Firefox + Greasemonkey: Take back the web...
Mar 13, 2007
Most of you have probably seen the little "Take back the web" Firefox promotional buttons at some point. Firefox is a pretty feature-rich browser by itself, but extensions like Greasemonkeyreally do put you in control of your browsing experience.
Once you install the extension, check out userscript.org, a massive repository of scripts that you can download and use. I've been using Greasemonkey for a long time now, and I still continue to discover really useful scripts all the time. This one, for instance, automatically backs up any text you enter into a textarea and restores it if it's lost for some reason (a great complement to session saver). Here's one that disables those annoying inline IntelliTXT ads. And here's a really cool one that automatically displays any image links using the "lightbox" effect. That's just a small sample of the many useful scripts out there.
There are similar add-ons for other browsers like IE and Safari too. Just remember that not all scripts in the userscripts.org repository will be compatible with them.
Take back the web, indeed. :)