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Name neil_j
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Yahoo Mail Hide Ad Panel

Yahoo would hate it if Yahoo Mail Hide Ad Panel were included in the basic Firefox installation Rated 5 out of 5 stars

I'm on a new computer. I was checking my yahoomail. The word wrapping was poor, and I realized the rightside ad panel was interfering. (It didn't have an ad in it, because AdBlocker Plus was already installed.)

So I came to Add-Ons, did a search for Yahoo Ad Space, and found my beloved Yahoo Mail Hide Ad Panel, again.

I installed it, was Not asked to restart Firefox, went back to the yahoomail page, the empty right panel was gone, and the email was all spread out and word-wrapped nicely.


This review is for a previous version of the add-on (2.43.1-signed).  This user has a previous review of this add-on.

Classic Theme Restorer (Customize UI)

Easy to Update Rated 5 out of 5 stars

I had the previous version installed and working "just right." But if I update to the new version, will it mess up all my fine settings?

I did the easiest thing and clicked "Install" for the newest version,, and everything worked fine. It installed on top of the old version, and kept all of my old settings.

At least that's what I think. My Firefox didn't change at all, as far as I can see. At least my menu bar, toolbars, and addon bars haven't changed. All the bars and icons are where I left them.

Firefox would be unsatisfyingly generic without Classic Theme Restorer (Customize UI). Thanks to Aris (Developer) for keeping Firefox wonderful.

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

Yahoo Mail Hide Ad Panel

So fast and easy Rated 5 out of 5 stars

No restart required. I had some yahoo webmail windows open when I installed hide-ad-panel. Refreshed the webmail pages, and they all cleaned up beautiful.

I paid $3.50 right away.

Remember yahooPOPs!? It was a yahoo webmail parser and pop3 downloader. After a few years, they finally had to give up supporting the utility because they couldn't keep up with yahoo changing all the time.

Better luck to yahoomailhideadpanel


This review is for a previous version of the add-on (2.43.1-signed). 

Classic Theme Restorer (Customize UI)

CTR just became one of my favorite add-ons Rated 5 out of 5 stars

I've been getting along with Firefox 29/30 ok, but I didn't like the way I couldn't put the tabs under the address bar anymore, that the add-on toolbar disappeared, that the zoom level percentages weren't displayed anymore, that the tabs ran together without borders between 'em, customizing with Space and Flexible Space was gone, the new "hamburger" (options) icon is ugly, oversized, and out of place, and I can't think of anything else to complain about.

Anyway, Classic Theme Restorer (CTR) fixes all those problems. Address bar is back on top, tabs on the bottom, "X-Notifier" bar is in the middle (recommend it). The tabs are gray and individually well-outlined with the active one highlighted. We are empowered to move all of the icons anywhere we want (afaict), the add-on bar toggles on and off with a Ctrl-Slash, just like the good ol' days. Spaces and Flex Spaces allow personalization of your arrangement. The hamburger is relegated to the pile of icons not-used or despised, and the Full-Zoom% / Text-Zoom% readout is back (from the NoSquint add-on).

The CTR multi-tab window with all of its options is easy to use. You can switch options on and off for some significant changes and rearrangements (dozens of toolbar options), and if you don't like something, then just return it to where it was. I went through trying lots of options, kept a lot of them, returned many where they were to begin with, and my arrangement never got messed up by trying anything. By the time I got to the last bunch of options, my Firefox was looking like it used to -- neat and clean, and not really looking like Google Chrome at all. I defy you to find an arrangement that you loved and lost and can't get back with CTR.

That darned Camelizer icon keeps floating around, and reappearing and disappearing. Otherwise, everything is well behaved under the control of CTR. Everything works so smoothly and intuitively, the CTR's author must be a Usability Engineer.

When you're done rearranging, don't forget to do a FEBE backup and synchronize.

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

Yet Another Smooth Scrolling

smooth Rated 5 out of 5 stars

I prefer smooth scrolling to clunky scrolling. Sufficient to set Yet Another Smooth Scrolling for minimal affect, imo.

It's always something new with avast! Now it's a new "Browser Clean-Up" function that looks at browser plug-ins, and it just reported Yet Another Smooth Scrolling (and Hover Hound -- for a total of two of my 20 add-ons) as having a "poor reputation," and they offer a button for uninstalling it. A search on the internet shows NO problems with Yet Another Smooth Scrolling, security or otherwise, and I think sometimes avast! is out of their minds.

I recommend Kakaho contact avast! and tell them to correct their problem.

A Better Firefox Add-on Bar

Relief / Convenience Rated 5 out of 5 stars

I just wanted to slap the Add-on Bar for being Neanderthal. Happy to come to and find the Better Add-on Bar (or, "Better Bar").

I didn't want the Add-on Bar to take up real estate, but it never stayed hidden because I kept opening it to fiddle with it.

Now, when I'm done playing, the Better Bar disappears as soon as I mouse away. Comes back again with a mouse wave in the lower-right corner of the window.

I find Better Bar also delivers some housekeeping. It squeezes all its icons to the right side, and only displays a bar wide enough to hold the icons.

You can customize the Better Bar by moving any icons that are moveable, although the old-fashioned, unmovable ones don't become moveable in Better Bar; too bad.

You can add spaces from the Customize Toolbar window to the Better Bar, if giving the icons some elbow room improves the appearance for you. But when you mouse-up to the Customize Toolbar window [full of icons and Spaces], the next step would be to grab a Space and drag it down to the Better Bar. Except that when you mouse-up to grab the Space, the Better Bar disappears, and when you drag your space back down to the bottom-right of the window, the Better Bar doesn't reappear, so you can't deposit the space that you're dragging. So, that method doesn't work.

The answer is to [temporarily] Disable the Better Bar in the Add-on Manager, display the traditional Add-on Bar [with Ctrl-Slash as necessary], bring down a few spaces from the Customize Toolbar window into the Add-on Bar, and then re-enable the Better Bar. Then, when you open the Better Bar, you'll see the extra spaces your brought down, which you can then move around.

It would help if I could attach a graphic or two. Y'know what I mean?

In summary, it was just a skinny Add-on Bar, but it's been nice with it gone from the screen since installing the Better Bar a day ago. I only had to move one gizmo from the Better Bar to the Menu Bar so it wouldn't disappear, but I also moved at least a few icons from the Menu Bar and the Navigation Bar down to the Better Bar where I don't mind not seeing them continuously.

It's still a problem that some add-on icons crowd into the right corner of the add-on bar (or Better Bar) and can't be rearranged or have spaces inserted between them. According to what some guys are saying in forums.add-ons.mozilla, the problem is that some add-on programmers haven't updated their programming since Mozilla changed the Status Bar to an Add-on Bar, and the result is that their icons are stuck in the corner and un-customizeable. Now, when I review an add-on, I will make sure to mention if the icon is either customizeable or immobile.

Webpage Screenshot in Firefox (♥♥♥♥♥)

relief Rated 5 out of 5 stars

To take a FireShot of an entire webpage, i.e., to save its image in your clipboard, it takes a couple of easy clicks. It takes more than one click because there are a couple of options of what you can do.

Also, selecting a portion of the screen is easy.

One option is to immediately open the new image in your image-editing program. For me, it's opening in Paint. I also have antiquated MS Photoed, which I confess to loving, but there doesn't appear to be a way to change FireShot's choice of which image-editing software it will open.

Regardless, now I have to be careful, or else I'm going to start annoying everyone in my address book with FireShots of my browsing activities.

I'm getting all frustrated because I have a real long webpage that shows data about a satellite that's going to go overhead, here, tomorrow, and I can't attach it to this review. Auggh!

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.98.45). 

Make Address Bar Font Size Bigger

Simple, trouble-free. Rated 5 out of 5 stars

"Recommended for large size monitors," but it's also nice to increase the standard address-field-font on this 10" screen, which is tiny without this add-on.

Sure, with a larger font and a smaller screen, most URLs won't fit in the address bar anymore, but a little mousing will show you the rest of the URL, if necessary. Or one click to toggle back to the original little font.


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


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

BetterPrivacy has a zillion options. I think it's sufficient to simplify the situation, and just set the options to clear the flash-cookies when you close Firefox. For cookies that are supposed to persist for the life of the hard drive, it's sufficient for me if their intention is ruined by just clearing the flash-cookies when Firefox closes every day of two.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Another user wrote:

> I have an ultrabook, so screen height is critical and I'd like to be able to move the [NoSquint] control icon to the main tool bar instead [of having] it locked in the useless [Add-on Bar] I always disable.

Me too, except it's a silly, 10" Dell Mini. First computer I ever turned off the Add-on Bar, and add-on icons that are stuck, unmovable in the Add-on Bar are losing convenience. I've been doing a little reading on the add-on-forums, and it's the responsibility of the add-on programmers to make their add-ons moveable around the add-on bar or the menu bar. Now's the time. Can't remove a star, because NoSquint is one of my top-three most important Firefox add ons. Besides "Shift +/-" and "Ctrl-Shift +/-" don't really need to have the control icon displayed.


Needs cleaning up Rated 1 out of 5 stars

Like a ticker tape, the stocks scroll across their own toolbar above the Firefox tabs. Unfortunately, they spend most of their time off the screen, out of sight. The scrolling speed can be adjusted, but the items are still invisible, usually. I'm just looking at a few items, and I'd be happy if they were just centered in their toolbar, instead of moving around and getting lost. My workaround is to open a MarketWatch window. I hate to leave one star, but the programming should be checked for usability before it's released. Good idea, poor implementation. The guy that wrote the review titled "Very Useful Tool" should have let the ticker run long enough; then (s)he'd have seen it disappear.

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

Webmail Ad Blocker

Relief Rated 5 out of 5 stars

I already had AdBlocker+, so the right side of Yahoo webmail was already ad-free, but the big empty waste of space on the right side remained.

Just added Webmail Ad Blocker, and now the big empty space on the right side of yahoo webmail is gone, and the yahoo headings and emails fill the entire width of the screen (beautifully).

There's no conflict between AdBlocker+ and Webmail Ad Blocker.

I don't notice any change with my gmail.

Didn't try Webmail Ad Blocker with or; I don't use them because of their "issues."

I think Webmail Ad Blocker is helpful and innocuous. Eliminating the big, empty, unusable space on the right side of the monitor brings a sense of relief. If you install it and find a problem, I'd be surprised. But then, just uninstall it; no biggie -- but that's not going to happen.


I used this addon years ago, and it was always good. Never had an issue with Webmail Ad Blocker being "detected" and having my email denied. But if it were to ever happen, it would be easy enough to disable the addon. Certainly, there's no problem today.

But I hadn't had Webmail Ad Blocker installed on this computer. When I finally had it up to Here with yahoo, I had to find this addon, again. If you don't remember its name, then you can have some trouble finding the proper search term to re-find it. Trouble finding it was aggravated by my looking for "the addon that increases the real estate on yahoo webmail," not for its ad-blocking abilities, especially since AdBlocker+ was already at work. The name "Webmail Ad Blocker" doesn't much suggest anything about eliminating the useless right column. Finally, I simply searched for "Yahoo," and found Webmail Ad Blocker listed on page 6, or something.

And then, I was going to tip a couple of bucks. (Jason doesn't ask for much). So I click on Contribute, the whole page goes gray (the way it's supposed to), paypal was summoned, but no form for contributing ever popped up. Tried disabling a lot of security software and addons and trying again, but still couldn't get the paypal form to appear. Maybe something's broken today; maybe if I remember to try contributing tomorrow, it will be better...

(Win 7 Home 64 bit, Firefox 22.0, screaming E5800 dual-core processor with 2 MB L2 cache, 4 GB ram, MalariaControl distributed computing project, Belkin dual-band wifi on both ends and loving it)

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

WIFI Finder

dBm / logarithms / OMG Rated 4 out of 5 stars

In the "WiFi Finder" Add-on, the column with the signal-strengths is labeled "Signal." The units are dBm.

A higher number is a stronger signal? A lower number is stronger signal? dBm / logarithms / OMG

I like this explanation better:

Background -- refresher of elementary arithmetic; we're talking about "The Number Line." I wish I could include a graphic of a ruler that goes from -80 to +20; 0 is in the middle, somewhere; and of course actual numbers go below -80 and above +20. For example, two ways of saying the same thing:

20 is a higher number than 10. (20 is more positive than 10.) 10 is a higher number than 0. (10 is more positive than 0.) 0 is a higher number -10. (0 is more positive than -10.) -10 is a higher number than -20. (-10 is more positive than -20.) -20 is a higher number than -80. (-20 is more positive than -80.)

The signal strengths in dBm follow the number line. Harmoniously, the stronger the signal strength, the higher the number in dBm, and/or, the "more positive" the dBm value.

For instance, a signal that's -60 dBm is stronger than a signal that's -80 dBm, because -60 is a higher number than -80. Or if you like the other nomenclature, -60dBm is a stronger signal than -80 dBm, because -60 is "more positive" than -80.

As a signal gets stronger and stronger, its dBm value may cross over "0" and become positive. However, even when I physically touch my USB WiFi adapter to my router, I cannot get a level higher than about -20. I have never seen a WiFi signal with a positive dBm value -- they are not needed to provide coverage around the house.

In summary, that means we're stuck with dBm values that are normally "negative," which can cause confusion to break out. But I hope it becomes 2nd nature that a stronger signal has a higher value, i.e., a more positive number -- which is intuitive, right? And the WiFi Finder add-on displays the numbers correctly, with all of their minus signs.

Where do the logarithms come in? I don't think it's important to analyze that, unless you want to take up Math as a hobby. All that's necessary to "use the tool" is to properly interpret which is the "higher number," and know that's the "stronger signal."

I give 4 stars to WiFi Finder because I'd also like to see which channel the different signals are on. I would be concerned if the neighbor's signal is as strong (or stronger) than my router's signal. But if we are on different channels, then it wouldn't be a concern anymore.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.411.33.1-signed). 


Watch your BoincStats Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Pros: keeps saying this is "not available for 3.6.16."

I have 3.6.16.

I followed Stileth's link in the Reviews for 3.5. Installed and it works fine on my 3.6.16, displaying my Recent Avg Credit for MalariaControl in my Status Bar. Who could ask for anything more?


Need to open Tools > Add-Ons > Boinc Stats to change the Options. No clicking on the status bar will open the options menu. However clicking will open your Boinc Account page.

Options asks for you to enter your Account Number to connect the BoincStats add-on to your Boinc account. That doesn't work. What you need to enter is your User ID, not the account number, so the BoincStats GUI needs to be corrected.

N0HR Propfire

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Even N0HR can't solve the sunspot problem.

I am very picky about what takes up space on my desktop. But I like Propfire 100%.

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

Zoom toolbar

Another vote for "excellent" Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Easy Add-On. Good recommendation for your first Add-On. Once you start adding-on, you'll never stop.

After the add-on is installed, you'll notice that no buttons have been added to your toolbar. That's because there's One More Step...

Right Click on an empty spot on the toolbar to open the "Customize Toolbar" window. Scroll down to the bottom of the window to find the new "Zoom Toolbar" buttons. Drag the Zoom Toolbar buttons to a happy place on your toolbar, where you'd like the Zoom Toolbar buttons to live. The Zoom Toolbar buttons will now be gone from the Customize Toolbar window, and will appear instead on the toolbar.

Close the Customize Toolbar window, and you're in business.

(By the way, while the Customize Toolbar window is open, you can drag All of the elements in the toolbar to different locations [on the toolbar] of your choosing. THAT will keep you busy for a few evenings.)

Any other Firefox windows that were already opened before adjusting the toolbar layout will not immediately be affected by changing the toolbar on that first window. But any succeeding window that you open will include your new Zoom Toolbar buttons, and any other adjustments you made to the layout of your toolbar.

There are three Zoom Toolbar buttons -- Zoom In, Zoom Out, and Reset. At first, I was disappointed that there was not also a button for Zoom Text Only (an option on the menu), but I soon realized that I don't toggle that state very often, and I don't need it to be on the toolbar. (I could even do without the Reset button.) So I'm happy with the three buttons.

Depending on your position as you're curled up with your notebook, sometimes it's easiest to change the text size by clicking on a Zoom Toolbar button a few times; sometimes it's easiest to hold the Ctrl button with one hand and spin the mouse wheel with the other hand; sometimes it's easiest to hold the Ctrl button and click the + or - with the other hand; and it's never easiest to adjust the text size using the Firefox menu. Certainly, every webpage needs to have its text size adjusted for maximum comfort, and when I'm on the notebook, the Zoom Toolbar buttons are the way I usually use to adjust the text size.

If you adjust the text size on one window, any other window you switch to afterward will get the same adjustment, regardless of whether it needed its text size to be adjusted or not. That is the way Firefox 3.6.9 behaves -- it is not caused by Zoom Toolbar. Of course, any undesired text-size adjustments on subsequent windows can be easily un-adjusted with the Zoom Toolbar buttons. It's not a big deal, but allowing each window to have its own zoom-level will take an update from Firefox -- it's not something that Zoom Toolbar can fix, methinks.

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


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

I agree with Steve Jobs. Flash is a blight on the internet, draining users' processor and video resources, and otherwise being very annoying.

Flashblock works fine.

Then one day, I found NoScript, which also includes control over individual flashes, plus it includes additional functionality over Flashblock. The additional functions of NoScript includes electronic security while browsing, and it is easy to use -- very shallow learning curve.

Using NoScript, I never see a Flash unless I request it (single click on the Flash box), and other scripts also require my permission, which I may give temporarily or permanently, etc. I recommend the add-on that provides MORE.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.5.13). 

Cookie Button

One of my top-few-most-important add-ons Rated 5 out of 5 stars

July 15th. Updated my Firefox from 3.0 (or something) to 3.5.

As Charlie Brown would say, "Auuugghhhh!!!" My Cookie Button became incompatible!

The last time, a new version of the Cookie Button was available very quickly when the compatibility thing happened, so I'm optimistic.

While I'm waiting, the only thing left to do is go fishing in Northern Ontario. When I come back, everything will be back to normal. Nothing can go wrong.


Oh, you want helpful comments... OK, this is how you start using the Cookie Button. Go into Firefox > Tools > Options > Privacy. De-select the checkbox "Accept Cookies From Sites," which normally stops you from saving any cookies from anywhere.

Then, permissions made with your Cookie Button's context menu will provide control over which domains you'll accept cookies, etc, because Cookie Button has priority over the checkbox in Tools. Your choices of permissions will be entered into the cookie list (Exceptions), with 'allowing' or 'blocking' particular sites being much easier and on-the-fly with the Cookie Button in your corner, instead of having to dig into the Tools menu.

You can still go into your cookie list, and see which cookies you've collected up 'til now, and what permissions you've given to what sites. Any cookies you don't want, set the permissions to Block, and then delete the cookie from the list. Any cookies you do want, set the permission to Allow (or Allow for Session) and don't delete the cookie.

The permissions will be recognized by the Cookie Button -- reflected in the Cookie Button icon -- and permissions can be adjusted or cookies can be deleted using the Cookie Button.

I think that covers it; sue me if I played too long. Now I'll go get my antidepressant.

Best luck,

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