Michael

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Name Michael
User since March 5, 2007
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My Reviews

Calculator-Bar

Why an add-on? Rated 2 out of 5 stars

Why use a FF extension to do this? Doesn't it just take up extra RAM whenever you use FF, which is already a memory hog?

Why not just?
a) use the calculator app on your PC,
b) use your launcher (Quicksilver has this feature),
c) use bc in a command shell,
d) create a simple web page that does the same thing (either online or as a local file).

I think that a significant percentage of the stuff that's done in extensions really belongs in totally separate apps.

Tab Mix Plus

Great, but some caveats Rated 4 out of 5 stars

1. It would be great if there were a way to mark some tabs as unread. Sometimes I look at an unread tab and decide to read it later, but I have no way of designating that. In TB I can mark messages I opened as unread.

2. Tab Mix Plus ≠ multiple tabs. Tabs are built into FF. If you have too many open, you'll use too much RAM, and that's what slows it down. It doesn't matter whether you used this addon to open them. Apps can allocate more RAM from the OS, but they can't release it.

a) Open fewer tabs.
b) Close a tab as soon as you're done with it. It's the maximum you've used since you last opened FF that determines RAM usage.
c) Don't save sessions, except for the last 2 temporarily. Bookmark a tab instead. That way you can re-open selected web pages. With a session, you can only open all or none.
d) If FF is getting too slow, exit it and re-open it. That'll free up RAM.
e) Use plugins sparingly. Instead of plugins, download PDFs and mp3's and play them offline. It's more secure too.
f) Flash devours RAM and has 1001 security holes. Avoid using it as much as feasible. Also avoid web sites that are over 90% Javascript.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.3.8.4). 

DictionarySearch (Official Version)

Great for 2nd language speakers Rated 4 out of 5 stars

This is really useful for those of us who speak a foreign language, by which I mean a language we do not speak natively. (It is possible to have more than one native language.)

About the lack of documentation, this is a problem with almost all software these days, esp. free software. Free software people should spend a little less time writing so much software and a little more time explaining how to use it.

Finally, it would be really nice if a user could add a list of regular expressions to uninflect a word if it is not found in the dictionary. If I select the word "abgesagt", I want it to try "abgesagt" then "absagen" then "abgesagen" until it finds an entry that matches.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (3.6.3). 

Nuke Anything Enhanced

Earth Friendly Rated 5 out of 5 stars

I have a real hangup about wasting paper (and ink, but mostly because of the price). Older versions of this did not affect printing, but now it does. The author of this addon has saved a lot of trees.

Now I wish I could reset margins and widths (for block-level elements). I can do this with Stylish, but it takes forever. Just eliminating them is enough. HTML and CSS will default to 100%.

I can also get rid of images that gross me out and pictures of people I don't like.