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
- 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.
(FireGestures is 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.)
- Status-4-Evar 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 display.
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.)
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 considered).
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.)