Tag Archive 'firefox'

Jul 30 2012

Say “Night, Night” to Long Installation Sessions with Ninite

A new computer is a popular high school graduation gift, and a great one at that! However, getting all your favorite applications and software isn’t as exciting, and can be a very time-consuming process. Luckily, Patrick Swieskowski and Sascha Kuzins–two awesome people at Secure by Design, Inc–have created a way to streamline that process for us!

Click here to visit Ninite, a website with a long list of popular software that you can download in a single bundle.

Ninite Software Options

What would you like to download?

Check the software you want on your machine–Ninite (which takes suggestions of what apps to include) offers a multitude of selections in categories such as browsers, imaging, media, developer, and documents.

This is great if you are (as we hope you are) a devout user of Firefox and Chrome, because your average Windows machine, for instance, comes only with Internet Explorer. How about another free favorite of ours, the imaging app Gimp? Yup! It’s there too.

Ninite's Installer

Easy to download the bundle!

After you’ve made your selections, download the installer and treat it like a dot exe file–execute it! All the programs you want will quickly download. It’s as easy as that!

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Aug 19 2009

Help Is On The Way

Like we stated many many months ago when Stuff for Starving Students was first kicking off, we are huge fans of Firefox. One of the best features of Firefox is that ability to use add-ons to extend the functionality of your browser. We have discussed a couple of add-ons in the past, like Zotero, Delicious and Aviary. Today we present another add-on to decorate your browser – Video DownloadHelper.

Video DownloadHelper Icon
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Video DownloadHelper is capable of searching a site you are on for videos and allows you to download the video off the site so that you can repurpose them in ways you need. Nothing illegal going on here (unless you choose to use the content you download illegally of course) it just gives you easier access to content that your browser is downloading anyway. Wondering how you might use this neat add-on? New Media Specialist Andy Rush has a post on embedding YouTube videos in PowerPoint presentations offline using the DownloadHelper add-on.

After enabling the add-on in Firefox whenever you see the DownloadHelper icon (it looks like a molecule) light up and rotate you will know that there are videos on that site available to download. YouTube is just one of the many sites that this add-on supports. So if you find that perfect video for your next project you no longer need to worry about the internet working in your classroom that day if you have already downloaded it.

There are many more possibilities with this add-on and we are curious to know how you use it in your travels, so leave a comment!

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Aug 12 2009

Zotero-iffic Redux

As a dedicated Stuff for Starving Students reader I’m sure that you remember the post we did a few months ago on the Firefox add-on Zotero. So I am assuming you know the basics and have been using that add-on for many months now. If not, I would definitely take a look at the post then come right back here for the latest update to one of the sweetest Firefox add-ons.

When we first talked about Zotero it could only live on one computer but the upgrade that everyone has been waiting for has occurred. Now, Zotero allows you to access your library from any computer so you no longer have to worry about being at your computer to access your research information. Even better is you can now collaborate with other users through group libraries, so sharing the information you have come across in your research is even easier.

Zotero Groups Screenshot
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Now with the access to your library anywhere and collaborative group libraries you have no reason not to use this add-on for your research. I know you are probably so used to doing things a certain way but, try it for at least one paper or project and I am sure you will see what all of us at Stuff for Starving Students love so much about Zotero. If you are not satisfied we have a money-back guarantee so what are you waiting for? 😉

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Jan 02 2009


The Dock and KM2P

Never Use These Again!

In our last post, we were up-front with you and admitted that we’re Firefox fanboys and girls. We hope you appreciated our honesty. Today, we want to share about one add-on that made us fall in love with Firefox in the first place: Zotero.

If you’ve ever struggled with keeping your research sources straight — particularly the ones you find while traversing the tubes, you’ll love Zotero. Once you download it, a spiffy little “Zotero” icon will show up in your browser’s bottom menu bar. Click on it, and a small panel will appear. This spiffy little panel is desisgned to automagically gather information about internet sources by scraping data off Web pages.

Basically, whenever you visit a site that has a source which can be captured, a small icon will appear in your browser’s address bar. When you click on it, Zotero will grab the bibliographic information and populate a little virtual index card. You can edit the card, tag it, annotate it and link files to it. You can also organize all those cards/sources into various collections and export them into standard bibliographic formats.

Right now, your Zotero collection can only live on one computer, but a new version is coming that will allow you to sync your collections across multiple machines.

Zotero can scrape information out of all kinds of Web sites: library catalogs, newspapers, journals, even some blogs. And if a site doesn’t work automatically with Zotero, you can always add items manually.

Remember, our philosophy at SfSS is to just try it out. So, if you’re not sure how Zotero could work for you, download it, install it, and start playing.

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Dec 10 2008

Let’s Be Up-front about Stuff? Okay?

In a relationship, it’s always good to get started on the right foot. So, we want you to know something really, really important about us here at SfSS.

We use Firefox.

You might as well know that about us right from the start so there are no misunderstandings.

We’d sure love it if you used Firefox too. It could provide some important common ground for us as we get to know each other.

Not sure about taking this important step? Let us help with this list:

1. Add-ons, Add-ons, Add-ons: Yep, Firefox has lots of them. An Add-on is just a small script that extends Firefox’s funcationality. You can find add-ons that do all sorts of things: inspect source code (if you’re the source code type), bookmark to del.icio.us (if you’re into that bookmarking thing), organize your bibliographic sources for a paper (yep, Firefox can do that with an add-on called Zotero), and so much more. Want to know more? Go check out Firefox’s add-ons page.

2. Standards: It’s important to have standards, right? I mean, our standards are what set up apart from the monkeys.  (Or is that our use of tools? Whatever.) Lucky for us, the good folks at Mozilla know all about standards, and they’ve baked them into Firefox. What that means for you, lucky user, is that you can expect Web sites to behave the way they’re supposed to! And good behavior is almost as important as standards.

3. Security: Your safety is really, really important to us. So, trust us when we say Firefox can help keep you and your data secure when you’re living online. With anti-phishing features and the new one-click site ID, you can stay on top of those risky interwebs. Plus, Firefox has got a team of thousands of security guys and gals who are constantly monitoring the security of FF. That’s like having your own personal virtual secret service. Or something. Like to see numbers to back up these big promises? Check this out:

An independent study shows that, in 2006, IE users were vulnerable to online threats 78% of the time. Firefox users? Only 2%.

4. 100% Organic: Okay. Truthfully, we’re not entirely sure what this means, but we hear organic is the way to go. And in these tough economic times, organic can be hard to find at a decent price. Guess what? Firefox is free!

Anyway, we just wanted to get this whole “What browser do you use?” question out of the way early on. It can be so awkward to find out about browser incompatibility later.

Perspective from XKCD used under CC Attribution-NonCommercial 2.5 License.

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