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Name Anonymous-4744404
User since May 26, 2009
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In a little more detail...

Some of my earlier reviews... GAH. The internet is forever.

My Reviews

SyncPlaces

Speedy, Quick, and Reliable - be sure to take some time to read the how-to Rated 5 out of 5 stars

I love Andy's extensions, particularly most useful for me are this one and SortPlaces.

I like them because they allow you fine-tuned control over your bookmarks without adding any bloat to Fx as you'd expect from add-ons so rich in features.

It's really helpful to take the time out at first and read all about the different options available to you on Andy's website at
http://www.andyhalford.com/syncplaces/index.html
because out of the box, you may be a bit overwhelmed with all the choices and inclined to chuck it right off the bat. Once you read all about it though, you'll see the flexibility inherent in the add-on and will be glad you gave it a try.

A word about using the FTP protocol: If you aren't familiar with FTP and haven't much or any experience using it, I'd strongly recommend using a webDAV server. FTP is a relatively old technology and although still widely used, it hasn't had any developmental improvements in forever. So it's pretty archaic in a lot of ways. webDAV on the other hand is a little more recent, much more secure, and traffics through the same route you take when you use a browser to view webpages; all these things make it robust and less prone to errors than FTP.

So if you are using FTP and don't have much experience with it's different quirks and find yourself having trouble, my first point of advice would be try webDAV. You can get free webDAV space big enough for SyncPlaces data from, as someone pointed out below, http://mydrive.ch. There's also http://mydisk.se (this is my preferred provider), http://swissdisk.com/online/storage (scroll all the way to bottom of the page for free account info), and the European company GMX offers webDAV (URLs vary by country, you'd have to search google to find one).

In addition to storing your SyncPlaces data, you can use your webDAV space for other stuff too - you can mount it directly to your computer so it looks and acts just like a folder and you can store any kind of file on it. You can also read-only access it from anywhere with any web browser which can be useful.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (4.0.3). 

SortPlaces

Take some time to really see how this works & you'll agree it's the best Rated 5 out of 5 stars

This is hands down the most perfect bookmark management tool for Fx. All of Andy's add-ons provide the user with such fine-tuned control so as to be highly customizable - without any ugly bloat typically accompanying such a quality - and this add-on is no exception.

To really appreciate it and make sure you get the most you need from it, it's great to take some time initially to sit down and surf over to
http://www.andyhalford.com/sortplaces/
and read about all the different settings and options available.

In fact, if you think you're having trouble with it or you don't like it because you think it doesn't do this function or that function or some other function, before you throw it to the wolves, definitely visit his website and check it out - it's an easy, short read where he details all the settings available and how to configure them. I know when I first tried this extension I was little overwhelmed because with the crappy built in Fx sort, it's a single click to sort - but a crappy sort! - and when I saw all these different settings I was like, what's all this stuff. But once I took my time and figured it all out, I was so pleased. And after the initial configuration, depending on whether you set it up for auto-sort, all it takes is one click of a toolbar button or status bar icon.

Someone posted below about it being a "POS" and giving a WARNING:DANGEROUS. It's unclear to me exactly what that person was trying to do; it sounded like he didn't want any of his bookmarks sorted at all. But something tells me he just wanted to exclude certain folders, which you can do with this add- on. But if you don't read how to set it up, then you'll end up with unwanted results.

Also, although anyone can use and benefit from it as compared to the built-in Fx sort, by virtue of design, it's geared towards people with hundreds or thousands bookmarks.

With over 2000 bookmarks, organization is key for me and this is the tool that got me organized.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.6.6). 

SortPlaces

Take some time to really see how this works & you'll agree it's the best Rated 5 out of 5 stars

This is hands down the most perfect bookmark management tool for Fx. All of Andy's add-ons provide the user with such fine-tuned control so as to be highly customizable - without any ugly bloat typically accompanying such a quality - and this add-on is no exception.

To really appreciate it and make sure you get the most you need from it, it's great to take some time initially to sit down and surf over to
http://www.andyhalford.com/sortplaces/
and read about all the different settings and options available. In fact, if you think you're having trouble with it or you don't like it because you think it doesn't do this function or that function or some other function, before you throw it to the wolves, definitely visit his website and check it out - it's an easy, short read where he details all the settings available and how to configure them. I know when I first tried this extension I was little overwhelmed because with the crappy built in Fx sort, it's a single click to sort - but a crappy sort! - and when I saw all these different settings I was like, what's all this stuff. But once I took my time and figured it all out, I was so pleased. And after the initial configuration, depending on whether you set it up for auto-sort, all it takes is one click of a toolbar button or status bar icon.

With over 2000 bookmarks, organization is key for me and this is the tool that got me organized.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.6.6). 

Xmarks BYOS Edition

Thanks for listening to your customers Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Plenty of apps of all kinds change over time... eliminating this beloved feature or that must have functionality for a large subsection of users. Although some do, many more don't seem to care they've alienated users and don't bother with legacy functionality.

Yes, BYOS comes with extremely limited support and is a little rough around the edges (just a little), but hats off to Xmarks for being responsive to users and giving them what they ask for. Yeah there's SyncPlaces... a more actively developed add-on, and an excellent one as well; however, it requires a bit more set up and is overwhelmingly feature rich making it a little more complex and inaccessible for Mr. & Ms. Smith Fx User in Anytown, USA.

So many sync solutions for various apps are eliminating the do it yourself option and moving exclusively to forcing sync onto their own servers nowadays realizing the value of that data that's just sitting there begging to be mined, be it in the aggregate or to profile users; because of this, having choice is paramount so Xmarks is very humble in offering up the BYOS edition.

Oh, and not one error yet or any data loss - I have over 800 bookmarks and sync several times a day amongst not only different computers on with three different OS's but also different profiles on the same computer.

Firefox Sync for Firefox 3.5/3.6

This add on puzzles me Rated 2 out of 5 stars

I have to say Dropbox offers a more compelling solution than weave.

I tried weave out about a year ago, for a couple months when they were allowing you to sync with your own webDAV server and it worked well and I liked the feeling of having a little more control over the integrity of data once it leaves my computer. At that time, the roadmap was very abstract in concept and I didn't get what they were trying to do - glorified social network/sharing/etc was what I gleaned from all I read about it. So when they took away webDAV and offered you storage on their server or instructions on building your own weave server (which I keep reading is so simple, but to go from webDAV, a standard, to something proprietary and new...) it lost its function for me and I am really not interested in the community building stuff.

Now they seemed to have gotten their head out of the clouds, no pun intended, and really sell it for its utilitarian features - I'm not sure how that qualifies as the "rich" internet experience they are now billing it, but hey gotta have a gimmick I guess.

Right after I stopped with weave someone turned me on to Dropbox. I mapped my entire profile to a folder in Dropbox and it syncs up EVERYTHING in the proflle everywhere I go without the need for any extension - my history, bookmarks, extensions, user preferences, .privacy preferences (I use KeePass and KeePassX across all platforms because I really am particular about my password security, I don't save any passwords in the browser except for crappy ones).

So that means I can be at the library or a cafe or at school and just pull down my profile out of the cloud and plug it into FF and I am off. Dropbox transfers data over an SSL connection and it sits on the server @ AES 256 bit encryption.

So if you're looking for all the functionality of full profile sync that just works as easy as 1-2-3 with no additional extensions and works now, isn't beta, I'd recommend going this way. Dropbox offers free 2 gb accounts. If you're not sure how to map your profile, search under Firefox help for backing up or moving your profile for detailed instructions. It's quite easy.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.0b2). 

SimpleBlock

Perfect for me. Rated 5 out of 5 stars

I was glad to see someone finally develop a content blocker that doesn't negate its positive effect on one's browsing experience by weighing it down with bloat. So I can finally use it.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.0.3).