Neil MacLennan

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Name Neil MacLennan
User since June 2, 2010
Number of add-ons developed 0 add-ons
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My Reviews

Less Spam, please

Bug report for android. Rated 2 out of 5 stars

Seems like a good add-on yet there is one major bug that is so bad for me that I have to uninstall the add-on because of it. I don't know why but when this dado is enabled on my android it disables my ability to long tap to show the context (right-click) menu in Firefox. I use the context menu a lot for e.g., selecting text for web searches, for opening links in a new tab instead of same tab (by far the one I use the most), and a whole range of other things. Please let me know when this is fixed and or if it already has a workaround that I just haven't heard of yet or setting that I have to set in order for the context menu to return. Thanks

YouTube Flash to HTML5

WOW!!!! I am in awe. This app kicks ass. Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Well I have to say that I am forever grateful for this app removing my dependance on Adobe Crashplayer sorry Flashplayer. I could go on with puns but why bother. I recently had a nightmarish time with flash player not working with Firefox 24 (installing 22 resulted in 24 being installed due to their new installer, grrrr) I routinely had to reinstall flash and firefox from scratch. And after removing the garbage that every windows installer leaves behing in folder, registry, appdata, common files, etc... and not all of them at once noooo. Or I had to launch a system restore, and even when I remove updates it still breaks itself??? And all that just to have a couple of hours of Youtube documentaries or movies.

The speed that HTML5 buffers at is lightspeed compared to flashplayer. Which makes no sense to me unless the file is smaller??? Anyway whatever it is I like it and am going to be reccomending that all my friends switch before the nightmares beging for them, if they haven't already. I was contemplating a full reinstall of my whole OS because I was convinced I had a zeroDay virus that had decended onto my system. I would have been livid had I done all that to no avail.

Why do software company giants like adobe have such poor Alpha and Beta testers on staff??? (maybe they don't were the saps and we have to do it for free and get no warnings about it. Why didn't (haven't) they recalled it yet either??? Idiots do they want to lose market share? Maybe it's a ploy to lower stock prices then comeback with a super douper replacement that will make them all rich(er) after the stock goes up again and they profit from buying low.??? Call me overly paranoid but other companies have pulled way more dastardly tricks like Enron for one.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (2.8). 

Fasterfox

re: Review for "way too slow for laptop" Rated 3 out of 5 stars

One of the reasons that this addon is not working for some people is that the tweaks it adds to about:config are specific to the developers system. Therefore as long as your system is similar enough to the developer's then it will work. (i.e., ISP's bandwidth, network card speed, other hardware specs aren't all that important unless drastically different on the lower end etc...).'

I may be wrong about the addon maybe it does a quick bandwidth check and then crosses that with users hardware specs and general ratings then calculates optimal values for them. But from what I have read I am guessing that it is the former not the latter.

Anyway note to the developer, if you want to add further functionality you could have the addon either auto check or use user input for specific fields like bandwidth, sys specs etc... and then use your baselines for those inputs to tweak the config accordingly.

From a programming nub

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (3.9.81.1-signed). 

Personas Interactive Theme Engine

DO NOT INSTALL THIS ADDON Rated 1 out of 5 stars

Do not install this addon and check each new theme you install to see if it has this addon bundled with it.

I noticed a redirect each time I used the URL bar to do a Google search. It does a quick redirect to "bt-personas" (so fast I can't read more than the first two words) before showing the Google search page for the word(s) I entered.

I tried the search engine bar and entered complete site URL too and did not notice the redirect.

And after reading a few other reviews too that also complain about dodgy tactics this addon should be removed. I don't doubt that I (and others) agreed to installing it and or giving permission to it gathering data on my habits etc..., but it was hidden in the fine print because had I been aware I would not have allowed it.

The use of "fine print" to give legitimacy for what is an invasion of privacy in order to get someone to agree to something that had they known was part of the agreement would not have, is unethical and should be outlawed and not just here.

Would it be OK to add "if you agree to use this addon then you have to pay me $10k a year and let me f**k you're wife every Friday"?

I don't think so, but it's OK to use it to hide stuff to get more money from a computer sale for instance like, "if you add programs or put a disk into the drive warranty is void" to a new computers 3yr extended warranty. Which in effect means once you use the computer your 3yr warranty is now void, thanks for the extra $80 though.

Or allow the makers of this addon to spam you, fill your search results with adverts, record your search history, and what ever else it does that I haven't noticed yet?

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.6.2.3.1-signed). 

Flash Video Downloader - YouTube HD Download [4K]

Great Addon Rated 5 out of 5 stars

I used to use another addon whose name escapes me right now, and its name does not describe it at all starts with a K something or other I think, I can't find it in the list also because it doesn't work with my version now anyway, but that wasn't the main reason I stopped using it. It was because it didn't always work for some sites, and as for this addon I haven't found a site yet where this addon doesn't work.

One feature that I like (it doesn't always kick in for every site) is where you click further along the time bar while playing and it gets added to the list of files you can download, Which is great for skipping an intro or only downloading the part you want. On replay my player shows a static image (the first frame I guess) until the point in the timeline where you downloaded from. I like being able to do this when I either am using a slower connection or don;t want to waste time downloading parts i don't want. Usually when I want a sound bite that I can then use FLV Extract to separate out just the audio I want. I don't know whether this feature is intentional or if it is a glitch that is occurring because of click-skipping.through a video. Either way i like it.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (3.6.2.1-signed). 

Live Edit

erm I is probably dum? Rated 2 out of 5 stars

Couldn't figure out how to toggle the editor off after I clicked the button without having to reload the whole page first. And as I have been trying out a few other similar addons I have found 2 that do what I want them to do and have toggle options. maybe have that feature for the next version.

Page Hacker

review and reply to quoted review Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Needs source code edit option. Rated 3 out of 5 stars

by This Guy on October 24, 2011 · permalink

It works alright. But, I have trouble using it as I can't edit the source code itself. I don't like how it works as of right now. It works, it's just hard to change certain things.

Try customize your web it's another addon that has all kinds of features. But for simplicity of use cut/copy/paste stuff I found page hacker to be quite good. The customize your web addon is more involved with multiple options for each element and creating custom scripts for each page and/or element that you have selected. I would have PM'd you rather than technically advertised another's addon but I is dum and couldn't figure out who u were or see a clickable link to reply to you specifically with. Type of thingy-me- jig. hhuurmmpff

All-in-One Sidebar

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Wow! I love this addon. It's one of the most useful addons that I have ever installed. Even though I just installed it I know that I will be using it alot. Especially for those things that I want to quickly toggle on and off without navigating or cluttering up my already cluttered spaces with extra buttons.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.7.16.1-signed). 

Wiktionary and Google Translate

Great addon but frustrating Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Great Addon my only pet peeve about it is for the Google dictionary listing in the context menu that cases the menu to increase it's size causing me to open a new window instead of a new tab. I wish that it was just greyed out when it does not apply and normal when it does apply instead of appearing after it can be used, which is usually just as I am clicking on the open tab in the context menu. grrr...

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (2.5.1-signed). 

Alpheios Latin Tools

Crashed firefox Rated 2 out of 5 stars

i am running win7 ult 64bit, ff4.0.1 and every time I click on the options in the addon manager it freezes ff causing me to have to open task manager and end the process tree. is there a fix I really wanted to try this out.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.0beta2.4002.20110319.1-signed). 

Tweak Network

Rated 1 out of 5 stars

This addon seems to have no effect on my speeds no matter what i choose. I have tried the online speedtest numerous times to no effect on anything. downloading a file also had no increases or decreases no matter what i tried the settings at. default, power, 100 all, 1 all, and 0 all for the settings values. i will try numerous downloads and see what happens then. i will update this review after that.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.5.1-signed). 

AddThis

Rated 1 out of 5 stars

I have to change my review of this addon a bit. I too do not like the idea that add-this keeps my login info even when I uninstall the app, and it is also pretty heavy on resourced too (probably due to all the spying type activities they do and market research they get form anyone that installs it.

I am going to look into their privacy policies a bit more and contact them about if they are planniing to change it, They should at least let people know what they are doing with those sorts of things not have it buried in a long terms of service document, but then I guess no one would install it in the first place if they did that.Which makes it all the more sneaky, you are basically saying OK to spyware being added to your browser. I wish i had known this before I installed the dang thing and I guess it doesn't mean much they can still gain access to my accounts and spy on me.

I guess I will have to go around and change all my passwords for the programs I used through them. Anyway I will update on the status of my findings.

To all the newbies out there trying to climb the ladder, DO NOT whatever you do quit or you may miss your own success and have a great day! By Neil MacLennan @ thewrittenword.ca

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (3.0.1). 

AddThis

One of the best Addons Rated 5 out of 5 stars

This is one of the best addons I have seen that encompasses a toolbar too. I like to by able to see as much of a page as possible so i end up not using half the toolbars i own due to having them hidden most of the time, I like the ability to get the functionality without loosing the space. And as I am a new website owner and need to use social media to help along the traffic to my site I needed something like this. A great addon I wish all the toolbars I use had the drop down button menu option, hey maybe someone design an addon that sucks ip all the toobars and puts them into one tool bar with a drop down button menu that doesn't eat space? I'm going to contact someone about doing that. Anywho, have a great day.

To all the newbies out there trying to climb the ladder, DO NOT whatever you do quit or you may miss your own success and have a great day!
By Neil MacLennan
Owner of http://thewrittenword.ca

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (3.0.1). 

AddThis

One of the best Addons Rated 5 out of 5 stars

This is one of the best addons I have seen that encompasses a toolbar too. I like to by able to see as much of a page as possible so i end up not using half the toolbars i own due to having them hidden most of the time, I like the ability to get the functionality without loosing the space. And as I am a new website owner and need to use social media to help along the traffic to my site I needed something like this. A great addon I wish all the toolbars I use had the drop down button menu option, hey maybe someone design an addon that sucks ip all the toobars and puts them into one tool bar with a drop down button menu that doesn't eat space? I'm going to contact someone about doing that. Anywho, have a great day.

To all the newbies out there trying to climb the ladder, DO NOT whatever you do quit or you may miss your own success and have a great day!
By Neil MacLennan
Owner of http://thewrittenword.ca

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (3.0.1). 

AddThis

One of the best Addons Rated 5 out of 5 stars

This is one of the best addons I have seen that encompases a toolbar too. I like to ba able to see as much of a page as possible so i end up not using half the toolbars i own due to having them hidden most of the time, I like the ability to get the funcionality without loosing the space. And as I am a new website owner and need to use social media to help along the traffic to my site I needed something like this. A great addon I wish all the toolbars I use had the drop down button menu option, hey maybe someone design an addon that sucks ip all the toobars and puts them into one tool bar with a drop down button menu that doesn't eat space? I'm going to contact someone about doing that. Anywho have a great day.

To all the newbies out there trying to climb the ladder, DO NOT whatever you do quit or you may miss your own success and have a great day!
By Neil MacLennan
Owner of http://thewrittenword.ca

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (3.0.1). 

AddThis

One of the best Addons Rated 5 out of 5 stars

This is one of the best addons I have seen that encompases a toolbar too. I like to ba able to see as much of a page as possible so i end up not using half the toolbars i own due to having them hidden most of the time, I like the ability to get the funcionality without loosing the space. And as I am a new website owner and need to use social media to help along the traffic to my site I needed something like this. A great addon I wish all the toolbars I use had the drop down button menu option, hey maybe someone design an addon that sucks ip all the toobars and puts them into one tool bar with a drop down button menu that doesn't eat space? I'm going to contact someone about doing that. Anywho have a great day.

To all the newbies out there trying to climb the ladder, DO NOT whatever you do quit or you may miss your own success and have a great day!
By Neil MacLennan
Owner of http://thewrittenword.ca

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (3.0.1).