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Browsing or Shuffling around

July 2, 2006

I will start with a pretty ole question … How do you increase the usability of software,  say browser. How do you come up with ideas to make browsing a better experience ?? One way, i feel is collection of inputs from the users, understand their need and give requirement to your software team, they toil hard and come up with a new version which might or might not incorporate all featuers !! thats internet explorer way of doing things !!
Other way round is giving power of building apps to users, some users are geeks … whiz kids !! with amazingly innovative software skills !! harness their mind power to and let them make apps or small extensions for browser and they will come out with solutions in a matter of days !!  That’s Mozilla firefox way of doing things. As our whiz kids are facing the same problem as we are … but they dont adapt their browsing pattern with the problem but they come up with a solution, and share it with everybody …. that the beauty of firefox … Take for example, cumbersome process of replying to scraps in orkut … In my last post i talked about the probelm and not so exciting solution …scrap boy messenger …
But today i stumbled upon three extensions for firefox. I will share two of them, which i found useful:

  1. Orkut scrap easy: Adds a scrapbook launcher link, to go to your friends’ scrapbook directly bypassing his / her profile.
  2. Orkut Scrap replyer using small window: Reply to scraps – be in the same window.  but small window will take you to your friend’s scrapbook.

Second one is much better coz here you need not leave main window … small window which opens up is not resizeable but our creater promises that it will be in future versions!!

One more extension need to be mentioned here, the one i am using now to make this post … so this is also the test post for this extension, so if you find any goof ups in this post … spare me for tht !!
This extension is called performancing. It is a full featuered blog editor that sits in your firefox browser and lets you post to your blog easily. YOu can drag and drop formatted text fromt he page you happen to be browsing, and take notes as well as post to your blog. It sits quietly in the status bar of  firefox …just click on the icon and a small resizeable window horizontally tiled with main window opens up.

Inital use of these extensions is quiet satisfying …. there is time till they qualify to my most used list …. of the likes of session manager and scrap book extensions. I cant think of browsing without these two !!

Oh by the way if you havnt still downloaded firefox, you are not browsing … you are just Shuffling around in world wide web !!

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