Best and Worst Firefox Extensions
Even two to three years ago, I was the “power user” type who was constantly downloading new utilities and tweaking my system in an effort to get a bit more performance. Now, I mostly use programs off-the-shelf and do very little customization. It’s likely some combination of age and the fact that hardware performance and standard editions of software have evolved so much that there’s just less incentive to fiddle.
Still, some of the “must-have” Firefox extensions, like Firebug and FireFTP, sound like something that would make routine tasks sufficiently easier as to be worth experimenting. At the same time, though, the premise of the second piece strikes me as dead on: “Popularity shouldn’t be the acid test to determine if you should install an extension. The important question is whether it enhances your browsing experience without any nasty side effects.”