billdehaan

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Name billdehaan
User since April 10, 2008
Number of add-ons developed 0 add-ons
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My Reviews

DuckDuckGo Plus

Not really sure what it's doing Rated 3 out of 5 stars

I like the DDG search, and set it up as my default search engine. I've never really been a fan of search bars, but I figured I'd give this one a try.After installing, it... well, it appears in the extensions list. That's it. There's no new search bar, there's no icon, and there's nothing listed in the Customize Toolbar. Possibly a corrupted install? Running FF 19 portable.

Update (Since I can't seem to reply to developer's comment):

Hi, I thought it might be something like that. I wanted to leave it unrated, but the system required a rating. I gave it 3 stars because it's unfair to give it a 1 when obviously it's not the extension itself that's the issue, and likewise it obviously doesn't warrant a 5. I saw the examples, which is why I looked in the "Customize Toolbar".

Unfortunately, corporate restrictions block a lot of things like changes to the browser. Fortunately, they allow portable apps to be installed, which is why I used portable FF. I also tried portable PaleMoon (which I'm starting to like better); also v19, same issue.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.2.25). 

Extension List Dumper

Doesn't work with FF 13? Rated 1 out of 5 stars

Installed and ran it, but it doesn't seem to create any files. I've tried with all permutations of HTML, text, HTML, different drives, etc. but I click save, the window just closes. There's no notification, and no files appear to be created anywhere, either.

Is there some configuration setting I need to be aware of to make it work?

Xmarks Sync

Sad to see it go Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Like the other users, this morning, I got the email from XMarks stating that the service is being discontinued in 90 days. I'm quite happy with XMarks, it does exactly what it claims. I had some startup problems in the past, but now all runs smoothly.

Looking at alternatives, I don't see many. I'm running the Pale Moon version of Firefox, and apparently, Firefox Sync isn't compatible with it. And from the reviews of Firefox Sync, that's probably a good thing.

A major win with XMarks is/was the profile ability. I have a work and home setup, and I don't want them mirrored. There's about 90% overlap, but I don't need my work internal server bookmarks visible at home, and I don't want my hobby bookmarks on my work machine. With XMarks, bookmarks could be in all profiles or only in some. So anything common synced, but anything outside was still stored safely on the server. I don't see anything like that in the alternatives.

XMarks was one of the most popular extensions for a reason. It will be greatly missed.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (3.8.6). 

Meebo

Can't seem to log in to extension, despite being logged in a tab Rated 1 out of 5 stars

How on earth is this supposed to work? Despite being logged into Meebo in Firefox, the sidebar takes the same name and password, and when you sign in it goes to a "what network do you want" screen, which then asks for the name and password, which if you log in then takes you to the "what network do you want" screen again, in an infinite loop.

Feedly - Beyond Google Reader

How it is used? Rated 1 out of 5 stars

Okay, I installed it, clicked on the icon, and get:

Problem while loading feedly. Try to reload or restart the browser.
[preferences]failed to load profile because:-1 -- [error] failed to GET.onload http://s4.feeddo.com/users.v2/18278754181987529624/profile because NS_ERROR_FAILURE -- Component returned failure code: 0x80004005 (NS_ERROR_FAILURE) [nsIJSON.decode] [@66]

Not terribly useful.

Meanwhile, in a different tab, Google Reader is happily working away, so it's not a question of network connectivity or logging in.

I looked to configure it, but the only options are "disable" and "uninstall".

Can't really much point if I can't get it to start, and there's nothing to set up.

08/20 Update:

In response to Edwin's comment, I manually loaded the URL http://s4.feeddo.com/users.v2/18278754181987529624/profile. Lo and behold, that's the problem:

Blocked by Websense.

The Websense category "Freeware and Software Download" is filtered.

Now, why feedly is blocked, but Google Reader isn't, I have no idea, but that's where the problem lies, at least.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.2). 

Silvermel

Excellent except for one thing Rated 4 out of 5 stars

First off, it's an excellent theme. Aesthetically clean, and very functional. I normally don't use themes because I find most are visually appealing, but if I can't understand what the pretty button does, it slows me down. Silvermel doesn't do that.

The *only* annoyance I've seen, and this may be an interaction between it and the All-In-One Sidebar, is the Add-Ons button in the sidebar. With Silvermel, the font size in the Add-Ons sidebar is disproportionately large.

On my 1280x1024 display, with Silvermel, my Google Bookmarks sidebar can show 41 bookmarks at a time. The Add-ons can show 10.5 extensions or themes at a time in full screen mode.

It's a minor quibble; nothing's lost, it just means more scrolling. And it's not like I spend a lot of time looking in the extensions list. If the bookmarks display were that large, it *would* be a problem, but this qualifies as slightly annoying.

Again, other than that, it's a great theme, and appreciated. Thanks for the effort and contribution.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.0.0_RC1).