Francewhoa

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Developer Information
Name Francewhoa
Location Powell River, British Columbia, Canada
Occupation Senior Product Manager, Senior Project Manager, and Co-Founder at Ubertus.org
User since Dec. 9, 2008
Number of add-ons developed 0 add-ons
Average rating of developer's add-ons Not yet rated

My Reviews

µBlock

Rated 1 out of 5 stars

The good
• Nothing good with uBlock :(

The bad
• Potentially not secure. Because the software source code has not been maintained in years
• uBlock is very bad. Beyond bad. It is a deceptive software. Do not be fool by its name. uBlock is a begware.

Suggestion
• If you need stronger security and privacy with ad blocking, you might be interested to consider another software with the code fully publicly available for review. Such as uBlock Origin:

Firefox add-on at https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/ublock-origin/

Google Chrome extension at https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/ublock-origin/cjpalhdlnbpafiamejdnhcphjbkeiagm

Source code at https://github.com/gorhill/uBlock

Reviews at https://alternativeto.net/software/ublock-origin

Double check that you use the legit "uBlock Origin". Not the scam and unethical "uBlock" at ublock.org Those two software are very different.

uBlock Origin

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.14.22).  This user has a previous review of this add-on.

FlashGot Mass Downloader

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Best download manager that I know of

Follow progress or contribute to FlashGot for Firefox version 57 at https://forums.informaction.com/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=23325

NoScript Security Suite

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

The good
• Edward Snowden endorses NoScript as a countermeasure against mass state surveillance he exposed. Read more at http://securitywatch.pcmag.com/security/321511-snowden-to-sxsw-here-s-how-to-keep-the-nsa-out-of-your-stuff

and

http://blogs.computerworld.com/encryption/23638/snowden-sxsw-we-need-better-encryption-save-us-surveillance-state

• NoScript allows you to permit which sites and add-ons you really trust to run scripts or track you
• Easier to detect and remove adware
• Also works as ads blocker
• Often significantly speeds up page load and save computer resources. Because unwanted scripts are block. Thus they don't need to load and run.
• NoScript is owned, developed, and supported by a friendly community

The bad
• Initial learning curve. But pass that it is easy to use.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (10.1.3c1).  This user has a previous review of this add-on.

Zoom Page WE

Useful. Easy. Cross-browsers. GNU. Some icon buttons hard to see and use. Rated 5 out of 5 stars

The good
• Attractive GNU General Public License version 2. This means this add-on is owned and supported by a friendly not-for-profit community. Instead of a for-profit corporation. And more secure because its full code is publicly available for review.
• Easily and quickly set default zoom either per-site or per-tab
• Fast and responsive
• Lots of configurable options
• Add-on can be activated or deactivated without restarting Firefox
• Implemented using the new WebExtensions API. Which is the future of add-ons.
• Available for both Firefox and Chrome with identical functions and user interfaces. So one easier learning curve :)
https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/zoom-page-we/bcdjhkphgmiapajkphennjfgoehpodpk
• Friendly and fast support from author

The bad
• After you click on the toolbar button, the text on the following 3 buttons overlap the buttons: “Reset”, “Auto”, “Reset”. Which make those 3 buttons both hard to see and use. But the buttons are still usable. The author said there is a fix in progress to resolve that.

Note
• This is now fixed with version 6.3+. With the previous version 6.2 at “about:addons” under the add-on “Preferences” page the location of the configuration of options might be hard to find for newcomers. Because to find those the user has to scroll all the way under the very long add-on description text :( In my case, after an initial configuration I seldom need to change those configurations though. So it is still usable :) I suggest to keep the add-on description text concise. And move the long details to a webpage. Such as the add-on homepage at https://addons.mozilla.org

Then add link(s) from the add-on “Preferences” page to the add-on homepage. I understand Mozilla made a poor usability choice by moving the configuration to that location. But I’m assuming the developer has control over the lenght of the text and can add URL into that description of the add-on “Preferences” page? Any other suggestion to resolve this challenge?

Using
• Add-on version 6.3
• Firefox 52.4.0 (64-bit)
• Debian 8 Jessie 64-bit
• GNOME

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (6.2). 

uBlock Origin

Easy. Powerful. Secure. Confusing names. Rated 5 out of 5 stars

The good
• I love it. It is owned and supported by a friendly community. Not a corporation. More secure because its code is publicly available for review and contributions on GitHub at https://github.com/gorhill/uBlock
• Easy to use. With both basic or advanced modes.
• Lightweight on memory and CPU resources
• More than 12 million users. Including 3.8+ millions users on Firefox and 8.9+ millions users on Chrome
• Clear Manifesto:
......• The user decides what web content is acceptable or not in their browser.
......• The uBlock project does not support Adblock Plus' "Acceptable Ads Manifesto", because the "Acceptable Ads" marketing campaign is really the business plan of a for-profit entity.
......• Users are best placed to know what is or is not acceptable to them. uBlock's sole purpose is to give users the means to enforce their own choices.
• More than 12 million users. Including 3.8+ millions users on Firefox and 8.9+ millions users on Chrome.
• Lots of features
• uBlock Origin has a better track record at fully protecting your privacy, than AdBlock Plus (ABP). There is a controversy around ABP and its related for profit corporation trying to monetize ABP via ad whitelisting. Which means that corporation sales your privacy for profit :( Source at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adblock_Plus#Controversy_over_ad_filtering_and_ad_whitelisting

The bad
• Confusion with the names. Between "uBlock Origin" and "uBlock". For those not familiar with those names, uBlock Origin is better than uBlock. Mostly because as of May 2017 Ublock Origin is still actively maintained and updated. Source at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UBlock_Origin#uBlock_.28ublock.org.29uBlock Compare to uBlock which as not been maintained and updated for more than 2 years, since 2015, and is trying to monetize an open source project. Source at https://github.com/chrisaljoudi/uBlock

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.12.4). 

Web Clipper : Easy Screenshot (WebExtension)

Love it. Open Source. Minimal. Rated 5 out of 5 stars

The good
• I love it. It is owned and supported by a friendly community. Not a corporation. So more secure because its code is publicly available for review and contributions on GitHub at https://github.com/schomery/easy-screenshot
• Easy to use. Simply right click anywhere in your browser window. Select "Easy Screenshot" option. Then select "entire page", a" portion", or "visual part." option
• Lightweight
• Very good quality screenshot using PNG format

The bad
• Minimal features

Tip
• If not working double check that you are using Firefox version 57 or more recent. Otherwise this add-on will not work properly. If you need this extension for an older Firefox the older version of this add-on is available at https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/easy-screenshot/

Web Clipper: Easy Screenshot

Love it. Open Source. Minimal. Rated 5 out of 5 stars

The good
• I love it. It is owned and supported by a friendly community. Not a corporation. So more secure because its code is publicly available for review and contributions on GitHub at https://github.com/schomery/easy-screenshot
• Easy to use. Simply right click anywhere in your browser window. Select "Easy Screenshot" option. Then select "entire page", a" portion", or "visual part." option
• Lightweight
• Very good quality screenshot using PNG format

The bad
• Does not ask where to save each screenshot. All screenshots are automatically save to a pre-set folder of your choice. So you can not yet save each screenshot to different folder. After the screenshot is done, you need to do that manually by copy paste each screenshot saved file.

Note
• If you are using Firefox 57+ find the newer version of this add-on Which uses the new API format called "WebExtension" at https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/web-clipper-easy-screenshot/

Nimbus Screen Capture: Screenshot, Edit, Annotate

Potentially not secure, lots of feature, easy Rated 1 out of 5 stars

The good
• Lots of features
• Easy to use

The bad
• Potentially not secure. Because the code is not available publicly. So it can not be review by the public. In other words, there is a risk of abuse. Such as recording screenshots and videos of your private life without your consent.
• It is own by a for-profit corporation called "Nimbus Web Inc". It is not owned by a not-for-profit community. Usually a corporation first priority is to hoard money. Not serve you and protect your privacy.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (9.1.1). 

Messenger for Skype™ Web

Love it. Notifications in all Firefox windows. Rated 5 out of 5 stars

That addon is very useful to see Skype notifications in all Firefox windows. It's easy to use too.

Roomy Bookmarks Toolbar

Love it. Easy. Lots of features. Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Big usability improvement

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.4.12). 

NoScript Security Suite

Love it. Easy. Essential. Highly Recommended. Rated 5 out of 5 stars

The good
• Edward Snowden endorses NoScript as a countermeasure against mass state surveillance he exposed. Read more at http://securitywatch.pcmag.com/security/321511-snowden-to-sxsw-here-s-how-to-keep-the-nsa-out-of-your-stuff

and

http://blogs.computerworld.com/encryption/23638/snowden-sxsw-we-need-better-encryption-save-us-surveillance-state

• Allows you to permit which sites and add-ons you really trust to run scripts or track you
• Easier to detect and remove adware
• Also works as ads blocker
• Often significantly speeds up page load and save computer resources. Because unwanted scripts are block. Thus they don't need to load and run.
• NoScript is owned, developed, and supported by a friendly community

The bad
• Initial learning curve. But pass that it is easy to use.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (2.9.5.2). 

Free Memory 2.0

Love it. Easy. Quick. Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Love Free Memory (FM) version 2.0. Easy options to choose from. Lots of features. Including a timer for automated memory clean up, and configuring its panel size to your liking. And FM is quick. Also it works well with Firefox 45.2.0 on Debian Wheezy 7.

As for the challenges. The upgrade path from FM version 1 to 2 could be improve. It's hard to find. Many if not most of the users will miss it. As users have to read the documentation to find the version 2. Most users don't read the documentation of any add-ons. I suggest for the next version 1 update to add a popup offering to user an automated update from version 1 to 2. We would be happy to contribute testing and documentation.

Dummy Lipsum

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Love it. Includes a right click feature to insert Lorem.

FireTray

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Love it. Highly recommended.

Works well with Debian Wheezy 7 and Icedove / Thunderbird 31.7.0

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.5.6.1-signed). 

Saved Password Editor

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

The good
* Works
* Lots of features
* Easy to user

The bad
* For some users it's hard to find that extension. Unless you have the direct link to the extension page or you search for the correct keywords. I suggest to the author to add the search keywords: "Remember Password"

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (2.7.2.1-signed). 

The Addon Bar (Restored)

Useful, get the addon bar back Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Since Firefox version 29 the addon bar has been removed by Mozilla. This addon restores it. Useful.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (3.2.1-signed). 

Free Memory

Faster firefox, easy Rated 5 out of 5 stars

The good
* Faster firefox
* Easy to use
* Can be automated
* Version 0.8 works with Firefox 26 on Ubuntu

The bad
* None so far

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.8.1-signed.1-signed). 

SiteLauncher

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Easy to configure and use. The feature for opening multiple URLs with one key is super useful.

Thanks David Morrison and all contributors for this awesome add-on :)

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (2.4.0.1-signed). 

Wired-Marker

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Easy to use. Lots of settings. Useful documentations on the author's website.

Would be great to be able to edit the highlight colors. I would be happy to contribute testing for that new feature.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (4.0.11120600.1-signed.1-signed).