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  • Stacked Browsing (and other Extensions)

    Posted on December 17th, 2004 Brian No comments

    While I’m browsing the web, I use Firefox tabs as a sort of “browsing stack“. I tend to start out on something, and then branch off into other things by opening them into a new tab. As I finish with a given page, I’ll close pages until I’ve again found a page of relevance from which I continue to work. This works particularly well when I’m checking my RSS feeds on Bloglines.

    Occaisionally, however, I will find a page that I want to save for later reading. For example, this interesting article on .NET memory optimization came through this afternoon on the MSDN Just Published feed. Being a typical geek, I of course clicked on the link for reading. I was busy, however, and didn’t want to spend the time reading it right now. Oridinarily, this would screw up my stack, since now I would have to continually skip over this page when closing tabs; and if I make a mistake, I have to go find the article again.

    Except not anymore. I found a sweet little plugin for Firefox called miniT. It lets me drag and drop tabs to re-arrange them. Oh the joy of being able to move something down on the stack!

    This is yet another reason I love Firefox. There are just so many cool and useful extensions out there! My extension list currently consists of:

    • AdBlock – Removes advertisements using a simple wildcard scheme.
    • mozCC – Discovers Creative Commons metadata on the web pages I visit, and displays icons describing it in the status bar.
    • jsLib – A utility library installed and used by mozCC.
    • LiveLines – Modifies the Firefox Live Bookmarks icon to drop me on the BlogLines feed subscription page, instead of adding a worthless-to-me live bookmark.
    • Live HTTP Headers – Lets me capture HTTP header exchanges on the fly.
    • miniT – Allows me to rearrange open tabs.

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