What's in My Browser: Squealing Rat

logos(David’s note: We’re starting a new series here at the 2.0 Life, called “What’s in Your Browser?” The browser, it seems, is the new go-bag: everyone’s got it customized, right down to the nitty-gritty, to help them browse better, or faster, or more productively.

We all use browsers differently, and I get a kick out of seeing how other people have customized the “same” browser I use, sometimes to the point you can’t even tell it’s the same.

Our first submission comes from a regular contributor to The 2.0 Life, Squealing Rat.

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10 Extensions That Make Google Chrome Rock

Post by Matt Brian, who writes the great Will I Need It? blog. He’s also on Twitter.

2819339876_55802a1eb5 About a year ago, Google Chrome threw a wrench into the Internet browser wars, giving Internet users a powerful choice aside from Firefox, Internet Explorer, Opera and Safari. One of the biggest shortfalls of the browser, though, was its initial lack of support for third party extensions, something that Firefox had already perfected (and even Microsoft’s beginning to get in on the act).

That’s all changing – the developers at Google recently released developer builds of the Google Chrome browser that featured a few extra tweaks, one of them being the ability to install the extensions users had been asking for.

These extensions, whilst useful, aren’t quite to the standard of Firefox’s offerings, but the early development is showing that Chrome users can now enjoy superfast loading times and minimal footprints and enjoy third party plugins. In this article I’ll show you how to prepare your Chrome installation for extension installation, and show you some of the best ones out there.

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4 Firefox Extensions for Savvier Shopping

Post by David Pierce. Find me on Twitter.

Excited Shopping WomanGood economy, bad economy, we’re all still in the business of buying things. And let’s be honest: who buys things in stores anymore? The Web offers a ton of options for anything and everything you could want to buy, and offers great prices and discounts you might never find in a store.

But only if you know where to look.

I know I sure don’t know where to look – that’s why I’ve installed a few choice Firefox extensions that help me do everything from cross-check thousands of merchants to find me the best price, to poll my friends on whether or not I should buy that book I’m looking at on Amazon.

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8 Extensions That Will Keep You Stuck on Firefox

Post by David Pierce. Find me on Twitter.

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I wrote a post a week or so ago over on MakeUseOf about Google Chrome that stirred up some serious controversy. Some people like Chrome, others thought it was totally blasphemous and crazy that I would ever even consider leaving the wonder that is Firefox.

And you know what? You’re all right. I’m using Chrome more and more, but have definitively discovered that I’m not leaving Firefox any time soon. And, as many of the comments said, there’s one reason for that: the extensions.

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3 Massively Time-Saving Firefox Extensions

Post by David Pierce. Find me on Twitter.

2870342415_9394ec6465Firefox as a browser isn’t necessarily that much better than anything else. Safari’s good, as are Opera and Chrome. What really makes Firefox shine, and sets it apart from the other browsers for the time being, is the extensions.

You’ve seen the iPhone commercials, where it’s like, “you want to find a great restaurant nearby? There’s an app for that.” Firefox is the same, but instead, there’s an extension for that.

Saving time doing annoyingly complicated things? Here are three Firefox extensions for that.

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