SentientParadox

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Name SentientParadox
Location New England
Occupation Vagabond Songwriter
User since January 23, 2008
Number of add-ons developed 0 add-ons
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In a little more detail...

Not starving...

Yet.

My Reviews

Tree Style Tab

Nothing short of AWESOME! ;-) Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Had this installed on FF 3 (finally gave up on 4 ~ too many bugs), two days ago. It seemed pretty strange at first, but after two days, I'm wondering how on earth I ever worked well without it. I've had zero problems with it. Not too crazy about some of the styles. Mixed seems to work best.

This thing makes it so much easier to find the tabs. I also use Window and Tab Limiter. When it hollers at me to clean up my tabs, I don't use WTL to do it anymore. Now I use Tree Style. Clean up is now a breeze with this thing!

Feature request: put a tab limiter in it. Heck all I need is a nag window with a tab limit I can set myself.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.11.2011021901.1-signed). 

Fox Splitter (formerly Split Browser)

Not bad. One annoying feature though. Rated 4 out of 5 stars

All I really needed was a good way to see two tabs in the same window. It does that wonderfully.

One really annoying con though: the added tabs view CANNOT be navigated via the main window's address bar. Every tab you add opens with its own separate navigation bar. That is incredibly confusing, inefficient, and really annoying when you keep hitting the back button, and messing up where you are in another tab you aren't meaning to use at the moment.

I've not found any way to change that in the options.

Window and Tab Limiter

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Been using now for a long time. Still a great addon!

I am now using this addon on all four of my OS's. It's still perfect, and does exactly what it is designed to do. Let you know when you've reached YOUR preset limit for open tabs, and nag you until you do something about it.

Every poor review here except one is baseless. This addon is not a popup blocker. To complain it doesn't work as one is just ridiculous. There are no "bugs" but it could use some few improvements a program not working the way you want it to is not a bug. A bug is when a program does things it shouldn't. This one does nothing it shouldn't do as far as I can tell. I don't even understand the suggestion to put a warning dialog in it. It has a warning dialog. It opens by default unless you set it to silent mode, gives you a list of all open tabs in all windows, and allows YOU to choose which ones should be closed.

Some added features might be nice, but frankly I don't think they are a good idea.

@ the developer: If I were you I would ditch silent mode altogether until you get it working in a more sophisticated manner. (with settings we can set to determine its behavior). I know that could be complicated and probably tend to be buggy. I would just get rid of it.

@users considering this addon: Keep in mind that tabs ARE windows. There is no difference. The only difference is in how they are displayed. Therefore, "windows" and "tabs" within this addon are the same thing. When the alert pops up, you get list of ALL tabs in ALL windows. It doesn't differentiate between tabs in one window or another. You've got to READ the list, and THINK.

This is not a lazy man's addon.

It is a simple way for you to limit your own sloppy behavior, and nag you to clean up after yourself.

It also a fantastic tool for Administrators. Install this thing on all your department computers, set it to "Force" and set a password. It'll force your users to clean up their acts, and quit wasting your time complaining their programs won't respond.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (4.27.1-signed).  This user has a previous review of this add-on.

Load Tabs Progressively

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Nice! Now my wife won't yell at me for hogging the LAN bandwidth every time I open FF.

Pros: it just works.
Cons: only one. The first time this is run, if you have multiple windows open, I had to open the options in each open window to get it to activate in that window. This was from a session established before installing LTP. Once it's activated in any previously established session in all windows though, it doesn't have to be done again.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.6.1-signed). 

Mostly Crystal (for Thunderbird)

Was great, but now there are problems with 3.1.3 on TB 3.1.6 Rated 3 out of 5 stars

I love this theme, but since some recent updates composition (write) window is screwed up. The composition toolbar no longer shows all of the buttons, even if the window is stretched to max width.

Sadly, I've had to go back to the default template. :-(

PitchDark for TB

Unless you like total blackness and neon... Rated 2 out of 5 stars

Not for me. I've had this installed for quite a few months now, and check it every now and again. Simply way too extreme for me. Dark blue on black is almost impossible to read in the email list. It's far too much of a strain. Sorry, it's gotta go. Too bad too, because I actually do like a lot of dark themes. This one is just too much.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (3.1.1). 

iLeopard Mail

Slick! Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Beautiful design! What more can I say? Color scheme is perfect, works VERY well with Lightning, and the icons are the MOST intuitive I've seen yet. No need for setting any toolbars to show text.

I was instantly impressed, and will probably keep this as default theme for quite a while.

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

Orthodox for Thunderbird

No good with Lightning Rated 1 out of 5 stars

Completely strips the grid from the calendar making it very difficult to read. You will also lose your quick open icons in the tab bar.

Apart from that, tabs are difficult to see. I can't even tell which is the active tab.

"Mostly Crystal" theme is similar in feel (though the icons aren't quite as "retro") and just plain works better IMHO. There are reasons after all, that designers have changed the way things look over the years...

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.4). 

Lightning

Great! Rated 4 out of 5 stars

I've had Lightning installed now for a few months on TB3, syncing with four Google calendars with little to no problems at all. The only caveat is that tasks won't sync, but that's not a problem with Lightning, it's because Google doesn't support it yet. Other than that, it's awesome, and I'm perfectly satisfied with it, other than the reminder/alerts.The alerts screens are ridiculously large. I have a screen resolution of 1024 by 768, and though the alert screen fits fine, when the snooze options are opened, the button to click to set the snooze appears off screen. Because of this, I have to move the alert window to the left a little before I can snooze it.There's really no reason for making that window so large.But, that's my only complaint so far.

To Tish: You may have to open it. There should be a tiny button toward the left side of the tab field that looks like a tiny calendar. You can also go to Events and Tasks > Calendar, and it should open in a tab. If the Events and Tasks menu isn't there at the top, it isn't installed correctly, and probably not at all. Check Tools > Add-ons, then click the Extensions button. If you don't see it there, it's not installed.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.0b2). 

SimilarWeb - Website Traffic Sources and Ranking

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

I'm afraid I owe SimilarWeb and Fox Lingo a sincere apology.

I know what happened when I made that first post, because it JUST happened again, only this time I was here to see it. Last time, I must have been away from my computer, and missed it.

I have Update Notifier installed. Normally, I have it set up to check for updates when FF starts, and install all updates BEFORE it starts, but not to check at any other time.

Somehow, I have no clue how or when, those settings changed. It had become set to check periodically and install updates automatically, whenever they appear, restarting FF without prompting. I just came back to my desk to see Firefox restarting. When it came back up, Update Notifier had installed Fox Lingo Update, and was on the thank you page. The same page Yoto asked me if it may have been on before. Now, I told him it was not that page, but the FF update window. I was wrong. What had happened is that when FF restarted, it did not maximize, and was about the same size as the FF update window.

The first time this happened, I had been up very late several nights in a row dealing with some serious technical problems. Sleep deprived, and half out of it, obviously (now, but not so obvious to my foggy brain at the time), I saw "Fox Lingo," "Update," and "Download." and nothing else there registered.

This time, I was far more awake and saw what had happened.

Obviously, I DID click download and installed Similar Web myself, without realizing what I was doing. I thought I was installing Fox Lingo update.

Very sorry for the confusion! Glad I saw this today though. Now I know, and will correct Update Notifier settings.

You, AND Similar Web have my sincerest apologies. Readers: feel free to flag ALL THREE POSTS (this, and the other two) in case this was missed by the moderators.
Once they look at them, they'll know why.

I'd rather just have them removed now that I know what happened, as I never even used the extension.

Five stars for them if this ever gets up there. Sorry to all for the confusion.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.0.6). 

SimilarWeb - Website Traffic Sources and Ranking

Rated 3 out of 5 stars

I have received an email from the Developer of Fox Lingo:

"My name is Yotam. I am the owner of FoxLingo Firefox extension.
We do not in any way include SimilarWeb in FoxLingo.
What we do have, is a SimilarWeb advertisement on the FoxLingo update page.

Please take a look at the FoxLingo update page and you will see that it says:
"FoxLingo has been updated to version 2.6.2" (because it is a page that is launched AFTER update, to show users the changes that have been made)
After this is the SimilarWeb advertisement with a download button.

I assume that you though the download button was for installing the FoxLingo update and then you got the SimilarWeb install instead.
We have had the SimilarWeb advertisement up for many months now and got no complaints of this sort.
Actually we even got good feedback from users that were happy to discover SimilarWeb through us.

I am very sorry for this whole miss-understanding.
Maybe you can give SimilarWeb another chance, I know them personally and they are a company with good ethics.

Best wishes,
Yotam"

I would like to add that although Yotam is mistaken about how he perceives this to have happened, I totally understand why he thought this was probable. I have been using FF addons for many years now. I am intimately familiar with how to update addons.

What he imagines is not what happened in my case. I clicked the usual update button for Fox Lingo in Firefox (not on a web page). When Firefox restarted, the page it opened to was SimilarWeb's, not his, and it said "Thank you for installing SimilarWeb."

Just as I described.

As I told Yotam in my reply to him, at least SimilarWeb TOLD me it had been installed, so I could remove it. Had there been no "Thank You" redirect, who knows how long it would have taken for me to realize it was there.

I hold nothing against Fox Lingo or its developers, but I do report things that happen as they happened. As a means of adding at least some "benefit of the doubt," I have added this three star rating, somewhat neutralizing the single star of my last review.

This did happen, and though I can't explain why, or be certain who is to blame, if anyone, this should stay for now. If it never happens again, the many more positive ratings that follow should neutralize this review.

If more reports like this begin to surface, then there is obviously something that needs to be addressed.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.0.6). 

Window and Tab Limiter

Does exactly what I need! Rated 5 out of 5 stars

I'm a TMP user, and configure TMP to force most links to open in new tabs. This helps me keep my surfing organized, but it also results in many open tabs over time. I've been asking the TMP team to write in a limiting feature for years. This add on does the job perfectly.

Some of the complaints in other reviews have been addressed by now. Password protection is there and the ability to choose which tab/window will close are included.

It doesn't differentiate between windows and tabs, and I believe there is a good reason for that. A tab is just a window displayed as a tab. A "window" is just a group of windows.

No offense to anyone here, but man, how much to you REALLY need an add on to do for you? At least it tells you when you're exceeding your limit. How hard is it to close the windows on your own? Adding that to the addon's function seems unnecessarily redundant.

As far as I am concerned, all I needed was SOMETHING to tell me a limit had been reached, and to force me to start cleaning up.

This add on does that. I don't expect or want it to do the clean up for me. Just remind me.

This is perfect.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (4.19). 

Tab To Window

No added functionality Rated 1 out of 5 stars

I'm not sure why others have not been able to do what I am able to do. Even with all other addons disabled, I have been able to drag and drop tabs from one window to another for quite some time. I do not know what version I was running when I made my previous review, but I was able to do it then, and I am still able to do it.

I can even drag a tab from a single open window to a blank area of my desktop and it creates a new window automatically. All with no addons, on Mac, AND Windows.

I stand by my first review. This addon adds NO functionality to any Firefox installation I run, and I run five different installations, ALL of which support dragging and dropping tabs from one window to another, and to a not yet existing window.

I have no idea why anyone else can't seem to do this.

Tab To Window

No added functionality Rated 1 out of 5 stars

I'm not sure why others have not been able to do what I am able to do. Even with all other addons disabled, I have been able to drag and drop tabs from one window to another for quite some time. I do not know what version I was running when I made my previous review, but I was able to do it then, and I am still able to do it.

I can even drag a tab from a single open window to a blank area of my desktop and it creates a new window automatically. All with no addons, on Mac, AND Windows.

I stand by my first review. This addon adds NO functionality to any Firefox installation I run, and I run five different installations, ALL of which support dragging and dropping tabs from one window to another, and to a not yet existing window.

I have no idea why anyone else can't seem to do this.

iLeopard Mail

Looks fantasitic and works well with TB 3.0 Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Looks great and works well. Hope the other two (Aqua and Graphite) are updated soon.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (3.2.1.3). 

Leopard Mail-Default-Graphite

Buttons messed up in this one too. Rated 2 out of 5 stars

Buttons in the messages show up in three duplicate rows. All the tool tips for all say "Reply to this message."

TB 3.0

Looks great, but this and Aqua seems to need an update.

iLeopard Mail 3.2.1.3 works great so far with TB 3.0

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (3.1.4). 

Leopard Mail-Default-Aqua

Rated 2 out of 5 stars

Buttons in reading pane and open emails are really messed up in TB 3.0!

I bet it was great, but this needs to be fixed.

iLeopard Mail 3.2.1.3 works and looks fantastic though.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (3.1.4). 

Leopard Mail-Default-Aqua

Rated 2 out of 5 stars

Buttons in reading pane and open emails are really messed up in TB 3.0!

I bet it was great, but this needs to be fixed.

iLeopard Mail 3.2.1.3 works and looks fantastic though.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (3.1.4). 

Find Toolbar Tweaks

Great but... Rated 3 out of 5 stars

Find in Tabs add on vanishes when this extension is installed. Too bad, cause I really like this one, but Find in Tabs is too useful to lose! Please fix this!

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (2.1.0). 

Speed Dial

Great, time saving extension! Rated 4 out of 5 stars

This is a wonderful extension. The recent added capability of grouping speed dials is incredibly useful. Drag and drop organization of groups, sizing of thumbnails makes accessing your most used Web pages beautifully simple. A real time saver. I anticipate using Speed Dial instead of FF's built in book marks as soon as I can get them all organized.

The only downside I can think of (which isn't a problem for me) is that configuring it might be a little difficult for newer users. My suggestion for new users is not to miss out on this extension. Check in on the discussion section here for problems you have with it. Chances are, there's either a solution, or a workaround for it. Don't let your "newbeeism" scare you away from this extension. Once you learn to configure and use it, I think you'll find your effort was well spent.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.7.0.6).