I added a few bits and pieces to pimp my web experience, and i thought i’d document them here. First stuff that i added to Firefox, then two plugins i added to WordPress.
I’m a great fan of server based services. I like to have my data in the cloud so that i can reach them regardless of which computer i’m on, or whichever browser i’m using on that computer — or indeed, whichever operating system. My mail is at GMail and i read my feeds with Google Reader. I also have most of my bookmarks at Google Bookmarks (judging from this, you could also argue that i’m a Google fanboy — oh dear).
The other day, i finally registered to del.icio.us. I’m a bit undecided whether it is a good idea or not for me to use delicious bookmarks, since as i said, my bookmarks-in-the-cloud are on Google. The reason for having them on Google is that there was good browser integration for them using the (kinda scary) Google toolbar if you just remove all other whistles and bells except for the Goog bookmark star. The Google bookmarks will also show up in my goog web search results. But then i realized that an old friend of mine, the Flock browser, had updated and i decided to install it. But alas, while Flock has a bunch of nifty service integrations, Google bookmarks ain’t tere. So i reg’d to Delicious.
Truth is, i’m a bit disappointed. The plugin has a bunch of ways to browse your bookmarks, but the integration doesn’t just feel native. There’s a button to add the page to your local bookmarks and there’s one (well, three) to send your stuff to Delicious. Flock gets by with one button. Firefox could too. And i might be in for a short relationship with Delicious. We’ll have to see.
I stumbled across Sxip a few years ago when i saw Dick Hardt‘s (yup) mind-shattering presentation slides on identity. Sxip, which despite the spelling is pronounced “skip”, have a vision involving OpenID, which i too think is way nifty, but never got around implementing. Well, now the sxip guys have released their Sxipper identity manager (effectively, a password manager) as a Firefox plugin. I’m still having it installed just on one box since i’m a bit uneasy about the idea of having a bunch of my passwords syncable on the web. But i’m considering it.
Read it later
This one’s a gem, and does exactly as prescribed. It’s (yet) a kind of a bookmarking service, but with the explicit intent that you put a page on the Read it later list and retrieve it when you have proper time. Read it later also syncs between browsers and computers using the magic of the cloud.
ClaimID isn’t a Firefox plugin, but an Open ID service “for the rest of us”. Basically it’s a melting pot for your OpenID identity and the stuff you claim to be yours.
A big question for me was which provider would be the one to host my online identity. In the end it became ClaimID, but i’m using my domain name so that my “vanity OpenID” actually is based on my name. Of course, i also have a few other OpenIDs from web services that boil it in to their package; technorati and yahoo!. And possibly a few more that i haven’t thought of yet
I installed the Share This plugin for my blog. Should i write anything of interest, you’re now able to send those immortal words to delicious, email, or the moon. OK, not the moon, but just about anywhere else. Just in case, you know.
WP Mobile Edition
I would have thought that WordPress in all its word-impressive-ness would have a mobile version of itself built in, but no. Then again, i never noticed it since i’m usually browsing stuff with Opera Mini, which munges any page into a mobile one… and if i’m reading feeds on my cell phone, the page is munged both with Opera mini and the Google mobile proxy.
Mobile Edition is a WordPress plugin and iIt Should Just Work™ when you browse Navelfluff with a mobile client (or just claim to be one). Please inform me if there are any problems with the Mobile view!