscroll is better (and has been for
years). A-i-O hasn't been updated in ages but still seems to be the
best, most reliable gesture extension in my brief experimentation.
actively developed but the last time I tried it there was an odd
bug with changing font size settings; however, that was a while
back. It would be my leading alternate here.)
Update: All-in-One Gestures seems to have been a major cause
of my Firefox memory bloat problems. I've now replaced it with
FireGestures; see this update. I can no
longer recommend it.
restores the old Firefox bottom status bar so that I can see the
full display of link targets and have a useful page load status
Fixing annoying websites, especially Google's:
combined with the Google Link Cleanup user script to remove
Google's tracking links from search results. I hate these tracking
links with a burning passion for two reasons; first, I have no
interest in letting Google know what search results I've followed
and second, Google's tracking links screw up my history so that I
can't see which search results I've already read and which are new.
combined with a number of mostly personally written styles to fix
various website misdesigns. The most important is a version of
this user style
to disable the left option sidebar in Google searches (because I hate it
and I use Google all the time). I also have Compact Google Reader in the Firefox
instance I use with Google Reader, for similar reasons.
(This entry and its comments have a bunch of
discussion about ways to fix Google's layout issues.)
I could probably replace my use of Stylish with more GreaseMonkey
user scripts, but I started with Stylish and I prefer fixing things
inserts CSS alterations). Certainly there seem to be plenty of 'fix
Google stuff' GreaseMonkey user scripts, eg this one for Google Reader (which I have not tried).
Improving my life:
- It's All Text!
handily deals with how browsers make bad editors. The more I have it available the more I
use it (and the longer comments and so on I wind up leaving, because
I can actually edit them sensibly; this may not be a plus, all things
addon for free. I have not done much with this and in fact currently
have it turned off.
Of these extensions, I consider NoScript, All-in-One Gestures,
GreaseMonkey, and Stylish to be completely essential. I can sort
of live without the others, so as an experiment I am trying that to
see if it makes a difference in Firefox memory usage and the number of
zombie compartments that build up. If I am serious about this, I probably
should migrate away from Stylish to GreaseMonkey for everything
on the grounds that the latter is probably more actively used and maintained
and so any leaks it has are more likely to get fixed promptly.
(Unfortunately I suspect that A-i-O is a likely candidate to be a leaky
extension, since it hasn't been updated in ages.)