Drew_vt

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Name Drew_vt
User since May 28, 2007
Number of add-ons developed 0 add-ons
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My Reviews

Cookie Controller

Excellent Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Was using Cookieculler but it is no longer supported. I mainly wanted an addon that deletes all cookies - except selected ones - at the end of session, and this does the job.The options and configurations look a little daunting, but really, the default and unconfigured state of this add-on is excellent in my opinion. Newbies need to leave the advanced stuff alone, they just need to understand that in order to keep a cookie for a specific website (e.g. automatically being logged into your webmail) you have to select the state "Cookies allowed for [insert site] only as a First Party". Selecting this state for that particular site (by browsing to the site in question, then going into the menu or right-clicking the cookie-shaped icon, if you have dragged it somewhere, and selecting the correct state) ensures that the essential cookie for that site is saved between sessions. This is all you need to know.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (2.3). 

GoogleSharing

Rated 2 out of 5 stars

On Firefox 7.0.1, even with Add-On Compatibility Reporter the add-on becomes more and more dysfunctional. On Google News, I am starting to get error pages that read "our systems have detected unusual traffic from your computer network. This page checks to see if it's really you sending the requests, and not a robot" and no matter how often I write the captcha, I cannot get past that page.
The concept of this extension is brilliant, I would hate to see it abandoned.

randomUserAgent

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

This is exactly what we need in order to fight user agent-based tracking by Google, Facebook and all the other Big Brother companies. I second the suggestion of expanding it to include more parameters (such as Time Zone, Browser Plugin Details, etc.) as detailed in the Panopticlick project by the EFF. However, apart from the option to have it automatically change the user agent at browser startup, I don't think that operating it should be made any more complex. Right now it just does what it promised to do, with very little input needed from the user. This is great for the many uninformed users who are easily intimidated by too many options and features.

LeechBlock

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Works flawlessly as far as I'm concerned. I keep long text files of the sites I want to block, for easy input into different Firefoxes on different computers.

For even better self-discipline, it's too bad it doesn't also block Internet Explorer (but that's hardly the developer's fault, lol) but really, because IE is such a crappy browser, you soon stop trying to circumvent Leechblock's restrictions in this asinine manner.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.4.2.2). 

CookieMan Context

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Simple, effective. This is all I need from a cookie extension, allowing me to zone in on those 1 or 2 cookies that keep interfering with some of my other extensions.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (2.0.3). 

Consciousness Bell

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Does what it does. Just like buddhist music helps one to relax.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.1). 

Cycle Input Focus

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Highly useful. If I might suggest an additional (optional?) feature: a kind of auto-detect which examines pages for input boxes and makes sure that the cursor is placed into the first one automatically, eliminating the need to use the shortcut. It probably would not work on every page, and sometimes it would anticipate the user's intentions incorrectly, but nonetheless it would be an enormous timesaver, considering how many webpages consist of little than a single search box.

Adblock Plus

Couldn't live without it Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Some websites are so cluttered with commercial messages that after enabling Adblock Plus with the right subscriptions, most of the page is gone! It's like a crash course diet for internet crap.

As for the financial question: for every kind of website, someone out there is always providing a similar website with similar content but with less annoying ads. If Adblock Plus is enough to put someone out of business (which is unlikely in any case) by robbing them of some ad money, that just means visitors will instantly migrate to a similar site that does not clutter itself so much. Everything is replaceable. The law of the internet is that users want control over what they see, do, and get online. It's one of the big reasons Firefox and open source exist in the first place.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.7.5.4). 

TrackMeNot

Great Rated 4 out of 5 stars

I've been using it for a while now, and Google services are functioning normally as they did before, as are all the other Google services.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.5.17).