Mark Craig

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Name Mark Craig
User since July 29, 2007
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InFormEnter+

Rated 2 out of 5 stars

This extension was formerly one I used daily. However, in the mere month since the release of Firefox 57 this extension has changed authorship not once but TWICE. At least twice now the extension has been updated to demand further permissions. In light of these out of the ordinary "developments", and considering that the most recent author appears to be Russian and knowing how much nationalistic partisan insanity is taking place now, I cannot reasonably trust it with my very personal details any more. I frankly don't trust my fellow Americans not to be greedy self-interested shits, but at least with them there's some hope that I can maintain some degree of oversight. That is simply not possible with an author living in a country antagonistic toward my own and lacking the same regulatory controls.

Addendum: here it is four months later, and AGAIN this extension is demanding new permissions, and THIS time it's unfettered access to the Windows clipboard! Nope, no possibility at all for malicious activities with that permission. </sarcasm> This is precisely how abuse often happens: get people hooked on a potentially useful product, then slowly and patiently begin to pervert it to serve its creators' ulterior purpose.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.852). 

Rename Tab Title

Rated 2 out of 5 stars

Far too inflexible to be broadly useful: it filters based only on fully qualified URLs and has no support for Regular Expressions or wildcards of any sort. This means that it can only match per specific page, not per domain nor even sub-domain.

Example of what won't work: If a site uses text in its site-wide page titleing that causes problems, you cannot filter out the offending text for the title of every page on a site with just one rule; you would be forced to visit every page of the site and create separate rules for each one. If you like to save copies of Web page, as I do, and a site for instance uses the Unicode character "→" in place of a dash in page titles, you would want a single filter for the entire site - perhaps even the entire Web - to match that Unicode character and replace it with a "-" dash.

Nope, can't do that with this extension. The only way to accomplish that still is to use a filtering HTTP proxy like privoxy or Proxomitron, and those are mighty broad brushes for just filtering page titles and nothing else.

Adblock Plus

Rated 2 out of 5 stars

Without the flexibility of Element Hiding Helper, this extension is DEAD TO ME. The functionality that tries to replace EHH in the latest AdBlockPlus is apparently no longer based on Aardvark, lacks the utility of the earlier versions that were, and is utterly UNUSABLE... even after I figured out that some old syntax was no longer recognized and caused ALL the custom filters to be ignored until I removed the offending rules, which had to be done in a separate text editor because the error dialog made LINE references that were not duplicated in the built-in textarea editor.

The world is soon to gain another Luddite, because I won't want to set foot in the Corporate Web without sufficient tools to combat it. Adblock Plus alone is a toy for idiots that, much like the Corporate Web itself, leaves all the crucial decisions in the hands of someone other than me.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (3.0). 

HackTheWeb

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

My Web existence might very well end when Firefox 57 causes the final death of everything derived from Aardvark, including this extension and ABP Element Hiding Helper. I've used the former to tighten and focus pages that I save as MHT documents, and the latter for creating permanent rules. Already Element Hiding Helper appears non-functional, replaced by a built-in husk of its former self within the latest pre-57 version of AdBlock Plus, a husk that is apparently no longer derived from Aardvark, and it's utterly UNUSABLE.

It would sure be nice if you and Vladimir got together with Rob Brown and worked some magic.

lesspass

"LTS" extension? Rated 3 out of 5 stars

Will this be an extension that receives "long term support" or, like so many others, will it become crippled over time after its author moves on to chasing prettier butterflies? This is an extension that is mission critical: once you begin using it, it's a dependency you will find extremely difficult to terminate. While the author seems principled, he's also young; life is unpredictable and young men tend to be quite ambitious while at the same time often lacking in focus or direction. Will those who become utterly dependent upon this extension be able to depend upon its continued viability five or more years from now, on all relevant platforms? I worry now: currently my browser is held back repeating the class of 2015 because the majority of the extensions that I have depended upon are no longer being maintained and are now "incompatible with multiprocess" in Firefox 54. Having a password extension become incompatible in the future from lack of maintenance would be an order of magnitude more intolerable.

Addendum: I thank the author for taking the time to answer my concerns in some detail. Even software being open source is no guarantee of long term success: instead of being a contest for profit, it becomes a contest for popularity that determines which projects maintain interest of developers. Let's hope that this project gains in popularity and maintains it.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (2.4.10). 

Secure Login

Doesn't work with Google account signin, 2012-09-04 Rated 3 out of 5 stars

This extension no longer works with Google's account sign-in page. Google seems to have butchered the original form to make the username field no longer appear to be a form field at all, so now even though a username may be stored it isn't inserted, only the password is inserted, and so thus the login fails for having no username! It only works if the the username is either typed by hand or cut-and-pasted; the extension leaves it blank even when the username exists in the DB.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.9.9.1-signed). 

MR Tech Toolkit

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

For those who want to use it in Firefox 4 and cannot yet, don't bother begging! The author already knows and is working on it:

"Feature list below has not been fully updated for 4.0 release, update coming soon."
(from the mrtech.com Web site, main page for this extension)

CookieSafe

Rated 1 out of 5 stars

Other reviewers are correct: as of v3.0.5 (2011-03-24) this extension still doesn't work with Firefox 4. To be more specific: when attempting to click on its icon in either the Add-on bar (created automatically by Firefox?) or one added manually to a toolbar, to expose a context menu, the menu becomes a tiny little barely visible rectangle just below the icon.

Aside from the fact that it's completely unusable in Firefox 4, this extension is unique and indispensable... which is precisely why it needs to be fixed for Firefox 4!

Remove It Permanently

There's An(other) App For That Rated 5 out of 5 stars

If this happens to become unsupported and obsolete, there's a very similar add-on called the Element Hiding Helper for AdBlock Plus. It also stores rules for permanent removal of page elements, and it also uses a WYSIWYG approach and has already been updated for Firefox 4.

Also, NEVER download and install an unverified XPI file from an unknown source (e.g. box.net)! You could be walking right into a malware trap. How do you know what's been done to that XPI file? If all you need is a version bump, there are automated tools, like MR Tech Toolkit, that can force compatibility with new FF versions. Of course things might break doing it, so caveat emptor/YMMV/etc.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.0.6.7).  This user has a previous review of this add-on.

Remove It Permanently

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

If this happens to become unsupported and obsolete, there's a very similar add-on called the Element Hiding Helper for AdBlock Plus. It also stores rules for permanent removal of page elements, and it also uses a WYSIWYG approach.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.0.6.7). 

Aardvark

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

The Web site is now reported by Google as heavily infested with malware (reported attack page), and reviews above suggest the author is AWOL. Hopefully someone else decides to shepherd this beyond 3.x, but in the meantime devoted fans might need to use something like MR Tech Toolkit (which itself is awaiting an update) to force compatibility with new (4.x+) versions....

Title Save

Absolutely nothing good about it Not yet rated

This useless extension doesn't work at all. It installs, all right, and adds an entry to the context menu, but using "Title Save" to attempt to save a Web page results in a standard Save dialog with the original name of the remote file, NOT the title of the page.

This extension is just junk.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.1d).