Big Al Mintaka

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Developer Information
Name Big Al Mintaka
User since Jan. 25, 2008
Number of add-ons developed 0 add-ons
Average rating of developer's add-ons Not yet rated

My Reviews

Google Shortcuts - All Google Services at a glance

Rated 1 out of 5 stars

Tried again with Firefox 59.0.2 x64. Does nothing at all. No toolbar icon, no search and launch box even when enabled. Completely useless.

This user has 2 previous reviews of this add-on.

Bookmarks Favicon Images

Rated 1 out of 5 stars

User-defined icon images don't work in TOR browser 7.0.11 (based on Mozilla Firefox 52.5.2) (32-bit). No add-on icon available anywhere. Add-on functions must be accessed via Tools menu. From there, user-defined icon files can be opened in separate folder, but image files cannot be copied or dragged/dropped to extension folder. Therefore only the default favicon image library is available for changing bookmark favicons. I want to use custom icons, so this extension doesn't work for me.

Adblock Plus

Rated 1 out of 5 stars

No longer blocks anything. "New" option, "Only allow ads without third-party tracking" is greyed out, useless. Uninstalling this waste of time.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (3.0.2). 

Google Shortcuts - All Google Services at a glance

Rated 1 out of 5 stars

Still can't remove custom shortcuts, still can't add link to PC file for custom shortcut icon. Still can't edit/remove individual default services, must remove all or none, no way to change default icon. Sill no option to display shortcuts on menu bar, must click on Google Shortcuts icon to expand.

Still no explanation of how "Import Settings" works, no explanation of what files to import, what the file types are, where they're located, whether or not settings from previous installations of add-on can be accessed. Worthless import option.

Still useless compared to pre-webextension add-on. Uninstalling.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (16.8.0).  This user has other reviews of this add-on.

Google Shortcuts - All Google Services at a glance

Rated 1 out of 5 stars

1. Update 11/20/2017 deleted all of my custom buttons.
2. Update gave me Google shortcuts I didn't want.
3. Import settings opens a file explorer, defaults to file type "All Files *.*" at root of system drive. No explanation of what filetypes to select, how to locate them.
4. Existing shortcuts do nothing at all.

Used to be a decent add-on. I'm uninstalling it.

Firefox 57.0 x64.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (16.6.0). 

PDF Download

Broken in Firefox 27.0.1 Rated 1 out of 5 stars

Does nothing at all. Useless addon.

Download YouTube Videos + Flash Video Downloader / Download-Helper

Facebook garbage toolbar Rated 1 out of 5 stars

This is the worst intrusive add-on toolbar I've ever seen. To add insult to injury, Facebook connectivity was added without permission. Steer clear of this turkey.

UPDATE: no way to add a response to developer's comments below, so I'll do it here.

"but, uhh, we don't and indeed can't connect to your Facebook account without your permission."

But, uhh, I never said anything about you connecting to my Facebook account. I said your add-on **added Facebook connectivity** without permission - you installed a toolbar with Facebook buttons. But, uhh (2), I'm sure you know that any Facebook connectivity toolbar also means that Facebook scripts have also been installed, Such scripts can run whether or not the user connects to his/her Facebook account.

Facebook scripts can collect IP-specific information about video files being downloaded with your add-on. That information can then be easily correlated with a Facebook user's account via the IP address.

Any installation of Facebook scripts on a webpage without the user's permission compromises that user's privacy by running scripts that record web activity.

"maybe come back and reconsider if our addon is really the worst you've seen in your 60+ years"

I didn't publish any information about my age here and that information is not included in my Mozilla profile. Note that I would not take personal information about you, regardless of how publicly accessible that information was posted on one forum, and copy it to another forum for display. However, now that I know you're researching me in order to use information about me in other forums, I'll revise my GoodReads profile accordingly.

"We use the same Facebook graph API that everyone else uses, with the same permission dialog box that show in the 2nd screenshot in the About section"

This "same permission dialog box that shows in the 2nd screenshot in the About section" does not appear during installation of your add-on. Since the issue here is that you added the toolbar without permission during installation, whether or not you used the same API that "everybody else uses" is irrelevant. What's relevant is that you used it without permission. Is that what "everybody else" really does this API?

And yes, this is the worst intrusively installed toolbar I can remember (not that my memory is any good, but...). However, I will say that the practice of attempting such intrusive installations has been on the increase lately. I've noticed more and more shareware programs at are "obscuring" such installations in the "Custom install" option. In the past that was where informed users went to use alternate installation directories and select different program features. Toolbars for different products had previously been offered in different installation steps. That's no longer the case.

Yours succeeded with me where the others fail because it wasn't present during ANY part of the installation operation. Your success with me is what makes yours "the worst".
"We honestly just try to build the best product we can (and do it for free)."

I know you're doing the work honestly. It's just that for an honest mistake, this was a HUGE one.

I make huge mistakes too. Mine was the sentence "here's another temporary negative review". It was grossly unfair and I apologize. I've removed it from the original text of the review.

Now I'm off to fix that GoodReads profile.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (12.8). 

Favicon Picker 2

Tabbed browsing working OK Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Forgot to add in my last review - tabbed browsing is working fine, unlike what others have been reporting.

This user has a previous review of this add-on.

Favicon Picker 2

Had to restore favicons after win 7 update Rated 5 out of 5 stars

For some reason, all of my toolbar favicons were lost after an auto update of Windows 7 last night. I've been able to restore them manually, one at a time, using the right-click-properties popup. Some of the favicons don't appear immediately after being restored. They do appear after a restart of FireFox. Others appear as soon as the favicon file is selected, while the popup is still open. I thought at first this behavior might be caused by favicon file type or size, since I have a variety of GIF, ICO and PNG formats. However this turned out not to be the case. The behavior seems to be random.

In any case, everything works after a manual restoration of all favicons and a restart of FireFox.

OS: Windows 7 SP 1, latest auto update, 08/30/2011
FireFox: 6.0

Hope this information is useful,
Big Al Mintaka

Firefox Sync for Firefox 3.5/3.6

Forced on us in Firefox 4??? Rated 1 out of 5 stars

Like a few other reviewers, I found that FF SYNC won't sync between different machines on the same LAN. That's pretty bad. Not only that, but on the announcement page it says this:

"Note: If you are using Firefox 4 Beta, Sync is a feature and you don't need to download the Add-on."

I hope it's going to be a "feature" we can disable. If it has to stay enabled, it means that paying the $10 annual fee for Xmarks won't help us, either.

Does Mozilla really want to force a no-win situation like that on us? One of Firefox's strengths over Chrome is that the developers actually listen to us and try to implement some of our suggestions. If they start pulling a Chrome with this sync "feature", we'll be forced back to IE (ugh), Opera, or whatever else comes along.

Please, Mozilla. No sync is better than Firefox Sync. If you don't want to fix it, dump it.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.4.4). 

TV-FOX - Watch TV Online

Does nothing Rated 1 out of 5 stars

I tried a dozen or so channels from different countries and in different categories. All channels displayed black screens, no audio. Sometimes the "Report Broken Channel" link was visible, sometimes not. I reported the channels when I could. Eventually I gave up and uninstalled the add-on. Judging by the mix of reviews, it seems to be a crap shoot. Maybe there's an issue with graphics/video cards. No way to know, because support is lacking on the TV-Fox website. Recommended just to see if you get lucky. Don't waste a lot of time with it if you can't get any channels to come in.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.4.5). 

Google Enhancer - True Knowledge

Still weak in science and math Rated 1 out of 5 stars

It's still weak in science and math, as first reported by another user last May. For me, that makes it not worth having.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.2.2). 

Xmarks Sync

Slow, buggy Rated 1 out of 5 stars

1. Too slow and unpredictable to be useful. Took at least 5 minutes and many reloads for a new bookmark to appear in the online account. I added two more that never showed up in the online account. I gave it half an hour then uninstalled the add-on.

2. Unstable installer, reported error that wasn't error. On first pass, installer failed with meaningless message "Version 1 accounts are no longer supported". I was installing version Then it sent me to the download page for same version I had been trying to install. I installed it again exactly the same way and no error occurred. Not exactly a confidence builder.

For those reasons I do not trust the privacy claims.

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


Not useful at all for client email programs Not yet rated

Only imports settings in RDF files. Useless for client-sided email programs such as Outlook, Outlook Express, Windows Mail, Windows Live Mail.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.2.3). 


Very well done Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Handy address book context menu items, efficient function, easy install, compatibility with 2...9. Suggestion: how about similar context menus in the write/reply/forward compose windows? In addition to right-clicking addresses, a context menu popup when a blank addressee line is right-clicked ("Insert from address book", etc) would be really handy. Regardless, it's fine as is. Nice work!