Wed, 14 Dec 2005

firefox plugins

On the topic of annoyances I thought I'd do a quick post of the firefox plugins I've been using to help keep my browsing experience sane.

Flashblock
I used to just not install flash which worked quite well, but there are lots of places where you need it installed just to navigate the page, and there are some good uses of flash out there that you might still want to see. From the page, "Flashblock is an extension for the Mozilla, Firefox, and Netscape browsers that takes a pessimistic approach to dealing with Macromedia Flash content on a webpage and blocks ALL Flash content from loading. It then leaves placeholders on the webpage that allow you to click to download and then view the Flash content.". It works very well, and speeds up browsing since your not downloading the mostly useless flash content (or ads).

NoScript
"NoScript provides extra protection for your Mozilla/Firefox or Flock browser: this extension allows JavaScript and Java execution only for trusted domains of your choice (e.g. your home-banking web site).". I've been using this for the past week or so and it's been working great. You end up having to allow a bunch of sites that you end up going to alot when you first start using it, but after that things work swimmingly.

Adblock
"Adblock is a content filtering plug-in for the Mozilla and Firebird browsers. It is both more robust and more precise than the built-in image blocker.". Not to much else to say about this one. It works well and webpages look sooo much better without advertising.

posted at: 11:57 | path: /general | permanent link to this entry


Tue, 13 Dec 2005

comment spam

I've been getting a whole lot of comment spam for the past few months and it's really starting to get on my nerves so I've hired the help of a plugin called secureimage which now adds one of those semi-annoying hard to read images that you have to type in before you can place a comment (unless you have an account in which case it isn't required). I'm still going to keep on comment moderation for the time being but if it works well I'm hoping I can turn that off.

The plugin itself is pretty cool and uses imagemagik's convert untility to create the image. It adds a secureimage options tab in the options area of the wordpress administration as well which allows you to modify all the parameters of the image creation (by default it uses 8 character strings, so I turned that down to 3-5 characters).

posted at: 11:31 | path: /general | permanent link to this entry


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