Google customised home page & Firefox 1.0.6

This is pretty neat, haven’t seen anyone mention it so I thought I’d just point it out, charitable guy that I am πŸ˜‰

It’s something like a personalised portal interface, it’s actually pretty neat, after you’ve selected what you want to show, you can drag and drop the boxes around to get the layout just how you want.

It doesn’t have that many options at the moment, just the normal ones like BBC, Wired and Slashdot, but it’s pretty neat and serves as a nice homepage, especially if you are primarily a gmail user.

You can check it out here:

Some other resources I use are:

Also as a side note, a lot of you are probably still using Firefox 1.0.4, 1.0.5 just came out a few days ago and has been supersceded by 1.0.6 which came out last night (due to some stability issues with the new API implementation.

Why Use Firefox?

β€œBeware of spyware. If you can, use the Firefox browser.” – USA Today β€œBetter than Internet Explorer by leaps and bounds.” – FORBES

Popup Blocking
Stop annoying popup ads in their tracks with Firefox’s built in popup blocker.

Tabbed Browsing
View more than one web page in a single window with this time saving feature. Open links in the background so that they’re ready for viewing when you’re ready to read them.

Privacy and Security
Built with your security in mind, Firefox keeps your computer safe from malicious spyware by not loading harmful ActiveX controls. A comprehensive set of privacy tools keep your online activity your business.

Smarter Search
Google Search is built right into the toolbar, and there is a plethora of other search tools including Smart Keywords (type “dict ” in the Location bar), and the new Find bar (which finds text as you type without covering up anything).

Live Bookmarks

RSS integration lets you read the latest news headlines and read updates to your favorite sites that are syndicated. (This means you can easily watch blogs for new posts as long as they have RSS/XML/Atom feeds)

Hassle-Free Downloading
Files you download are automatically saved to your Desktop so they’re easy to find. Fewer prompts mean files download quicker.

Fits Like a Glove
Simple and intuitive, yet fully featured, Firefox has all the functions you’re used to – Bookmarks, History, Full Screen, Text Zooming to make pages with small text easier to read, etc.

S, M, L or XL–It’s Your Choice
Firefox is the most customizable browser on the planet. Customize your toolbars to add additional buttons, install new Extensions that add new features, add new Themes to browse with style, and use the adaptive search system to allow you to search an infinite number of engines. Firefox is as big or small as you want.

Setup’s a Snap
At only 4.7MB (Windows), Firefox takes just a few minutes to download over a slow connection and seconds over a fast connection. The installer gets you set up quickly, and the new Easy Transition system imports all of your settings – Favorites, passwords and other data from Internet Explorer and other browsers – so you can start surfing right away.

Get funky extensions here:

My favourites would be:

1) Adblock
2) BBCode
3) Bugmenot
4) Dictionary Search
5) Forecastfox
6) LiveHTTPHeaders
7) Wordcount
8) Download Manager Tweak
9) IE view

And you can read more about WHY you should use it HERE[/url].

Get it now, reclaim the web!


Along-side that, Thunderbird 1.0.6[/url] has also been released, I recommend upgrading both to the latest versions.




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8 Responses to Google customised home page & Firefox 1.0.6

  1. belacan July 20, 2005 at 3:02 am #

    wah, thanks for the tip. i didn’t even know about this. glad you are ok, and escaped with a broken fingernail only. πŸ˜‰ have a good time back in UK.

  2. izzy July 20, 2005 at 8:44 pm #

    k im convinced!download in progress, thx ST!

  3. Justin July 21, 2005 at 8:59 am #

    I know firefox is good in user views but for webmasters, firefox just destroying internet advertising market. With the ability of blocking the ads on a website there will be no free contents for users in the future and you’ll have to pay for it. If you hate ads so much why you have google ads on your site?

  4. Dabido (Teflon) July 21, 2005 at 10:01 am #

    Firefox is great – It kicks IE’s butt – on top of that, when I installed Service Pack 2, my IE explorer stopped working anyway! So much for Microsoft – they’re sabotaging their own products! lol
    *Sigh* I miss my old Linux machine! *sigh*

  5. ShaolinTiger July 21, 2005 at 10:05 am #

    I have no problem with text ads at all, they are non intrusive, I hate pop-up ads, flash ads, animated gifs, things that blink and move.

    I know the Internet marketing model, I used to be part of it.

    My primary reason for putting Google Ads was to get out of the Sandbox, as I got too many high PR incoming links too fast, and it’s worked, although it took a couple of months.

  6. ShaolinTiger July 21, 2005 at 10:11 am #

    Let me know how you find it!

  7. ShaolinTiger July 21, 2005 at 10:31 am #

    Dual Boot, it’s SO easy now..

    Or install VMWare!

  8. Dabido (Teflon) July 22, 2005 at 4:28 am #

    I don’t want to set up a dual boot at the moment. I used to have dual boot before (actually, from 1996 to 2002). Now I have a habit of using all my drive space up real quick as I record my music to my hard drive.
    (my music = stuff I wrote and play myself – not talking about ripping other peoples stuff).
    All my drive slots are taken in this computer – I did attach an external hard drive via USB port – but I filled that up in no time as well.
    So, when I get around to it, I’ll rebuild one of my old pentiums and stick Redhat 6 on there (I have RH9 – but it won’t work with the old tech – I tried it when my old linux machine died).
    I also want to try the new Solaris on something – all requires a lot more hardware than I have.
    *sigh* Wonder if I can win the lottery … migh tbe hard, I never buy a ticket! *sigh*

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