Friday, February 29, 2008

Firefox Plugins

Taking a quick break from the political vitriol (which has me fired up so)....

I've discovered and installed a couple of plugins to Firefox to help me with my day-to-day activities: ScribeFire and Zotero.

ScribeFire will be familiar to a lot of serious bloggers but it's only today that I've adopted it. I've held off for the longest time because the Blogger web client was sufficiently fast for my needs and because ScribeFire always added that nasty "Posted with ScribeFire" tag each time.

Then, all of a sudden, Blogger just became so sl-ooooow. I don't know why, exactly, but I suspect it had to do with more and more Javascript loaded into the web client. More functionality? Feh! Give me back simplicity any day; Web 2.0 is overrated.

So today I installed ScribeFire and I'm pretty happy with it. Fortunately, the unwanted promotional graffiti is gone now; and there are some nifty tools to manage the last ten posts.

What I'm not too happy about: it only manages the last ten posts and the Wordpress login seems wonky. Anyway, t'will do for my Blogger posts. Feel the new spring in words?

The other nifty discovery is Zotero, a personal knowledge management addon. It essentially allows you to bookmark web pages, organize them into topics, and annotate them. It automatically saves all the reference information for later retrieval. Taking into account the new direction that my life is taking now, it's the perfect companion. Love it!

1 comment:

  1. Just as you need a break from the political vitriol, I'm in need of a break from the religious vitriol.
    I'll look into the two extensions you mention.