Customize your Firefox web browser for a more civilized Internet experience.
by Bill Mehlman
One of the best things about using Firefox instead of Internet Explorer as a web browser is the extent to which you can customize it. There are add-ons for almost anything you can imagine, from dictionaries in languages I've never even heard of, to computer functions I didn't even know existed.
On a less abstruse level, there are nice functions like Morning Coffee.
When you find a website or a blog that changes content regularly, just click the Morning Coffee icon on your Firefox browser and it gets added to your list. Now, every morning, while you're drinking your... right... you'll have the latest page right there, in front of you.
Before you smarty-pants out there start telling me about RSS: I know about RSS. But not every site or blog has a feed, or at least a feed that I can find, and my RSS reader, if I don't keep up with it, gets to be a snarling beast full of unread links. Morning Coffee is more, well, civilized.
And while I'm at it, here's a bonus: there's a little program called Cool Ruler. When you open it, a ruler appears on screen. You can move it, turn it 90º, stretch it, put marks on it and it has a calculator. I use it when I'm doing some design work and don't trust my eyes. Just thought you'd like to know about it.