Google Chrome has a proverbial treasure chest of options hiding beneath its surface. But it’s not as if many of these configuration screens and information windows are just thrown out there on one of Chrome’s drop-down menus. No, Google makes its advanced users do things the hard way: Manually remembering and entering various about: strings into the browser’s address bar in order to access “the fancier stuff.”
At least, that was the case until the awesome extension ChromeAccess walked its way into our lives. Goodbye, typed commands; hello easy-to-access drop-down menu for all of Chrome’s secret innerworkings!
You click on a link. Your browser returns the dreaded "Server not found" message. You get discouraged. You check your link for a typo--none. You make sure your Internet connection is still working--yes. You hit refresh a few times in an attempt to coax the site back online--zilch. You frown. You close your browser, turn off your computer, and go outside.
Okay, perhaps your everyday bit of Web browsing doesn't end in quite as disastrous of an outcome. But still, there's no denying that Web browser errors can be frustrating when you're trying to access a particular piece of information that's mission-critical to the task at-hand. And your inability to connect to said site could be occurring for any number of reasons, including the dreaded typo, an overloaded server, or some kind of muck-up via your ISP. But how do you know what's going on? It's not like Firefox's "sorry" page is of much use to your digital detective work.
Well you, friend, need a Watson to your Holmes. In this case, your enterprising sidekick is none other than the Firefox Extension ErrorZilla Plus--and using it will give you a whole host of new options for combatting page-loading errors. Read on to find out how!
I don't know about you, but the last thing I enjoy doing in Mozilla Firefox is surfing through about:config. While can't complain about the various performance boosts and other clever tweaks that this massive configuration database can provide, trying to make any sense of the about:config screen sans helpful guide is, in a word, impossible. If you're trying to stumble in there blindly, you're in for a world of confusion--and, depending on how much you fiddle with the settings, one broken browsing experience.
Thankfully, a clever developer has finally translated the arcane about:config language into real-world speech. And by that, I mean that an awesome add-on now exists that lets you edit about:config settings while being told exactly what it is that you're doing to your browser. In a sense, Configuration Mania is like one big guide to about:config that's built directly into Firefox. Tell the add-on what it is you want to do to enhance or otherwise alter your browsing experience, and the add-on will automatically configure the associated about:config string without forcing you to deal with confusing preferences or values.