I recently came across this nice Firefox addon to display Wikipedia articles along with my search results. It is called Googlepedia, developed by James Hall; a software developer living in York, under GNU General Public License V2. Googlepedia takes what you type in your Google search box, finds the article in Wikipedia that matches best with your search query and displays it in your Google search results page, to your right along with the other search results provided by Google. It uses Google's I'm Feeling Lucky feature to find the relevant articles for your search queries. Since my browsing time is mostly spent on reading Wikipedia articles, this tool help me to get me to the articles I love with minimum clicks. It also removes Google AdWords, that come with every search result and uses the unused space in Google search results page efficiently to show you related articles found on Wikipedia instead of showing AdWords to the right of your search results. It works with Firefox 1.5 - 3.1b3 and currently supports 7 different languages including Chinese, German, Japanese, Polish, Czech, Dutch and Portuguese. Googlepedia also supports Google's famous Web Browser, Google Chrome and Chrome version of Googlepedia can be downloaded from here. Happy Browsing with Googlepedia :-)

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This was a big headache for me when I upgraded to Ubuntu 8.10 from Ubuntu 8.04, that my Firefox Web browser happened to go off-line whenever I connected to the Internet using my home Internet connection. But it worked perfectly when I connected from the university or using other wireless access points. After googling for few minutes, I was able to find what went wrong for me. It was something to do with Firefox configuration for not to check the network management applet in Linux for available networks, whenever Firefox connects to the Internet. Though this bug is reported, it is not been handled nor assigned to anybody at BugZilla, so it is still remains as a bug in Firefox under Linux, unless you run this fix.

Usually with the introduction of Firefox 3, the developers have developed the famous Web browser in a way that when it runs under Linux variants, it checks the network management applet to check whether the computer has already been connected to a network and adjusts its mode of operation according to that, meaning Firefox will operate in on-line mode only if the Linux box is connected to a network. But the network manager comes with Linux has some issues with identifying PPP connections that uses USB modems to connect to the Internet. Due to this erroneous behavior of the network management applet, it tends to complain by saying it is not connected to a network though you are connected to the Internet using your USB ADSL modem (ZTE ZXDSL 852 in my case). Now with this erroneous behavior if you are using Firefox 3, since Firefox checks the network management applet for available networks, it will fail to recognize that you are connected to the Internet as network management applet fails to detect your ADSL Internet connection. This causes Firefox to operate in off-line mode, so you will be not be able to browse the Internet.

The easiest way to fix this issue is by changing your Firefox browser settings to not to check the network management applet before connecting to the Internet. This can be done in few easy steps:

  1. First open a new Firefox Web Browser and type about:config at the address bar. Then you'll get a page saying changing advanced settings can harm your computer, believe me, this won't do any harm. Just click on the button "I'll be careful, I promise".
  2. Now type "toolkit.networkmanager.disable" at the filter bar you get there, which will show you the Firefox setting for toolkit.networkmanager.disable property. In your case, this should be set to false.
  3. Now double click on toolkit.networkmanager.disable which will set toolkit.networkmanager.disable's value to true. Thats all you have to do. Now restart Firefox.

toolkit.networkmanager.disable is the Firefox setting which allows you to control Firefox's communication with network management applet in Linux. Setting this property's value to true makes Firefox to not to use network manager to detect on-line/off-line status. Therefore if the network management applet controls active network connections incorrectly, this setting lets you avoid the problems caused due to such issues with network manager and guide Firefox to use its status as on-line. So you won't get "work off-line error page" while you are connected to a network.

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