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Name another Winston Smith
User since September 6, 2008
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In a little more detail...

2000 - the year 1984 got here - Fight for laws against website and advertiser info theft. If Google (with its strange idea what "evil" means) claims it'll kill its biz, well, I'd rather pay a $E20/year search fee than see someone jailed 'cause of what kind of sites DoubleClick tagged him reading.
Let's do something even MORE radical and decommercialize the 'net entirely .. uh, 'scuse me, someone just kicked in the door - another W and it Will happen here folks.

My Reviews

PassiveRecon

NoLongerTrue Update Rated 1 out of 5 stars

DnsStuff, the company PassiveRecon apparently connects to if you just hit the button (my mistake-I had forgotton all those GoThroughTOR instructions) gave me a call back a few minutes ago (7:27/10) and they were NOT happy campers - they are *not* involved in "putting together add-ons for Firefox" or anything else besides providing PRIVATE for-profit security help to folks operating major networks - while they will give you a free trial, it APPEARS someone with a corporate account is opening it to the whole world of Firefox users without buying sufficient seats. Yeh, I'm not the World's Greatest Capitalist, but to do this *without* telling the user they're involved and involving TOR in (at DnsStuff's prices) grand theft just doesn't seem quite fair...{Note [th]e WTP is no more, WTP Associates, an unincorporated group of designers discovered WTP has been stolen by what the Southern Poverty Law Center designated as a "hate group" - shows the value of a copyright - in honor of those who founded the bunch and one of our P's suffering from a terrible cancer in alphabetical order, we are NP2RS -30 years and we still don't even have a garage.}

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.02). 

NASA Night Launch

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

neat theme, but why is it #1 with a bullet under RSS?

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.6.20100112). 

WHOIS!

Rated 3 out of 5 stars

why keep an in-house development restricted when it gets great reviews?

Targeted Advertising Cookie Opt-Out (TACO)

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

It seems fantastic - probably to prevent legal action they still deserve, the members of the NAI have agreed to accept generic cookies saying "A Firefox User Was Here, Go try to track 'im", and give up their policy of Steal the Data and Implant the Trackers Before they even see the Site.

I can only hope that the good folks who bring us FireFox have vetted this program, and I am not handing over my life story to them by using it.

It should be fantastic, but I wish some third party (2600 Magazine, L0pht, other grey-hats and white-hats could be found to vet this thing. Then I promise to give Dan the unquestionable support he deserves (also requiring the inclusion of BOTH Google and DoubleClick and other entities spawned or purchased by the folks who have changed the definition of "evil")

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (2.0). 

RequestPolicy

Rated 3 out of 5 stars

Good Idea but Too Much .... that is if you have assembled the programs you need to make a reliable policy choice - NoScript,Ghosteray, CounterPixel, etc.

They not only give you a choice of detailed information needed to answer RequestPolicy, but they are already taking steps to either block a site or draw its fangs.

If I approve something in NoScript, which takes action, doing what I need to do to lower the Red Flag is a bit redundant.

The cure would be for the author to work with NoScript - a fantastic program at blocking intruders known or unknown to you, Ghosteray, for some reason Not As Popular because it ID's infotheft organizations ala DoubleClick, and, without EVER SAYING SO (I've suggested this to author) BLOCKING every one it can name, Counterpixel, which, as far as I've determined, neither blocks nor shows the offending screen pixels, the (untested here) PluginChecker, which should block or at least ID plug-ins installed by persons other than those at your keyboard, etc.
(oh, I'm leaving NettiCat's work out and a dozen others)
AND producing a single policy program - what is allowed always, what is NEVER allowed without a specific unlock from the User, what policies are site- or even page-related, permanently or just for a d/l.
THAT'S what we desperately need, a single report on EVERYTHING a site is throwing at us, so we can give appropriate answers - and what we do not have ... yet.

Good Idea which does too much of what others still do better E for Effort.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.5.12). 

FireTray

Rated 1 out of 5 stars

Rating for Firefox: MAJOR problem - it NEVER closes 'Fox EVEN when you X-close out of 'fox and have it set to do so. While I *want* T'bird to behave this way so it can d/l every 1-5 minutes (depending on acct), coming in AM and opening minute 'Fox icon scares me when I see last page(s) I was browsing still open! I hope for a v.2, perhaps dividing 2 add-ons for 2 apps!
(Full Disclosure 64-bit XP on I7 system which may change things)

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.0.2). 

NoScript Security Suite

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

BUT ... It's a love-hate relationship. Until I have a 36" monitor, maybe a pair, every line on a screen is valuable to me, and NoScript appears as a popup -no, I don't have an answer, other than the upper bar in the space that runs between Tools Help and the little m or left of leftmost bookmark bar ... ALSO - I never seem to know (sure it's my fault too) whether an id'd nasty is blocked or not -perhaps an option might be to feed fragged info back, as long as the page is needed, then snarl it further when one moves on - 'cause that's the other love/hate thing - sometimes I *want* to watch Ralph Spoilsport sell me a car, though most of the times I don't, so neither a standing white or blacklist work, nor does a (to me) big yellow bar. And sometimes figuring out what I can declare EVIL and still do business is near impossible! So, I try to figure out what's best for a page, go to the next page, and ZZZZT - naming conventions require either the same or different answers -Giorgio, I know it's the fault of the infostealers, not yours ... maybe a system that tracks itself the page you used, goes back randomly for a month and changes the data sought...
I'm going to keep it, it's the best thing out there, but, boy would I simply like to criminilize this form of UNREQUESTED Commercial Speech - this isn't some guy you can walk away from if he gets on your case, and he's not even transmitting data "speech" but committing the equivolent of theft of your info.

Could be worse - read the "Privacy" statement for Win-Player last night - and to "preserve the privacy(!!!!!) of sellers of music/video, it tells them what you're watching in case you've obtained it illegally. So No-Script it is, especially with almost-daily updates as Georgio tries his best to help us all!
The WTP

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.9.2). 

NoScript Security Suite

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

BUT ... It's a love-hate relationship. Until I have a 36" monitor, maybe a pair, every line on a screen is valuable to me, and NoScript appears as a popup -no, I don't have an answer, other than the upper bar in the space that runs between Tools Help and the little m or left of leftmost bookmark bar ... ALSO - I never seem to know (sure it's my fault too) whether an id'd nasty is blocked or not -perhaps an option might be to feed fragged info back, as long as the page is needed, then snarl it further when one moves on - 'cause that's the other love/hate thing - sometimes I *want* to watch Ralph Spoilsport sell me a car, though most of the times I don't, so neither a standing white or blacklist work, nor does a (to me) big yellow bar. And sometimes figuring out what I can declare EVIL and still do business is near impossible! So, I try to figure out what's best for a page, go to the next page, and ZZZZT - naming conventions require either the same or different answers -Giorgio, I know it's the fault of the infostealers, not yours ... maybe a system that tracks itself the page you used, goes back randomly for a month and changes the data sought...
I'm going to keep it, it's the best thing out there, but, boy would I simply like to criminilize this form of UNREQUESTED Commercial Speech - this isn't some guy you can walk away from if he gets on your case, and he's not even transmitting data "speech" but committing the equivolent of theft of your info.

Could be worse - read the "Privacy" statement for Win-Player last night - and to "preserve the privacy(!!!!!) of sellers of music/video, it tells them what you're watching in case you've obtained it illegally. So No-Script it is, especially with almost-daily updates as Georgio tries his best to help us all!
The WTP

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.9.2). 

Stony Brook University Sparky and MySBMail

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

ahm, that's "The State University of New York at Stony Brook," which, like the three other SUNY University Centers, is *not* in the community designated: (SUNYSB is in E. Setauket; Albany is just over the city line of the capital city, Buffalo is also just outside the city's line and Binghamton is in Vestel, a long-standing joke by those who know their Greco-Roman culture. Nobody's found one yet, they say.
Seriously, this belongs in a category "Special Communities" the largest for the "this is my Life on Line, can I buy you some bandwidth?", various Fox-related sports themes, and here, one that applies ONLY to about 100,000 students and staff sitting under one big megaserver.

Penelope

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

I've just been going through all the wonderful add-ons available for T'Bird, and, on most of these items I like, I have wanted to comment, in 67,68 cases- JUST ADD PENELOPE! Now, it would be nice to see it updated to be Penelope 1.n, with more Eudora items, but yes, this is the best we can get now, and yes because it's available and because yes, because it has so many great features and I say YES!

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.1a22). 

International E-mail Addresses

Rated 3 out of 5 stars

I'd like to offer a REAL review, but when logged in, I mouse as told and get told "login", logged in again and...

International E-mail Addresses

Rated 3 out of 5 stars

I'd like to offer a REAL review, but when logged in, I mouse as told and get told "login", logged in again and...

Ghostery

'tis impossible to .... Rated 3 out of 5 stars

It is impossible to RATE this one without FIRST going to the creator's website and considering the author's goal: to promote material on 'raising venture capital' and the story about how he built and sold a system that offers subscribers data on web user demographics.
I suggest someone with the knack for it (see 2600 with analog set in trashcan on cover, either Winter 08/9 or Spring 09) to go through this code and hunt for obfuscated tracking code.
Feeling like Winston Smith
wtp

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.3.9). 

Penelope

Revised opinion after fighting with it - reload Eudora and bite bullet Rated 2 out of 5 stars

Old Eudora's gotten increasingly creaky and impossible to find. That is sad, because so has any progress involving a reported Qualcomm grant to Mozilla to take over the beast
Development on , Qualcomm/Mozilla's promised support for a real MAIL-oriented tool, not an all-in-one jack-of-al-trades, master-of-none stopped at the first hurdle: There's no BlaBlah button - or other look'n'feel items, like countless daughter windows, not the ONE we're used to. And you'll have to rewrite all your filters and face a different mailbox system entirely - and lose the ability to use many other T'bird feature enhancers. Please, it is YEARS past time for at least a beta of v2.0!

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.1a22). 

Hide Unvisited

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Frankly, I can't think of what the Mozteam could have been smoking when they *added* this "feature" Somehow, if I wanted a list of sites visited, I'd bookmark 'em myself, not get a list running down to the base of the screen. I know some people will like it, I mean some people eat drowned muskrat and *enjoy* it.
Anyway WTP's Law, 'Every Feature should come with switches to adjust them to user preference. Thanks harikaried for giving us one to kill something I Really Don't Like, though I am sure some would have loved to see n(adjustable) locations saved, first n or last n, if you really want to go to town on it

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (3). 

Bandwidth Meter and Diagnostics

Rated 1 out of 5 stars

Won't even d/l - the collection of *any* information sort of violates what I see as the Firefox spirit - same reason I'm opposed to the Foxers listing net-nannies and other censor programs, and programs like this, that gather only a little data - too much in my book.

Web Bug Detector

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

I guess I'm not cool enough for experimental security programs - after getting my 5th repeated hash code error of the night, I was able to go strait to the foxbeacon site and d/l it myself, a provision I wish the other four had made

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

Chaff

Rated 1 out of 5 stars

Third attempt to d/l a pink program this eve dealing w/ security, and bashing doubleclick, and ilk third error -261. Repetedly.
Why am I getting a might paranoid? hs the fox sold out??? I sincerely hope NOT!

eQuake Alert

suggestion,not review Rated 5 out of 5 stars

first, five stars so not to mess your record - this program is apparently loved by geolovers,not so well liked depending on distance from a fault.

Anyway: 1) if this program actually has feature to use speakers to rumble system, please make them off-able.

2) it *may* be possible to choose report centers, at least in US, where data from Lamont-Dougherty (n of NYC) would be the most immediately critical. If they jump, bigtime, I head for door, because a) shockwave may not have reached me yet, b) at 4 mi inland on a barrier island, I want to be 10 mi inland and turn to the tsunami reports when I get there.

Note for I want MY nation, this *could* and should be an ez-patch, just changing the line for the nearest observatory and its data format. BUT if the Big One hits out West (boy is us going to need world help!) every station is going to report it, If Aetna breaks its slumber, local station *wherever* will be jumping, and (wishing no nation or region any more of an earthquake than I'd want) ditto for recent big one in China, though BIG in terms of damage might nogt be big on a the local scale, villages are crushed by minor temblors if not built to code, and there are reports saying the Appalachian Fault Line could go as easily as the California plate complex or elsewhere on the Ring of Fire.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (3.0.1). 

Adblock Plus

Rated 5 out of 5 stars



see how nice and
quiet the web can
be

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.7.5.5).