ssokolow

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Name ssokolow
User since May 10, 2008
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My Reviews

Form History Control

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

I installed this because it's got a more favorable license than Lazarus: Form Recovery (MPL 1.1 vs. "Freeware") and it lets me filter search queries on NSFW sites from form history... so far, it works great!

The UI is powerful but doesn't get in my way and it does what I need it to. I'd recommend it to anyone who already uses extensions like BetterPrivacy or HistoryBlock.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.3.0.6). 

Pentadactyl

Rated 1 out of 5 stars

Wake me when it works in Firefox Aurora.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.0). 

Favicon Restorer

Heaven and hell in one extension Rated 1 out of 5 stars

I like the idea of getting the favicon back in the address bar, but I can't stand the old "blank document" icon so this is worse than useless to me.

A blank page is intuitively "something" and gives the impression it's associated with the content. A dashed square using no additional colors beyond the tab's own background color implies that the icon itself is missing (like one of those "glue photo here" squares on a professionally-printed form or photo album), which is the correct implication to give. (The blank page icon, if anything, should be used only for about:blank)

RefControl

Simple, Smart, and Robust Rated 5 out of 5 stars

A perfect capstone on my need to protect my privacy. I've been Monstering my Cookies, Blocking my Flash, and No-ing my Scripts for a long time but, now, especially with the EU "cookie law" ramping up incentives to track without cookies, I started worrying about Referer headers.

After all, you can hardly tell Google that the Google Font Library and the Google AJAX CDN (which seems to serve everyone's jQuery these days) are illegal tracking tools... but the Referer header and a little smart coding let Google use them that way.

That's where RefControl comes in. It has a delightful little feature named "Default: FORGE" where I can satisfy most sites with meaningless fake Referer headers, but still whitelist the few sites like Snopes and Pixiv which are especially picky.

I wish there was a clear way to apply a whitelist to non-3rd-party URLs only, but aside from that, it's a perfect set-and-forget privacy tool.

HistoryBlock

My Privacy Is No Longer A Chore Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Forget the hassle of "Private Browsing Mode" hiding your non-private tabs when you turn it on. Most of the time, HistoryBlock is even better than Chrome's Incognito Window.

All it takes is just take a few minutes, once, to play around with your AwesomeBar, find all the sites that might leave incriminating traces, and then you can sit back and browse without worrying about whether you remembered to switch to Private.

HistoryBlock is "always use private browsing mode" on a per-site basis, in effect if not in implementation. It's not perfect yet (It won't prevent dirty search keywords from showing up in the form field memory and it won't tell Flash that you're in private mode) but it's very close.

Automatic Save Folder

Indispensable Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Automatic Save Folder is one of those things where, once you get used to it, you wonder how you ever lived without it. It's just so satisfying to be able to have my GOG games and my LOLcats and my YouTube videos and everything else just start the Save dialog off in the folder that, 99% of the time, is what I wanted.

Menu Editor

Rated 2 out of 5 stars

Really starting to show its age. Breaks HTML5 context menu support, no support for editing the main menu when in single-menu mode, and has "not yet implemented" messages that have been there for at least half a decade.

I whipped up some XUL userstyles to de-clutter my context menu instead.

Bookmark Favicon Changer

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Excellent tool but it would be better if you could set "Embed favicon data in JSON Bookmark backup file" without it showing a progress dialog. There's really no good reason to be showing a progress dialog for an automatically-triggered background task like bookmark backups which aren't part of a Firefox shutdown.

(I can see the utility of having it when Firefox is doing a pre-shutdown backup, but I'm not willing to put up with it popping up and distracting me while I'm just working away normally. Better to not have it at all, even if that means having to back up my custom favicons by hand.)

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.54). 

Video DownloadHelper

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

The best video-grabbing extension for Linux I've ever seen and a definite must for anybody's toolbox.

...though I do hate and mistrust how commercialized it feels and I really frown on donation requests in native UIs. If I ever find a properly libre/open-source extension which grabs videos as reliably and on as wide a range of sites as this, I'm switching immediately.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (4.9.3). 

RSS Icon

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

I really would've preferred the standard feed icon (the one used in the toolbar button) rather than the background-free, orange-on-transparent version, but aside from that, nice job.

I really was a stupid move on the Firefox devs' part to move it to the toolbars, ignoring the page/browser action distinction that got formalized so elegantly in Chrome.

If they really think it's so awful to show an RSS icon in the awesomebar when their tests show it's rarely used, maybe what they need to do is implement a "toolbar editor" mode for customizing which icons appear in the awesomebar.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.0.6). 

All-in-One Sidebar

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Great extension, but it breaks Greasemonkey 0.9's new "User Scripts" tab in the Add-ons window under Firefox 3.6, so I have to disable it for now.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.7.12). 

WebChunks

Rated 3 out of 5 stars

Nice idea, but not very useful to me as its own toolbar. I've already spent more than enough time /compacting/ Firefox's toolbars to a more Chrome-like setup.

Enter Selects

Rated 2 out of 5 stars

Would be perfect if it worked. As is, it looks like its working, but Enter still triggers my default Google fallback search unless I now press Up, Down to really select the first entry. Worse than worthless.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (6). 

BitTorrent WebUI

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Works nicely as a Firefox alternative to Deluge in Chrome.

...but I almost never disable BitTorrent WebUI and frequently use it as a shortcut to opening Deluge's WebUI in a new tab. Could you add an option to make clicking the statusbar icon equivalent to "Open WebUI" rather than "Disable BitTorrent WebUI"? (Ideally, with an additional keepalive so I don't have to type my password into the WebUI every time)

Omnibar

Rated 2 out of 5 stars

About the only feature of this extension that I actually find useful is the result compacting.

I suppose it might be faithfully reproducing Chrome features I consider undesirable, but all I really want is the Omnibar's ability to automatically grab search providers as I wander the web, support triggering a YouTube search with "yt<Tab or Space>whatever" and an eBay search with "ebay.ca<Tab or Space> whatever" (without having manually added ebay.ca as a search provider), and give visual indication that a search will be completed as soon as I hit Tab/Space after the keyword.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.7.1.20100811). 

Hide Caption Titlebar Plus

Rated 3 out of 5 stars

"Smart All" in multi-monitor mode would be just what I've been hoping for without success from Google Chrome for ages... if it weren't so damn buggy on Linux.

Chrome-like compact WinDeco when maximized, native WinDeco when un-maximized (so the WM functionality for dragging and titlebar interaction is used), and an un-maximize button while maximized.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.1.2). 

Stylish

Rated 3 out of 5 stars

Very useful, but I find the new 1.0 look annoying. I've downgraded to 0.5.9 to keep the script manager I prefer.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.0). 

SenSEO

Rated 3 out of 5 stars

Very useful, but must it clutter up the Firebug toolbar even when it's not the selected tab?

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.5.1). 

Inline Code Finder for Firebug

Rated 3 out of 5 stars

Useful extension, but it drives me nuts that it clutters up Firebug's toolbar even when another tab is selected.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.93). 

Tagmarks

Rated 3 out of 5 stars

Good concept, but I'd much prefer it if I could configure my own custom icon set... or at least set custom labels for the existing ones.