Bonejob

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Name Bonejob
User since March 5, 2007
Number of add-ons developed 0 add-ons
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My Reviews

Strata Human

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Very deft and slick! I echo the other poster's call for this to be the default Ubuntu Firefox theme. For reasons I do not quite understand, The Linux "look" often comes off coarser than MacOS-X or WinVista. The only reason that makes sense to me is that I still know "linux geeks" who think GUIs are for pussies; they just don't think appearance is important. These aforementioned geeks don't want Linux to become too mainstream. But I think slick appearance is crucial to making Linux in general and Ubuntu in particular, a true alternative for those who are fed up with Microsoft but don't want to drink the Steve Jobs Koolaid either.

The only thing I would add is a slick new throbber. This is one area where Firefox has simply dropped the ball. Doesn't anyone do animated GIFs any more?

That one frustration aside, great work on a simple, but sophisticated and refined theme for Firefox/Ubuntu.

Strata Human

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Very deft and slick! I echo the other poster's call for this to be the default Ubuntu Firefox theme. For reasons I do not quite understand, The Linux "look" often comes off coarser than MacOS-X or WinVista. The only reason that makes sense to me is that I still know "linux geeks" who think GUIs are for pussies; they just don't think appearance is important. These aforementioned geeks don't want Linux to become too mainstream. But I think slick appearance is crucial to making Linux in general and Ubuntu in particular, a true alternative for those who are fed up with Microsoft but don't want to drink the Steve Jobs Koolaid either.

The only thing I would add is a slick new throbber. This is one area where Firefox has simply dropped the ball. Doesn't anyone do animated GIFs any more?

That one frustration aside, great work on a simple, but sophisticated and refined theme for Firefox/Ubuntu.

Strata Human

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Very deft and slick! I echo the other poster's call for this to be the default Ubuntu Firefox theme. For reasons I do not quite understand, The Linux "look" often comes off coarser than MacOS-X or WinVista. The only reason that makes sense to me is that I still know "linux geeks" who think GUIs are for pussies; they just don't think appearance is important. These aforementioned geeks don't want Linux to become too mainstream. But I think slick appearance is crucial to making Linux in general and Ubuntu in particular, a true alternative for those who are fed up with Microsoft but don't want to drink the Steve Jobs Koolaid either.

The only thing I would add is a slick new throbber. This is one area where Firefox has simply dropped the ball. Doesn't anyone do animated GIFs any more?

That one frustration aside, great work on a simple, but sophisticated and refined theme for Firefox/Ubuntu.

DownThemAll!

Works very well... Don't know why the griping Rated 5 out of 5 stars

I've been using this extension for over two years now - through several Firefox versions - on my old XP box and my new laptop, on which I dual-boot Vista and Ubuntu Linux. I have not experienced any problems with stability on either of my machines, running any version of Firefox in ANY operating system.

I don't know what the deal is with "crappyaddonssuck" and "badplugin". There must be something else afoot in their systems. I have downloaded image files larger than 1GB speedily and without problems. I have dealt with flaky servers that drop connections, too, and I have ALWAYS been able to resume dropped downloads and eventually get the files I am after!

Nor do I have to "babysit" my downloads. I can easily continue working while the downloads are in progress. The system remains stable, doesn't lock, doesn't even slow down very much. And I don't have top-of-the-line hardware, either - just a clunker 2001-vintage Gateway box and a new but modestly-priced Acer laptop.

Across 300+ reviews, the overwhelming consensus is that DownThemAll! is a very good extension. Before one spews bile and invective, damning a piece of software, one should examine the consensus and consider - at least CONSIDER - that one's problem lies somewhere else. Perhaps a network driver is old or corrupt. That would be where I would look first, considering the stated symptoms.

I certainly don't get how one can lose one's settings and "personal data" due to a Firefox crash. Because I have used Firefox nightlies and betas as well as final releases, I have experienced Firefox crashes aplenty since the dark days when Firefox was still called Firebird, and NEVER has anything like that happened to me. An extension can cause Firefox to crash, but cause corruption of bookmarks? Ridiculous! Especially since this particular extension has NOTHING to do with bookmarks and interacts with the "bookmarks.htm" file NOT IN THE SLIGHTEST! IF that is really happening, something far worse than an errant Firefox extension is to blame!

Users need to NOT jump to conclusions and instead look inside the event logs that document all crashes. DownThemAll! is likely not a direct cause but only a tipping point - a trigger - interacting poorly with something else in the system that is already problematic. I would not rule out malware - not just viruses, but trojans, rootkits, etc. Even some piece of software elsewhere on the system may have written over a critical library (.dll) with a different version. With XP, this is a common scenario. With Vista, it's enhanced security is supposed to prevent this, but it CAN happen nevertheless! A bogus .dll file is a common cause of instability and crashes, no matter what extensions or applications actually trigger them.

To say that one is having trouble with an extension is valid enough - that is simply a statement of fact. To therefore blame the extension, damning it as "crap," without exhaustive investigation, without conclusive or even very persuasive evidence, and against overwhelming user consensus to the contrary, is not only unfair, it just generates heat without any accompanying light.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.0.3). 

NewsWorthy for Thunderbird 1.5

Sorry about the resubmits Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Sorry about the resubmits, but for some reason, my first ones were not displaying properly.

NewsWorthy for Thunderbird 1.5

How to install in TB2 Rated 4 out of 5 stars

There is a workaround to get this extension to install in TB2.

Try this...

Download the extension to your desktop. The file name is "newsworthy_for_thunderbird_1.5-0.2.0.4-tb.xpi".

Simply add ".zip" to the end of it. The result will be "newsworthy_for_thunderbird_1.5-0.2.0.4-tb.xpi.zip".

Use Winzip, WinRAR or whatever archiving software you use to open the newly created zip archive. Look for "install.rdf" and drag it out to the desktop.

Click on the start button, click on "Run...", type in "notepad" to open up the Notepad text editor. Drag "install.rdf" into the open Notepad window and you will see the contents of the file as text. Line 27, or about the 5th line from the bottom, should be an "em:maxVersion" tag, with numerical content like "1.5.0.*". Edit that line, changing that numerical content to "3.0.*". With that edit, you are telling the extension that it is OK to install in any TB version earlier than 3.1, which certainly covers any version of TB available as of this time. Save and close the file.

Drag the freshly edited "install.rdf" back over to the archive window to overwrite the unedited version of the file still in the original archive.

Close your archiving program and remove the .zip extension you added, returning the extension file name back to its original state.

Open Thunderbird and install the extension as you would any other. If you did the job correctly, it WILL install! Restart Thunderbird as directed.

For access to the extension's settings, click on "options..." in the "Tools" menu. The "Newsworthy" icon should be the rightmost, or nearly the rightmost of the icons at the top of the menu box. As far as I can tell so far, the extension works properly, though I MAKE NO PROMISES! If I find a problem, I will get back to you.

NewsWorthy for Thunderbird 1.5

How to install in TB2 Rated 4 out of 5 stars

There is a workaround to get this extension to install in TB2.

Try this...

Download the extension to your desktop. The file name is "newsworthy_for_thunderbird_1.5-0.2.0.4-tb.xpi".

Simply add ".zip" to the end of it. The result will be "newsworthy_for_thunderbird_1.5-0.2.0.4-tb.xpi.zip".

Use Winzip, WinRAR or whatever archiving software you use to open the newly created zip archive. Look for "install.rdf" and drag it out to the desktop.

Click on the start button, click on "Run...", type in "notepad" to open up the Notepad text editor. Drag "install.rdf" into the open Notepad window and you will see the contents of the file as text. In line 27, or at about the 5th line from the bottom, there should be "em:maxVersion". Edit the numerical content of that line, changing the version number from "1.5.0.*" to "3.0.*". With that edit, you are telling the extension that it is OK to install in any TB version earlier than 3.1, which certainly covers any version of TB available as of this time. Save the edit and close the file.

Drag the freshly edited "install.rdf" back over to the archive window to overwrite the unedited version of the file still in the original archive.

Close your archiving program and remove the .zip extension you added, returning the extension file name back to its original state.

Open Thunderbird and install the extension as you would any other. If you did the job correctly, it WILL install! Restart Thunderbird as directed.

For access to the extension's settings, click on "options..." in the "Tools" menu. The "Newsworthy" icon should be the rightmost, or nearly the rightmost of the icons at the top of the menu box. As far as I can tell so far, the extension works properly, though I MAKE NO PROMISES! If I find a problem, I will get back to you.

NewsWorthy for Thunderbird 1.5

How to install in TB2 Rated 4 out of 5 stars

There is a workaround to get this extension to install in TB2.

Try this...

Download the extension to your desktop. The file name is "newsworthy_for_thunderbird_1.5-0.2.0.4-tb.xpi".

Simply add ".zip" to the end of it. The result will be "newsworthy_for_thunderbird_1.5-0.2.0.4-tb.xpi.zip".

Use Winzip, WinRAR or whatever archiving software you use to open the newly created zip archive. Look for "install.rdf" and drag it out to the desktop.

Click on the start button, click on "Run...", type in "notepad" to open up the Notepad text editor. Drag "install.rdf" into the open Notepad window and you will see the contents of the file as text. Line 27, or about the 5th line from the bottom, should consist of something like "1.5.0.*". Edit that line to read something like "3.0.*". With that edit, you are telling the extension that it is OK to install in any TB version earlier than 3.1, which certainly covers any version of TB available as of this time. Save the edit and close the file.

Drag the freshly edited "install.rdf" back over to the archive window to overwrite the unedited version of the file still in the original archive.

Close your archiving program and remove the .zip extension you added, returning the extension file name back to its original state.

Open Thunderbird and install the extension as you would any other. If you did the job correctly, it WILL install! Restart Thunderbird as directed.

For access to the extension's settings, click on "options..." in the "Tools" menu. The "Newsworthy" icon should be the rightmost, or nearly the rightmost of the icons at the top of the menu box. As far as I can tell so far, the extension works properly, though I MAKE NO PROMISES! If I find a problem, I will get back to you.

NewsWorthy for Thunderbird 1.5

How to install in TB2 Rated 4 out of 5 stars

There is a workaround to get this extension to install in TB2.

Try this...

Download the extension to your desktop. The file name is "newsworthy_for_thunderbird_1.5-0.2.0.4-tb.xpi".

Simply add ".zip" to the end of it. The result will be "newsworthy_for_thunderbird_1.5-0.2.0.4-tb.xpi.zip".

Use Winzip, WinRAR or whatever archiving software you use to open the newly created zip archive. Look for "install.rdf" and drag it out to the desktop.

Click on the start button, click on "Run...", type in "notepad" to open up the Notepad text editor. Drag "install.rdf" into the open Notepad window and you will see the contents of the file as text. Line 27, or about the 5th line from the bottom, should consist of something like "1.5.0.*". Edit that line to read something like "3.0.*". With that edit, you are telling the extension that it is OK to install in any TB version earlier than 3.1, which certainly covers any version of TB available as of this time. Save the edit and close the file.

Drag the freshly edited "install.rdf" back over to the archive window to overwrite the unedited version of the file still in the original archive.

Close your archiving program and remove the .zip extension you added, returning the extension file name back to its original state.

Open Thunderbird and install the extension as you would any other. If you did the job correctly, it WILL install! Restart Thunderbird as directed.

For access to the extension's settings, click on "options..." in the "Tools" menu. The "Newsworthy" icon should be the rightmost, or nearly the rightmost of the icons at the top of the menu box. As far as I can tell so far, the extension works properly, though I MAKE NO PROMISES! If I find a problem, I will get back to you.

NewsWorthy for Thunderbird 1.5

How to install in TB2 Rated 4 out of 5 stars

There is a workaround to get this extension to install in TB2.

Try this...

Download the extension to your desktop. The file name is "newsworthy_for_thunderbird_1.5-0.2.0.4-tb.xpi".

Simply add ".zip" to the end of it. The result will be "newsworthy_for_thunderbird_1.5-0.2.0.4-tb.xpi.zip".

Use Winzip, WinRAR or whatever archiving software you use to open the newly created zip archive. Look for "install.rdf" and drag it out to the desktop.

Click on the start button, click on "Run...", type in "notepad" to open up the Notepad text editor. Drag "install.rdf" into the open Notepad window and you will see the contents of the file as text. Line 27, or about the 5th line from the bottom, should consist of something like "1.5.0.*". Edit that line to read something like "3.0.*". With that edit, you are telling the extension that it is OK to install in any TB version earlier than 3.1, which certainly covers any version of TB available as of this time. Save the edit and close the file.

Drag the freshly edited "install.rdf" back over to the archive window to overwrite the unedited version of the file still in the original archive.

Close your archiving program and remove the .zip extension you added, returning the extension file name back to its original state.

Open Thunderbird and install the extension as you would any other. If you did the job correctly, it WILL install! Restart Thunderbird as directed.

For access to the extension's settings, click on "options..." in the "Tools" menu. The "Newsworthy" icon should be the rightmost, or nearly the rightmost of the icons at the top of the menu box. As far as I can tell so far, the extension works properly, though I MAKE NO PROMISES! If I find a problem, I will get back to you.

NewsWorthy for Thunderbird 1.5

How to install in TB2 Rated 4 out of 5 stars

There is a workaround to get this extension to install in TB2.

Try this...

Download the extension to your desktop. The file name is "newsworthy_for_thunderbird_1.5-0.2.0.4-tb.xpi".

Simply add ".zip" to the end of it. The result will be "newsworthy_for_thunderbird_1.5-0.2.0.4-tb.xpi.zip".

Use Winzip, WinRAR or whatever archiving software you use to open the newly created zip archive. Look for "install.rdf" and drag it out to the desktop.

Click on the start button, click on "Run...", type in "notepad" to open up the Notepad text editor. Drag "install.rdf" into the open Notepad window and you will see the contents of the file as text. Line 27, or about the 5th line from the bottom, should consist of something like "1.5.0.*". Edit that line to read something like "3.0.*". With that edit, you are telling the extension that it is OK to install in any TB version earlier than 3.1, which certainly covers any version of TB available as of this time. Save the edit and close the file.

Drag the freshly edited "install.rdf" back over to the archive window to overwrite the unedited version of the file still in the original archive.

Close your archiving program and remove the .zip extension you added, returning the extension file name back to its original state.

Open Thunderbird and install the extension as you would any other. If you did the job correctly, it WILL install! Restart Thunderbird as directed.

For access to the extension's settings, click on "options..." in the "Tools" menu. The "Newsworthy" icon should be the rightmost, or nearly the rightmost of the icons at the top of the menu box. As far as I can tell so far, the extension works properly, though I MAKE NO PROMISES! If I find a problem, I will get back to you.

Aeon

Rated 3 out of 5 stars

archie.lukas! You don't agree with my opinion about this theme... I get that! So what!! Since when does a difference of opinion about something as fundamentally inconsequential in the Grand Scheme of the Universe as a Firefox theme warrant a personal attack? What does the state of my facial hair or my social life have to do with anything? What's more, ANYONE who is interested in this theme (or ANY theme, for that matter) at all is a "graphically oriented geek" by definition. A less graphically-oriented guy is called a Linux user; gotta use that terminal-command line interface even with Gnome/Ubuntu. As for me, I am using Ubuntu as I type. The rarest and geekiest of all are the solely command-line dudes who wouldn't be caught dead using a GUI of any kind, and wouldn't be caught dead looking at "skins" or "themes" or other such frippery. Are you even old enough to drink? To vote?

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (2.9). 

Full Fullscreen

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Hear Hear, valuum! I think you were a little harsh to attribute the "complainers" gripes about having to click F11 to their "idiocy." I think laziness is perhaps more appropriate. In my day, we would just say, "RTFM," which is an acronym for "Read the F***ing" Manual".

That said, I think it was unwise for the the developer to set up the "PREVENT NAVBAR POP-UPS" option as checked by default. He or she could have avoided the griping just by that little change.

Another minor complaint: I think the extension should have come with a toolbar icon installed by default. Sure, F11 works just great, but we mouse-a-holics are used to clicking icons.

In any case, there is a workaround. I just installed the "Fullscreen" extension, too. It includes the icon and when clicked, it activates Full Fullscreen 3.1, sort of like an extension for an extension!??

Except for these very minor quibbles, a stellar addition to the galaxy of Firefox extensions!

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (3.1). 

Aeon

Looks too busy for me! Rated 3 out of 5 stars

Clearly a lot of work went into this theme, but on my 1440x900 screen, to my eyes, it was all too much. So many colors and shapes over pinstriped background is "pretty" on its own merits perhaps, but is visually fatiguing to look at and to actually use as an interface for any length of time. Lots of shapes over a similar pinstriped background could work well I think, but with fewer and subtler colors. Maybe even monochrome. Or go the other direction - lots of colors but with little or no variation in shapes. But an interface with lots of shapes, lots of bright color, over a textured background - no matter how carefully crafted - violates good principles of design in my opinion.

MacOS designers tend toward the former - that is, use of subtle background detail, variations of shape and even slick 3-D effects and animation, but subdued, even minimal use of color. This makes for a more integrated and ultimately more usable interface. Leanness, spareness, subtle shaping and elegant, classical simplicity win over complicated, garish and flashy any day.

Maybe on 1600x1050 or greater, on a 22-inch screen or larger, it would look better, but on the other hand, you offer Aeon Big and Aeon Jumbo for those.

On the other hand, what the heck do I know? Clearly, I'm the minority opinion here.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (2.9). 

Lightning

STILL needs PDA sync! Rated 2 out of 5 stars

Product is decent enough, as far as it goes, but without PDA/smartphone sync for Palm and Windows Mobile devices, to say nothing of BlackBerries and iPhones, Lightning/Sunbird is a non-starter for many people (me, for instance). I would bet that Thunderbird usage would skyrocket if only Lightning with PDA/smartphone syncing became available.

This serious shortcoming has been a source of complaints since at least late 2006 - an ETERNITY in the software world. WHY are you dragging your feet so badly on adding this essential feature?

Also, Lightning/Sunbird needs better import/export tools - MUCH better in fact. Won't import or export to enough formats. HTML email is often messed up in the importing process and it is often easier to transfer addresses BY HAND than to fix the terribly mangled results of an address book import!

Good God, people! This project has been going more than long enough for it to have reached a decent level of polish by now!

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.9). 

CuteMenus - Crystal SVG

Eye candy - but VERY GOOD eye candy Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Not sure I will keep this; it's easy to load FF with too many resource-using extensions. But it sure does improve the menus' look. And, it does not appear to be totally useless. It seems to offer an ergonomic benefit because one can select from the menus quickly by icon, with less need to actually read the commands.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.8.2.1).