sTeVie EYE

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Name sTeVie EYE
User since May 30, 2009
Number of add-ons developed 0 add-ons
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My Reviews

Dark Fox

Almost 5 stars, BUT... Rated 2 out of 5 stars

One of the nicest-looking dark themes in years (love the transparency!) HOWEVER, it has the one theme-killer issue nearly all dark themes share;- the white text on the black background is not bold enough and ends up flickering. The flicker is hard on the eyes and distracting as heck. The only dark theme that ever got this right was Aquatint Black Gloss (2008-2010ish), but sadly the developer has moved on in life. Perhaps there's some work-around in FF to make the text bolder that I could use?

Adblock Plus

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

If I could only have one add-on for Firefox, this would be it. CANNOT LIVE WITHOUT IT! Try turning off for a day (or even an hour) and see if you don't pull your hair out in frustration at the barrage of useless, time-wasting, distracting ads for stuff you wouldn't buy in a million years. I do disable it on about 5 very topic-specific sites where I might be interested in something their advertisers have to offer. Seriously, do advertisers really think that when someone is say, watching a news clip, reading their email or watching a video that they're even remotely interested in buying auto insurance from a dancing, blinking animated car?Mr. Palant deserves to be immortalized in a silicon statue. THANK YOU!

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (2.3.2).  This user has 2 previous reviews of this add-on.

Video DownloadHelper

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

I initially only wanted to DL a few YT videos, so I did not need something so full-featured, however it had great reviews so I tried it anyway. There are so many options and functions though that I thought there would be a steep learning curve (even for the simple stuff), but it worked intuttively the first time I tried it, even for something complex and got exactly what I wanted to DL! (A web page had a dozen+ links to other pages each with JPG photos and associated text, and I needed all of it.) It saved me a ton of time. I don't remember exactly what I did, but it "just worked". That's the sign of a great application.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (4.9.17). 

Tab Kit

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Essential! The color-coding alone keeps tabs & their hierarchy and status knowable at a glance.
Tab Kit rocks, and is the best among similar extensions.
Five stars!
If I had a wish list, it would be nice to be able to pick the hues of the tabs, but Tab Kit makes fine choices by itself that are surprisingly tweakable by adjusting their saturation and lightness.
The only minor issue I found is that with some dark themes you may have to turn on the option "emphasize current tab in black" so that the writing appears white (reversed) and therefore readable. Otherwise, the standard black lettering on the tabs becomes "invisible" on the black background. No biggie.
Tab Kit is in my top five essential extensions.
Kudos!

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.5.6). 

All-in-One Sidebar

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Love it, with a few custom buttons, I can keep all the top toolbars closed and use just the AiOS, giving me back much-needed vertical screen-estate.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.7.10). 

Adblock Plus

Number one essential extension! Rated 5 out of 5 stars

ABP should come standard with Firefox. It's the FIRST thing I install in new FF setups. If I were limited to only one add-on, ABP would be it.
No problems or conflicts with it, ever.
The ability to compact the relevant material as ad-pollution is removed is one of its best features.
The ability to create custom filters is GREAT, it's also easy and fun to learn how to build filters with wildcards so you don't need a zillion separate filters to can a mess of junk from a site.
There are a couple of really cluttered websites that I use often, (especially an old email account that I need to keep) that are just so chock-full of ads (for stuff I wouldn't be interested in in a million years) that the usable space is a joke and the worst part is that the pages take soo long to load that going back and forth to the inbox a dozen times takes so long it's infuriating. AdBlock-Plus allowed me to make a custom filterset for this email site that strips it down to nearly bare text (even stylesheets can be nixed), reducing the amount of time to load the page from 45-plus seconds down to 8 to 10 seconds!
This time-saving afforded by ABP gives me back a full 40-hour week over the course of about a year when factoring in the several sites I strip down in this manner.!

OH, I have to get on the soap-box for a minute here:
To all the people who who whine that ads provide critical income to support websites:
On sites pertaining to things I'm truly interested in in life, I let some ads through because hey, I might actually find something of interest once I'm *done* doing what I need to do on the site, BUT when I'm trying to read a bunch of emails, fox example, the LAST THING ON EARTH I still would never even entertain the thought of buying is a mortgage or car insurance from a blinking car or flashing, jumping house invading my screen.Gimmee a break!
"Targeted advertising", the excuse for tracking cookies, is a load of bull also. Even when I used to let third-party cookies through, I never, ever received ad content pertaining or even remotely tailored to *any* of my specific interests.
Websites that block ABP, taking away my CHOICE of when and whether to view ads will *never* get visits from me, and I will intentionally avoid products from their advertisers, and let their advertisers know why I bought from a competitor.

That all said, I also applaud Vladimir Palant's ABP website for being simple, easy to read, and incredibly lightweight. It's a refreshing breath of air in these days when websites needlessly fatten and bloat up in direct proportion to advances in computer speed and connection bandwidth.
If more websites were designed by Mr. Palant, we could read and absorb information from the web much faster and wouldn't need quad-core CPUs and cable-modem bandwidth to just load pages of reading material quickly.

I spread the word of ABP like gospel in every conversation I have about browsers or the Internet.

Kudos to Mr. Palant and ABP!

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.0.2).  This user has other reviews of this add-on.

Adblock Plus

Number one essential extension! Rated 5 out of 5 stars

ABP should come standard with Firefox. It's the FIRST thing I install in new FF setups. If I were limited to only one add-on, ABP would be it.
No problems or conflicts with it, ever.
The ability to compact the relevant material as ad-pollution is removed is one of its best features.
The ability to create custom filters is GREAT, it's also easy and fun to learn how to build filters with wildcards so you don't need a zillion separate filters to can a mess of junk from a site.
There are a couple of really cluttered websites that I use often, (especially an old email account that I need to keep) that are just so chock-full of ads (for stuff I wouldn't be interested in in a million years) that the usable space is a joke and the worst part is that the pages take soo long to load that going back and forth to the inbox a dozen times takes so long it's infuriating. AdBlock-Plus allowed me to make a custom filterset for this email site that strips it down to nearly bare text (even stylesheets can be nixed), reducing the amount of time to load the page from 45-plus seconds down to 8 to 10 seconds!
This time-saving afforded by ABP gives me back a full 40-hour week over the course of about a year when factoring in the several sites I strip down in this manner.!

OH, I have to get on the soap-box for a minute here:
To all the people who who whine that ads provide critical income to support websites:
On sites pertaining to things I'm truly interested in in life, I let some ads through because hey, I might actually find something of interest once I'm *done* doing what I need to do on the site, BUT when I'm trying to read a bunch of emails, fox example, the LAST THING ON EARTH I still would never even entertain the thought of buying is a mortgage or car insurance from a blinking car or flashing, jumping house invading my screen.Gimmee a break!
"Targeted advertising", the excuse for tracking cookies, is a load of bull also. Even when I used to let third-party cookies through, I never, ever received ad content pertaining or even remotely tailored to *any* of my specific interests.
Websites that block ABP, taking away my CHOICE of when and whether to view ads will *never* get visits from me, and I will intentionally avoid products from their advertisers, and let their advertisers know why I bought from a competitor.

That all said, I also applaud Vladimir Palant's ABP website for being simple, easy to read, and incredibly lightweight. It's a refreshing breath of air in these days when websites needlessly fatten and bloat up in direct proportion to advances in computer speed and connection bandwidth.
If more websites were designed by Mr. Palant, we could read and absorb information from the web much faster and wouldn't need quad-core CPUs and cable-modem bandwidth to just load pages of reading material quickly.

I spread the word of ABP like gospel in every conversation I have about browsers or the Internet.

Kudos to Mr. Palant and ABP!

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.0.2). 

Interclue

Excellent, a "must-have" time saver. Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Interclue is one of my top 5 indispensable Firefox extensions.
Whilst power-browsing, Interclue save TONS of time by allowing links to be previewed as you read down the page without having to open new tabs just to find out whether or not the links are worthwhile.
Being able to find out that a link just goes to a different spot on the same page without wasting the time opening it is another big time-saver.
Interclue's myriad of features go on and on similarly, and as you gain experience with them, finding information on the web gets faster and easier.
On the technical side, Interclue is very well-programmed; it has never conflicted with other FF extensions or caused any problem whatsoever and installs without a hitch. It is also well-maintained, supported and updated by the developers.
Kudos to the Iinterclue team!

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.5.8.1).