Archive for May, 2009

My Firefox Add-ons

May 19th, 2009 2,615 comments

One thing I like very much about firefox is its extensibility. I like to read about add-on recommendations to find new, good add-ons, so why not write about the ones I use myself. Maybe you’ll find something new:

  • Adblock Plus
    An ad blocker is imho one of the most important features any browser should offer. When using someone’s browser without any sort of ad blocking, internet is just pure horror.
  • BugMeNot
    Pretty useful when encountering one of those “only registered users can view this, though you don’t have to pay and we just want to annoy the heck out of you” web sites. BugMeNot stores passwords for several free-login web sites.
  • CS Lite
    Probably not important for >95% of the users out there, but I like to keep my system clean and don’t want to have unwanted cookies permanently. This add-on removes all cookies when exiting the browser (except for pages that have been whitelisted)
  • Download Statusbar
    Displays all downloads in a small bar at the bottom, instead of opening the download window.
  • Firebug
    Seems to be very useful for debugging web sites, can display serves states etc. I never really used it myself, but looks promising.
  • FireGestures
    Integrates mouse gestures, like formerly introduced in Opera.
  • GooglePreview
    Adds a preview page to every google search result. Same functionality available also with greasemonkey afaik.
  • Html Validator
    Displays a small icon at the lower right to check whether a page is valid html.
  • NoScript
    I liked this, because it removed all those pesky JavaScript and flash ads, as well as some other JavaScript annoyances. But since it’s not so necessary and the developers tampered with ad block, I cannot truly recommend this one any more.
  • Locationbar²
    Highlights the current domain in the address bar and enables fast browsing through different levels of the url by pressing ctrl and clicking on the part of the path you want to go to.
  • Tiny Menu
    I like my browser neat and clean, and this one helps a lot. This way, I could put menu, buttons, address, and search in one bar at the top, have one bar for the bookmarks and the rest for browsing. The more view space for web pages, the better.
  • Zemanta
    I haven’t made up my mind about this one yet, but it shows potential for enriching word press articles.

If you think I’m missing a good add-on, please let me know.

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Was Schäuble und Zensursula wirklich wollen

May 19th, 2009 1,775 comments
Dieser Eintrag ist in Ihrem Land nicht verfügbar.

via It-Guerilla

(Ok, normalerweise beteilige ich mich nicht an solchen Aktionen, aber das fand ich ganz pfiffig)

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Enabling Automatic Upgrades for Ubuntu

May 9th, 2009 468 comments

Ubuntu allows you to install security updates automatically in the background (under Synaptic -> Repositories -> Updates), but there was only the option Install Security updates without notification, no option for just installing all updates. I searched for a way to automate it and found the solution in launchpad:

Just open /etc/apt/apt.conf.d/50unattended-upgrades and enable all updates, then you can have daily automatic upgrades without notification. No more need to confirm all the same upgrades on different computers again and again, neat!

Killerspiele in ARD, ZDF und WDR

May 3rd, 2009 3,590 comments

Diese Video hat mir meine Schwester geschickt, gibt mal wieder einen schönen Blick auf den Unsinn und die Sensationsgier, die es auch in unseren öffentlich-rechtlichen Medien mit ihrem “Bildungsauftrag” gibt:

Nicht, dass die privaten auch nur einen Deut besser wären, aber die haben 1. nicht den Anspruch, wie sie ARD usw. vorgeben zu haben und 2. zahl ich für die keine GEZ-Gebühren.