I quite like the idea of Safari's Top Sites feature - it just seems to make a bit more sense than a blank home page. As a Firefox user, I thought there would be an extension that provides the same functionality, and as expected there are a few, eg Fast Dial
and Speed Dial
. Crucially however, neither of them use your browsing history to provide the most relevant pages - you need to manually configure them, so in effect they are just bookmarks displayed as thumbnails.
There is a way to get what I wanted though - using Google Toolbar
. Install it, go to the settings page, enable the 'Google New Tab page', and there you have it - a page of thumbnails based on your recent browsing history. Job done, except there is now a really ugly, bloated Google toolbar cluttering up the window. A quick trip to the toolbar menu to disable it, and we're back to normal. However, now the flippin' new tab page has stopped working!!?? Luckily there is another setting under the Layouts page - 'Keep features working with invisible toolbar'. Hmmm, snappy name....