Being a vim aficionado, I used Vimperator with Firefox, but I’ve found a fork of the former, called Pentadactyl, which looks really cool, and more flexible (although I haven’t explored this enough, yet). In the meantime, at least in version 1.0b5 (FF 3.5+), that status bar text, non https pages, is white on a light background, which sucks, because it makes the text very hard to read. Here’s a simple fix. Create a .pentadactylrc file in you home directory (don’t forget the initial dot), and put this in it:
” do not hide Firefox’s main bars
” change the status bar default text colour to black
highlight StatusLineNormal color:black
NOTE: only the highlight line is needed to solve the colour scheme problem, the “set…” line is to prevent the addon from hiding Firefox’s main bars (which it does by default).
EDIT: In order to be able to be able to use some usual shortcuts when editing text, insert this in ~/.pentadactylrc:
inoremap <C-a> <pass> inoremap <C-b> <pass> inoremap <C-c> <pass> inoremap <C-i> <pass> inoremap <C-u> <pass> inoremap <C-v> <pass> inoremap <C-x> <pass> inoremap <C-y> <pass> inoremap <C-z> <pass> inoremap <S-Insert> <pass>