Bret Schmerker

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Name Bret Schmerker
User since March 16, 2010
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Open With for Microsoft Edge

Needs rewrite for e10s Rated 4 out of 5 stars

This Extension functions otherwise well enough in all released builds of Microsoft® Windows® 10 (in terms of calling C:\Windows\SystemApps\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe\MicrosoftEdge %1), but it knocks multiprocess offline. I'd rather see multiprocess be all systems go, at least through Firefox 56. (Don't know whether remote-call Extensions can survive XUL, as XUL's will be history when Firefox 57 ships.)

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (49.0). 


Recommend beta version for TLS 1.3 Rated 4 out of 5 stars

This Extension provides comprehensive information on the host Server cipher and certificates for any Web page through TLS 1.2; I haven't seen a miss to date as of January 2017. However, the Internet Engineering Task Force is altering the protocol for TLS 1.3b15 in such a way that the "Insecure Connection" alarm this Extension sounds false positives for TLS 1.3 only; e.g., a TLS_ECDHE_ECC_WITH_AES_128_GCM_SHA256 ciphersuite reports as TLS_AES_128_GCM_SHA256 with the key exchange and certificate algorithms not reporting. (TLS 1.3 Elliptic Curve Certificates show correctly, as ECC_256_SHA256, ECC_256_SHA384, and/or ECC_384_SHA384.)

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (4.1.1). 

Classic Theme Restorer (Fx29-56)

This'll be one TOUGH act to follow! Rated 5 out of 5 stars

This Extension is, for the moment, an essential for systems running Microsoft® Windows® 10.0.nnnnn.mmm, which hides the menubar by default. I'm looking into how best to split up this Extension's functions for Firefox 57-up, as WebExtensions will cover at best a subset of the Functions hereof; don't think I can get around XUL for a Site Identity Button Tweak project to put basic TLS cipher and certificate data in terms of IP addresses of both page-host and third-party servers, into a narrowed ID button consistent with early versions of Firefox, all while having at worst marginal effect on emerging WebExtensions that I'm already testing on both my rigs.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.5.9). 

Realtime IP Check

Built to survive XUL ;-) Rated 5 out of 5 stars

This WebExtension works as advertised using the available remote Services and needs minimal intervention. I found that some routers, e.g. the NETGEAR® WNDR4500 router filling the inside server function at my digs, will send client 'puters an IPv6 address when no IPv4 address is available due to ISP issues - a clue to potential need to troubleshoot the modem or WAN adapter. Although I've been using this Extension with the Sparky Bluefang Extension Status-4-Evar (in addition to other WebExtensions to track all server IP addresses and TLS stati on a given Web page), it works on Fx's native navigation and bookmarks toolbars as well. Ideally Mozilla should re-add a base bar to provide a proper dock point in Fx 55-up for this and other WebExtensions dedicated to obtaining but not manipulating Web-page data.

Personal Menu (Personal Firefox Button)

Needs redesign for E10S Rated 3 out of 5 stars

This Extension was a previous favorite for making Firefox usable in Microsoft® Windows® 6-up, which hid the menubars by default; the app-dropdown menu could be tailored for specific installations. I previously used this Extension with the Sparky Bluefang Extension Status-4-Evar and had no problems; this combination should still work in Ubuntu® 14.04.5-LTS, 16.04.1-LTS, 16,10, and 16.12a1 (which force single-process due to a dependency on the Package xul-ext-ubufox 3.2, an OS-specific issue).

However, the mainstreaming of multiprocess with FF 50.0.* has complicated coding matters. And with all due respect to rcmero, this Extension and the Aris Extension Classic Theme Restorer have serious mutual conflict. Recommend a beta release of a multiprocess-ready coding this Extension for field-testing in the e10s environment. (The functions this Extension cannot be replicated in WebExtensions.)

This user has 2 previous reviews of this add-on.

URL Tooltip

Best available URL tooltip option for Ubuntu Rated 5 out of 5 stars

As of 1 December 2016, notwithstanding issues with e10s, this Extension is the most consistent of the URL tooltip options for Ubuntu® 14.04.5-LTS, 16.04.1-LTS, 16.10, and 16.12a1, all of which force a single-process environment due to a dependency on the Package xul-ext-ubufox 3.2. (The AjiTae Extension URL Tooltip e10s is inconsistent in all currently-supported releases of Ubuntu® but works as advertised in Microsoft® Windows® 10 Build 1607 10.0.14393.451; presumed as operable in Apple® Mac OS® X™ 10.9 and non-Debian LinUX distros.)


Needs redesign for E10S Rated 3 out of 5 stars

This Extension is a simple means of obtaining one's public IPv4 address that needs few if any options and was ideal, until FF 48.0, to dovetail onto either the Geek in Training Extension The Addon Bar (Restored) or the now-E10S-ready Sparky Bluefang Extension Status-4-Evar. However, the mainstreaming of multiprocess with FF 50.0 has complicated matters; some further development will be needed for E10S compliance, with some care to ensure noninterference with the new WebExtensions.


Accurate SSL/TLS data on all servers any HTTPS page Rated 5 out of 5 stars

This Extension provides information on supporting servers for any Web page, secure or otherwise; secure page host data include available certificate details in addition to details on the host cipher suite. I routinely use the Domains Observer to break down the information by server, host and supporting; data include cipher suites, certificate algorithms, and key algorithms.

Addendum: This Extension will need an upgrade for TLS 1.3, which is approaching release candidate as of January 2017; due to major amendment of protocol at the IETF, SSleuth signals false positives for insecure connection (viz., the actual connection is secure, but the key-exchange and certificate algorithms do not report) on TLS 1.3 only.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.5.1). 


Excellent locate tool for TCP/IP leak investigation Rated 5 out of 5 stars

This WebExtension pinpoints all IP addresses used on any World Wide Web page, on the client station as well as the server points across the Internet; once the addresses are known for a suspicious site, the security specialist can narrow down ports used for each. Only bug I've seen is in display of IPv6 addresses, which need four digits hexadecimal for each of the eight numbers; as of 28 November 2016 this Extension truncates the highest zero(s) (one digit below 0x10, two below 0x100, &c.). All IPv4 addresses, and backing functionality, work as advertised.

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

Add-on Compatibility Reporter

Useful for flagging Add-On redesign candidates Rated 5 out of 5 stars

I have been rebuilding FF 50.0 Add-On installations for, severally, Ubuntu® 16.04.1-LTS and Microsoft® Windows® 10 Build 1607 10.0.14393.451. This Extension has verified many of my formerly used Extensions as in need of complete redesign; the Merci_chao Extension Personal Menu, needed for UI cleanliness for some Users' needs, is not multiprocess-ready at last check, and I'll probably have a Bug to file at Launchpad to give a place to track a completely new Ubufox' construction (Package xul-ext-ubufox 3.2, a Depend for FF on Ubuntu®, is not multiprocess-ready).

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (2.2.3). 

Classic Toolbar Buttons [Fx45-56][Tb24-58]

One add-back needed for Version 1.5.4 on LinUX Rated 5 out of 5 stars

I have been testing Beta Version 1.5.4b2 on two systems running, severally, Ubuntu® 16.04.1-LTS (LinUX Kernel Family 4.4.0-49-generic as of 21 November 2016) and Microsoft® Windows® 10 Build 1607 10.0.14393.447. All systems go for both so far. On previous versions I found the "restore forward button" feature to work properly on both rigs, and this would be of use for those needing a stable but compact complete URLbar on any OS Mozilla supports. All other functions this Extension work as advertised.

Update, 24 November 2016: In Beta Version 1.5.4b3, both "Navigation Toolbar Buttons: OSX" in Classic Style For... and "Restore hidden forward button" in Other Tweaks up and working as advertised.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.5.3). 

Chrome Store Foxified

Runaway condition attempting to install ScriptSafe Rated 2 out of 5 stars

I am currently in the process of reworking my Extension installation for E10S compatibility, and that meant sacking InformAction® NoScript™ (which requires XPCOM for its functionality). Ghostery™ does not have the controllability of NoScript. I have tested ScriptSafe in Chromium and had no problems to date, but attempting to install ScriptSafe in Firefox 49.0.2 resulted in the browser app tying up the CPU with no responser from the UI; I had to hard-end FF after five minutes. What could potentially give?

Update, 15 Nov 2016: Too early to tell what fault, if any, belongs this Extension. A test install of Quick Note in FF 49.0.2 went as advertised; but ScriptSafe is a much more complicated piece of code and I could have hit a known issue of the WebExtensions aurora in a tracking bug at BugZilla.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (2.4). 

URL Tooltip e10s

As advertised, could be expanded for old need Rated 4 out of 5 stars

This Extension has the Title and HRef displays down pat for the link hovered. I see potential for further metadata, e.g. display of Alt, Cite, Src, and possibly LongDesc, last available in the abandoned Jeremy Morton Extension FeatureFix (last updated 8 Octobe 2013). Tab and URLbar tweaks are already handle by other Extensions, so additional work this Extension (ideally to be available for proofing via a Development Channel) should be limited to detection and display of Attributes listed in the link HTML.

Classic Compact

Best available theme for Windows Classic Rated 5 out of 5 stars

This Theme is ideal for systems running the Classic window-color theme in all supported versions of Microsoft Windows 4-up, as it coordinates all onscreen buttons to the smaller size of control buttons in the Classic themes (w/r/t Basic and Aero in Windows 6-up).

I have gone back to this Theme and its companion Extension due to a transparent-text bug in Firefox 6.0-up that, in my case, rendered Internet relay chats in the Sidebar unreadable (see also The one visual out-of-spec that I have detected with this Theme involves WOT (the ring on the WOT button fails to render in color), but this issue may be beyond the Theme Developer's control.

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

Certificate Patrol

Good heads-up tool for SSL monitoring Rated 5 out of 5 stars

This Extension is useful for tracking SSL and TLS clearances on newly-visited Web pages, and the Preferences this Extension can locally allow and/or block individual Certificates, even mark a specific Certificate repository as untrusted when the need arises. The pop-up toolbar appears for first-time certificate presentations, with reject and view-details options.

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

Back/forward dropmarker

Essential when using Apple mice Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Although not critical for my own situation---right-click is available for most mice and trackballs under both Windows and LinUX---this is a necessary Extension for Apple hardware when using Firefox 4-up, as the Macintosh series has only one mouse-button switch even on later models with scrolling trackballs integrated into the mouse covers. Ideally, the history dropmarker would have been kept by default, given the obvious lack of a second mouse button on most Apple hardware.

In a short test on my Asus CM1630-06 running Microsoft Windows 7.0.8001, this Extenstion works as advertised, duplicating on the left click the current-tab history menu accessible from a right-click of Back/Forward on Windows and LinUX installations.


Recommend triage for possible interference with Status-4-Evar Rated 4 out of 5 stars

This Extension works as advertised on its own, splitting the URL into its component hyperlinks and formatting the URL in a manner consistent with Microsoft® Internet Explorer™ 7-up. It does, however, prevent the Sparky Bluefang Extension Status-4-Evar (Versions 2011.04.06.08 and 2011.05.07.18b tested) from utilizing the URLbar for links (as proposed for Firefox 4.0) or status; a workaround is available in Options/Preferences for the Extension cited (viz., to assign both Status and Links to the Toolbar), and the integrated URLbar progress-meter function thereof is only affected in terms of display format, so I consider this issue a Low-priority bug.

This user has a previous review of this add-on.

Personal Menu (Personal Firefox Button)

Has definitely adapted to new Firefox! Rated 5 out of 5 stars

This Extension, versions 5.0.*, is the perfect tool for fine-tuning the App Menu in Firefox 4.0.*, allowing for substitution of custom menu folders for the standard menu-item expandables as appropriate. The Restart and Configuration menu items in this Extension are quite useful for developers, and additional items can be added to custom sub-menus from both default items and Menu Toolbar functions.

As an example, I have two set-ups in conjunction with the Chris Extension Extension Options Menu (which took up where the James R. Skinner Extension Options Menu left off), on one system running Microsoft Windows 7.0.8001 (which has Extension Options between the default Options expandable and the Help expandable in Column 2), and on another running Ubuntu 10.04.2-LTS (which has Extension Options, along with a custom Tools submenu, between the default Preferences expandable and the default Help expandable).

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


Works as advertised Rated 5 out of 5 stars

This Extension brings back the stock statusbar functions of Firefox 1.0 - 3.6.* and then some, by providing a UI architecture to show link targets in the URLbar and status of current-page elements in the Add-on Bar. The URL progress bar this Extension replaces that of the zeniko Extension Fission (last used with Firefox 3.6.*, as of 17 April 2011), and a separate download progressbar is available.

I have tested it with the Frank Yan Extension Tab Progress Bar, the Devon Jensen Extension Download Statusbar, and the Strahinja Kustudić Extension Extended Statusbar, and have found no mutual interference problems.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (2011. 

Smart location (smart text)

URLbar and Back/Forward regression Rated 2 out of 5 stars

This Extension is NOT exactly ready for prime time. I found that, while it does format the current HTTP page location consistent with MS-Internet Explorer 7-up when it is running correctly, all too often it shuts down the Back and Forward buttons, and even occasionally it shuts down the Location text field. This will make the UI difficult to handle for those not used to selecting Back, Forward and Home from the menu(s).

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (4.3.1-signed.1-signed).