Carson

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Name Carson
User since March 5, 2007
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My Reviews

yogurttree

Springshine and Yogurttree • Please Rated 5 out of 5 stars

For simple clarity and aesthetic, clean design, these 2 themes are among the very best ever produced for Firefox. BUT they are good only through FF 11. I'd like to update my Firefox, but not without these. My own choice is Springshine, but it would be nice to run the newer Firefox versions too.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (2.2.1). 

springshine

springshine PLEASE for FF 15 Rated 5 out of 5 stars

I love the beautiful clarity and happiness of this theme, but FF 15 won't accept it. PLEASE update the theme, as no other theme comes close to this one!

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (2.2.0). 

Theme Font & Size Changer

Typeface and Font Rated 5 out of 5 stars

The extension is very good. Its developers might consider using the word "Typeface" as it was intended before Bill Gates garbaged it, and the word "Fonts" as it was intended before Bill Gates garbaged it. Professionals shouldn't cater to ignorance, and proper language use keeps us out of wars.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (3.2.1-signed). 

Click&Clean

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

The wind that blows one door shut opens another door, and after no luck my Clear Fields .RDF for FF 3.6, I uninstalled Clear Fields and came here. I'm discovering I much prefer using this extension, which I do in combo with XClear.

Click&Clean is pretty powerful, and you can tweak it to simply clear your fields—my original intent, as I was using it to replace Clear Fields. But then I noticed how you can link it to your CCleaner, and you can choose to clean up anything you want with 2 keystrokes. Plus you can tweak an optional after-surf box which enacts your CCleaner with a single keystroke the moment you close Firefox. I like Click&Clean especially because it's your call whether you use it for light clearing or a much more heavy-duty tool.

(I'd never heard of it before, so this is totally unsolicited. I'm just very impressed.)

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (3.6.5.0.1-signed). 

Clear Fields

Rated 1 out of 5 stars

It no longer works, so it falls to one star.
For 3.6, I had no luck bumping Clear Fields by editing the .RDF in the time-honoured way. The .XPI still didn't work.

—So I've uninstalled Clear Fields and now I'm using the combination of Click&Clean and XClear. This combo doesn't do things exactly the same way, but in a few ways I actually prefer it, because, in addition to the field-clearing, it links up your CCleaner for really effortless apres-surf cleans or wipes. You can tweak it to any/all degrees of what you want to clear.

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

Better Gmail 2

Rated 1 out of 5 stars

I have 2 problems for Gina. Sorry, Gina! I appreciate your good work. BUT (1) end-users don't have the time or inclination to become so involved as to immerse themselves in bug research and work through the process as required. I went to the site and I did indeed discover my glitch was a known issue a year ago; but honestly these "What do you thinks" are as far as most of us have time to go. If they are not going to be read by the devs, then THAT is a problem. My own workaround has been to drop the extension, but the existing efforts at communication, well-intended as they are, just don't work at all.

(2) Better Gmail 2 can easily be demonstrated by reproduction to show incompatibility with the Labs Gmail INSERTING IMAGES. The same glitch occurs now as it did a year ago. An image can be inserted, but after sending the email, the user discovers only a placeholder if he looks at the sent email. In 2009, this was suspected to occur in conjunction with the very nice display of specific attachment icons in BETTER GMAIL, and my best guess is that remains the issue.

Please note (important): I had been using both together for some time, until the glitch suddenly appeared March 10, 2010. I am quite sure that Gmail or BETTER GMAIL or INSERTING IMAGES made a change to cause that. I know that I did not; the glitch was just suddenly there. Sorry, Gina. Thanks for the good work. At the moment, I'd rather not rate the extension, but to oblige I'll have to score it as just "1", because I've taken it off. (Issue #3—allow Ratings to not be made.)

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.1). 

GMail Checker

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

This has very quickly become by far my favourite-ever Gmail utility, and I've used Gmail since the first week it was invented. For a long time I used Gmail Manager, but it was kind of big and quirky for me. It seemed to have a mind of its own. Gmail Checker is light and fast and it unfailingly does exactly as I want it to do. I'm not criticizing Gmail Manager, but for my use, managing multiple accounts, using multiple browsers on multiple computers, I find Checker is like a little sports car. I love it! This is what I needed for so long!

(Tip: I suggest you go into Customize and drag the available 2nd icon up to your toolbars at the top.)

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (2.1.1). 

image fetcher

Just Bump It Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Image Fetcher works fine on 3.6, but of course you have to bump it. Same with a ton of extensions; no problem; learn how. For those who wonder why it is of any use, sometimes that little "Save" button right on the photo is the fastest way—VERY fast. I use several, Download Sort is still a favourite. But I recommend this Image Fetcher. And if you don't know how to bump add-ons, learn! (I've explained a hundred times, so i don't anymore.) Have fun.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.3.1). 

FEBE

Rated 3 out of 5 stars

I took it off after a month. I thought FEBE was really an excellent tool, except for 2 minuses: (1) The one time I really did need a backup, FEBE didn't work to re-establish my Firefox, and so I had to use my ordinary everyday FF backup of my profile instead, which worked perfectly, and is perhaps easier to obtain in the first place. (2) With FEBE backing up Firefox WHILE FIREFOX IS RUNNING, it was also "backing up" maybe a dozen or more data miners and other exploit cookies every time. Then AVG would tell me I had all these things trolling my system, whereas normally Firefox kills those on shutdown and so I can do exactly the same surfing with nothing found later by AVG. So after I'd erased my FEBER backup files a number of times, I took the extension off.

I'd say FEBE is a really good tool that works but doesn't really achieve what I want.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (6.1). 

Go To Google

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Anastasios, this extension needs a twin! I'm using a 22" monitor now, and although I have Go to Google on my statusbar at the bottom, I sure wish I could ALSO have the identical extension on my choice of the toolbars at the top--AS WELL! (I'm thinking an Options box, with [Top] [Statusbar] [All] choices. Is that possible? Because, would you believe it, there still is nothing quite as good as Go to Google for the job it does. Thank you very much again.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.16). 

Undo Closed Tabs Button

Rated 3 out of 5 stars

With FF 3.5, be sure you know what your tabs do by default. Right-click on ANY tab to see a menu, and also notice the IE-like Tab+ box following your farthest-right tab. That IE-like one will disappear if you bump this extension. Just so you know.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (3.0.3). 

Status Buttons

Rated 3 out of 5 stars

CAUTION ~ If you are experimenting with FF 3.5 beta 4 or FF 3.1 beta 3: When I bumped this extension's maxver and used it with ~55 to 60 other add-ons, this one caused the FF Customize Toolbars Dropdown Box to no longer be accessible. Everything else still worked. I was using about 20-30 bumped extensions, and they were OK. This one seemed OK until I was organizing the statusbar. Status Buttons had to be taken off; then all was okay again. Just be aware this is the one to watch, and you'll have no worries.

AniDisable

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Indispensable "animation disabler". There are 3 settings, so you can stop all movement or you can run motion just once. The modified version works on Firefox 3.1. You get it from http://www.siliconmethod.com/firefox/anidisable/

Go To Google

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Sometimes people have misunderstood this simple gem. With it, you can hit "G", say, 3 times in rapid succession, and you've just opened 3 new tabs with Google search ready to go. I also have an Add New Tab button, but Go to Google can be faster. I find that Go to Google is also the quickest no-brainer way to move when you're up to your ass in alligators. It's a Quick Escape to Sanity button. Thanks to Anastasios.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.15). 

Download Sort

Bumping XPIs ~ Time-Honoured Technique Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Well, in response to Gaz, actually relation was a bit closer. There are really 2 ways; one is to get the tiny free app that does the job for you. Google is your friend.

However, to bump any XPI, you right-click to download it (to your desktop is a good place for this operation). Then right-click your desktop download and open it with 7-Zip's file browser. (You don't have 7-Zip? How long you been born, anyway? Well, go to SourceForge and get 7-Zip, give it total default in all its tweaks, and get back here.)

OK, so in 7-Zip, right-click the Instal.rdf and choose EDIT. Use Notetab Lite, never never Notepad. (You don't have NoteTab Light? Aw, C'MON! You born just yesterday?? Get it. Gee whiz.)

OK, just change the em:max to whatever. If it's an active XPI, just bump it a little bit, so you don't miss out on updates coming in awhile. If it's old and pretty well dead, bump it high, so you don't have to do it again for awhile. I put Download Sort up to FF 3.2, myself. Adding an asterisk [*] at the end gives extra latitude.

Then SAVE
Then EXIT
Then [OK]

Now, with your Add-Ons window visible on your desktop, but Firefox itself diminished [-], drag the altered .XPI anywhere into the Add-Ons window and wait for the magic.

(Note that you can store all your XPIs in your files and drag the whole bunch of them onto an Add-Ons window this way. A lot of guys therefore maintain their own XPIs Archives.)

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (2.5.7). 

Restart Firefox

Tabbed Browsing Peril Rated 1 out of 5 stars

Please see my review under "Restarter". This restart add-on has the same problem. Basically, it will change your tabbed browsing preference to browsing by windows. I've explained it at length at the other site.

Restarter

Be Careful Rated 1 out of 5 stars

Both "Restarter" and "Restart Firefox" have a glitch which may be serious for quite a few end-users. As another reviewer mentioned, if you have more than one URLs set to start together as Home Pages when you start Firefox, you'll notice that only one of those Home Pages shows up when you use either restarter.

But that isn't the problem. That is merely the ominous cloud on the horizon. For those who use tab-only browsing--which, after all, was for the longest time Firefox's claim to fame against IE6--I give you this caution:

When you proceed to use your browser's tab function to show your various URL tabs along the toolbar, you'll notice that instead of acquiring the usual array of tabs, you are remaining with just a single tab; and subsequent choices are REPLACING that tab, rather than being added to it. Now, how can that be? Well, you have been bumped into a multiple-Windows mode. Try Xing out your browser, and you'll discover you have another window--and another and another--underneath. Look on your taskbar, and you'll see the Firefox window count. This is classic browsing by windows; not tabs.

Worse. Go back to your Firefox options, and you'll see you are still showing your intended choice to be using tabs only.

To escape this problem, shut down Firefox without using your new restart add-on. Then start Firefox again, and--voila!--there are your multiple Home pages. Next, uninstall your new restarter. It was such a darned good idea; but it just doesn't work.

Splash!

A Splash in Time Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Hi, Mel,

I wonder if you know that years and years ago, maybe when Firefox was still Firebird, there was a heated debate which raged for some time about a splash screen. I think it was just before Firefox came out. And it was a surprisingly angry debate. What you have created in Splash is exactly the thing that quite a few folks said should be an option. The opposition were purists who felt any splash screen would (for some reason) be a sell-out of sorts, not in compliance with the spirit of what was to be the ultra-fast new Firefox.

Well, of course, Firefox showed up as much slower in loading than IE 6. There was actually a time when Firefox cheated on the results and claimed it was much faster than it was. But IE is partially loaded all the time, and Firefox, as time was to show, would never be a fast loader, no matter what.

I really like your splash screen, and I have it tweaked to remain visible until the browser is ready to display its first webpage. I do this because Firefox takes about 20 seconds to load in my system. Before your Splash, I often wondered whether Firefox were really loading or not, and I guess I called up Task Manager maybe a hundred times to ascertain whether Firefox were dead or alive.

Thank you very much indeed, Mel. You have at last settled an argument of so long ago.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (2.0.0.1). 

FoxTorrent

Red Swoosh Trojan Not yet rated

You'd better explain about RED SWOOSH and tell all your readers why they want it to monitor their personal computer settings. First time in 5 years that I've seen a Trojan in Firefox extensions.

Back to Top

Overkill Rated 1 out of 5 stars

Well, I do admire the effort, and I admire the meticulous attention to detail. It is a job well done. But I got rid of mine when 5.0 came out, because it is just too much more than I need. There are so many hundreds (or thousands) of such details in our lives, that it isn't pleasurable to need to make so many decisions regarding basic utilities like this one has become. A painter may paint a masterpiece, but he needs to know when to put the brush down. So I congratulate the makers for doing such a beautiful piece of work--it certainly is that--but I suggest it would have been a better use of time to distance themselves from this project, and maybe to use the same energy to create another, different, utility. Thank you very much indeed, in any case. People wondering whether to try this out--do so, by all means, and enjoy the tweaking. It certainly represents lots of thought and good work.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (5.0).