Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Firefox AddOns

According to the graph below, about 49% of the readers of F45 use Mozilla Firefox to read this site. So, I thought it would be worthwhile to post about two recent AddOns for Firefox that I recently installed. So far...loving them.

FootieFox

This one is for the soccer geeks out there. FootieFox is a free AddOn from Kicker, the influential German soccer paper. After installing the AddOn, you choose which leagues you want to follow and that's all you have to do. After that, you'll see scores from those leagues scroll across the right-hand corner of your bottom toolbar. If there aren't any games going on, it'll show the past scores for a day and then start to display upcoming matches. If you see a scoreline that interests you, you can then click on it and get a quick game summary. Very nice and easy. It also lets you know when a goal has been scored in a game by playing a crowd cheer and flashing the new score in a momentary box down in the corner.

The upside is that it includes MLS and CONCACAF World Cup qualifying matches which is some nice respect from Kicker. The downside is that it shows the teams' emblems rather than the teams' names. While I know the crests for the big clubs, there are a lot of little ones I'm not familiar with...but I guess I'll now be learning them.

Stumble Upon

Stumble Upon is for anyone who likes to surf the net. It's similar to Reddit and Digg in that the registered users vote for sites (thumbs up or down) but I like it better because you can choose what topics you're interested in rather than wading through a million "Vote Ron Paul" sites on the other ones I mentioned.

You basically install the AddOn which gives you a new toolbar dedicated to Stumble Upon. One of the buttons says "Stumble" and when you click on it, it takes you to a random website that 1) is in a category you chose and 2) other members have voted as being fun/interesting/worthwhile. It's highly addicting. You can then vote on the pages yourself and the program will remember which sites you liked and try to find ones that matched those sites. So, as you see me posting random crap on this blog, now you'll know where I found it.

If you'd like to try a demo of Stumble Upon without installing the AddOn, you can try it here.

2 comments:

ToddMax said...

On footiefox, just hover over the crest and you have the team name... very simple, but you're right, its would be a nice option to add the names to the line. Send your feedback!

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