Actually, “I see, [it’s really] no big deal, this is how it works…”
To overcome my fear of technology, I started getting to know Firefox better and how the add-ons for Firefox actually work.
The first add-on I installed I did a few weeks ago, when I heard of HTTPS Everywhere. It is a Firefox extension that makes sure that the pages we visit are encrypted and therefore safe to use.
Now, dealing again with the add-ons, I found some more very interesting ones. I tried out StumbleUpon, Preisspion, and the ReminderFox. While I have not deal with those add-ons that much yet, although I think they can be very useful applications, I concentrated more on the WebMail Notifier and Zotero.
To the WebMail Notifier, there is not that much to say, it is a very easy to install add-on for Firefox that checks your email accounts in regular intervals and gives you a signal whenever you got a new mail. After installing the WebMail Notifier, you will see a small icon on the right bottom of your Firefox window. It tells you always how many unread emails you have, but when you get a new mail it will also tell you. By clicking on the little envelop, you get immediately to the front page of your email provider. However, I would advise to deactivate the function that your password and username are saved automatically; otherwise anybody who uses your computer could access your email inbox.
After only using it for a few days, it is already a normal thing for me to check my emails via WebMail Notifier, and I think it is a really good and time saving add-on.
The other add-on I have come to use regularly is Zotero. Zotero is an application that is also installed very quickly and can organize your bookmarks and collection of links in a clear and useful way. This is how my collection of links and all the bookmarks looked before I used Zotero:
I had various lists with links randomly grouped. Now, using Zotero, I can say that it is a lot easier to find links again, and to remember why and with which purpose I saved them in the first place.
By clicking on the small icon that says Zotero, a window will open and you can see your collected links, your folders you arranged them in, notes to each and every link, and even tags so that you can make your very own tag cloud for bookmarks and of course categorize the links in different ways.
Another interesting feature is that you can write notes directly on the web pages, or highlight interesting facts.
After working with Zotero for a while, I can really say that my links are now organized and structured in a way that they have not been before. When I am searching for a certain link, I know now where to look for it and I even see links that might be equally interesting for my search as they are connected to the first link.
The add-ons I installed during the last days, but especially Zotero, showed me that you can adjust even browsers according to your needs or interests, and that many really simplify your web work. I am definitely going to look for more useful add-ons for further adjusting Firefox the way I need it.