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February 16th, 2007 at 4:00am — Rating: Firefox pointFirefox pointFirefox pointFirefox pointFirefox no pointLink

FireStox

Rating: 5/5

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.

FFcli

Rating: 4/5

I'm always looking for a quicker way to get around on the Internet with Firefox. FFcli allows you to jump to a web site using pre-canned one or two-letter commands to speed up searching.

FFcli, or Firefox command-line interface, doesn't take up any space on the statusbar or toolbar. When installed, it's completely hidden until you press Ctrl-; (the control key and semi-colon). A command line statusbar appears on your browser to start searching the web.

My advice is to type 'help' to see all of your commands that are available to you in this extension. My favorite is the creativity tips (type 'creat'). Very inspirational.

FFcli is a great tool, but I feel it could've been enhanced even more. Maybe in the next version? For example, I was really excited when I typed help and noticed the total keywords available in the extension. I immediately went to the add-ons dialog box and realized there were no options for the extension. If FFcli had the ability to incorporate custom commands in the command line interface, this extension would've received a higher rating.

FFcli appears to have the same functionality as the custom search engine in the top right corner of Firefox. If the dialog box had a listbox with all of the "web site" commands containing editable shortcuts and site destinations, FFcli would be an exceptionally power-user tool for surfing, as the site describes, without a mouse.

I'm eagerly awaiting version 2.0.

Woot! Watcher

Rating: 4/5

I'm always looking for a good buy and it seems Woot! is right up there with all of the other deal sites. For those who don't know what Woot! is (besides a greeting), Woot.com is an online store and community that focuses on selling cool stuff cheap. I hang around Woot! once in a while, but my problem is all the cool gadgets are sold when I'm always on another site.

Enter the Woot! Watcher Firefox extension.

The Woot! Watcher installs on the toolbar at the top and displays a current product thats for sale. The toolbar is updated once a minute and lets you know whether the item is sold out, it's daily, or there's a percentage remaining during a Woot-Off (a short term frenzied mutation of their product posting procedure where a new product is launched immediately after the sellout of the previous deal).

Clicking on the toolbar description immediately opens a new window or tab and takes you to Woot! to view the product.

Woot! Watcher wasn't easy to install. You need to do a manual installation of the extension, meaning you have to download the extension to your local hard drive and open it with Firefox to install it. Besides the manual installation of the extension, the Woot! Watcher is a great extension for the Internet deal hunters.