July 02, 2003
Google toolbar 2.0

The Google Toolbar 2.0 is in beta. The popup blocker is fab, and I'm sure the 'Blog This' button would be great too, if I were a Blogger user.

But what happened to the info button? Version 1.0 if the toolbar had one, and it allowed quick access to English translations and back references (amongst other things). I miss it!

Posted to The Internet by Simon Brunning at July 02, 2003 12:46 PM

It is useful, if you run Internet Exploder.

Thankfully you get all of this for free (beer, speech, whatever) with Mozilla Firebird, plus things like nice bookmark handling, tabbed browsing and better CSS support.

You know it makes sense ...

Posted by: Andy Todd on July 2, 2003 01:17 PM

All of it? Really? I'm surprised - the toolbar integrates *very* tightly with Google...

Posted by: Simon on July 2, 2003 01:20 PM

OK, I've got Firebird. Looks nice, I might give it a go. But I can't find any of the Google goodness of which you speak. Where do I look for it?

Posted by: Simon on July 2, 2003 01:27 PM

OK, found it. It's an extension. Firebird looks good...

Posted by: Simon on July 2, 2003 01:31 PM

For free, without extension, in Firebird just place your cursor in the url field and type "google " then press return - Google-tastic.

There are others too, have a look in the quick search folder in the default bookmarks. It should have shortcuts for dictionary.com (dict), webster (webster) and stock quotes (quot) amongst others.

Posted by: Andy Todd on July 2, 2003 01:47 PM

Woops that should have been "google " followed by your search term, e.g. "google dexter pinion".

Posted by: Andy Todd on July 2, 2003 01:49 PM

I'm liking Firebird. The only thing I *can't* find is an ieSpell analogue...

Posted by: Simon on July 2, 2003 03:07 PM

Oh, and I take your Google toolbar and I'll raise you mycroft plugins for Mozilla http://mycroft.mozdev.org/ - I've just discovered it, and it is good.

Posted by: Andy Todd on July 3, 2003 10:57 AM

Huh? What's this for? Everyone knows there is only one search engine...

Seriously, Firebird is looking to take over as my main browser, so thanks for steering me to it, Andy. As of now, the only problem with it is that some a few buttons don't show in in my Movable Type new entry screen. I'll look into that.

I'll have to keep IE around anyhow, though, 'cos we certify our applications to work with it. (And not any other browsers. Fume.)

Posted by: Simon on July 3, 2003 11:12 AM
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