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Name Richard_Odin_Johnson
User since August 22, 2009
Number of add-ons developed 0 add-ons
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My Reviews

Groowe Search Toolbar

May be useful for some, but don't expect any support Rated 2 out of 5 stars

I was elated to run across Groowe, as a potential replacement for *both* the Firefox search bar and Googlebar Lite, which I'd enjoyed using for many years. The deal killer for me was that Groowe can be accessed only via the mouse. Googlebar Lite offers essentially the same functions, only within Google, of course--and can be accessed via a keyboard shortcut.

My disappointment was only exacerbated when despite a prominent Contact link on the author's website, my inquiry regarding the above was completely ignored.

If you don't mind the mouse-only access, you may want to give Groowe a try. Otherwise consider using Googlebar Lite together with Firefox's search bar.

Bookmarks Favicon Images

Very useful, with one annoying flaw Rated 4 out of 5 stars

One of my bookmark toolbar bookmarks is actually a bookmarklet (a script rather than a URL). All my other bookmark toolbar bookmarks display icons, but with the current Fx version (47.0) I could not get any icon to display with this bookmarklet--until I installed this add-on. Unfortunately, the new icon turns out to be rather unstable, in that it frequently disappears. I have to restart Fx to get it back.

UPDATE: Developer Wizardgoat's prompt and thoughtful response ("Things to try") is much appreciated. Would that other add-on developers might be similarly conscientious! Most users will not be using this add-on for bookmarklets, so my minor problem with it will be a non-issue.

SiteJabber: Ratings & Reviews on Every Site

A good idea badly executed Rated 2 out of 5 stars

Before unsettling information came to my attention [see below] I wrote a fair number of reviews for SiteJabber (as "Richard J.") and still contribute some on occasion, because in principle SiteJabber provides an excellent service--and it's for that reason that I don't give this extension the very lowest rating.

The problem is that SiteJabber's administration is sloppy at best and its reviews lack credibility. In October of 2014 upon composing my own SiteJabber review of I glanced at the other reviews of that site. I know HelpOwl well as I've been contributing to HelpOwl for years, under the name of Odin. I was surprised to find one of the reviews contained a blatant factual misstatement [that Help Owl demands money of its participants]. Despite my alerting SiteJabber to this falsehood, the review in question 13 months later remains, unqualified by any comment from SiteJabber.

I had previously brought to SiteJabber's attention its misclassification of This is important, because users seeking reviews will search in classifications of interest. My repeated inquiries of SiteJabber brought only double-talk. It would seem to be an easy decision to classify Amazon under General Merchandise, since, as you may know, Amazon sells a formidable variety of all sorts of things. Instead, to this day, the only classifications visible to the user are Books, Ecommerce Tools, and Electronics.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.3.2). 


Works some of the time Rated 3 out of 5 stars

In FF9, at least, works on some tabs but not on others. Context menu option for the unaffected tabs to "Set Icon Colour" is grayed out.

samfind Bookmarks Bar

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

This pertains to version 2. If you don't find that version on Firefox, you can download it from This is a dandy replacement for your Firefox bookmarks toolbar, although conceivably you could use both. It's remarkably configurable, so it should meet the needs of almost anyone. Compared to the Firefox product it has some serious advantages. For one thing, you can fit more bookmarks into it. This is because while you can include folders in both, samfind has an icon for each of its folders (which it calls "topics") -- so you can save space by omitting the text. samfind has a huge number of available topics and bookmarks, so you can use it right out the box without having to use other software to scrounge up icons. You can also create your own topics and your own bookmarks. You can choose to display the topics or the bookmarks. You can hide everything until you're ready for it, or you can display samfind on the same row as your (shortened) location bar, thus releasing that space for websites you're viewing. Many other useful options.

I'm also greatly impressed by the availability of technical support, which in my experience has been lightning-fast and thorough, to a degree not found even with paid software.

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


Needed! Rated 5 out of 5 stars

I've just installed the latest version of Firefox, to find the MenuX is no longer supported. Firefox *really* needs MenuX. I hope Mark will update it (or if not, that someone will come along with the equivalent).