Setting up new computer. Pt. 1 – fixing the browsers

I found Steve’s posts about migrating to a new computer useful, and I thought I’d copy him in detailing all the work. It is turning out to be a lot of work! Starting with just the browsers, I’ll list the extensions and settings I’ve come to depend on for safe and efficient browsing

  • Find as you type for IE 7. In FireFox, if I type “/” or CTRL-F and begin typing, the browser finds words as I type. This saves a few keystrokes for me and often finds variations in spelling of the word I’m looking for. This extension makes that happen in IE as well.
  • Google Keyboard Search for IE7 and FireFox: This is a change to the default search engine. Your Google results can then be browsed with the j and k keys and opened with the Enter key. It automatically jumps to the next page when you scroll off the end.
  • GMail Notifier. I like having a reminder in my browser when I get mail
  • Delicious toolbar links. I use these all the time. I usually just drag the delicious buttons to my bookmarks toolbar, but now I’m trying the delicious FireFox extension and I like it. It captures selected text as notes.
  • Instant Library Lookup browser button. If I’m at Amazon and I see a book I’m interested in. I click the browser button and it instantly finds it at my local library. I’ve saved hundreds of dollars this way, even when I calculate in overdue fines.
  • Set Firefox master password. This requires a password to access any private info in FireFox. (Tools –> Options –> Security –> Set Master Password)
  • Google Dorks: This extension puts a lot of the special Google search syntax at your fingertips.
  • Noscript: It is important to install this as it cuts down on possible attacks through Cross Site Scripting. I initially thought that it would be a pain in the ass to “allow” all the friendly sites to run javascript, but it is surprisingly easy. You can import allowed sites from previous installations of Firefox.
  • IE7 guards against sites that “use a scripted window to ask for information” by default. This tells how to permanently ad a trusted site that won’t get blocked by this feature.
  • Spelling: Firefox 2.0 has a built-in spellcheck. It is wonderful except that in my old browser I built up a big list of words that it didn’t know that I had to ask. Going into my old browser, I took the C:\Documents and Settings\\Application Data\Mozilla\Profiles\ persdict.dat and dropped into the same place on my new computer.
  • IE7 has no spellcheck built in. I’ve long been using the Google toolbar for this and it is great. To import my old wordlist from old machines, I found the file “..\Google\User Dictionary.txt” and copied the word list out of there and sent it to myself thru email. No sense in teaching my spellchecker to recognize “Pr0n” “Pwnzored” “assclown” “idiotarian” “MSM”, “Suxxor”, “roxxor” and “STFU” again.
  • One thing I’m trying to find is a Internet Explorer setting or extension that mimics the Firefox behavior: I click on a page of text and I can then select text with the shift key and left and right arrow keys. Any help, lazyweb?

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