Firefox tweaks, suits and geeks

In response to last week's story about Greasemonkey, the Firefox extension that lets you customize Web pages on the fly by stripping out ads, adding competitive content or changing style elements (Firefox add-on lets surfers tweak sites, but is it safe?, March 23, 2005), an anonymous reader wrote in to point out two similar, pre-existing applications, Privoxy, which itself is based on Internet Junkbuster, and Proxomitron. So if you're an IE diehard with user script envy, there's hope.

Firefox diehards might be interested in a book out this month from O'Reilly: Firefox Hacks: Tips & Tools for Next-Generation Web Browsing, by Nigel McFarlane (March 2005, 398 pages, $24.95). On the page linked to in the previous sentence, O'Reilly offers up six free sample hacks: Hack 27: Fix Web Servers to Support Firefox Content; Hack 31: Take Firefox with You; Hack 43: Waste Time with Toys and Games; Hack 44: Tweak and Troubleshoot CSS Designs; Hack 69: Make New Tags and Widgets with XBL; and Hack 92: Get a Custom, Prebuilt Version.

McFarlane's not the only one with ideas of how to tweak Firefox. To speed up your current version, has a hack up its sleeve. And LinuxInsider points to more Firefox hacks from EmilSoft in its Flexbeta FireTweaker XP.

To thwart those other hackers--the malicious ones--the Mozilla Foundation on March 23 issued a minor security upgrade, Version 1.0.2.

In addition to his O'Reilly book, McFarlane published a March 22 story in The Age about enterprise adoption of Firefox. ZDNet India published a story Monday on the same subject.

If you prefer your Mozilla news straight from the horse's mouth, Mozilla Foundation President Mitchell Baker was heard on NPR's March 11 edition of Science Friday. She let her geek hair down a bit more in the Slashdot interview of March 23.

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