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Five Fabulous Firefox Add-ons

Firefox Add-ons: What is an Add-on?

First things first.  It’s now well known among the more savvy internet users, that the Firefox web browser is a fine piece of kit; secure, innovative and with a burgeoning user base that has seen Microsoft rise from it’s slumbers and put some serious damage control development into it’s venerable Internet Explorer.

Spread Firefox Affiliate ButtonBut part of the reason for the rise of Firefox, is it’s ease of installing small lumps of code by the user – called Add-ons.  These can do many things – weather, stocks, pictures, FTP clients…..  there are thousands now.  Visit the add-ons page and they are grouped into various categories.

Add-ons are made by a host of mainly unpaid software designers.  The code is generally open source so that anyone can modify it for their own needs.  The reality for me is that I use something if it works, and ditch it if it doesn’t!  I haven’t the spare time for code work…

So What to Choose?

Now there’s the rub!  The best thing is to install some that fall into your area of interest, have a play, remove them and try some more!  You’ll soon find out which have the features you want, are fast, and don’t crash your browser!

To install, just click on the add-on link, wait a couple of seconds for the countdown timer and then install.  Usually that’s all there is to it.

For myself, I’m not that interested in the many ‘consumer’ type add-ons (like music listings and Facebook notifiers etc) , but I’m interested in things that improve my coding and browsing life, or help me produce articles like this one!

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British English Dictionary – link

FirefoxDictionaryCheck

Firefox Dictionary Check

Used when blogging or commenting to correct spelling!  That’s a screen-dump above of it working.

Words can also be added – and it’s all on the right-click!


Screengrab – link

Screengrab Menu

Screengrab Menu

The best ‘printscreen’ utility I’ve come across.  Use it to get screen captures of dodgy websites before they are closed down!

I have it set for an icon in the lower right corner of a window, then the two menus shoot out sideways.

As with the dictionary, the menus are on the right-click as well.


SearchStatus – link

SearchStatus menu

SearchStatus menu

I have the info strung out at the bottom right of my window again.  The maker’s description says most of it,(copied verbatim below),  but it doesn’t say how useful and fast some of these features are!

Display the Google PageRank, Alexa rank, Compete ranking and SEOmoz Linkscape mozRank anywhere in your browser, along with fast keyword density analyser, keyword/nofollow highlighting, backward/related links, Alexa info and more

In essence, for me, it’s a neat, quick and configurable WHOIS lookup for any domain you’re visiting plus a wodge of bells and whistles.


TinEye Reverse Image Search – link

TinEye Menu

TinEye Menu

Another right-click menu system!  The add-on looks for images that have been found in it’s web trawling that match the image you right-click selected.

7 results - TinEye

7 results – TinEye

This works even when the image has been edited, cut, cropped, renamed or resized!

This is the menu applied to a picture from the Crawling Chaos ‘The Gas Chair’ page.  After a few seconds, the TinEye website fires up in a new tab with a list of pages that include the picture.  It’s catalogue isn’t complete but it’s getting bigger all the time…


Web Developer – link

WebDeveloperMenu

Web Developer Menu

The enormity of the menu systems and the features it includes mean that there’s no way I could do justice to it in this small piece.  As a small example, let’s see it show all the web colours on the same Crawling Chaos page  above….

Color-Information-http-crawlingchaos.co.uk etc

Color-Information-http-crawlingchaos.co.uk etc

Again, all features are available as a right-click,but also as a tool-bar menu if desired.

If I now check the ‘View Color Information’ entry, after a second or so, another tab fires up in Firefox and displays all the web-page colours defined in code using the colour code RGB hash style.

You can get all sorts of information about a web page and it’s images.

One neat thing I use all the time is the “Resize” feature which means I can set the browser to various pixel dimensions to see how web pages look at these different sizes!

But really, check out the menus for yourself.  there’s just TOO much to list!


#6 Add-on: Firebug – link

Not quite top 5 for me, but Firebug offers a wealth of coding opportunities and allows you to see the code that generates the various on-screen elements, and also allows real-time editing to see what changes would do to a page – but without opening the page up in an editor locally, or otherwise. It’s all on-the-fly.  I don’t always have it installed as sometimes their codebase doesn’t work properly when Firefox upgrades….

IE8 has similar inbuilt feature now – perhaps Microsoft are trying hard with the developer community and can see that this is a good way to regain the initiative?


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News Items

The only news item missing is that from a premiership football club at the wrong end of the league regarding the future employment status of it’s manager…

@AmazonThere have been two news items in the UK today that must surely have everyone either rolling their eyes in the air, or laughing down their sleeves, as to say that we’ve seen it all before is itself a bit of a cliche.

News Item Number One

GCHQ DoughnutAgency denies internet spy plans

“GCHQ is not developing technology to enable the monitoring of all internet use and phone calls in Britain, or to target everyone in the UK.
Similarly, GCHQ has no ambitions, expectations or plans for a database or databases to store centrally all communications data in Britain.
The new technology that GCHQ is developing is designed to work under the existing legal framework.”
– GCHQ statement

News Item Number Two

HarrietHarman: ‘I don’t want to be PM’“I don’t want to be prime minister and I don’t want to be leader of the party. It’s simply not true and under no circumstances would I want to be a candidate.”

Now Let’s Vote!

Do you think?

  1. Both statements are true?
  2. One or other statement is true?
  3. Neither statement is true?

Answer

If you answered 1 or 2, I don’t believe you or you are extremely young or gullible.

It’s going to be fun watching this awkward squirming moment in history pan out….

As an aside: I wonder if Harriet, if it all ends up as it appears, will use some of her experience gained as legal officer for  The National Council for Civil Liberties (now Liberty), to roll back some of the draconian measures that have been implemented by the government that she’s been part of and voted with at almost every moment?

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Google Treasure Chest – and a Huge List of Scams

Introduction

I’ve done a fair bit of checking around the Google Treasure Chest/Money Kit scamming systems to try and alieviate some of the pain that a lot of people have been afflicted with.

Now follows possibly the most extensive scam list and redirects that I’ve found.  I class this post from workathometruth.com as a:

Very Important Link!

http://www.workathometruth.com/blog/2009/04/17/make-money-posting-links-on-google-scam/ – Make Money Posting Links On Google Scam.

I haven’t posted the list.  It’s all you need in the link, all nearly in alphabetic order.  Pages and pages of it!

Related Links on This Site


Comments are now closed on this posting as Google Treasure Chest is dead.
However, the problem has not gone away – the menace continues.

For further information, all chat on this and subsequent scams is now here:
Google Revolution, Different Name, Same Scam!
and here:
More on Google Profits and Pacific Webworks/

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Google Treasure Chest – it’s a scam and a half!

Introduction

While fishing around for some chords I came across azchords.com – as you do.  They’ve a shedload of Google ads and I accidentally hit the banner ad while trying to get rid of pesky popups (why do sites still do this now?)  I was taken to the website of someone called Kevin Hoeffer and an honestly dismal automatic sales pitch.  http://www.kevinlifeblog.com is the address.

kevinlifeblog.com

@AmazonKevin, of course is anonymous because his website uses WhoisGuard.  This “protects” the domain holder from spam, they say.  Well that’s one thing it does – another is that it make it hard to trace spivs. Anyway, he links to EarnFastCashwithGoogle.  This is the link:

http://affiliate.a4dtracker.com/rd/r.php?sid=168&pub=450202&c1=direct&c2=&c3=

You are then redirected to this page where you have to enter various address details:

I did so using the address of an electricity sub station. (yes, I know).  Once all the boxes are ticked and the funny little easily resettable timer is ignored (but noted as a clue to a very good social engineering type scam), you are taken to this website:

In here, the warnings should really be going off in your head by now! They ask for your credit card number, expiry date and CVV number!  And all to get $1 from you!

securecartcenter.com

securecartcenter.com has another hidden domain registration like WhoisGuard but this time with domainsbyproxy.com Surely I can find a real name behind all this?  And don’t call me Shirley. Well right down at the bottom of the credit card screen are some words, well out of normal view.  The whole thing is a signup for Google Treasure Chest who are in no way connected to Google, they hastily point out.  There’s an address in Cheyenne, a house on the corner with about 20 businesses registered there according to Google Maps.  SecureCartCentre isn’t one of them!

Source Code

In the source code for SecureCartCentre we find that images are served from bsadn.pantherssl.com Click that and you’ll get the folder structure for bloosky.com who serve advertising campaigns.  Fish through the folder structure and examine various files.  Google Treasure Chest is there.  Check out some css files and you’ll find that some are loaded from discovertotal.com , which has a contact of bloosky.com So far so good.  If they’d have stuck an htaccess file in there I wouldn’t have seen that, ho hum.

Instant Google Kit

Lots of stuff points to this.  http://googletreasurechest.com/index.php/home.html   It’s the homepage for this ferago.  Interestingly, down at the bottom all the links are to this site except for one, the signup link which goes to: http://web.archive.org/web/20090330184905/http://www.redtomorrowfield.com:80/z/gtc2/?cy=10&pr=19&af=16&ad=19

redtomorrowfield.com

These are also shrouded from enquiry by DomainsByProxy.com  The site actually looks like the treasure chest one – weird.  The form at the bottom is similar to the previous address form but the email address is validated by ebizsuite.com, an eCommerce company.

So Where’s The Problem?

The problem lies in this selection of links below.  There are hundreds on the web.  No-one has anything good to say.

At the bottom of the signup page, is the text:
By submitting this form I authorize Google Treasure Chest to immediately charge my credit card for instant access to the Instant Google kit. I hereby request that Google Treasure Chest activate my account and authorize them to advance funds as indicated. Monthly Service fees will commence seven days from the date of this purchase, and will be billed monthly thereafter. After the seven day trial you will be billed seventy one dollars and twenty one cents USD monthly for the continued access to the software. No refunds will be given for failure to use the requested and provided services. You may cancel at anytime by writing to 2510 Warren Ave Ste. 3363, Cheyenne, WY 82001 or calling 866.951.1406. Google Treasure Chest is not affiliated with, endorsed by or in any way associated with Google. Results vary. Individuals have been remunerated. All Content Copyright © 2005-2009, Google Treasure Chest. All Rights Reserved Worldwide.

That’s the problem you see.  It’s almost unreadable.  As everyone found out, instead of a dollar, they all had $71.21 taken away – monthly.

Conclusion

When I started this little investigation, I thought it was a straight phishing expedition to get credit card details.  Instead, it’s a curious grey fuzz of almost legal chicanery. Watch out!


Addendum Posted 7 April 2009

The original popup ad was for a ‘person’ called Kevin Hoeffer with his honestly dismal automatic sales pitch. Today I came across another who mysteriously, used to work for a pipe company! This is on this website http://web.archive.org/web/20110208043425/http://joshmadecash.com/ The actual text goes like this (one paragraph only shown):

A year ago I was an account manager for a (drum roll) a pipe manufacturing company. Not exactly what I dreamed of when I was growing up. The job I had before that, I used to work in at a mortgage company. That job I did like. Initially I was one of the processors and then started working in the sales department. That was really exciting 5-6 years ago. I was trying to learn the ropes as a salesperson and then eventually I really did start to make some money. I was doing well 3-4 years ago. Then as you know the mortgage industry just took a huge down turn. Along with every other industry and jobs available.

Naturally I wondered how many sites there are with this former pipe company (drum roll) bit of spiel going on. Try this Google search on this string “A year ago I was an account manager for a (drum roll) a pipe manufacturing company. Not exactly what I dreamed of when I was growing up.” to see how many. Actually Google says over 100! (202 on 8 May 2009!!)(268 on 29 May 2009!!)


Addendum 10 April 2009

Useful Links

I’ll continue to post extra info here, instead of in the threads below in order to make it more accessible. I seem to be finding stuff out here on an hourly basis, and most of it is depressing as it reveals the vulnerability of the human condition. So please folks, always remember,

“If it looks too good to be true – it is”


Latest News: 27 April 2009

From this article, we see that the ‘company’ behind Google Money Bollox is “Infusion Media Inc”. Try a Google search on the name here. For a company that’s been behind sooooo many different scammy websites, there are only 173 results. Nearly all relate to their dodgy dealings.

We also find that this guy, Philip Danielson, since Dec 2008, seems to have been handed the poisoned chalice that is some form of legal representation for Infusion Media Inc!!

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Addendum 2 May 2009

  • Please check this post Google Treasure Chest – Phone and Address List for a collated list of addresses and phone numbers mostly derived from the comments below.  For Google Treasure Chest/Kit/Money Maker type things, the later phone numbers have been found to be effective at getting refunds.
  • I can’t vouch for any scam that’s Cyprus based – that’s a different kettle of fish.
  • According to one commenter to this website, the charges in the Texas Court Summons brought by the Texas AG against some people have been dropped.  I must say that I’ve found no corroboratory evidence for this of either a name, company or actual reporting….  Jameson Johnson decided not to tell.  Maybe he can update us.  However, in light of comments made, I decided that the tone of some commentary was getting like a lynch mob and have edited accordingly.  This does not mean I’ve gone soft – I’ll still call a pig-in-a-poke what it is.

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