Changing Reddit link colors using Stylish

I really don’t like the link and visited link colors on reddit; they are too similar in appearance.  I prefer to have green links and red visited links.  I can get these link colors by installing the Stylish Addon and creating the following style:

@namespace url(http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml);

@-moz-document domain("reddit.com") {

.title a{color: #005500 !important;}
.title a:visited{color: #770000 !important;}
.title a:hover{color: #009900 !important;}

}

Firefox 3.5 Beta4

Since I’m running a Beta OS and since I’ll be reloading my machine within a week (go Win7 RC!), I decided to try the new beta for Firefox. I figure “what can it hurt?” (as long as I have backups, of course!) :)Here’s how I installed it (and fixed a cookie “feature”):

  1. Download the beta installer
  2. Go to Docs-Settings (or UsersYourLoginAppData) and backup your Mozilla directories in both Local and Roaming
  3. Install the new beta in a new location
  4. Start the beta for the first time. It will check your extensions and let you upgrade them if possible and then start running.
  5. CRITICAL: before you shut down the browser, go to Tools-Options-Privacy tab-Clear history when Firefox closes-Settings and uncheck cookies! If you do not do this, all of your saved cookies will be deleted when you shutdown Firefox. You shouldn’t be allowing any-and-all cookies to be stored on your machine anyways; I only allow certain “trusted” websites to store cookies using the Cookie-Safe Lite extension.

Not all extensions are ready for this version. You can use tools to force the extension install, but do so at your own risk. I used Nightly Tester Tools to enable Fire Gestures, GreaseMonkey and Tab Mix Plus and I’ve not see problems yet.

One problem I have noticed is that the Location Bar does not always show the current website address. I haven’t seen any other problems yet. Also, (not surprisingly) there are a few problems with incompatible extensions. Tab Mix Plus apparently does not remember the last selected tab, so closing a tab will show the tab to the left instead.

I should mention that this is an “upgraded” profile, so some of my problems may just be due to the upgrade. However, it’s working pretty well so I don’t feel the need to create a new profile. 🙂

This beta does seem a bit faster than 3.0 so far! 🙂

Firefox printing text too small

I’ve had a minor problem with Firefox for quite some time; when I print a page, the text appears tiny and very difficult to read. There is a simple solution: from the File menu, select Page Setup and change the Scale to a higher number (mine was set to 42% for some reason). I changed it to 100%, printed a test and it was a bit too big; changing it to 80% made it the perfect size.

Also, I would uncheck the Shrink to Fit Page Width option; that might make the text too small on pages that are too wide.

Disable Firefox 3’s “awesome bar”

I really don’t care for the new address bar in Firefox 3. When I type in an address, I only want it to match the address and not look through my bookmarks and other page text. Here’s how you can disable the so called “awesome bar” in Firefox 3.

  • Type about:config in the address bar and set the browser.urlbar.matchOnlyTyped to True.
  • Install the OldBar extension to mimic the old firefox look.

I know that some people may like the new behavior, but I don’t. Each to their own, but I believe if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Some change is good (Windows Server 2008 as a workstation is pretty sweet), but change for the sake of change that adds functionality I don’t need is pointless.