Posted by Mitch Mitchell on May 31, 2008
First, if you notice to the right, there are now a few sponsored links to products. I’ve added those there because, well, this is a marketing blog that’s trying to earn some money, but also because I’m familiar with most of them, including the one I’m about to write on now.
I use Firefox for my browser, and I love it. What I especially love are all the customized things you can do with it. For instance, instead of having the boring background and frame that most other people do, on the browser here on my main computer I actually have a theme that highlights the Kansas City Chiefs, because I love the colors, and because I like the team, though I’m mainly a Dallas Cowboys fan. On the Firefox browser on my laptop, I’m using the theme from the show Futurama, which has all these icons of characters from the show instead of the regular buttons.
Something else it can do is allow you to change the look of some of the pages that one visits from time to time. For instance, this is what my Google looks like:
And this is what the images page looks like:
And this is what my Wikipedia looks like:
You can download the stuff you need to do things like this by going to a page called Userstyles.org; lots of great stuff there. Anyway, once I got a taste of that sort of thing, I learned that there’s another page called Userscripts.org, which is special scripting that people have created so that you can do things on pages that you probably really shouldn’t be able to do. For instance, one script allows you to download any video you see on YouTube in a MP4 format, though there are plenty others in other formats. One that I use a lot is one that increases the size of pictures on Facebook to the size they actually are, so I don’t have to keep trying to figure out what people look like from all those small profile pictures.
On the Userscripts page, they warn you that some of the scripts might cause problems with your computer from time to time. Though I’m usually a pretty cautious guy, I figured that everything was going to work just fine, because, after all, it did with the Styles site. I loaded five or six scripts that did different things, and everything seemed to work for maybe 30 minutes. From that point on, my computer basically locked up. I rebooted multiple times, and that did nothing. I unloaded all the programs from the Userscripts program, which is called Greasemonkey, and that did nothing. I ran Regcleaner and that did nothing either, because it didn’t know what to do. I tried running my antivirus, spyware and spam programs, but they wouldn’t work either. I was stuck.
Then I remembered that I had Error Doctor on my computer, and I decided to give that a try. When one’s system is running reasonably well, it usually completes its job in about 2 minutes. In this case, it took the program 15 minutes to do its job, but at the end of it, when I told it to fix everything, it did its job perfectly. I then ran it a second time, just to make sure, and in two minutes it was done, with nothing except some minor registry clean ups. I rebooted the computer, and everything came back just as it had been beforehand. I did load two of the scripts back, which were really the only two I’d wanted in the first place, and I’ve had no problems since.
Now, if that’s not a ringing endorsement for Error Doctor, I don’t know what could be. It’s not all that expensive, and it works wonders. So, if you’re ever in need, make sure to grab a copy. It could save you a lot of money on the back end.