gracefool

About me

Developer Information
Name gracefool
Location Wellington, New Zealand
Occupation Firefox add-on connoisseur, privacy advocate
User since March 5, 2007
Number of add-ons developed 0 add-ons
Average rating of developer's add-ons Not yet rated

My Reviews

CryptoFox

Bad UI Rated 1 out of 5 stars

The crappy UI means I'd stick with the less-featured Fire Encrypter (https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/fire-encrypter/). A toolbar isn't an appropriate interface (especially as the only interface) for a tool that isn't in constant use - besides which the text input/output box should be more than one line high.

Master Password+

Nice Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Does stuff that should be built in to Firefox. However doesn't hide the titlebar if you're using an add-on that changes it (eg. Customize Titlebar https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/customize-titlebar/)

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.16.1.1-signed). 

KeePass Helper

Good but there is better Rated 2 out of 5 stars

Customize Titlebar has more options https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/customize-titlebar/

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (2.0.0.1-signed.1-signed). 

Search Engine Security

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

For better privacy, block all referrers with Redirect Remover https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/redirect-remover/

JS Switch

Rated 1 out of 5 stars

Use NoScript instead, it's much better for privacy and security

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.2.9.1-signed.1-signed). 

Targeted Advertising Cookie Opt-Out (TACO)

Good for newbies Rated 3 out of 5 stars

Good for newbies who want a simple privacy upgrade. For real effectiveness you need more advanced addons. I recommend Beef Taco https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/beef-taco-targeted-advertising/ along with NoScript and others https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/collections/gracefool/privacy/

The website http://www.abine.com/preview/taco.php is misleading: Flash cookies are deleted along with other cookies since Firefox 4, so you don't need that feature, and as long as you allow Javascript on the page, you can be tracked and cookies can be re-created http://gracefool.com/how-you-have-no-real-privacy-on-the-internet

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (4.44). 

Beef Taco (Targeted Advertising Cookie Opt-Out)

Simple and good Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Has worked for me under every version of Firefox with WinXP. And Firefox doesn't delete the cookies (despite the 27 Sep review).

You can force add-on compatibility by adding a new boolean preference in about:config "extensions.checkCompatibility.9.0" and setting it to false (Where "9.0" is your major Firefox version, put a "b" on the end if you're using a beta).

IDND

Nice Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Great extension, should be built-in. As of Firefox 9.0.1 (which it *does* work with), the icon can be moved around, so you can put it next to the address-bar.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.6.3.1-signed.1-signed).  This user has a previous review of this add-on.

IDND

Needs update Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Good addition that does what it says, but should be updated to use the new-style statusbar icon so it can be moved around.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.6.1.1-signed.1-signed). 

HeaderControl

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Thanks heaps Torvin, that works! I suggest that if you still dont have a reply in a month or two, upload it as a new add-on eg. HeaderControl 2 / HeaderControl fixed.

New Tab Homepage

worse than normal behaviour Rated 1 out of 5 stars

Normally when you make a new tab you can immediately start typing into the address bar. Unfortunately, with this add-on you have to press Ctrl-A then Delete to remove the current contents before you can search / type an address :(

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.4.3.1-signed). 

Stop Autoplay

OK but Rated 3 out of 5 stars

Works great but annoyingly hard to whitelist - you have to go to about:addons, Stop Autoplay > Options, Whitelist tab, enter URL... Also apparently it blocks embedded audio invisibly, so don't use this if you do want to hear background music sometimes.

Redirect Remover

Good Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Good but could do with some improvements, eg. filtering URLs based on the page they are on

PDF Download

Doesn't work on Firefox 4 Rated 1 out of 5 stars

Doesn't work on Firefox 4

Customize Titlebar

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Better than the alternatives. I also use it with KeePass Password Safe.

Works great with Firefox 4. You can force add-on compatibility by adding a new boolean preference in about:config "extensions.checkCompatibility.4.0" and setting it to false (Where "4.0" is your Firefox version, put a "b" on the end if you're using a beta).

NoScript Security Suite

Must-have Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Excellent.

However it doesn't use the new add-on bar properly so you can't move the blocking notification in the status bar. Besides which it's ugly and takes up a lot of room with more text than needed:
"Scripts Partially Allowed | <SCRIPT>: 87 | <OBJECT>: 0"
Could be much nicer:
"87 Scripts blocked" with the icon indicating partial/global allow.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (2.1.0.3.1-signed). 

Remove It Permanently

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Good but I prefer "Element Hiding Helper for Adblock Plus"

Readability

Rated 3 out of 5 stars

Nice but really needs a way to customize the views.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.3.5). 

Hootsuite Hootlet

Rated 1 out of 5 stars

I take it we should now use the HootBar instead? Why are you keeping this add-on around?

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.0.1-signed.1-signed). 

HootBar

Almost Rated 3 out of 5 stars

Good but there are bugs, for instance if you click the Add Account button, and then cancel the request at Twitter.com, the location bar gets stuck with "Requesting an authentication token from Twitter..." until you restart Firefox.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (4.0).