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Last post Author Topic: Firefox Extensions: Your favorite or most useful  (Read 360712 times)

IainB

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Re: Firefox Extensions: Your favorite or most useful
« Reply #500 on: December 21, 2012, 09:35:40 PM »
This is not about a favourite FF add-on, but about a SCAM/PHISHING WARNING re the sourceforge optimizeGoogle add-on.
The project was apparently discontinued per post dated 2012-02-13:
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http://sourceforge.n...ects/optimizegoogle/
===NOTICE===
After releasing a few updates, but far less than we wanted, we’ve made the decision to stop the OptimizeGoogle Project.
The reasons for the decision were that there were not enough people on the team to keep it going. Google is changing things every day and it has become more and more frustrating to look at all the functions go broke piece by piece.
The code will remain GPL, perhaps another person or team is interested in picking this up.
For now, thank you for all your patience, feedback and support.

Description:
OptimizeGoogle is a Firefox extension that enhances Google search results and other pages by adding extra information and removing unwanted information. Created to maintain and improve CustomizeGoogle which seems to have been abandoned.

The optimizegoogle add-on links to seem to have been hijacked by a scam/phishing site.
Clicking on optimizegoogle.com will take you to a scam that detects your IP address location and delivers a page that masquerades as a Google YouTube lookalike page, or it asks you to join in a 30-second survey or gives the "Congratulations! You have just won an iPod" sort of page.
Under some circumstances, Ghostery intercepts the link and reports that:
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Ghostery prevented a redirect from
52664.quikker.com to ck.ads.affinity.com,
which is part of Affinity.

Recommendation: If you have the sourceforge optimizeGoogle add-on, then disable it and delete it.
« Last Edit: December 22, 2012, 03:42:29 PM by IainB, Reason: Minor corrections. »

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Re: Firefox Extensions: Your favorite or most useful
« Reply #501 on: December 22, 2012, 09:13:18 AM »
Quote from: Cursor Indicator On Link Hover - with large icons
A cursor indicator. Hovering over hyperlinks will show a different cursor based on the targets file extension.
(see attachment in previous post)

So?
Enable the status bar and watch the hover text. Done.

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Re: Firefox Extensions: Your favorite or most useful
« Reply #502 on: December 22, 2012, 01:35:38 PM »
So on the dept of Most Useful stuff, I might have to think about AdMuncher and Ghostery again. I know, Ghostery prob. sells its list elsewhere for its own uses, but if it at least locally blocks the random crap, then that's fine by me. "Which ad companies wanted to track me" isn't very important to me, even by my medium privacy standards.

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Re: Firefox Extensions: Your favorite or most useful
« Reply #503 on: December 22, 2012, 06:35:57 PM »
Ghostery again. I know, Ghostery prob. sells its list elsewhere for its own uses.
Perhaps - somebody should dig into that. OTOH, it has that "GhostRank" thing that's disabled by default, and which one should probably not enable. And unless it either doesn't blocks the sites it says it claims it's blocking or sells the visitor-data of blocked sites to some central list of people, well, it's certainly better than NO protection.
- carpe noctem

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Re: Firefox Extensions: Your favorite or most useful
« Reply #504 on: December 22, 2012, 09:31:44 PM »
Quote from: Cursor Indicator On Link Hover - with large icons
A cursor indicator. Hovering over hyperlinks will show a different cursor based on the targets file extension.
(see attachment in previous post)

So?
Enable the status bar and watch the hover text. Done.

I have to admit. I thought it was a cool idea. Until I tried it and saw the icons. Would be a lot cooler if the icons looked cool.  But it was easier for me to read the status bar text than to squint and see that little zipper that meant it was a zip file.  :)

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Re: Firefox Extensions: Your favorite or most useful
« Reply #505 on: December 22, 2012, 10:36:02 PM »
Check out Link Alert, looks similar but different icons.

https://addons.mozil...ox/addon/link-alert/

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Re: Firefox Extensions: Your favorite or most useful
« Reply #506 on: December 23, 2012, 02:13:21 AM »
Quote from: Cursor Indicator On Link Hover - with large icons
A cursor indicator. Hovering over hyperlinks will show a different cursor based on the targets file extension.
46299_after.png
http://userstyles.or...ver-with-large-icons
So? Enable the status bar and watch the hover text. Done.
I have to admit. I thought it was a cool idea. Until I tried it and saw the icons. Would be a lot cooler if the icons looked cool.  But it was easier for me to read the status bar text than to squint and see that little zipper that meant it was a zip file.  :)

-ehh? You must have tried the very first original version, back then. The original version made me write him and suggest much larger icons - which he gave it, as seen on above picture. Surely you were not thinking about these big icons when you said the icons were too small?

-------
What does the Link Alert icons look like?
It is weird that there are no pictures, not even on the homepage!  :(
« Last Edit: December 23, 2012, 06:21:45 AM by Curt, Reason: link »

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Re: Firefox Extensions: Your favorite or most useful
« Reply #507 on: December 23, 2012, 10:10:25 AM »
What does the Link Alert icons look like?
Sorry, can't figure out a way to capture them on my system (I also have the url pop-up, but both vanish when I try to capture the icon).  Plus I'd only be able to do one at a time.

But the icons are small (I like small icons).

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Re: Firefox Extensions: Your favorite or most useful
« Reply #508 on: December 23, 2012, 10:18:11 AM »
Check out Link Alert, looks similar but different icons.

https://addons.mozil...ox/addon/link-alert/

I like this. Nice and simple. I can customize icons too.  Very cool. :)

edit: Hmm, can't seem to figure out how to show my icon substituted for the default.
They never include help for the UI in these things. Fumble and error. :)

edit2: ok, got it. :)

edit3: seems to work smoother with the defaults.  As might be expected.  But with large icon setting there's no squinting. (I know you guys under 30 don't know what I'm talking about. You'll get there eventually.)  :)
« Last Edit: December 23, 2012, 10:58:50 AM by MilesAhead »

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Re: Firefox Extensions: Your favorite or most useful
« Reply #509 on: December 23, 2012, 06:51:01 PM »
Link Alert is nice find. Thanks!

Hide Caption Bar gives more browsing room.
https://addons.mozil...n-titlebar-plus-sma/

FT DeepDark has become my fav theme. Not usually too fond about black themes but this one is well done.
https://addons.mozil...ark/?src=userprofile

Similar theme version available for Thunderbird.
Tried them on Manjaro Gnome/Cinnamon with compatibility check off and they did just fine there too!  :Thmbsup:

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Re: Firefox Extensions: Your favorite or most useful
« Reply #510 on: January 06, 2013, 03:43:40 AM »
Couple of addons to manipulate the HTTP referer:

Change Referer Button - let's you easily toggle between no referer, destination site or normal mode.
RefControl - Blacklist/whitelist control for the HTTP referer info.

Collusion before adding:

2013-01-06_19-39-54.pngFirefox Extensions: Your favorite or most useful

After adding and going to the same sites:

2013-01-06_19-59-50.pngFirefox Extensions: Your favorite or most useful

I know which picture I prefer :)

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Re: Firefox Extensions: Your favorite or most useful
« Reply #511 on: January 10, 2013, 10:15:14 AM »
- RightToClick 2.9.4 (Disabled)
   http://nc.ddns.us/Ri...ick/RightToClick.htm
   Allows right clicks, highlighting and more where forbidden by javascript

-I wanted to updated to the new version 2.9.5 via the homepage, because 2.9.5 not yet is ready at Mozilla's, but was met with this very unusual message:

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RightToClick 2.9.5 Homepage
Add-on installation and download: Currently available only between GMT 6 am and 8 am. Please try again at a later time. Now it is past GMT 4 pm

 ;D

but I never get up that early!   :(
« Last Edit: March 12, 2013, 05:41:41 PM by Curt »

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Re: Firefox Extensions: Your favorite or most useful
« Reply #512 on: January 10, 2013, 11:38:40 AM »
I have a couple of times been using Lazarus, but never became a fan of it; too many situations when it didn't save what I wanted it to save, because there was no crash but just me closing the page and changing my mind. Now I have found a better solution for my needs:

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>Textarea Cache :: Add-ons for Firefox<

Save automatically the content in Textarea.

This means that a large amount of text is saved, but there are of course also options for auto-deleting the cache.

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Re: Firefox Extensions: Your favorite or most useful
« Reply #513 on: January 11, 2013, 01:49:08 AM »
@Curt: Yes. I use Textarea Backup, from userscripts.org. Seems to work unfailingly, and well.
There are more scripts there of the same/similar name, but this one has over 58,000 downloads, so has presumably been found to work well by lotsa people.

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Re: Firefox Extensions: Your favorite or most useful
« Reply #514 on: January 11, 2013, 02:25:32 AM »
-but IainB, isn't that just like Lazarus?:

Quote from: Textarea Backup
The stored text is then dropped when its form is submitted.

Anyway, my reason for now using Textarea  Cache is my habit of starting to write, change my mind and go away, change my mind again and come back. In such situation Lazarus didn't help, but Cache does.

Edit: Arhgh, now I see I paid too little attention to the words "when its form is submitted"
Hmm... I might soon test your TB.

Edit2: But no updates for almost 4 years?  :huh:

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Re: Firefox Extensions: Your favorite or most useful
« Reply #515 on: January 11, 2013, 03:29:33 AM »
I have a couple of times been using Lazarus, but never became a fan of it; too many situations when it didn't save what I wanted it to save, because there was no crash but just me closing the page and changing my mind. Now I have found a better solution for my needs:

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>Textarea Cache :: Add-ons for Firefox<

Save automatically the content in Textarea.

This means that a large amount of text is saved, but there are of course also options for auto-deleting the cache.

NOTE! they do say:
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For people who need password protect:
"Lazarus: Form Recovery" is your better choice.

I presume that means that their's is not safe with passwords (?)
Tom

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Re: Firefox Extensions: Your favorite or most useful
« Reply #516 on: January 11, 2013, 04:18:29 AM »
...Edit2: But no updates for almost 4 years?
Yes. Still seems to work fine though. I think I was originally directed to it by a Lifehacker post. It seems to be pretty foolproof and has successfully saved my bacon and my original text in several crashes or interruptions. (Sighs of relief.)
I have also tried Lazarus, but it wasn't so foolproof in Firefox. I still use Lazarus in Chrome/Chromium though, as it seems to work OK in those, but I don't use Chrome/Chromium that much for writing or anything else.

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Re: Firefox Extensions: Your favorite or most useful
« Reply #517 on: January 11, 2013, 06:53:11 AM »
I presume that means that their's is not safe with passwords (?)

It doesn't offer password protection, which suites me fine.

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Re: Firefox Extensions: Your favorite or most useful
« Reply #518 on: January 11, 2013, 09:48:07 AM »
I have a couple of times been using Lazarus, but never became a fan of it; too many situations when it didn't save what I wanted it to save, because there was no crash but just me closing the page and changing my mind.
Curt, I've used Lazarus for years, and as far as I've seen, it copies EVERYTHING you write in Firefox, not just when there are crashes.  That's certainly the way it works for me.  (For example, it just copied my message here, even though all I did was post it.  And I just checked and found that it was copying this addition to my message, even though I haven't yet posted the modified message.)

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Re: Firefox Extensions: Your favorite or most useful
« Reply #519 on: January 11, 2013, 10:47:29 AM »
-maybe I never made the proper settings, because it didn't work for me the way you describe it, Diva. Anyway, I am pleased with TaC.
« Last Edit: January 11, 2013, 10:52:27 AM by Curt, Reason: TaC, not TA »

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Re: Firefox Extensions: Your favorite or most useful
« Reply #520 on: January 11, 2013, 04:34:13 PM »
Hi, Curt.  I can't even find a setting that would affect this, but since you've found something you like, that's all that matters.

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Re: Firefox Extensions: Your favorite or most useful
« Reply #521 on: January 12, 2013, 10:27:50 PM »
After making this comment:
@Curt: Yes. I use Textarea Backup, from userscripts.org. Seems to work unfailingly, and well.
There are more scripts there of the same/similar name, but this one has over 58,000 downloads, so has presumably been found to work well by lotsa people.
- I was reminded to revive/update this thread with a picture of current userscripts that I use: Re: Top Greasemonkey userscripts that you use

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Re: Firefox Extensions: Your favorite or most useful
« Reply #522 on: January 25, 2013, 11:30:10 PM »
Moved to Re: Top Greasemonkey userscripts that you use.
(Thanks to @Tuxman for pointing out my mistuk in his comment below.)
« Last Edit: January 26, 2013, 11:39:04 AM by IainB »

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Re: Firefox Extensions: Your favorite or most useful
« Reply #523 on: January 26, 2013, 07:24:57 AM »
That's not an extension.

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Re: Firefox Extensions: Your favorite or most useful
« Reply #524 on: January 26, 2013, 11:34:22 AM »
My current extensions - Firefox on Windows 7:
Firefox add-ons 2013-01-28.png
« Last Edit: January 27, 2013, 06:50:33 AM by IainB »