My Firefox 7 extensions
November 3, 2011
If you use Google services, you may have noticed that they recently yanked around the design of pretty much everything. Part of that work basically forced me to upgrade from a self-compiled Firefox 3.6.2x to a self-compiled Firefox 7, because Google carefully broke my workaround to their previous search design issue by degrading the HTML returned when you visited in Firefox 3.x from a <div>-based layout to a table based layout. Since I can't stand the stock Google search results layout, it was either switch search engines or update to Firefox 7 to get a fixable, <div>-based layout back. I opted to do the latter.
(It helped that since I upgraded to Fedora 15 at both home and work, my testing instance of Firefox has been Firefox 7 so I've already partly acclimatized to it. I might have been very grumpy with Google if I had been forced into Firefox 7 cold.)
I am not entirely fond of Firefox 7's interface, but I can live with it. However, now it's time to update my list of essential extensions from the Firefox 3 version:
I no longer care about the Nightly Tester Tools extension. The relentless march of Firefox version numbers has created a situation where running the bleeding edge Firefox means doing without extensions relatively frequently, and I'm no longer willing to do that. At the moment I'm running a patched and self-compiled version of the current release version of Firefox 7 and I expect to continue doing so in the future; if anything I'm likely to lag behind the official releases (as I did recently, when I was still running Firefox 3.6.x well after Firefox went past that).
My list of extensions that I don't use from 2006 (and why) continues to be applicable. The only extension I'll add today is:
(I write these entries partly so that I can come here on a new machine and immediately have links to all of the extensions that I want to install in order to civilize my Firefox.)
Written on 03 November 2011.
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