robsku

About me

Developer Information
Name robsku
Location Helsinki, Finland
Occupation Programmer
User since February 7, 2009
Number of add-ons developed 0 add-ons
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In a little more detail...

Linux zealot, programmer, likes to read manga and NEEDS new books, loves wide variety of music, specially punk- and heavy-rock, electro.

My Reviews

QuitNow

Just what I needed Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Launching a browser from another application (AquaMail in this case), then, as the back button won't exit (I love the UC Browser solution - in the original tab opened from another application, the back button - browser, not phone obviously - looks like u-turn sign and tapping it not only exits the browser, but also closes the tab...) I was thinking, OMG, do I really have to switch back to AquaMail The Old Way!? So thanks for this - at least on this particular level Firefox can at least be on par with UC Browser, CM Browser and Dolphin now :) Too bad Mozilla decided to ignore all the good design ideas of the best mobile browsers before them, and design a totally new one from scratch, and thus made their UI the crappiest I've seen :(

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

uBlock Origin

Android Firefox 44.0.2 download works now Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Thanks for fixing whatever prevented installing this on latest Firefox android version :)

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.6.2).  This user has 2 previous reviews of this add-on.

uBlock Origin

bah, not available for latest android (44.*) Rated 3 out of 5 stars

Thank you for replying to my last review - this I wrote for Android version... And before noticing you had replied to my previous review (for desktop).
I would like to ask more about what you wrote about the possible issues with using Acceptable Ad's filter list with this addon, but I don't feel the support page is the right forum - so I'm asking, could you contact me by email at robsku at kapsi.fi - I would be very thankful, especially as I do respect your work with this addon.

I hope you will keep better care of desktop Firefox version, because otherwise I'll switch back to ABP in yiffy, as be it slow as ever, I've never noticed any slowdown from ABP ON DESKTOP, and I've used it since Firefox 1 or 2 main versions - but I hate wasting resources still. Mobile Firefox then again seems to really bog down by JavaScript - don't tell me they wrote android port of their JavaScript engine (SpiderMonkey?) in Java!?
I've actually planned on forking the ABP android app, with "localhost VPN" method to do what it does by acting as proxy, but also replace the slow filtering code with uBlock Origin's - that should remove the issue of various browsers different add-on systems and lack off quality, or any kind of Adblock for them all...

Btw, on desktop I've always supported Acceptable ad's campaign - when I switched to uBlock Origin on desktop, I add the URL of that list from ABP to uBlock Origin lists. Whether there's anything you've made actively prevent that list filters from working I don't know yet - haven't paid attention for whether the few ad's I know are on site that joined (for free) are shown, like they should - if they remain blocked, then your uBlock manifesto, on the claim that user should be the authority on what's acceptable, is just pretty words to hide the fact you've decided there are things the user shouldn't have authority to consider acceptable - I sincerely hope this isn't the case, as with Adblock Plus I did have full authority on what I deemed acceptable, which is why I never did accept them on my palmtop computer/phone combo, because of screen space. No offence, but since you mentioned full authority in the manifest, and the manifest itself in reply to my past review :)

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.6.2).  This user has other reviews of this add-on.

Zoom Page

Edit: Confusing, I had simpler... Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Edit: Couple hours later I restarted FF, and tried this. Not the profile I normally use, in fact just Mint Live USB session without persistent storage - as either this, or another same kind of messed my zoom settings even after removing.
HOWEVER, IT SEEMS TO WORK: I configured the default mode to Fit-To-Width/Site Specific - if there are issues with it, I might try Default/Site Specific, as I can always manually select from zoom menu "fit-to-width", right?
I'm using default zoom mode set to text-only - I dislike full page zoom, although either this or another addon warned that text-only mode might cause fit-to-width to not work properly.
I will have to find a page that goes wider than monitor (I know many) when I zoom the text enough to view it comfortably from this distance - then I'll know if this is OK, but the settings and how they affect, and even what are they supposed to affect is confusing to me... However, I'm now giving 4 start, until it blows on my face or actually proves to do exactly what I want :)
My review before this edit is below - if there is anything that conflicts with anything below this, well, consider the above text to be "new testament" of this review ;)


I've tried to look for the perfect solution - NoSquint is most of what I'm looking for - Separate Full Zoom and Text Zoom, as well as separate global defaults and site specifics... and on top of it style options - I don't set global defaults to them, but on some sites you have to even disable background for regular text, and quite a few sites are in great need of forcing underlining and/or color of links - It's the color most often, and if that's the case I always make them all underlined too.
But NoSquint don't do fit-to-width, which became an absolute necessity with my first netbook, with 1024x800. Maybe my next (RIP my Asus and Acer netbooks) I will run only UC Browser for Android (Android x86 on Linux is easy), because it, like many, mobile browsers support fit-to-width, although it's really reformatting to one column, instead of just scaling.

This add-on worked, but it was confusing and I never managed to get it do quite exactly what I wanted. Besides, I think on one regular laptop, after uninstalling, it had permanently messed up the normal page content zooming functionality :/ Not saying for sure it was this.

The thing is, ridiculously, when I need to use zoom (text only, I have Image ZooM when I need to enlarge images) - and I need, considering I used to use my desktop PC from Sofa, which means I can't get my screen as close to my face as with chair and desk - and now that I have big FullHD (fake, this cheap doesn't have option to enable TRUE FullHD, where edges of the sweet 1920x1080 resolution are NOT outside the visible area - still great resolution, but now my distance is even further - and there are sites that get wider than 1280 from just zooming text nowdays, wtf? Even wider than 1920.
So the issue is not just netbook resolutions, though I find it laughable that back in the early 2000's still you could view most sites designed with sidebars on both sides and sometimes even the middle content area divided in two - on 640x480 resolution. That's 640 pixels wide. 800x600, and only really badly designed pages with pixel-based table-formatted layout with fixed size for every part, which might have required even as wide as 1024px width. My sites can be viewed in 320x200 if wanted - without it switching to mobile-friendly layout, if wanted.
I don't understand web designers today, their sites often look better on mobile view - I need fit-to-width, with as little effect on my text-zoom...

Any suggestions, userscript, addon, how to achieve it best with this addon, that would do exactly what I need:
I need fit-to-width, with as little effect on my preferred site-specific text-zoom level.

I remember trying this, NoSquint, something with FullZoom in it's name - and something did what I wanted on that Asus EeePC netbook I had (have, but monitor broken, so usable with external only - actually mostly acts as server, with remote access).

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (14.2). 

Just Disable Stuff

I don't disable, I enable Rated 1 out of 5 stars

Skip to the end if you just want to really be able to disable all kinds of stuff. Rant coming:

Disabling when you're already experiencing the horror is inferior to allowing when needed. Besides, maybe I need to keep javascript on those so called "other tabs" I have open.
When I visit a new domain, I whitelist it if needed - then if needed I choose whitelisting other domains the site wants to load scripts from. For example, many sites work better (and some just work) when they have their own domains and perhaps couple others (like perhaps discuss, if you wan't to see the comments and they use that crap), but they also want to load boatload of unnecessary privacy violating, ad pushing, being an a** scripts, and of course those I won't whitelist. I get a site that works, but doesn't crawl. Meanwhile your solution leaves me with either crippled or simply blank page or it loads it all. And as said, it disables or enables it all for everything.

Not to mention that Firefox itself has quite a few bits of javascript running - I don't wan't any javascript on freaking "new tab", but that's a bit lame reason to disable javascript totally? Instead I never whitelisted about:new-tab (or whatever it's "domain name" was.

That's NoScript for you. It's not small and simple, but small and simple only gets you so far - sure, it works great for Unix-like systems, where the philosophy of programs - every program does one simple thing only, and it does it perfectly. But the thing is, these tools are designed to work together to solve problems that were not known when they were written. And to be combined in whatever ways one could want.

Browser addons, however, are nothing like that, and too simple often does either too little or too much, and of course without providing any fine tuning.

However, if you *really* want to be able to disable/enable all kinds of things - images, animations, css and stuff you wouldn't have thought of, I think it was an addon called Web Developer Toolbar. Not just Web Developer - and it does come with a toolbar, but I prefer not waste space by having it enabled - instead I placed it's icon to my status bar (which you need another addon to have, like Status Bar Restored), which provides all the stuff the toolbar has, but in nice menus. That addon can really disable, dude.

Disable Add-on Compatibility Checks

A must for me... Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Until I get KeySnail *possibly* ported (rewritten with same functionality, but not using the code from original straight, just as reference) to the coming "new add-on api" - hopefully this api will support reading keypresses before firefox does anything to them, so can override any regular hotkeys... And there's always bound to be new add-on vs. firefox version issues, so this will be needed... currently many add-ons are incompatible with my Linux Mint 17.1 USB stick, which I boot from some systems...

So this is really needed.

British English Dictionary (Marco Pinto)

...because I just love *british* english. Rated 5 out of 5 stars

I love this dictionary!

English isn't my native language, so it has nothing to do with me being British or anything, nor is it because I was taught (or learned myself - pretty much most of my English language, after 6th grade (I'm not going to confuse us both by trying to figure out what's the closest word for Finnish public education non-optional (well, generally - home schooling is an example of other ways) 9-year school's first 6 classes (we call them roughly translated "lower class" and "upper class", like "Dude, I'm an upper classer, now realize your folly and treat me like and adult which I'm not" :D), because our family bought the first computer in our household in 1991, between 5th and 6th class - while I was bummed that it wasn't a cool Amiga (just 500 would've been cool - my friend got one at same time, and really started learning anything more than gaming on it after he bought a PC, which was in late 90's so it was cool already, and really the only alternative - yes, nobody I know ever even considered an apple back then).
But I learned a lot with that PC - one thing was that although the original OS (IBM DOS 4 + some weird GUI with IBM Works Office Suite, filemanager called dosshell.exe, tutorial and finally, one tile to get into command line - was all in Finnish, less than 1% of any kind of programs weren't - and most commonly they were English only. When my dad got pirated MS DOS 5, the ROM drive, which showed as D: drive, disappeared with all the IBM DOS 4, and from that 'til '95 (when we bought a new 75Mhz Pentium with, uh, Windows 95 (which I loved - I hadn't used enough of Win3.0 on that 286, I hadn't learned to hate it yet), almost everything including the OS was English.
That's why I still today like to configure my OS to english, but my locale isn't set to en_US, it's en_GB. And it's not because how I learned English, because at school they teach us English the way it's in US, and all the programs defaulted to US English.

It's funny how, at least to me, it seems that the whole world (outside Britain I guess) treat US English as the "proper" and "real" English, while British English seems to be treated as "funny variant, like the one Australians speak." That's just nuts, but what it's about for me, a man who probably writes more US than GB English automatically (which is why I wanted this dictionary), is that British English seems more alive to me. That's it to put it simply. Simply and shortly - yes, that's what this definitely was.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (2.33).  This user has a previous review of this add-on.

LastPage

Is there any reason to use this over AIO Sidebar? Rated 1 out of 5 stars

I've used All In One Sidebar, and besides not wasting the more precious vertical space, it's on the side.
1. As far as I know, there's nothing this can do that AIO Sidebar can't.
2. There's a huge load of things AIO Sidebar CAN do, this doesn't - including a larger variety of in-browser about:* pages.
3. There's a mode to make stuff fit better in narrow sidebar - this makes managing bookmarks, about:config, etc. and reading normally wide pages.
4. AIOS has the ability to move what's on sidebar on the main area, and the other way if wanted - yes, that does mean you can place a webpage you have open into the sidebar; I've found it particulary helpful when I wanted to keep search results visible, and then open link(s) from it.
Here AIOS can use "fit-to-width" mechanism that some addons support (1280x1024 is nowdays sometimes too narrow, and I often don't keep browser even horizontally totally maximized), and which in unfortunately uncommon, but still found in many mobile browsers too (UC kinda seems to force it, which only makes me wish it was an option when it fails to keep everything visible). Oh, such addons are golden with sidebars too - imagine I'm using 480px wide sidebar (usually only 300px, but even then it happens), with browser on my FullHD TV this time maximized, and the damn page is made so that it uses javascript or CSS to force it as 100% of the *window's* width - not 100% of the document area, like any sane one does - yet most of the content is inside a dive that barely uses 5th of that space - because of sidebar, part of thet div in the right border is off the visible area. Surely the auther made sure the document's overflow CSS declarations just cut the non-visible part, and in no chance is the page allowed to become horizontally scrollable - I don't understand why that's possible, as if the page should become horizontally scrollable, it's because there's stuff that didn't fit on view. "I got an idea, let's disable users ability to scroll to see it, let's not design our page to fit the stuff on view-area, and if all else fails use wrapping on overflow, and let the user scroll if needed.
That's the craziest example, but an addon with "fit to width" is really nice then. There's one I'm looking, I had it once as I had a netbook with 1024x800 screen (WTF, used to be that 640x480 could show any page - and no page yet has content that wouldn't - I design my pages desktop-targetted design with the fact that 640px is wide enough to have surrounding sidebars and content in the middle, with that in mind I do make use of the fact that there is usually at least 1024px wide screens unless it's a handheld, and use that. It's called gracefully degrading webpage - mine always also works without javascript, especially AJAX, if it has to.
But when on 1920px FullHD a simple zooming (I use "zoom text only" - and I wish it left the CSS margin and padding values, div width's, etc. alone too, not just pictures, but that seems random. But when zooming font to 150% causes the fifth of page go over border, I love that addon - I have to re-find it, because it can usually re-fit the page even without changing my zoom back smaller.

But I'm rambling about something else than this addon vs. AIOS - anyway, there's no equivalent to "fit-to-width" or anything that can help with massive reduction of vertical space - which has become smaller in many cases after 19:6 became the standard. I should have at least 1024px vertical resolution on my laptop, and more horizontal instead of the same optimal 1280px width and ridiculous 786px vertical - I had that on my desktop PC in 1997!

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.3.4). 

uBlock Origin

Where to configure the lists? OK, my bad for not using computer from normal distance? Rated 4 out of 5 stars

EDIT: Found the configurations, and I gotta say I'm impressed. Couple complaints though:
1st, It's now customary to have a buttor to enter preferences in add-ons list.
2nd, being temporarily stuck with live USB Linux Mint, I can't reboot to take advantage of nvidia's proprietary drivers after installing them, which leaves me with problem that nouveau drivers don't seem to comply with RANDR extension, so I can't get my external monitor, a QBell FullHD TV, show my desktop - not even using VGA instead of HDMI, which makes things small to see being forced to shitty laptop screen.... And honestly dark gray gear icon on dork gray background, with so little contrast I didn't see anything there but a gap before text. SO DON'T FLAME ME for asking stupid questions: most of you stare your screen from regular distance or have your large TV actually working when you first tried to find configurations :)

EDIT NO. 2: My respect for you- you're configuration options are way more than I expected - like NoScript of ad-blockers.
And the filters: It seems there already were most I wanted and way more (I did add Fanboys Annoyance List in addition to Social Media list, and I felt I just had to add the anti-adblock list to use. And you had Finnish filter list I had never heard of - If I see less, or at least not more, ads than I saw using Wiltteri in AB+ on Finnish websites (counting finnish ads only, there's many Finnish sites who have generic "international" ads, and then google ads, doubleclick, etc. show finnish ads but are blocked by easylist since the rules don't differ), I'm not going to look for Wilttery.

Now just te get that URL of Allewed Ads list - fastest, but a bit silly, is installing ABP and altering the about:config option of ABP which sets if it's shown just as another filter list, or like default, as checkbox, get it's URL, then disable AB+....
Now this is the reviow I wrote earlier - please take into account what I said in two edits above - and I did raise my rating to 4 stars:


I'm not one of those bashing falsely ABP for making paid exceptions, I'm trying this because I hear it uses one of the fastest algorithms compatible with same list format as AdBlock Plus - Is it?

Because, I wan't to add the Acceptable Ad's whitelist - you know, one cannot buy to get their ads shown - only the ones following Acceptable Ads criteria are ever accepted. As for the payment, lot know (though claim otherwise) that most don't have to pay anything. What they don't know is how big you have to be and how much to pay if you are that big?
Well, it's not about how much money you're making of ads otherwise - you're *additional revenue* from being in Acceptable Ads program has to be at leas 10 million dollars. Or was it 100 million? Anyway, remember that is you have to make that much extra because of the ads shown to ABP users who agree to keep Acceptable Ads on.
Now about the price - that may sound a bit steep, as it's 30% of your ad revenue. DON'T stop yet. I mean of the same extra revenue you didn't get before participating. So no matter how big you are, that's all pay there is - if you want to danate, then ok, but it wont buy your criteria breaking ads a way in the whitelist.

What they're doing is trying to change how advertising in the web works. Now it's lousy for users, it's lousy for advertisers (studies show that intrusive ads gain clicks so much less that no matter how much you add them - which besides makes people less inclined to click them) - you won't get the same revenue you would with non-intrusive advertising in moderate amounts.

Now the biggest advertising providers, those who pay for spot on your page and are paid to show obnoxious animated monstrosity on it, are the biggest reason adblockers are so common.
I DON'T UNDERSTAND, that the job AB+ people are doing, which needs funding (user donations and other crap that has been all already tried before by them, learned to be too ineffective, are being repeatedly suggested again and again) makes people so angry because they wan't to biggest douches who have caused what advertising on internet is today to pay for being accepted to *make more ad revenue*? And on top of all that, they're only asked to pay a certain percent of that additional revenue they gain from it, and on top of it all, only if their *additional revenue* from being whitelisted (only for those ads fitting the criteria, mind you) is so high that their total ad revenues must be counted in billions (or was it trillions? It's fsck'd how you yanks use these two words the opposite way as the whole rest world).

So, where can I add the lists? I wan't to add finnish list, Wiltteri, I wan't the ABP's default anti-tracking, anti-phishing and social media blocking lists, and the so badly hated ABP's Acceptable Ads list.
I almost never disable adblocking on a whole site, because almost no site uses *only* non-intrusive ads.
You don't have to tell me WHERE to get these lists, just how to add them - I see no way to configure this addon's lists, but I know where the lists I want are.
I wan't this or another alternative, because ABP's weakness is it's use of slowest possible method of filtering the sites - still, I'll use it if no other alternative gives me the freedom for whatever lists I want :) 4 stars if I can add all them I want, 5 after I've tested this for a month after that and there's been no problems :)

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.5.5). 

QuitNow

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Returning to parent app, one where I chose to open a link, was pain for one wishing for Firefox to keep my previous tabs in memory, without going through the lately used apps, before installing this add-on.

Toggle JavaScript Enabled

Someone should fork noscript Rated 2 out of 5 stars

Someone should fork noscript, code it to support Android - the interface could show similar message bar saying scripts are (partially) blocked - you could access the pop-up where domains can be allowed or blocked either from menu entry or by tapping the message before it timeouts and disappears.

Meanwhile, I will give this four stars if you make it disable/enable javascript by site, not globally - and it would remember, in saved blacklist what domains are javascript blocked, because, while much more limited, it's closer to noscript I've seen. Actually five stars, considering your add-on clearly isn't made to be noscript variant. Meanwhile, it's useful, but not that special, so that's because the low score.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.2.1-signed). 

Ghostery

Android disappointments, on desktop it's golden Rated 2 out of 5 stars

I would have given five stars when my only experience was with Linux desktop, but the Android version doesn't show the box although there are settings for how long it would show, and location it would be shown, which I changed from bottom right to top right, because your "button" is placed bottom right corner: it hides content, even links sometimes. And it's HUGE, not exactly the size of buttons on desktop version, and sometimes tapping it don't even work.
So you decided to invent a way of your own when everyone else is putting what on desktop used to be icon(s) under the context menu. At least add timeout option to make it disappear, and add a menu entry that opens the same window as the image. That is for Android - oh, and fix the "box" so it shows on Android, as there are even options for them.
You may get the five stars if you make it work - for now I'm considering disabling Ghostery for the time.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (5.4.3.1-signed). 

Adblock Plus

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

It's been my favorite ones for ages, but I just -1'd my review because when adding it to my new installation, the combination of Wiltteri (finnish blocklist) and easylist was not available from the addon, NOR from the site (although it seems the list file does exist there) and I had to look for Wiltteri+easylist from Wiltteri's own official page and add it manually.
Also, you should be able to change the preferences for malware, tracking and social blocking later if you ignore them first after install, or if you wan't to enable one later.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (2.6.4.1-signed). 

DuckDuckGo (HTML SSL)

JS Free... Rated 5 out of 5 stars

How nice. I moved from Google to Scroogle for simple anonymity. When Big G finally shut them down I considered ixquick, but I had tested it now and then when I used Scroogle and didn't like it.
But ixquick wasted no time to create startpage.com - still my fav., but I have had duckduckgo addon (not plain search provider). I have hotkeys for them. s=startpage, d=duck*2go & ddg=this very one, Duck going on without power of scrpting :D

Session Manager

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Not the first one I install, but once I have AdBlock Plus, NoScript, possibly KeySnail and Tab Mix Plus that's generally when I install this one. Those are my standard minimum setup and Session Manager means that the firefox profile I'm using has been meant for serious use now, not just testing stuff.
Also, a method, other than "save all tabs", to archive certain windows (or "type of" windows - *cough*) is next to awesome - and though there's a nasty joke in there I'm not talking about just "questionable" stuff - I have saved windows folders, for example, for different subjects related to programming.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.8.1.3.1-signed).  This user has a previous review of this add-on.

Tab Mix Plus

Just simply awesome Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Been my favorite for as long as I can remember... Even with just the option to split the tab row into vertical rows when there are too many tabs to show horizontally at once would have gotten into my favorite addon's - if there already wasn't one full of all kinds of other tab-goodiness on top of it. Just plain awesome, and I thank you for many years (back way before FF 3.x I believe even) of tab awesomeness.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.4.1.4.1-signed). 

Web of Trust, WOT: Website Reputation Ratings

Script too slow... Rated 1 out of 5 stars

First I really thought I was going to like it. I've used WOT through NoScript to check which sites to allow and sometimes to check the site I'm on via FlagFox...
But under only couple hours I noticed that my whole browser had slowed down, I was getting "script busy" errors, and yes, they were from this plugin.
It's not a brand new machine, only a year old or so, I think it's 1,6Ghz duial-core mini laptop with Windows 7 (uh, I normally over install linux right away) and with FireFox 30.0
Disabling the plugin fixed the problem with one swift browser reboot.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (20131118.1-signed). 

British English Dictionary (Marco Pinto)

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Thank you - I'm not British, not even my native language is English, but this is computer time - it began from internet some newbies say, but the fact is that there was were little software in any other language than in English in 80's and at least the fist half wasn't much better - and still many programs come English...

So sure, I need English dictionary - I just wanted this one because I like GB English way better :)

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (2.14). 

Startpage (SSL)

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Indeed, I've been using startpage,com since scroogle,com (similar, but was uglier and lacked features when SP has features google lacks).
And if we ignore the anonymity/super-advanced user individualization techniques Google, FB, etc. use, what I really love (though as feature it's side-effect of anonymity) is that I'm guaranteed to get same results with every browser everywhere - as long as they don't rightfully change with some fitting better or worse to the terms,,, and with most my friends using this and duckduckgo, I can say which to use (I use duckduckgo also, it has it's benefits) and what search terms to use - and THEY WILL get the right results =) It's like back in the -95, man! :D

Save Images

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Awesome, but a feature I need to give 5 star rating (I did give 4) is to check linked images that don't link to image (so called thumbnails) and be able to load that link, parse it for the large version of the thumbnail and add it to set...

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.0.2.1-signed).