John B

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Name John B
User since July 16, 2009
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My Reviews

NoScript Security Suite

Add-On? More like a requirement! Rated 5 out of 5 stars

If you use Firefox, then BY DEFAULT you should also be using NoScript and AdBlockPlus -- the "one-two" punch to keep your browsing secure!

A minor word of caution, though: no add-on will replace the need to engage your brain! Staying safe on the web, just as anything else, requires some common sense, vigilance, AND a willingness to learn what to do and what to avoid. Some reviewers have complained they couldn't add "wanted sites." Rubbish! NoScript is very configurable, and not difficult to learn! Others complain it’s too much work. I wonder if they also feel that way about self-defense, or being aware of their surroundings when walking in a “dodgy” or dangerous area? Don’t be fooled by familiarity, the web is just the same.

In short, use this add-on. If you have trouble with it, read the FAQ, get help from the NoScript support forum, and/or contact the developer. You'll help lots of other people stay safe when browsing. But please don't bash this excellent add-on unless you've already taken those steps and more, and STILL have a documented, reproducible problem! Don’t add heat and noise, but not knowledge.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (2.3.9).  This user has a previous review of this add-on.

Kyrgyz Key

Become Multilingual! Rated 5 out of 5 stars

I love this add-on! I speak English natively but I’m pursuing a long-held dream of learning Russian. I’m a touch typist, so when writing e-mail in Russian, I don’t want to switch to a true Russian keyboard. And sometimes I’m running Thunderbird from a USB stick, on a computer that doesn’t have any alternate keyboard mappings.

Enter Kyrgyz Key!

One quick click over the Kyrgyz Key logo in the status bar, and the editor in Thunderbird switches to a phonetic Cyrillic keyboard, suitable for an English speaker. Another click, and the keyboard is back to normal. I can also type a word phonetically, press a function key, and have it transliterate from Latin into Cyrillic. Last but not least, I can highlight a word or phrase and hit a key to have it translate from English to Russian, or vice-versa! Of course, all 4 keys are configurable.

This add-on meets all my criteria (and Mozilla’s as well) for a 5-star rating:
* It just works, bugs are a rarity!
* It is trivially easy to use.
* I use it ALL the time!
* I don’t know how I would get along without it.

This user has a previous review of this add-on.

Display Quota

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

See my prior review. NOTE that earlier reviews complaining about the pop-up are no longer valid as of v0.2.1.1 of this plug-in. The popup can be completely disabled if you desire, leaving only the bargraph in the status bar.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.2.1.1). 

Display Quota

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Very stable and very useful. Should have been a standard feature of Thunderbird. I use multiple IMAP accounts and it works well: is configurable enough and not a resource hog. I can always see just how close I'm getting to the quota limits -- and it works correctly with accounts that have NO quota.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.2.1.1). 

Kyrgyz Key

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Excellent add-on: very stable, very simple, does what it claims to do and does it well. Easy to use and easy to understand. Especially useful for a native speaker of English who is learning Russian and sends emails in both languages.

NoScript Security Suite

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

If you are running Firefox, then BY DEFAULT you should also be using NoScript and AdBlockPlus -- the "one-two" punch to keep your browsing secure!

A minor word of caution, though: no add-on will replace the need to engage your brain! That is, staying safe on the web, just as anything else, requires some common sense, some vigilance, AND a willingness to learn what to do and what to avoid. Some reviewers have complained they couldn't add "wanted sites". Rubbish! NoScript is very configurable, and not very difficult to learn! Another reviewer recently went on a long rant on a supposed incompatibility between NoScript and other add-ons... NoScript is actively maintained to ensure its security stays current, effective, and compatible: it is far more likely he encountered one particular add-on that contends with NoS in a bad way.

In short, use this add-on. If you have trouble with a favorite site, or with an interaction with another add-on, read the FAQ, get help from the NoScript support forum, and/or contact the developer. You'll help lots of other people stay safe when browsing. But please don't bash this excellent add-on in a review unless you've already taken those steps and more, and STILL have a documented, verifiable, reproducible problem! Otherwise you'll just be misleading others and adding heat and noise, but not knowledge.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.9.5).