What did I install:
- Tab Mix Plus - Is only the best tab manager extension I have seen so far. It makes tab switching behave in a logical manner (like windows on alt-tab and not in a dumb loop) it adds a lot of useful tab related functions such as lock tab or duplicate tab. Locking is a way to make sure that wherever you click this tab stays on the same page and links are opened in new tabs, this is highly useful for browsing lists of things, be that google search results, bookmarks or craigslist.org listings. Also Tab MIx Plus replaces the built-in Firefox two feature of crash recovery and turns it into a complete session management. You can save and restore multiple sessions including closed tabs and windows (oh, did I mention that you can undo tab close with Tab Mix Plus?) and other information.
- Adblock Plus and Adblock Filterset.G Updater - Unless you are a masochist and enjoy intrusive advertising you need these extensions. Yes, you really do. This extension effectively bloxk most forms of banners, flash ads, popups (even the ones built-in popup blocker doesn't catch) etc. The updater will download current set of patterns, so you don't have to train the blocker yourself and will keep it updated.
- del.icio.us firefox extension - A very convenient way to keep your bookmarks online. Includes a "Bookmark This" button that will open a new window allowing you to tag, describe and save current page.
- Deepest Sender - There are a few blogging extensions out there that allow you to post blog entries in a comfortable (or not so comfortable in some cases) way. I have chosen Deepest Sender as my personal favorite. It supports all the major blog engines (in my case Live Journal, Blogger and WordPress), allows for simple formating, allows direct source editing and has a simple preview. I guess I would prefer a few more WordPress specific options, but I have yet to find a better blogging solution.
- Colorful Tabs - All this extension does is paint your tabs carious semi-random colors (the colors cannot be assigned, but it will make sure that no two neighboring tabs are the same color) and slightly fades away tabs which are out of focus. You cannot imagine without trying just how much easier it is to navigate multiple tabs with this extension. Albeit your tab bar starts to look much less officious.
- Web Developer and FireBug - The first one is the web developer's multi-tool. It is a tool bar that includes all features that you could possibly want when testing the web site you are working on. Cache disabling, headers, authentication, security and other information, window resizes for different resolution simulation, element outlines etc. etc. etc. And where Web Developer leaves off, FireBug comes in. Normally hiding in the status bar icon FireBug will tell you exact lines in CSS that affect particular tag, tag that corresponds to particular element, how long it took to load and render any of the page requirements, what scripts have been loaded and much, much more.
What I didn't install:
- Sage - is the most popular RSS reader extension. I do not use it, because I don't like side bars and I am quite happy with my external RSS reader which happens to be Liferea
- All-in-One Sidebar - is a great tool for people who use side bar a lot. It integrates downloads, extensions, source view and other features into the side bar and allows for custom side bar panels.
- ScribeFire - is another popular blogger extension. It even supports some WordPress features better than Deepest Sender, but the interface is a little cumbersome and the Live Journal support is very buggy.