Marnes

About me

Developer Information
Name Marnes
Location Antwerp, Belgium
Occupation Application Developer
Homepage https://github.com/TheRealMarnes
User since March 25, 2009
Number of add-ons developed 7 add-ons
Average rating of developer's add-ons Rated 4 out of 5 stars

In a little more detail...

I'm a computer enthusiast who started programming at 14 and never stopped since. I love all things related to computer technology and spend the majority of my time on it.

Since graduating college, I'm an application developer working for a Java development company. Of course I spend plenty of time on other languages and types of projects too, such as web development.

Add-ons I've created

Plain Text Linker Compatible with Firefox 57+

Opens plain text URLs when you double-click on them.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars (6)
510 users

[END OF LIFE] Private Browsing Proxy

Automatically switches to the specified proxy type or configuration profile when entering Private Browsing. Reverts to previous setting when all PB windows are closed.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars (2)
329 users

My Reviews

Skip Redirect

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Works great, has the necessary features like an ignore list and quick toggle, a good toolbar button, clean code inside.

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

RequestPolicy

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

While maintenance has stopped for now, a fork is being considered quite actively since a long time now so it might happen soon. Regardless, it still works perfectly for me on Palemoon.

What a lot of people commenting here don't seem to understand is what this add-on is useful for. GP2 recommending PrivacyBadger instead is a clear example, because those 2 add-ons do very different things. PB is another one of those tracker-blockers, with the unique addition of an automatic detection. RP lets you simply block entire domains, preventing scripts, images, iframes, cookies and everything else entirely. It's equivalent to adding an entry to your OS' hosts file that redirects to localhost. Obviously, you need to have the skills to tell malignant domains apart from beneficial ones, otherwise you'll screw up and it's your own fault. Many people also compare it to NoScript: again, wrong. NS disables scripts from specific domains, RP blocks any and all connections to said domain, scripts and more. It's a simpler but more powerful tool than either NS or PB, or any other, because of what it does.

By the way, another great way to do all of the former is by using HostsMan and picking good blocking lists. It adds tens of thousands of entries to your hosts file to block access to ads, malware, trackers, etc, no matter which program tries to connect to them. The blocking happens at OS level, not browser/add-on level.

Classic Theme Restorer

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

I still hate even having Firefox as a backup browser in case Pale Moon doesn't do the trick, but this add-on makes it survivable.

On topic: this add-on is perfect. FF29 looks exactly like the previous UI version again, down to the last detail. As it should be.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.1.8.1-signed). 

Location Bar Enhancer

No longer in development Rated 1 out of 5 stars

Used to be an excellent add-on, but has had a serious CPU usage issue since months ago. I personally tracked the exact lines of code that caused the issue and told the developer, yet nothing was done. No programming activity (github commits) since 9 months ago and the dev hasn't been heard of 3 in months. I don't think this is in development anymore.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (5.1.1-signed). 

KillSpinners

Rated 2 out of 5 stars

How exactly is this even a good idea? You're literally saying "when any webpage takes longer than this random number of seconds to load, something must be wrong and the solution is to interrupt the loading".
1) if you're targeting bulky Flash ads, it could very well be that the Flash is only a widget that's loaded instantly and then loads a stream from a server in its own process, avoiding the browser's meddling (like in the case of Flash video viewers).
2) networks and connections can be slow sometimes, making the page loading exceed the arbitrary number of seconds.
3) page loading time only (vaguely) indicates the size of the content, not whether or not that content is essential or unneeded

From the looks of it, literally the only purpose is to get rid of tabs that keep spinning for longer than x seconds, regardless of the cause, tab's contents, etc. How is that useful?

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.1.1.1-signed). 

Firefox Lightbeam

Rated 2 out of 5 stars

I like being able to block domains and seeing their relations, but the fancy graphics are entirely unnecessary and are a massive strain even on a modern system. Removing Lightbeam and replacing the blocking functionality with RequestPolicy is a million times more efficient and performant. RAM usage went down a lot.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.0.2.1-signed). 

CacheViewer Continued

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Ander: the description specifically says "the magnifying glass icon in the add-on bar". Have you even bothered to look at the add-on bar aka the new status bar?

The way this works seems obvious enough when you open it. It lists all files in cache with some technical data like which cache each file is in. Clicking an image shows a preview in the image pane at the top.

Honestly, what's with all the bad ratings? User error is not something to blame the add-on for.

FoxyProxy Standard

Excellent Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Very good addon. No performance impact, tiny resource usage. Some packet-sniffing showed me that every attempt to load a certain URL was sent through the proxy configured for it and not a single packet went directly to the target IP.
Very good toolbar button implementation too, both the new type widget and the old variant. It would just be nice if the Tools menu were made the "proper" way. If that was done to allow the color coding, you can still apply that to a regular menu if you embed some CSS into the overlay. Otherwise I don't see why the Tools menu is made so strangely.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (4.2.1.1-signed). 

Bluhell Firewall

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Eram746: Fanboy's list has recently been merged with Easylist and Easylist is what Fanboy now works on, so Fanboy's list is obsolete. At least that's what the blog says.

Meepmeep: use Adblock Plus (without filter lists) and its Element Hiding Helper to do that.

The combination of this add-on to block general ads with a filterless Adblock Plus (only your own custom rules) to remove anything that's left on the websites you most often go to is the most effective and resource-friendly way to go about it. Glad I found this one because ABP's filters with their many thousands of entries were becoming a serious strain on my resources and making everything slow. Now it's just this one with some custom rules for my own websites in ABP. Works fantastically.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.1.0). 

Menu Icons Plus

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Still works in FF22! Please update the install.rdf? :)

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (2.6.1-signed.1-signed). 

Menu Editor

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Could you please update the install.rdf to state that Menu Editor works with Firefox >= 22, since that's the case?

Profile Manager and Synchronizer

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

About the size of the dialog screen (view my comment below):

you can manually change the dialog size by going to the file "profilemanager.jar" in the folder "chrome" in your profile's extension folder.
Open the file with a text editor and search for "height". The 5th hit will show this: height="590"
Below that, you'll see: width="600"
Change those untill the screen fits, but be aware that you need to restart FireFox to apply the changes.

Profile Manager and Synchronizer

Rated 3 out of 5 stars

It seems to be a very good add-on, especially when combined with DropBox, but it's quite hard to set any options decently if the options dialog window doesn't fit over all the buttons and you can't resize it. Obviously, i can't give it an accurate rating, but i do believe i will simply love this after you fixed that bug.