Pleasing Pixels

Check out my photos page for some new images. I’ve been overhauling the folder structure within my photos folder on my computer, so I’ll probably come across some other photos to add. Right now I’m using Picasa, but I like to have my own organized folder structure too. I wonder if it would be worth purchasing Lightroom….

Extensions: The Beauty of Firefox

Extensions are some of the best things about Firefox, but sadly many people never use extensions. These add-ons to Firefox are written and submitted by people around the world and allow you to customize Firefox just the way you want it. Here are a list of some of my favorite extensions.

Adblock Plus – A must-have for clean Web browsing, this extension allows users to easily block single image ads or the frames in which they appear.

Nuke Anything Enhanced – This handy extension allows you to right-click on any object or highlighted portion of the page and choose “Remove this object” which them removes it from the page until you refresh the page or right-click again and choose “Undo last Remove.” This is very handy for removing specific images or portions of text temporarily.

Flashblock – This extension blocks all Flash animations and ads from playing and replaces them with a Flash icon that changes to a play icon when you scroll over. Clicking this play icon allows the animation to play. There is also an “allow always” option for sites you frequent.

FoxyTunes – This extension allows you to control any media player from iTunes to Windows Media Player from within the browser with a toolbar located in the bottom right corner.

IE Tab – It is quite sad that Firefox runs Internet Explorer better than Internet Explorer runs itself, but such is the case. This is useful for those stupid Microsoft websites that make you use IE to view the pages. It is also useful if you want to be logged in to two Gmail accounts simultaneously. For those of you who create Web content, this is also useful for testing cross-browser compatibility. This is not available for you Mac users, but Safari View allows for running Safari in Firefox.

Web Developer – This is for those of you interested in being able to pick apart a Web site from within the browser. Easily view CSS, see what the page looks like without the style sheet applied, view source code, validate code, find broken image paths, and tons of other useful tools built into one handy toolbar.

To view the list of extensions you have installed with your copy of Firefox, go to Tools > Add-ons and choose Extensions.

Live to the World

I’m happy to have this site online and at least half functioning only one week after the deadline I set for myself (it was all working before deadline on my development machine, but web server issues caused the live launch to be delayed). This site is still in various stages of construction, so please bear with me as things may break occasionally.

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