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February 16th, 2007 at 4:00am — Rating: Firefox pointFirefox pointFirefox pointFirefox pointFirefox pointLink

I remember playing the stock market back in 2000. Yep, right before the bubble popped and splashed all over my face. It was an ugly ending and nowadays, I just stick to programming, but for you investors out there, FireStox may be right up your alley.

FireStox extension creates a stock portfolio at-a-glance view, but first, you need to set yourself up in the system. Visit the web site to register with a username and password. No email address is necessary. Next, you'll be taken to the setup screen where you enter your stock symbols, how much you paid for the stock, and how many shares you purchased.

When you finished entering your stocks, now you can play. Install the extension and restart Firefox. When you restart Firefox, you'll notice a circle with the label "No data" in your status bar. Right-click the icon and click settings. Enter your username and password you entered when you first registered with the site.

FireStox will retrieve the data from the site and display your stock's progress in a tooltip when you move the mouse over the icon. While the extension is idle, it cycles through your stock portfolio, one at a time, letting you know whether your stocks are up or down.

FireStox provides an excellent way to view your stocks without visiting a web site. If you want details of each individual stock, you will need to visit a financial site. If you need a quick dashboard view, FireStox will provide you with the information you're looking for.