Monthly Archives: October 2008

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OCZ Triple Channel DDR3 RAMIt looks like OCZ is first out of the gate with a triple channel memory kit for the upcoming Intel Core i7 processors / Intel X58 Express Chipset motherboards. The new, hand-tested 3GB and 6GB kits are designed specifically for the new platform, and use an optimized combination for low voltage requirements, speed, and latency to deliver optimal performance.  These memory modules are equipped with propriety XTC (Xtreme Thermal Convection) heatspreaders to provide effective heat dissipation.  OCZ RAM also provides a lifetime Warranty and technical support. The following models are available: 

  • OCZ PC3-10666 Gold 3GB (3x1GB) CL9-9-9-20, 1.65V
  • OCZ PC3-10666 Gold 6GB (3x2GB) CL9-9-9-20, 1.65V
  • OCZ PC3-12800 Gold 3GB (3x1GB) CL8-8-8-24 1.65V
  • OCZ PC3-12800 Gold 6GB (3x2GB) CL8-8-8-24 1.65V
  • OCZ PC3-10666 Platinum 3GB (3x1GB) CL7-7-7-20, 1.65V
  • OCZ PC3-10666 Platinum 6GB (3x2GB) CL7-7-7-20, 1.65V

 

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Firefox Web Directory Form Filler ExtensionAs we have previously noted in the best Firefox extensions article, we are now providing free access to the powerful web directory form filler extension for Firefox.  It is being made available free here exclusively (the extension sells normally for $150).  If you would like to post about it, please do not host the extension file on another server.  Instead, link to this page for downloading.

Whether you’re a long-time web directory submitter, or just getting started, web directory submission can be a benefit for any business’ web site (or any web site, for that matter).

While we highly recommend AI RoboForm for any other task, it can be frustrating to setup and inadequate (especially for deep links) for web directory submission.  This extension is specifically designed for web directory submission.  It saves enormous amounts of time by quickly and easily completing web directory form submissions with a single click (no typing required).  The extension also features convenient submission management via a sidebar submitters can use to stay organized.  When you come to a new directory, add it to the sidebar, and mark your submissions as complete as you go.  The extension is proven to be a massive time-saver, and helps tremendously in staying organized. Main title rotation, category support, and category filtering are all supported. The extension fully supports deep links, with deep link title rotation as well as cycling of deep links to prevent the same ones being used on forms with less fields than the number of deep links entered.  If you come to a form that is not properly detected, simply right click in the text fields to assign the correct values.  Those definitions will be remembered for future submission to the directory.

Although this demonstration is not up-to-date with the very latest version of the form filler extension, it does provide an excellent guide for getting started and usage.  If you should have any questions/comments or need help, do not hesitate to let us know.
 

Download the Extension Here

Update: Please check out another cool list of Best Firefox Extensions

The smartest decision Mozilla made when building the Firefox browser was the robust extension support. The extensive collection of extensions now available are the key to its success and a prominent factor in what makes the browser great. As most of you know, extensions are browser addons that build on the functionality of the Firefox browser. It can be as simple as adding toolbar buttons, or as complex as a complete application, such as a RSS feed reader. Extensions enable Firefox to be customized to meet individual needs and preferences.

We have compiled a list of what we consider to be the best extensions for Firefox. When evaluating extensions for recommendation, not only do we consder the functionality and features of the extension, but we also test to ensure it works well with all the other extensions we recommend. This has been a lengthy evaluation in which we have taken great care to recommend high quality extensions that serve a useful purpose. The recommended extensions will also be updated on an ongoing basis. Therefore, be sure to check back for updates periodically.

Adblock Plus

Adblock Plus

Adblock Plus does an exceptional job of blocking ads and annoying content in pages. It is very customizable and can also easily eliminate any desired elements of a page on command. A complete subscription-based, automatic update solution is available for the block list, free of charge, as well as the ability to setup custom block lists. The only downside about Adblock Plus is that on occassion, it can also result in a page not displaying as designed, often ommitting necessary content. However, it is easy to either disable Adblock Plus temporarily or set it to always be disabled on certain sites only.

 

Adsense Notifier

Adsense Notifier

If you operate one or more web sites, chances are that you are currently or have in the past used AdSense for web site revenue. If you're currently using AdSense, the Adsense Notifier extension is very handy. It provides quick, convenient access to the revenue for the date range of interest. It can be set to show the revenue for the follow ranges: Today, Past 7 Days, This Month, All Time, Yesterday, Two Days Ago, Last Month, This week, Last Week, Last Business Week, and Since Last Payment.

 

AI RoboForm

AI RoboForm

As we have mentioned before, we're big fans of AI RoboForm. If you use RoboForm for web form filling, site logins, and/or password management, be sure to use the extension for Firefox.

 

Always Remember Password

By default, when a web site instructs the browser to never allow a password manager to retain the login information, Firefox will honor this. However, if your PC is not accessible to others, it can be very handy to have these passwords saved. This extension will enable passwords to be saved on any site, including Yahoo Mail, Hotmail, and banking sites. Note: This extension was not updated for later versions of Firefox by the author. We have modified the extension so that it will work flawlessly with the current version of Firefox.

 

AutoAuth

AutoAuth

When your password has been saved for a HTTP authentication dialog, using this extension will cause the login to occur automatically, without you have to click the OK button on the dialog.

 

Converter

Converter

The Converter Firefox extension offers unit conversion from any page. For example, if a page contains the text "15 m", you can select it, and right click. It will show the length in yards and feet. The extension supports a wide range of unit conversions.

 

Copy Link Text

Copy Link Text

When you right click a link in Firefox, it shows an option called "Copy Link Location", which is very handy for copying the URL of a link. Likewise, the Copy Link Text extension adds an option called Copy Link Text. When you right click a link, and select the option, the anchor text of that link is copied to the clipboard. This is a quicker method than selecting the text and then copying, plus it works on sites that block copying normally.

 

Download Statusbar

Download Statusbar

Instead of showing a dialog for your downloads, this extension includes downloads conveniently in the Firefox statusbar. Downloads can be easily paused/resumed; double click a download to run it; right click for an option to open the containing folder; download speed display; and much more. The extension's options also provide the ability to automatically clear files of certain extensions from the bar to keep it tidy, such as files that open automatically.

 

ErrorZilla Mod

ErrorZilla Mod

We have not been using this extension for very long, and do not have a lot of experience with it yet, but what we have seen of it seems quite handy. When a page fails to load in Firefox, ErrorZilla Mod will show options for "Try Again," "Google Cache," "Coralize," "Wayback," "Ping," "Trace," and "Whois", which can be used to gain access to the page, even with the site down or access information about the site.

 

Fireshot

Fireshot

The Fireshot extension makes taking a screen shot of a web page a snap. Even if entire page is not visible, Fireshot can still capture the entire page. If you prefer, it can also capture just the visible area of a page. With a single click, Fireshot can capture the page and upload, copy, mail, print, or open the file for editing (in the internal editor or an external editor of choice). The internal editor provides the ability to add shapes, pointers, text, another image, or draw on the image.

 

Flagfox

Flagfox

The Flagfox extension shows a flag icon for the country in which the current web site is hosted in the statusbar or address bar. A tooltip is provided that also offers the name of the country, in case the flag is not familiar. The extension uses an IP address database rather than relying on the top-level domain. When the flag icon is clicked, GeoTool will be loaded, which provides a location map, as well as information on the ISP, city, IP address, local time, country code, region, postal code, and more.

 

Google Cache Checker

Google Cache Checker

The Google Cache Checker Firefox extension automatically checks visited pages to determine if the current page is Google cached. The result is immediately shown conveniently in the browser statusbar. This extension is available exclusively from Gadget Advisor.

 

Highlander

When you click a link to a URL that’s already open in another Firefox tab, the Highlander extension will cause the already opened tab to be focused, rather than duplicating the URL in a new tab.

 

IE View Lite

IE View Lite

The IE View Lite extension provides a context menu item for opening the current page in IE. The extension also has the ability to enter sites that will always open in IE. It can close the tabs for pages being opened in IE automatically, and send any additional parameters to the of the page to the Internet Explorer EXE. As much as we like Firefox, every once in a while, we run into a page that will not work properly in Firefox, which makes this extension handy.

 

Navigational Sounds

Navigational Sounds

When this extension is enabled, Firefox will play the Windows OS start and end navigation sounds when pages start and finish loading (the "click" from IE when a page navigation begins).

 

Nightly Tester Tools

Nightly Tester Tools

We recommend this extension only for those who are experienced or desperate. If you've been using Firefox for a while and use a number of extensions, you have no doubt experienced the anguish of an extension no longer working after a Firefox update. Even worse is when the extension's developer decides not to update it anymore. This extension can be used to force extensions to work with the new Firefox version. Most extensions will work normally with minor Firefox updates (some even work properly after major version upgrades), and you can always disable an extension again if needed. However, we do recommend being careful when using this extension, nonetheless.

 

Oldbar

Oldbar

For those who dislike the new "AwesomeBar" introduced with Firefox 3, the oldbar extension will cause Firefox to maintain the familiar address bar from earlier versions of Firefox. The browser will still benefit from the enhanced autocomplete algorithm of Firefox 3, but with the appearance of Firefox 2.

 

OpenBook

OpenBook

The OpenBook Firefox extension provides customization for the Add Bookmark dialog, including the ability to automatically open the bookmarks tree and resize the Add Bookmark dialog.

 

SearchStatus

SearchStatus

The SearchStatus extension provides extensive search-related information about visited web sites, including Google PageRank, Google Category, Alexa popularity ranking, Compete.com ranking, Alexa incoming links, Alexa related links, and backward links from Google, Yahoo, and MSN. The key information is all presented conveniently in one discreet and compact area, with the remaining data available via a right-click. The information displayed is also customizable. For example, if the Compete.com ranking is not inportant to you, it can be easily disabled, thus making more room available.

 

Tab Mix Plus

Tab Mix Plus

Tab Mix Plus is a very robust extension that enhances Firefox's tab browsing functionality. It provides options for controlling tab focus, link opening, many new tab display capabilities, tab clicking behavior, undo closed tabs and windows (as well as a list of previously closed tabs), advanced session management, and much more.

 

Text Link

Text Link

The Text Link extension enables URLs that are not linked on web pages to be easily launched via a double click. Settings are also provided that enable URLs to be executed with different key and/or mouse combinations.

 

WeatherBug

WeatherBug

The WeatherBug extension provides quick access to local weather conditions and forecasts. Icons representing forecast are shown in the statusbar, and more information is available via tooltips for the icons. The current temperature (or other information) can also be shown directly on the statusbar. The data presented as well as its placement is highly configurable.

 

Web Directory Form Filler

Web Directory Form Filler

The Web Directory Form Filler is a web form filling extension that is similar in functionality to AI RoboForm, except that it is designed specifically for use in submitting to web directories. It is feature-rich and easy to use. The extension features title rotation, deep link support, and even deep link title rotation. The sidebar also provides exceptional submission management.

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Artificial Intelligence (AI)Alan Turing wrote a seminal paper in 1950 titled ‘Computing Machinery and Intelligence’.  In it, he states that a thinking computer is impossible to distinguish from a human in text-based conversation.  Alan Turing further hypothesized that a 30% chance existed a computer could be mistaken for a human in a five minute conversation by the end of the 20th Century. 

Reading University recently conducted the Turing Test to examine this theory.  A panel of human judges were tasked with evaluating conversations to determine if they were computer or human.  While some of the computer results were impressive, none of the computer programs passed the Turing Test.  An AI named Elbot won the Loebner Prize, though, by convincing "a quarter of the judges".  Although the results may not seem staggering, it does bring into focus that it’s possible within our lifetime AI will exist that is indistinguishable from a human.

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OpenOffice.org SuiteOpenOffice.org has now concluded months of beta testing and officially released the 3.0 version of the office suite.  It is immediately available for download from the official site.  Downloads are available for Windows, Linux, Solaris, and Mac OS X.

OpenOffice.org 3.0 can import Office 2007 OOXML files that have extensions such as .docx, .xlsx, and .pptx.  OpenOffice.org does not yet feature the ability to save into these, though.  Therefore, users will need to save into another supported format.

The writer component of the suite can now display multiple pages side-by-side, and the Calc spreadsheets component supports as many as 1024 columns (up from the previously supported 256). The Impress presentation component has also been updated with the ability to insert tables with ease. Performance is not among the improvements the suite can claim, however, as the new 3.0 release is the same in that area, if not a little slower.

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Century 4.3 USB LCD MonitorCentury Japan has released a handy 4.3" USB LCD monitor.  The unit is designed as a secondary display with the extra functionality of a stand-alone photo frame.  Imagine you’ve been hard at work all day, but you’re expecting a specific email or IM.  You’re tired, and want to go sit in the recliner you have in the room.  Rather than having to pop up to your desk every time you hear your email/IM notification sound, just look over at the small LCD display sitting beside you.  That’s just one example of possibilities the monitor can offer.  The WVGA 800 x 480 display does not require a power supply because it is powered by the USB bus (one less cable).  Its brightness is rated at 200 cd/m3, and it uses LED backlighting.  The Century Japan LCD will be available for purchase in mid-November for about $199.

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USB NES Game ControllerHere at Gadget Advisor, we are big fans of the classic Nintendo games, such as Dragon Warrior, Final Fantasy, and Super Mario Bros series.  When you have played a certain gaming console more than any other, you get used to its controller.  For those most comfortable with the classic NES controller, the Compwnent USB Nintendo NES Controller is ideal for PC game-play.  We have used a similar solution from another company, but sadly, the controller developed a problem over time, and by then the company who sold it was no longer offering them.  Therefore, it’s great to see a new option for NES USB controllers.  The controllers are not being mass produced, though.  So, act fast.  As of now, the the NES controllers can be purchased for $33.

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Thermaltake Blacx HD DockThe Thermaltake Blacx Hard Drive Docking Station functions as an external hard drive enclosure, but with the brilliant benefit of being able to quickly and easily insert and eject the disk drive without having to get inside the hard drive enclosure.  The unit has many useful purposes for providing extra disk space anywhere needed.  We’re currently using it to provide extra disk space to a network media player.  It could also be used to move large data that will not fit on a USB flash drive between rooms, offices, etc.  The Blacx handles both desktop and notebook drives at sizes up to 1TB.  It also features hot swap support for drives.  The docking station is fully USB 2.0 complaint, to offer speeds as high as 480Mbps, and it works with both PCs and Macs.  The Thermaltake Blacx is very affordably priced at $39.99.

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Intel Core i7 ProcessorThe Intel Core i7 processors are currently scheduled for release on November 17th, which is apparently a week later than the date Intel originally planned.  X58 motherboards and triple-channel DDR3 memory kits have already begun to surface.  At the time of launch, the models available will include a 2.66GHz Core i7 priced at $284, a 2.93GHz at $562, and a 3.2GHz Extreme processor priced at $999.  Intel will release these processors as Core i7 920, Core i7 940, and Core i7 965 Extreme, respectively.

The Core i7 (Nehalem) architecture will debut in desktops and Nehalem-EP in "efficient performance" servers.  Intel will release Nehalem-EX for the "expandable server market segment" and Havendale, Lynnfield, Auburndale, and Clarksfield for mainstream desktops and notebooks in the second half of next year.

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Toshiba Portégé R600At 2.4lbs, Toshiba claims that the new Portégé R600 is the world’s lightest full featured laptop PC.  The system packs quite a punch into the small package.  Features include a durable magnesium thin and light design, up to 5GB RAM, 128GB SSD, integrated DVD burner drive, and as much as 8 hours of battery life. The Portégé R600 also includes the latest wireless connectivity options and fingerprint security.  Of course, the Portégé R600 does not match the weight of some ultra-portables, but those notebooks do not include functionality present in the Toshiba system, such as an optical drive. The Toshiba Portégé R600 is priced at $2,399.

Full Specifications:

  • Intel Core 2 Duo Ultra Low Voltage Processor SU9400 (1.40GHz) with Intel Centrino 2
  • Mobile Intel GS45 Chipset
  • Up to 5GB DDR2 RAM
  • 128GB SATA Solid State Drive (SSD)
  • Integrated DVD Super-Multi Double Layer Optical Drive
  • 12.1” Widescreen, High Brightness LCD Display
  • Intel GMA X4500 with 256MB Memory
  • 802.11a/g/n Wireless and Bluetooth
  • 0.3 MP Webcam
  • Fingerprint Reader
  • Spill Resistant Keyboard
  • Microsoft Windows Vista

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