Firefox 3.0 Now Available For Download

I know I’ve become notorious for really long posts lately, so I’ll make this one really quick!   I just wanted to let everyone know that you can now download Firefox 3.0.

If you’ve been following this site for awhile (or you dig through the archives), you’ll know that I have a serious man crush on Firefox, so this is a very exciting day for me.  Even though I always try the betas and release candidates, there is nothing like making it official.

If you’ve tried out Firefox 3.0, what are your thoughts?

Best of: Firefox Greasemonkey Scripts

Have you ever noticed that sometimes websites don’t behave in an ideal way, don’t look the way you want them to, or maybe there are a few features you would like to see added?

What if I told you that there is a way to manipulate those websites to look and work the way you want them to? If you use the Firefox web browser, you can use the Greasemonkey Firefox extension to customize the way a website displays using bits of javascript. Internet Explorer fans can use the IE7 Pro Compatibility Add-on to use some Greasemonkey scripts, and Safari users have Greasekit (formerly known as Creammonkey).

In the past, I have already done a post highlighting some of the best Greasemonkey scripts available, however I have decided to take it to another level and much larger compilation post. Once again, I’ve chosen to display the scripts broken down into categories for easy reference.

Amazon Greasemonkey Scripts

  • A9.com Googlizer – Make a9.com more readable, somewhat like Google.
  • Amazon Ad Blocker – Blocks Amazon sponsored links.
  • Amazon Dynamic Local Currency – Show prices in you local currency.
  • Amazon Music Helper – Creates a direct link to the download from free music downloads.
  • Amazon Super Saver Snooper – Enhance Amazon search by showing which items are eligible for Super Saver Shipping / Amazon Prime.
  • Book Burro – Compare book prices from various book stores.
  • RIAA Radar – Attach RIAA_Radar directly to Amazon’s pages.
  • The Movie Dude – Cross-links movie sites so you don’t have to.

Blogger Greasemonkey Scripts

  • Add Comment Edit Link in Blogger – Adds an edit link beside the trash can icon in Blogger comments. This link will only be visible to the blog owner when the owner views the comments.
  • Blogger Comment Moderation – Check off comments to delete, then blast them all at the same time. Use with Checkrange for extra fun.
  • Blogger Keep Current Time on Post – Blogger keep current time on post.
  • Blogger Large Template Editor – Hides the navbar setting and doubles the template editor’s height.
  • Sitemap Generator for Blogger – Generates a Sitemap for Blogger.
  • Technorati and Del.icio.us Tags for Blogger – Changes the Edit Post Blogger form to include a tags field.

Bloglines Greasemonkey Scripts

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Best of: Wikipedia Greasemonkey Scripts

Unless you’ve been living a very sheltered life offline over the past five years, you’ve probably heard of and even visited Wikipedia at some point. 

Wikipedia is an online open source reference site that anyone can edit.  While the existance of such a site requires some trust and has a few problems, overall the information you get off Wikipedia is pretty accurate and helpful.  

I’ve found Wikipedia very useful on several occasions, but there is definitely some room for improvement.  If you have the Greasemonkey extension installed on your Firefox web browser, you can use Greasemonkey scripts to help improve the behavior of Wikipedia.   Here are a collection of my favorite Wikipedia Greasemonkey scripts.

Wikipedia Greasemonkey Scripts

  • Google Search Sidebar – Adds a sidebar with search results from Dictionary.com, Wikipedia, Flickr, and Youtube. Please report any bugs.
  • The Movie Dude – Cross-links movie sites so you don’t have to.
  • WikEd – A full-featured in-browser editor for Wikipedia and other MediaWikis.
  • Wikify – Adds a Wikify button to Gmail.
  • Wikipedia Auto-Login – Automatically logs you into Wikipedia if Firefox is set to remember your password.
  • Wikipedia Clean and Professional -  Changes Wikipedia’s layout to be more clean and professional.
  • Wikipedia Image Link Fix – On image pages, removes the link to the image if no larger version is available.
  • Wikipedia Inline Article Viewer – Adds an icon next to links to other articles on Wikipedia pages. When clicked, the linked article is opened inside a inline frame without leaving the original article.
  • Wikipedia Modified Warning – Shows a warning if an English Wikipedia page has been modified within the last X minutes (default is 5).
  • Wiki Sidebar Tweak – Keep the sidebar of Wiki’s always on top and keep the languages you know on top in the ‘other languages’-box.

Know of a useful one I missed?  Let me know in the comments below!

Best of: iGoogle Greasemonkey Scripts

As more things begin to move online, it has become more important to have a centralized homepage of sorts to access all your information from one spot.  There are a variety of great options out there today, but so far I’ve found that iGoogle, Google’s homepage, has done the best job of filling my needs in this area.  

With that said, there is always room improvement with any product, and Greasemonkey has stepped in to fill that void with a variety of great scripts to change the behavior of iGoogle.   In order to use these, you will first need the Greasemonkey extension and the Firefox web browser installed on your computer.  

iGoogle Greasemonkey Scripts

  • BeautyBlue – Nice blue theme for your iGoogle page.
  • Google IG Max – Maximizes the removal of extra space to save room. Removes headers, footers, along with reducing the size of many elements on this page.
  • More Rounded Corners – Allows you to round the corners of your modules.
  • Remove Extra Space – Removes all the extra space on your iGoogle homepage.
  • Remove the Header – Allows you to remove all module headers. You can also remove the footer with this script.
  • Remove the Plus – Removes the + symbol next to each link within the modules.
  • Replacing the Google Logo – Allows you to put any image where the iGoogle logo is (requires some hard coding).
  • Resizeable Columns – Allows you to resize your homepage’s columns to look how you want.
  • Transparencies – Makes the header image transparent to improve the look of your homepage.

Know of any good ones I’ve missed?  Let me know in the comments below!

Best of: Amazon Greasemonkey Scripts

Whenever I think of great websites, one of the first websites that comes to mind is Amazon.   Amazon does a great job of offering products at competitive prices, and they do a great job of cross-selling other products they have available.   While there isn’t a whole lot that they need to improve on, there are a few things that can be done to make it easier for people browsing their website.   

This is where Greasemonkey steps in to help improve your Amazon experience.   here are list of Amazon Greasemonkey scripts available for you to use.   The only requirement is that you have the Greasemonkey extension installed in your Firefox web browser.

Amazon Greasemonkey Scripts

  • A9.com Googlizer – Make a9.com more readable, somewhat like Google.
  • Amazon Ad Blocker – Blocks Amazon sponsored links.
  • Amazon Dynamic Local Currency – Show prices in you local currency.
  • Amazon Music Helper – Creates a direct link to the download from free music downloads.
  • Amazon Super Saver Snooper – Enhance Amazon search by showing which items are eligible for Super Saver Shipping / Amazon Prime.
  • Book Burro – Compare book prices from various book stores.
  • RIAA Radar – Attach RIAA_Radar directly to Amazon’s pages.
  • The Movie Dude – Cross-links movie sites so you don’t have to.

Know of any good ones that I missed?  Let me know in the comments below!

Best of: Google AdSense Greasemonkey Scripts

There are all sorts of great uses for the Greasemonkey extension, but one of my all time favorites is using it to prevent advertisements.  The first thing most people think of when they think of advertisements is Google AdSense, and there are a large number of scripts available that can influence the behavior of Google AdSense.  

I’ve gone ahead and compiled a list of the better Google AdSense Greasemonkey scripts that I could find.  In order to use these, you will need to have the Greasemonkey extension installed in your Firefox web browser.  

Google AdSense Greasemonkey Scripts

  • Google AdSense Auto-Login – Automatically logs you into your Google AdSense account.
  • Google AdSense EPC/CPC – Shows the Earnings Per Click (EPC) you’re getting in your Google Adsense reports. Also known as Cost Per Click (CPC).
  • Google AdSense Removal – Removes Google AdSense advertisements and sponsored links from web pages you visit, as well as removing the advertisements from Gmail.  Also gives you the options to allow advertisements on designated pages.
  • Google Search AdSense Removal – Removes AdSense advertisements from Google’s search results.
  • Prevent Accidental Clicks – Makes it so you can’t accidentally click on your own advertisements on your website.   Requires you to enter your AdSense Indentification Number.
  • Replace Google/Yahoo Ads - Replaces Google AdSense and Yahoo! advertisements with a box that says “Advertisement removed.”  This way you can see who is using ads, but not have to view them.

Missed any good ones?  Let me know in the comments below!

Flock Announces Features Scheduled For 1.1 Beta

I’m primarily a Firefox user, but I’ve made no secret that I’m a big fan of the Flock Web Browser.  I love the social aspect of the browser and would probably use it as my primary browser if I used social websites more often.

Today it looks like Flock announced 3 major new features are scheduled to be included with Flock 1.1, including one major one.   Flock 1.1 will feature integration with e-mail!   This is something that Opera has had in some form for awhile now, but up until now, other web browsers haven’t really pursued this.   You’ll be able to check your Gmail or Yahoo! Mail with the click of a button.  In addition to adding easy e-mail access, this also opens up many possibilities for sharing web pages and images with others using e-mail and your web browser.

In addition to e-mail integration, Flock will now offer Friend Activity allowing you to monitor your friends across all social networks you have accounts with.  If that isn’t enough, Flock users will also have Picasa integration, allowing you to easily interact with Picasa Web Albums.

It looks like the beta version will be available to everyone by the end of January.

Best of: eBay Greasemonkey Scripts

When we think of Greasemonkey scripts, many of us probably think of the popular social services, such as Del.icio.us, Digg, and even StumbleUpon.   What many people don’t realize is that the there are Graeasemonkey scripts out there for all sorts of websites we visit daily, such as eBay in this example.   

In this post I’ve managed to collect a number of the best eBay Greasemonkey scripts that are available to use.  The only requirement is that you have the Greasemonkey extension installed in your Firefox web browser.

eBay Greasemonkey Scripts

  • eBay Auction Enhancer – Adds a countdown and in-place bidding to eBay auctions.
  • eBay Auto Feedback – Fetches random feedback from the eBay Feedback Generator and fills in the comment field on eBay feedback pages.
  • eBay Currency Converter – Shows the price in your own currency after the USD/GBP/CAD/AUD price on eBay auctions. Exchange rates are updated manually within the file.
  • eBay Display Totals with Shipping – Computes and displays the total price with shipping added. Makes a new column that shows the final price for both the BuyItNow and auction price added to the shipping prices. Note: Works with international prices.
  • eBay Item Reloader – Provides a link to quickly reload eBay items.
  • eBay Next Item Link – Adds a link to the next item when browsing search results.
  • eBay Search Pictures – Add pictures in search where no preview picture exists.
  • eBay Shipping Preview – Show eBay shipping costs section in a preview div when the price is clicked.
  • My eBay Auto-Forward – Script to forward the browser from the my-ebay guest page to the real page.
  • My eBay Auto-Login – Automatically submits the My eBay login form (and checks the “Keep me signed in” box) if your username and password were automatically filled in (typically by the Firefox password manager).
  • My eBay Style Add-on – This script will grey out all ended ebay auctions and colorize all auctions you are currently bidding on in the my ebay lists.
  • Show only negative feedback – Adds two new tabs to eBay feedback pages that show only the negative and neutral comments an eBay member has received & left for others via toolhaus.org.

Know of a useful script that I missed?  Let me know in the comments below!

Best of: Blogger Greasemonkey Scripts

While the blogging software available at WordPress.org has picked up a lot of steam lately, there are still a number of bloggers that choose to use Blogger to host their weblogs.   In many ways, Blogger’s popularity makes sense, as they allow you to place advertisements on your site while avoiding the hosting and domain costs of a WordPress blog. 

With the use of Greasemonkey scripts, you are able to easily improve your Blogger experience.   All that is required is the use of a Greasemonkey extension and the Firefox web browser, then you are all set!

Blogger Greasemonkey Scripts

  • Add Comment Edit Link in Blogger – Adds an edit link beside the trash can icon in Blogger comments. This link will only be visible to the blog owner when the owner views the comments.
  • Blogger Comment Moderation – Check off comments to delete, then blast them all at the same time. Use with Checkrange for extra fun.
  • Blogger Keep Current Time on Post – Blogger keep current time on post.
  • Blogger Large Template Editor – Hides the navbar setting and doubles the template editor’s height.
  • Sitemap Generator for Blogger – Generates a Sitemap for Blogger.
  • Technorati and Del.icio.us Tags for Blogger – Changes the Edit Post Blogger form to include a tags field.

Know of a useful Blogger script that I missed?  Let me know in the comments below!

Best of: Yahoo! Mail Greasemonkey Scripts

Despite the popularity of Gmail among the internet-savvy crowd, you may be surprised to learn that Yahoo! Mail still has a majority of the web-based e-mail users.  They’ve been around a lot longer, and because they charge to forward e-mail, many people seem to be hesitant to switch and end up content with what Yahoo! Mail offers. 

With that said, there are always going to be tweaks and improvements that can be made.   This is where Greasemonkey steps in, allowing people with the Greasemonkey extension installed in their Firefox web browser to change how Yahoo! Mail looks and functions.   Here are a few of the best Yahoo! Mail greasemonkey scripts:

Yahoo! Mail Greasemonkey Scripts

  • AJAX Yahoo! Mail – Adds AJAX support to the current Yahoo! mail and makes it more usable.
  • Attachment Download Link – Add a direct link to download attachment on the message page.
  • Skip Session Expired Page – Redirects you to the secured login page (https).
  • Welcome Page Skipper – Skip the welcome page and go straight to your inbox.
  • Yahoo! Autocomplete On – Turns Yahoo! Mail login form autocomplete “on”, so that your web browser remembers you.  Also works with password manager in Firefox, so no need to type your login any more.  Additionally unchecks the “Keep me signed in” button so that you can check multiple yahoo accounts easily.
  • Yahoo! Mail Ads Remover – Removes ads from the free version of Yahoo! Mail.
  • Yahoo! Mail Login Assistant – Provides a drop-down list of Yahoo mail usernames and forces a secure login.
  • yMailto – Forces all mailto links to open in Yahoo! Mail or the service of your choice.

Is there a Yahoo! Mail script you use that didn’t make the list?  Let me know in the comments below!