Remember the Milk is the first 3rd party web app to make use of Google Gears for offline access. RTM is the 2nd app I use on a daily basis to be given the offline treatment; the other being Google Reader. Since Google Gears was released, I’ve switched back to Firefox just so I could play around with it and now I’m back to a Firefox as my main browser. Firefox 3.0 plans to bring all web apps offline and I’m now seeing how this kinda access is going to change the web once again. My guess is the Google Gears code is going to be giving back to Mozilla to incorporate into Firefox. Now if they can just release Gmail and Google Doc and Spreadsheets as offline apps I think I’d be in my glory.
Foxytunes is a Firefox extension that supports controlling many different mediaplayers from inside Firefox. The newest beta 1.3.5 adds support for controlling XBMC. 1.3.5 beta adds the following:
- Xbox Media Center support
- Go to Player > Options > Custom and enter “-ip YOUR_XBOX_IP” to get started
- Thanks to LiquidIce for helping make this happen
- Pandora/Last.fm mashup support
Notification button for when new FoxyTunes version is available
Keyboard shortcuts are now disabled by default
Download here – http://www.foxytunes.com/firefox/download/xbmc.html#latest-preview
This is hawt. I use XBMC for everything media and Firefox for everything web. Will be nice to not have to keep turning around and looking for the remote to skip songs. First thing I’m going to do when i get home(at work now) is install the new Firefox 126.96.36.199 and Foxytunes.
No more than 24 hours after my post about some of the Firefox extensions I’ve been using, 2 new ones came out which are must have.
Google Calendar Quick Add Firefox Extension and Google Calendar Notifier
I’ve been slowly switching from Outlook/Entourage and Exchange to Google Mail/Calendar now that Google Calendar has been released. One of the disadvantages to a web based solution like this you always have to keep a browser tab open with your Mail and Calendar open for quick access. To make this
alittle more easier, I found two Firefox extensions that help with this.
First one is called GCalQuickTab and it allows you to use the “Quick Links” at the top left corner to jump between open tabs instead of the default behavior of opening new tabs every time. It always provides keyboard shortcuts to switching to Gmail and Gcal using “g” and “l” respectively.
Second one is called goocal which is very basic right now but provides a icon in the statusbar that brings you directly to Google Calendar. This way you don’t have to clutter up your bookmark bar.
This gives me basically instant access to my calendar when i need it. If I’m already in Gmail i just hit “l” and it opens up Gcal where i can then hit “q” to Quick add an appointment. Or i just click on the Calendar icon if nothing is open. If i need Gmail, its just a “g” away from there.
You could also add in the Gmail Notifier for Firefox too but i prefer the standalone one.
Here are what I’ve been using as replacements for my Windows apps:
Web Browser: Firefox>Safari
Flickr: Flickr Uploader>iPhoto/Flickr Export
MP3 Tagger: Tag&Rename/Musicbrainz>Media Rage/IEatBrainz/Export Artwork
Last.fm: Audioscrobber for Winamp/Last.fm Player>iScrobbler/Last.fm Player
Office: Office 2003>Office 2004
PSP – PSPWare>iPSP
DVD ripping: DVDShrink>Handbrake/MactheRipper
Video Player: Windows Media Player>VLC
Xbox: Qwix>Xbox Browser
IM: AIM/Google Talk>iChat/Adium
Finance: Quickbooks 2004>Quickbooks 2006 for Mac
Todo list: Google Desktop with Todo Plugin>High Priority
Some cool new programs:
I was never a fan of Konfabulator,now Yahoo Widgets. I never found anything really useful to me but I got to say I’m loving Dashboard. Here are some of my favorite non-default widgets:
Now Playing (Tivo)
Stats for Adsense
Ventrilo and Teamspeex can only use Speex codec, default is GSM, Have to change it on the server to work.
Quickbooks not up to par with Windows Version, tho i haven’t tried QB 2006 yet.
Skype not working on Intel Macs.
Office 2004 sluggish, Rosetta
ecto sluggish. Rosetta
Needed to used a patched version of Azureus
Firefox not Universal Binary yet, sluggish, Rosetta
Things I can’t do on Mac I can on Windows (so far):
Update the firmware on my MPx220 cell phone. Updater is Windows only.
Here is my current setup with the new Firefox 1.5.