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Web Application as Desktop Application with Bubbles

BubblesUse your web applications, like Gmail and Google Calendar, just like desktop applications.

Bubbles is simply but clever way to use web applications or sites just like desktop applications. You just add your favorite web sites in Bubbles settings and after that you can use them in their own windows and they sit in the system tray. Bubbles has some web applications pre-configured and they have some extra functionality. There are Google Calendar, Gmail, 30 Boxes, Yahoo Mail and Flickr. You can for example upload photos by dragging them into Flickr.

Some applications just work so naturally as desktop applications in Bubbles. My favorites is to use SlimTimer with Bubbles.

Minimal Firefox 2 Add-ons

Last updated: November 24, 2006

Firefox 2 Add-onsUseful extensions for Firefox for web browsing and web development.

There are thousands of add-ons for Firefox. In this list I have concentrated on those extensions that minimize and cleans Firefox user interface and makes web browsing easier and more effective. Last part is for extensions for web developers.

Web Browsing

  • Aging Tabs: Firefox add-ons page :: homepage
    Makes unused tabs fade with age and highlights the selected tab. If you usually have many tabs open at the same time, this extension might be visually helpful.
  • All-in-One Sidebar: Firefox add-ons page :: homepage
    Sidebar control lets you quickly switch between sidebars, view dialog windows such as downloads, extensions, and more in the sidebar, or view source code or websites in the sidebar. This extensions cleans nicely the user interface by gathering all opening windows into sidebar.
  • BetterSearch: Firefox add-ons page :: homepage
    While waiting for Firefox 2 version look GooglePreview. Enhances Google, A9, MSN, Yahoo, Answers.com (web results), AllTheWeb, del.icio.us, Ask.com, Clusty.com, Vivismo.com, Dogpile and Simpy.com by adding preview thumbnails and Amazon product info as well as new special links to the search results.
    This extensions is great with search sites as well as with del.icio.us lists to help to memorise the tagged sources.
  • Blogger Web Comments: Firefox add-ons page :: homepage
    Waiting for Firefox 2 version. Post and read comments on any webpage. You can see on any web page list of blogs which have a links to the current page.
  • BugMeNot: Firefox add-ons page :: homepage
    Bypass compulsory web registration with the context menu via www.bugmenot.com.
  • del.icio.us: Firefox add-ons page :: homepage
    Keep, share and discover all your favorite thins. For del.icio.us users. There is a new extension by del.icio.us called del.icio.us Bookmarks. It integrates more tightly with Firefox’s bookmarking system, so it conflicts with other extensions like Google Browser Sync and Foxmarks. The new extension might be worth trying.
  • FaviconizeTab: Firefox add-ons page :: homepage Added 2006-11-24
    The width of the specified tab becomes small up to the size of favicon. This is a must tab space saver add-on!
  • FxIF: Firefox add-ons page :: homepage
    View EXIF data in image properties.
  • Google Notebook: Firefox add-ons page :: homepage
    Allows notetaking while browsing. Well, for Google Notebook users this is a must.
  • GooglePreview: Firefox add-ons page :: homepage
    Inserts web site thumbnail previews in Google and Yahoo search results. This extension feels faster than BetterSearch.
  • Greasemonkey: Firefox add-ons page :: homepage
    A user script manager.
  • IE View Lite: Firefox add-ons page :: homepage
    Cut down version of IE View (Firefox add-ons page). Open Internet Explorer view in a tab. IE View and IE Tab extensions does the same thing, but both of these extensions use C++ code to do their thing, which means they use DLLs, which means they’re larger than the JavaScript-based IE View Lite and more susceptible to changes not only in Firefox but in Windows itself.
  • IE View: Firefox add-ons page :: homepage
    Opens pages in IE via Firefox menus. There is also IE View Lite (Firefox add-ons page), which is, according to the author, a cut down version of IE View. Both of them allow the current page or a selected link to be opened in Internet Explorer. Third option is IE Tab (Firefox add-ons page), which works like IE View but opens IE pages in Firefox tab. IE Tab extension uses C++ code to do its thing, which means it uses DLLs, which means it’s larger than the JavaScript-based IE View and more susceptible to changes not only in Firefox but in Windows itself.
  • Menu Editor: Firefox add-ons page :: homepage
    Customize application menus. This is a nice way to hide unnecessary menu items.
  • Mouse Gestures: Firefox add-ons page :: homepage
    Allows you to execute common commands using mouse gestures.
  • New Tab Button on Tab Bar: Firefox add-ons page :: homepage
    Adds a new tab button to the tab bar. When you have only couple tabs, it is easy to open new tab by double-clicking empty area on tab bar. But when there is no empty space, New Tab Button on Tab Bar extension is handy.
    Now that Tab Mix Plus is Firefox 2 compatible and if you use it, it includes this extension’s functionality.
  • SearchStatus: Firefox add-ons page :: homepage
    Display the Google PageRank and Alexa ranking with search-related tools.
  • Stealther: Firefox add-ons page :: homepage
    Surf the web without leaving a trace in a Firefox.
  • Stop-or-Reload Button: Firefox add-ons page :: homepageTurns the stop and reload buttons into a single one. When you can stop, you have a Stop button, otherwise you have a Reload button. This is a small extension to minimise a little user interface.
  • Stylish: Firefox add-ons page :: homepage
    Customize the look of websites and of the user interface. This is a must extension if you want to tweak Firefox user interface. For example to show only those web site icons on tabs that have a favicon and fade the not selected tabs icons like in Flock web browser (I guess code needs some cleaning):
    @namespace url(http://www.mozilla.org/keymaster/gatekeeper/there.is.only.xul);
    /* Fade just the icon */
    .tabbrowser-tabs tab:not([selected="true"]) .tab-icon {
      -moz-opacity: 0.25 !important;
      display: -moz-box !important;
    }
    .tabbrowser-tabs tab:not([selected="true"]) *|tab:not([image]) .tab-icon {
      display: none !important;
    }
    .tabbrowser-tabs tab:not([selected="true"]) .tab-text {
      margin-left: 2px !important;
    }
    .tabbrowser-tabs tab[selected="true"] .tab-icon {
      -moz-opacity: 1 !important;
      margin-top: 1px !important;
    }
    /* Alternatively, kill only default tabbrowser icons (no site icon) */
    .tabbrowser-tabs *|tab:not([image]) .tab-icon {
      display: none !important;
    }
    /* Show icons (no matter what) when hovering over the tab */
    .tabbrowser-tabs *|tab:hover .tab-icon {
      -moz-opacity: 1 !important;
    }
  • Tab Mix Plus: Firefox add-ons page :: homepage
    Tab browsing with an added boost. This is a must., but waiting for Firefox 2 version…
  • Tab Sidebar: Firefox add-ons page :: homepage
    Displays previews of your tabs in your sidebar. Occationally this might come handy.

Web Development

AlexaRadar – Movers And Shakers by Country

AlexaRadarAlexaRadar’s Fast Traffic is an automatically generated listing of websites getting rapid increase of daily reach in a given geographic area.

AlexaRadar is a great way to have a live view and the trends of the web. Visually most interesting part is AlexaRadar’s Worf Map of Innovation. It plots the movers and shakers on the world map by using the Google Maps API and Amazon Web Services API. Map markers show Alexa traffic graph of that site.

Including World of Innovation AlexaRadar offers four different views of traffic:

  • Movers & Shakers by Country – Fastest growing traffic
  • Fast Growth Matrix – 76 Countries x 5 Websites
  • Daily Reach Comparison Chart – Top 5 Websites
  • World Map of Innovation – See where websites grow

Get side-by-side web traffice comparisons. Analyzes 5-year Alexa Traffic Charts to find websites showing steady growth of daily reach, and categorizes them by country and region. Useful. 5 stars out of 5. — ProgrammableWeb

AlexaRadar is developed by Viktors Rotanovs and it started in September 2006.

From Del.icio.us to Google Bookmarks

Google BookmarksIf you are for Google Bookamarks, you might be interested in about bookmarks importer from Del.icio.us to Google

Google Bookmarks needs still quite a lot improvements to become a competitior for other bookmarking services, but still it has it’s advantages if you use also other Google’s services. Google Bookmarks are also private. Persistent.info has a script for importing Del.icio.us bookmarks to Google. You can use the script on their website or copy the script and run your own copy.

SlimTimer Makes Time Tracking Easy

SlimTimerSlimTimer makes time tracking an easy task. It is a free web based service and it has an public API.

SlimTimer is a web based time tracking service. It’s simple, free and makes time tracking easy. SlimTimer works like a stop watch on the web. According to builder Richard White, SlimTimer is about:

  • Making time tracking easier by eliminating timesheets in favor of using a web based timer.
  • Time tracking on an individual basis. You can set who your coworkers and stakeholders are on each specific task.
  • Getting rid of rigid client > project > task hierarchies in lieu of using tagging to create a workflow that works best for you.
  • Creating transparency between the people working on a project and those paying for it. Your clients can view time worked on their project in real time, avoiding any surprises when the invoice arrives.

SlimTimer keeps it’s promise being easy. Create yourself a free account and you’ll be tracking time in a minute.

SlimTimer API

On sunday the SlimTimer public API was released. It’s REST-based and fluent in XML, YAML and JSON. The Public API allows secure access to SlimTimer user data for syncing with external applications.

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