I’m using any browser, but my preferred is Firefox, mainly for the add-ons… 🙂
- Adblock Plus
Remove ads, banners and all annoying things from web pages, but you have also a white list. Great also to retrieve the exact URL of the embedded media (clicking on the transparent tab over the banner/flash/java applet). You can also subscribe to a know list of banner sources (maintained by the community).
A full featured multi-thread downloader, cross platform (Windows, OS X, Linux). No more needs to install a separate program to dope your downloads speed. Plus use the same interface on any platform/OS.
The power of Google translator in your contextual menu. No additional pages to load, only right click over the selected text and voilà, you get the translation.
Display stored cookies and select who can store cookies into your browser between sessions. Usually I don’t allow my browser to remember cookies (only for the current session) but on some sites, it can be useful.
- Server Spy
Watch what kind of server is “cooking” your current web page. It’s a nice tool, more simple than a telnet on the 80/TCP 🙂
Learn everything about any term, via contextual menu. Answers collect any informations form various sources about a given term (Wikipedia, Dictionary, Thesaurus, etc…), plus providing the translation of the term in many languages, one audio media with the correct pronunciation and an handy web-layer powered pop-up for a quick consultation without leaving your current page (via the highlight of the term plus ALT+LEFT CLICK, on Windows)
Manage various proxy profiles with one click (support also SHOCKS PROXY). Configurable editing a simple text-file-like field (from the plug-in interface). The shocks support is very cool used with the SSH shocks proxy feature: you can easily surf the web via a SSH shell. A must have.
- Cache View
Try to view also heavy loaded web sites. If you, like me, are a Slashdot and Digg reader, this extension can make your day 🙂
- Box.net Bookmarks Synchronizer
Backup and retrieve your bookmarks from many computers, using the Box.net free service. There are dozens of utilities like this one, but Box.net is a short domain name to remember, with 1GB of free space (private and shareable with others) and a light interface. I like it.