Thursday, June 07, 2007

Linkfest: Mozilla, Paper Toys, New Sec Apps, & Vista VHD's

Last post for the night.

Clean up your Firefox Menus

I spotted these two Firefox Add-on extensions this week that might help you "declutter" your Firefox menus.

First up,

Menu Editor - Mozilla Add-on

This extension allows you to re-arrange or remove menu items from the main context menu (that's the right-click menu) as well as the main menu-bar. -via DownloadSquad.


A commenter named PS_4 recommends skipping that extension and just editing the userchrome.css file.

More userchome.css file hacks here: Firefox - Tips & Tricks -via


Personal Menu - Mozilla Add-on

This add on lets you add three new menu buttons to your toolbar; the first two "History" and "Bookmarks" provide buttons that closely mimic their counterparts on the "File, Edit, View..." bar.

The third is the cool-one.

It allows you to add whatever menu items and sub-menu items you want to it. So you can make your own personal drop-down menu! Then you can remove any other buttons and menu items from the primary bar you might want in order to save space. Quite clever!

Screenshots on the Add-on page.

-via Mozilla Links

Make your own paper toys!

Custom Paper Toys

Paper artist Matt Hawkins is offering some downloadable templates for some wacky, retro-looking paper figures.

These guys are kinda cute.

Download the PDF file, print out on heavy paper or card-stock and assemble.

Fun activity for parents and the kids. And is something you might find proud and retro-geeky enough to take to work and show off!

-via Drawn! blog

New versions of two popular Freeware Security Apps released

Some new versions of popular security apps have been released:

Ad-Aware 2007 Free - Lavasoft (freeware for personal use only)

Also in $ Pro and Plus versions with advanced features.

I have been playing with the beta version for some time and generally like it. I'm not yet ready to give it a "Valca review" but it is a nice improvement overall from the previous Ad-Aware SE version.

Not yet offered for Vista. Sorry 'bout that. Maybe Vista-ready in August?

EMSI Software has released version 3.0 of it's a-squared line.

The fuller Anti-Malware version is a 30-day trial version. While the less featured, but still handy Free version should work fine for most users.

In good news, it is compatible with Windows 98, ME, 2000, XP, 2003 Server and Vista.

--via heise Security

Miscellaneous Microsoft News and VHD Goodies

These last two links discuss the "time-limited" availability of free "virtual" Vista images

The first is a 30 day evaluation version of Windows Vista Enterprise, pre-installed with Virtual Machine Additions already loaded. You can download it from here:

Microsoft Windows Vista 30-Day Eval VHD - Microsoft Download Center

Note that while the download page says that you need Virtual Server, the virtual machine works fine with the freeware Virtual PC 2007.

As well as Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Team Suite VHD - Microsoft Download Center

This download comes as a pre-configured VHD. This download enables you evaluate Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Team Suite in a Windows Vista environment.

Although these are really more business and development angled products, they might be worth checking out if you are curious.

Also worth keeping an eye on for future goodies: the Microsoft Virtualization Solutions webpage.


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