Dylan M

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Name Dylan M
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Provider for Google Calendar

How to make it work and get rid of multiple master password prompts Rated 5 out of 5 stars

There are quite a few people giving the developer of this add-on a hard time and bitching like he owed you something. Instead of complaining and insulting him, you should thank him. As far as I know he is doing this for free and I doubt that the occasional donation money will suffice for anything else than coffee.

I recently made the switch from an obsolete version of this add-on (before v. 1.0.x) to the most recent version (v. 1.0.4). The new version IS working and it is working fine. Better than the old versions, in fact. In order to make it work I did this: Completely remove all of your Google calendar subscriptions from Lightning and the stored password for your Google account. Then restart Thunderbird. Open Lightning and then File / New / Calendar / On the network / Google calendar. Then follow the instructions. A list with the available calendars of your Google account will eventually emerge and you can just choose by clicking the ones you wish to sync with Lightning. All of you haters must admit this is a lot more convenient than the old way of manually adding each calendar by clicking through a maze of settings in Gmail and then pasting in Lightning.

If you use a master password there WILL be a prompt for each of the Google calendars you have chosen to sync. This IS very annoying, but to some extent this bug has been plaguing Thunderbird for several years in various forms and it would be unfair to say that such a problem has only ever occurred with this extension. Nevertheless it is unbearable with lots of calendars. Luckily there is a solution, that the developer has already mentioned a couple of times: Install the extension Startup Master (https://addons.mozilla.org/en-us/thunderbird/addon/startupmaster). It will solve the problem and you will only be prompted for the master password once. This extension seems to delay the loading of the accounts, extensions and stuff until AFTER the master password is given by the user. This should be the default behavior in Thunderbird, but it is not. There are other extensions claiming to be able to suppress multiple master password prompts, but this is the only one I’ve tried that actually works and that won’t cripple the ability to sync the calendars.

So, all in all, here we have a guy who is dedicating his spare time to write an extension that will enable us to use Google calendars together with customizable open source software. It must be a pretty tedious and tiresome task to try to keep up with the constant changes in the Google API:s, but as far as I can see he has done a pretty good job. Google may claim that their continuous tampering is related to enhanced security, but that is probably not the entire truth. They are obviously trying to push people away from using anything else than their own browser by making it harder to employ the alternatives. Guys like the developer of this add-on are a healthy antidote to that. He’s doing a great job and he’s doing it for free. I lift my hat off for that and say thank you very much.

For anyone still longing for the old days when calendars had to be manually added, there is also hope for you. Check out post number 21 in this thread: https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=682474

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.0.4). 


Great add-on, very helpful developer Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Very useful add-on. Works great: enables and disables flash at the hit of a button. Can be set to reload the page when the enable button is pressed.

I had a problem that turned out to be related to one of my other add-ons and the dev was quick to reply to the original version of this review and to find a remedy. Thanks for your effort!

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