20 most wanted Firefox extensions

There is a good list of 20 must-have Firefox extensions published at computer world web site. These plug-ins give you souped-up functionality, better look and feel, and streamlined development tasks.

Currently I am using following two add-ons
1) Google Toolbar
2) Stumble! Toolbar

You can find some other Firefox add-on information here :)

A freshly installed copy of Firefox is a great software package, but what makes this open-source browser so special is the ability to customize it via extensions and themes to really make it yours. The problem is, there are so many available add-ins, it’s tough to know what’s worth installing and what’s just going to junk up your system.
* Tools for taming the Web
* Visual improvements
* Matters of convenience
* Information gatherers
* Web developer essentials

=> 20 must-have Firefox extensions

Howto publish and convert documents online with Scribd

This is cool new service that allows anyone to upload and publish document online just like Youtube videos.

You can covert document between many different formats, including Word, PDF, plain text, HTML, JPEG, PowerPoint, Excel, Postscript, LIT, and even audio format. You don’t have to sign up to download or upload files.

Howto publish and convert documents online with Scribd
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Scribd lets you publish and discover documents online. It is like a big online library where anyone can upload. We make use of a custom Flash document viewer that lets you display documents right in your Web browser. There are all sorts of other features that make it easy and fun to publish, convert, embed, analyze, and read documents.

Part of the idea behind Scribd is that everyone has a lot of documents sitting around on their computers that only they can read. With Scribd we hope to unlock this information by putting it on the web.

Visit Scribd website

Now read gmail from BlackBerry mobile phone

I’ve google email apps account for one of my domain.

Google has now introduced this new feature. It allows me to read mail on my BlackBerry. It’s new and it’s fast.

a) All you have to do is visit this site : m.google.com/a from the BlackBerry browser

b) Download the free application

c) And you can access mail from BlackBerry itself.

Cool Features

=> It has the same mail interface that I use on Firefox browser

=> My account stays synchronized whether I access it from computer or from BlackBerry

=> I can easily view attachments such as photos, documents and .pdf files

Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE) 7 downloaded 100 Million times

MSDN blog reports that the final version of IE 7 downloaded 100 Million times in last 3 months. IE 7 was launched 3 months back.

From the blog page:
I’m pleased to report that on January 8th, we had the 100 millionth IE7 installation. However, even more important than installations is usage. According to WebSideStory (the company we use to measure browser usage), as of this week, over 25% of all visitors to websites in the US were using IE7, making IE7 the second most used browser after IE6. We expect these numbers to continue to rise as we complete our final localized versions, scale up AU distribution, and with the consumer availability of Windows Vista on January 30, 2007.

Javascript tutorial step by step – A beginners guide

Javascript is a scripting language based on the concept of prototype-based programming. The language is best known for its use in websites as client-side JavaScript. JavaScript was originally developed by Brendan Eich of Netscape under the name Mocha, later LiveScript, and finally renamed to JavaScript.

JavaScript is a prototype-based scripting language with a syntax loosely based on C. Like C, the language has no input or output constructs of its own.

Why should a webpage author use JavaScript in addition to HTML?

* Javascript adds user interactivity.
* Javascript enhances visual displays.
* Javascript allows client-side user form validation.
* Javascript provides more seamless integration with user plug-ins.
* Javascript allows access to some system information that HTML does not.

Why would you want to learn to program in JavaScript when there are so many canned scripts available for cutting and pasting into your own pages. Here are a few good reasons:
* Sometimes you want to customize a canned program to make it unique.
* Some functions that you want to accomplish have not been written yet.
* Many scripts are browser-centric (notably MSIE) or out of date.
* JavaScript is cross-platform. You can write programs that work on Windows, MacIntosh and Linux systems.
* Application users do not have to bother with downloading a JavaScript application, they just access your webpage. And version control is simple as there is one active version — the one on your website.
* The JavaScript language syntax is similar to that of C and Java so it makes a great starting point on a programming career.
* No proprietary development system is required. A simple editor is all that you need to write Javascript code. A browser is all that is needed to run JavaScript.
* JavaScript code is open source and freely available.

This guide try to answer all of the above questions and it will teach javascript step by step.

Weebly – Website Creation Made Easy

Weebly is yet another AJAX driven web site. It is the easiest way to create a great looking website and share it with the world for free. From personal to professional sites, Weebly will enable you to spend your time on the most valuable part of your site, its content

Features

=> Drag and Drop Interface
=> Variety of Themes
=> Personalized Subdomains
=> Export to Zip File
=> Numerous Content Elements
=> Photos, Videos, Maps, Ads, etc

This service is like Google Page Creator where user can select template and add the web pages using on line editor. So what is the difference between two?
Weebly allows to export your site to a zip file. This can be useful if you want to host your site on a different server, or to back up your site for recovery purposes.

System requirement

  • Weebly is compatible with Internet Explorer 5.5+/7 and Firefox 1.5+/2.0 on Windows, Firefox 1.5+/2.0 on Linux and Firefox 1.5+/2.0 on Mac OS X.
  • And yes you need good broadband connection.

Visit Weebly site to create your account and website (via Yahoo! Myweb)

Internet Explorer 7 RC1 available for download

Internet Explorer 7 released candidate now available for download.

According to IEBlog:
“The RC1 build includes improvements in performance, stability, security, and application compatibility. You may not notice many visible changes from the Beta 3 release; all we did was listen to your feedback, fix bugs that you reported, and make final adjustments to our CSS support. I do want to call attention to two changes in particular”

First, IE7 RC1 setup automatically detects and uninstalls previous IE7 betas before trying to install IE7 so you don’t have to. We’ll post more detail on the install/uninstall process very soon.

Important links

Firefox portable download new updated version

A portable app is a computer program that you can carry around with you on a portable device and use on any Windows computer. When your USB flash drive, portable hard drive, iPod or other portable device is plugged in, you have access to your software and personal data just as you would on your own PC. And when you unplug the device, none of your personal data is left behind.

Firefox portable logo

Firefox Portable is a repackaged version of Firefox designed to run from a USB flash drive, iPod, external hard drive or other portable media. It arose out of a mozillaZine thread in June of 2004. John T. Haller released the first packaged version and has led its further development. It includes a specialized launcher that adjusts extensions and themes to work as it is moved from different computers. There is also a portable version of Firefox available for Macintosh computers called Portable Firefox OS X.

Download updated portable app version here.

This is necessary download for USB device.