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I used to use Multifox, a useful little add-on for Firefox that allowed you to use multiple identity profiles in Firefox. This meant I could allocate tabs to different identities so I didn't have to log out of one and back in again for another on various sites - for example, having a set of tabs open for my wallet identity while also working on my pen names' Twitter accounts. Multifox was pulled by Mozilla from the available add-ons a few months ago (the writer surmised because it wasn't compatible with some new protocols). This made me sad, but a spot of googling last week turned up the information that Mozilla have been working on similar functionality in the form of Containers.

Containers is a new tool still under development, and as such not yet available in the standard release of Firefox. However, you can sign up to FireFox Test Pilot, and install various "under development" things to play with, including Containers. From the Test Pilot description:

Containers let you create profiles in Firefox for all of your online lives. Custom labels and color-coded tabs help keep different activities — like online shopping, travel planning, or checking work email — separate. Because Containers store cookies separately, you can log into the same site with a different account in each Container, and online trackers can’t connect your browsing in one container to another. So you can keep your shopping self separate from your social self from your work self, without worrying about being followed around the Web.

The Test Pilot things are added onto a standard debugged release of Firefox, but for those who really like living dangerously a version of Containers is also available in Firefox Nightly.

I've only been playing with it for a few days and haven't really explored everything I can do with it, but I like it so far. There are several other Test Pilot experiments on the go at the moment - I've also installed Snooze Tabs, although I haven't really done anything with it yet. I think it's one some of my friends would find useful.

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Jun. 14th, 2012 11:19 am
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Installed the Spawn of Redmond on my home machine earlier this week. I loathe Word with a fiery passion, and have no intention of using it at home other than for dealing with files from people who believe that Word Is The One True Way, but as both the day job and the writing now involve ever more frequent encounters with people who are not even aware that there exist other word processors, I don't much have choice about having it available for use, even if it's not what I use day to day. (I have nothing against Excel, but also no reason to change over from 1-2-3.)

Of course, what I've installed is 2007, since that's what there was a spare licence for lying around in this household -- and I use 2003 at work. So that's yet another set of menus to learn, then...

ETA: Please do not suggest that I download Open Office. Open Office is not reliably compatible with the group working functions in Word which are the reason for me installing the damn thing in the first place, and is all too compatible with Word in the areas which are the reason I hate having to use Word.

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