dancestoblue

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Name dancestoblue
User since December 20, 2008
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My Reviews

Cocoon

Firefox 18 works fine, just reload Cocoon after updating Firefox and everything is back to normal. Rated 3 out of 5 stars

When I'd updated to FF 18 it told me that Cocoon wasn't compatible with the latest and greatest FF. I was very annoyed, sent off a nasty email, then thought for a second, used my head, just reloaded and re-installed Cocoon and it worked (and works) like a star. So If you're having comparability issues w/new FireFox; you might want to check into doing this on your puter if you have problems after new Fireforx.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (vb-20120830181920).  This user has a previous review of this add-on.

Cocoon

Great idea, I'd go 4 stars maybe 5 except it's cripple-ware Rated 3 out of 5 stars

Cripple-ware. Until you purchase it, it throws a nag screen about every fourth time you try to move to another site or open another tab, splashes a screen up saying "Gee, wouldn't it be great if this annoying hassle screen quit popping up? Well hey, all you need do is buy this software and it'll be all better." Okay, it doesn't say that, but it should, it would be accurate. Also crippled is the anonymous mail -- only works when you upgrade. And the history, which is encrypted on their servers -- I'm glad it's encrypted. But hey, I'd rather delete the history, how come I can't? Oh, I see -- I have to purchase the software.

One of the (very many) things I love about Firefox and Mozilla is that pretty much everything is free, as in beer. This is the first piece of software I've come across that's crippled and I've been using Firefox a long, long time.

Which isn't to say that I don't support great software, and the people who write it -- I do. I have given money for LastPass, for AdBlock Plus, for Session Buddy (on Chrome), I dunno, a number of others. I toss Wikipedia a few bucks when they ask. I give EFF a few bucks a month. I'm one of the 23 people who actually paid $30 in 1990s dollars to support Netscape when Micro$oft was burying them.

And I bought this software. It just goes against the prevailing winds that I'm forced to do so to get all the functionality.

But, I bought it. I bought it to support them, because this is an excellent idea and a pretty good implementation of it. Because though I've wanted to set up TOR I don't have the technical chops to do so, and this is easy--peasy, put an add-on onto Firefox. I bought it because I know that I want it -- already it's what I use for banking and I'm going to bring any $$ type things into Cocoon. It plays well with LastPass, a must for me. I purchased it because I want to be able to deep-six my history, or at least have that option.

It does slow Firefox down, but not terribly, and sometimes not at all. (I use both Chrome and Opera, too, and they are both blazing fast, so that's part of it, being used to Chromes speed.) On my machine, a search on google works great, but google images I get the thumbnails on the search page but when I open the images in another tab, I go to that tab and it's empty. Bing images works fine. Dudkduckgo works fine; I know I don't need it if I'm in Cocoon but I checked, just to see. Cocoon doesn't choke when I open a lot of tabs, which I tend toward; that said, I've got 8gig of ram on this puter and I suspect that helps with lots of tabs open.

It works great with the latest Firefox, seamless. It's pretty, if that matters to you, blue on the tabs bars. I'm on a laptop, thus limited screen real estate, I'm not quite sure (yet) how to hide that tool-bar yet keep it's functionality, but I think I read on Lifehacker that there is a way to do that.

It's got some rough edges -- I cannot open a different tab from history IE when I go into history, find the page I'd been on, I cannot right click or double-click or anything else to get that to open in another tab, it only goes from the history directly to the page.

Only once have I not connected to their server, it timed out. But I tried again and got in so that is just life.

It's definitely worth having, I somehow missed it when everyone was writing about it last year and only just found out about it a few weeks ago. I read pretty much all I could find online, then came over here and got it and it's great, overall it's great. If you're interested enough in it to make it to this page, likely it'd be worth it to you to purchase -- I know I would have -- I just doesn't like being forced to, maybe it doesn't matter to you.

3 stars, would have loved to go more.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (vb-20120830181920). 

Adblock Plus

Adblock gives us the internet as it 'should' be Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Every time I set up Firefox on a new machine, either for myself or a friend, this is always the first extension I install.

If I was limited to one add-on, this would be the one I'd choose.

I had to use IE7 last week, I had to experience the internet without Adblock -- nightmare! So much garbage now on the 'net, it's bad as watching commercial television. Maybe worse. A horror show.

I've been using Adblock for years and expect to use it for years more.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.0). 

All-in-One Sidebar

Great software. Rated 5 out of 5 stars

This really is sweet, very well thought out. Five stars, no problem.

I've got WAY less clutter on the navigation toolbar, as all of the usual suspects that take up all that space are now in this sidebar.

The bookmarks toolbar -- gone, thus more screen real estate, pretty important on a laptop, and I'm often on a laptop.

I've got AiOS set up to disappear onto the left side of the screen until I mouse over, it floats out and there is everything I could want to take a peek at, all orderly, a click away.

I try lots of extensions, only keep those that are useful and not a hassle; I've been using AiOS a few weeks on all my puters and it's a keeper.

Great software.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.7.7).