Firefox extensions that are essential to me.

adblock – it blocks ads.

bugmenot – let’s you log into websites that require registration like the New York Times.

define word – look up words that your hoity toity friends use.

el jay icon maker – I’m a blogger and this is useful for turning that huge BMP your mom sent you of the baby into a 100×100 pixel icon.

fasterfox – it’s supposed to make things faster. I don’t know if it works or not.

flashblock – MUCH MORE IMPORTANT THAN ADBLOCK ABOVE. Flash powered pop-ups are viciously annoying. This turns flash off unless you scroll over the item and click.

fireftp – a decent FTP interface. I believe it supports sftp.

forecastfox – let’s you know when it’s going to rain.

hashcolouredtabs – really helpful if you open a ton of tabs like I do. if there’s not a icon defined by the webpage it will at least turn each tab a different color.

ieview – adds, “open this page in Internet Explorer” functionality to the right click menu.

print 0.2.2 – let’s ya print stuff.

sessionsaver – ESSENTIAL. If firefox dies this will save your last know place.

sort bookmarks – pretty useful.

stock ticker – it’s handy for keepting track of stocks.

switchproxy tool – if you work in a corporate environment this is useful.

targetalert – when you scroll over a link it will throw you an icon letting you know what kind of material the link goes to.

webmailcompose – let’s you deal with mailto: links with gmail.

financial blog?

I’m considering starting one. I’ve been doing better with my money lately but I don’t want it to stop and it’s making me look forward to some of my mid-range goals. There are different levels of blogs for this sort of stuff.

I kind of like Nev’s blog. He’s funny, cheap, and I dunno. He’s got a RSS feed. For one thing he hired bums to sell water, just to try and learn first hand some of the difficulties in supply, distribution, advertising, etc:

http://nevblog.com/

This one has an interesting link to another post about the costs of buying a new car. But this is basically just a farm of links. No original content:

http://www.fivecentnickel.com/

This guy is big into investing and in aggressive things. He also seems to like data manipulation. And he publishes his track record in investing. 44% over 5 years. He will let you look at his stock portolio in real-time for a one-time $50 donation. I don’t know so much about that part.

http://www.thekirkreport.com/

This person publishes their monthly budget and generate their own content. And it seems like they’ve got an advertised RSS feed.

http://www.mymoneyblog.com/

This New Yorker is super compulsive about tracking her budget so we could see eye to eye. But she seems a bit out of touch. She lives in NY but is constantly wailing about the cost of housing. There’s a solution. MOVE!

http://myopenwallet.blogspot.com/

Some good tips to be found here. But also some things that are too extreme. Everyone is ravenous about taking lunch to the office. I know it saves a fair amount of cash and if you’re on a really tight budget I think it will make a difference. However, if work in a big company and your budget isn’t tight, then lunch is a chance to network. You can get stuff out of people when they’re happy and munching on food. You can find out what’s happening in groups close to yours. It’s especially useful if you choose to lunch with the smartest people in your department. Typically I work in a small group. That means that there is normally me and another smart person working together on stuff. Sometimes we’re actually battling against each other on top of that. But when I lunch with smart people in other groups there’s no competition. We have chances to back off and examine each other’s projects more objectively. We also get a better idea of what is going on over the entire company and spot trends. Overall I think the cost of lunch, at least occasionally, can be paid back if you’re trying to be a fast-tracker.

http://www.freemoneyfinance.com/

alienware

it’s broke again. victor had me flash the memory on the motherboard. still broke. now he wants me to run extended tests of the memory chips in separate slots again. I’ll do it but I’m still unhappy with their poor systems, poor support and their stupid “no managers at night” philosophy. If you’re going to run a flat support structure then you have to have managers around. The only other option is to have an escalation tier to help the frontline guys.

BTW, it’d be different if this was a standard company or a standard support contract. This support contract cost $300 and the computer was built by a company that targets the performance computer niche. This baby performs alright. It executes memory reads and writes with flawless precision.

quarterly review THIS!

anyhow, it’s quarterly review time. I used to hate them because we were told that they were unimportant. Then last year they fessed up to the fact it’s the second most important thing for your annual raise. The first of course is your boss’ opinion of you.

So anyhow, I was putting stuff together when I realized that one of my solutions produced 5.5 million in revenue this year and will produce 73 million next year. So I’m sort of stoked at the moment. I’d let you stroke my ego, but I’m too busy doing it myself at the moment.