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Top Browsers of 2008 Showdown

2008 is the resurgence of the Internet Browser wars. I have here listed the Browsers I try frequently myself. I suggest that you try to check all these stuff first before installing your browser of choice.

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Darkhorse Firefox add-ons for 2008

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Last year I named the top Firefox add-ons for 2007. This time around, I have accumulated several add-ons which I believe should have been included in that list but which I had not bumped into last year. Why darkhorse? Well most of them I did not notice at first glance, but whew! What a blunder. Check this list, these extensions simply rocks!

Fission: Fission combines address bar and progress bar (Safari style). Very nice eye candy indeed.

Fancy Numbered Tabs: Replaces the close tab graphic with numbers to help with quick tab navigation via CTRL + [1-8] or Alt + [1-8]. Easy swapping by using the ctrl key. Looks great too.

Googlepedia: Shows you a relevant Wikipedia article along with your search results. Clicking links in the article will trigger new Google searches, making it a very useful research tool… When you start using it, browsing google will entirely be in a new level.

Disable XPI delay: Disables default delay when installing… Yeah, those delays suck big time!

QuickRestart: Ever needed to restart Firefox after enabling or disabling an extension, switching to a new theme, or modifying configuration files (such as userChrome.css or user.js)? Finally the best way to restart.

Split Panel: Open panel to left, bottom or right (left,middle or right click) with current URL from Split on context menu (right click on page) of the tab’s page. It lets you focus on one page and still gives you the reason to check on other tabs. Continue reading

Best Torrent Clients of 2008

Here is an overview of the most popular file downloading software for torrent file sharing of 2008. I’ve included some of their features and what makes each client rock or suck. Personal experience may vary for each user, so my take on this maybe different from yours. However, my review of these clients may be of help to you in choosing a better torrent client.

µTorrent
Popular as both “u-torrent” and “micro torrent”, this is the most popular torrent tool today for newbies and geeks alike. µTorrent has all the functions a torrent downloader will ever need, and it only requires 1 MB of hard drive space and memory. µTorrent has all the downloading and seeding performance of its competitors, but with minimal impact to the rest of your computer’s speed. What makes me use this is that it has a portable version, pretty nifty for immediate use in any PC. Beware, however, if not properly configured, µtorrent can suck away all your bandwidth thereby rendering other net-activities paralyzed.

  • Multiple simultaneous downloads
  • Smart bandwidth usage
  • File level priorities
  • Configurable bandwidth scheduling
  • Global and per-torrent speed limiting
  • Quickly resumes interrupted transfers
  • UPnP support (WinXP only)
  • Supports popular protocol extensions
  • Trackerless support (Mainline DHT)
  • Localized to different languages
  • Typical memory use less than 6 MB
  • Incredibly small: 105 KB

BitLord
This is my favorite client. A popular tool that has a built-in torrent search engine…you may never need to use a torrent search web site ever again with this software. Never had any problems or headaches with Bitlord, though if you check at times, some trackers might try to block Bitlord for some reasons.

  • Automatic optimization for different connections.
  • Automatic optimization of uploads to achieve the max download
  • Reduces fragmentation on the drive.
  • Eliminates the time-consuming hashing when seeding / resume.
  • Allows some firewalled or “NAT’d” users to connect to each other.
  • Compliant with XP‘s restrictions on the TCP stack by SP2.
  • Block IP’s temporarily or permanently.
  • All downloads are received through a single port.
  • No manual ICS or ICF configuration required.
  • Automatically configures UPnP compatible routers
  • Can find peers from more than one source.
  • Supports the UTF-8 character set.
  • Automatically checks for new versions.
  • Over 19 languages supported.
  • Support for eDonkey (Beta version only)

Azureus
A Java language client; was considered “king” of the torrent programs until uTorrent software came along and took that crown away. Azureus is a memory and performance hog. Users are scared away because of the performance hit. If you have less than 512mb RAM and you’re a gamer like me, skip this.

  • Manual peer upload blocking (when seeding) and kick-banning
  • Control added to not cache small files
  • Advanced network settings: MTU, SO_RCVBUF, SO_SNDBUF, IPTOS
  • Plugin support for installing and uninstaling plugins
  • Client identification plugin interface
  • Separate protocol payload and overhead stats
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Top 15 Mozilla Firefox Add-ons

Not using Firefox? Go back to the ancient times! Firefox is the trend-setter and industry standard in today’s internet browsers. It is user-friendly, a thousand times safer than IE, free, open-source, multi-platform, highly-customizable and a webmaster’s partner. Use it and be empowered over the web.

The full potential of Firefox is actually released through the numerous add-ons available for free use. These are the ones compatible with FF 2.0 and I highly recommend all of them. Here are my top 15 add-on favorites in random order:

Adblock Plus: Block those casino, porn and Spyware ads. At last!

Better Gmail: After using this, gmail experience will never be the same again. Promise!

DownThemAll!: A nifty and handy Firefox download manager. Never disappoints.

ErrorZilla: Eliminate that “try again” button. Here’s the next generation of error handling.

Public Fox: Tired of cleaning stuff people download? Use this to limit file downloading. Prevent browser changes. Public Fox blocks users from downloading unwanted files. Locks down Add-ons, Preferences, ‘about:config’, and Bookmarks. You can also block websites. All these you can do with a centralized password.

FoxyTunes: Very solid. Switch immediately for one player to another without the need of opening or clicking their launch icons. Foxytunes does it all for you inside Firefox. Continue reading