FoxClocks (4.2.1) – Mozilla FireFox Add-on Review

February 6, 2016

FoxClocks (4.2.1)

A. Ease Of Use: 4/5 – This add-on does take some exploration. But once it is setup the way you want it. You can pretty much leave it alone and your good to go.

B. Security: N/A – No security risk at all

C. Usefulness: 5/5 – Super useful, I found it keeps me aware of the world around me. And all of it’s different time zones.

D. FireFox Slowdown: None

E. Computer Slow Down: None

F. What Type Of User Would I Recommend To Use This Add-On: Any level of Firefox user could benefit from this add-on. That goes double for anyone dealing with friends or family in any number of different time zones.

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Download Link: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/foxclocks/

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Kirbe


ImTranslator (8.36) – Mozilla FireFox Add-on Review

February 6, 2016

ImTranslator (8.36)

A. Ease Of Use: 4/5 – A very easy and straight forward add-on, but there are still some settings that can get a bit tedious to newer Firefox users.

B. Security: Not Applicable To This Add-on

C. Usefulness: 4/5 – Both my life as a member of the (CSW) team and my life on the net would be a lot harder without this add-on. If you ever wondered how to say something in another language, or even if you just ran into a site and or blog that is not in your own native tongue / language.

D. FireFox Slowdown: At times this add-on can really slow down your browser.

E. Computer Slow Down: PC slowdown can occur on the very rare occasion. Often it will occur when you leave this add-on by accident with in your FireFox browser Window, or if you have been in a FireFox session for quite a while. And then you decide you want to translate a large swath of text.

F. Type Of User I Would Recommend To Use This Add-on: Any level of Firefox user could benefit from this add-on.

Very Important Firefox Add-on Compatibility Note: The add-on NoScript (NoScript Review Link) will cause this add-on to crash or not work at all. You will need to add  imtranslator.net to your NoScript White list, which can be found in your Firefox add-ons. Go to the NoScript add-on. Highlight it, then go to options. Go to second tab called whitelist then add imtranslator.net. Then press Allow, and you can then close Firefox, and re-load it. Then everything should be all good.

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Firefox Add-on Download Link: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/imtranslator/

Alternate Google Translator Site Link: http://translate.google.com/

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Kirbe


X-notifier (3.5.19) – Mozilla FireFox Add-on Review

February 4, 2016

X-notifier (3.5.19)

A. Ease Of Use: 5/5 – Very easy to setup multiple e-mail accounts. On any of several different free mail services. Such as Outlook, AOL, Yahoo, Gmail and many many more.

B. Security: (Very Un-secure) – It gives you a by-pass of all your passwords and usernames. Not recommended for shared and or public computers or for high security e-mail accounts. (I would also avoid any Wi-Fi hotspots as well.)

BB. Other Important Security Information:  Just remember your E-mail account passwords and usernames are view-able in the FireFox Options. Under SecuritySaved Passwords

C. Usefulness: 3/5 – If you are lazy like me or just have a really bad memory go for it. Just remember. You are at an SEVERELY ELEVATED risk of your e-mail account(s) being hacked and or hijacked. Due to how easy it is to find and copy your usernames and passwords.

D. FireFox Slowdown: Very minimal for most computers

E. Computer Slow Down: None

F. Type Of User I Would Recommend To Use This Add-on: I would only recommend this add-on for people who are unable to use e-mail without assistance.

**If you are good with the Internet and free e-mail accounts such as Outlook, Gmail, Yahoo and have a good memory. Please try to avoid this potentially massive security risk to your e-mail security and any sensitive data stored there-in.

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Download Link: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/xnotifier/?src=ss

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NoScript (2.9.0.3) – Mozilla FireFox Add-on Review

February 4, 2016

NoScript (2.9.0.3)

A. Ease Of Use: 3/5 – Not as easy as it should be.

Often people just end up getting very frustrated with this add-on. Which often results in the person deactivating and or un-installing this add-on. But for the people who stick around long enough. End up having a very powerful tool to help stem the tide of pop-ups , banner ads and other Internet annoyances.

B. Security: 4/5 – NoScript is very helpful in securing your computer from a lot of seen and unseen Internet threats. All across the net during your day to day activities. This add-on will not impede your security. Instead it will boost it greatly, If used correctly.

C. Usefulness: 5/5 – NoScript has enhanced my life on the net. By giving me more options to control my day to day Internet experience.

D. FireFox Slowdown: There is some lag (But will vary based on computer stats and your Internet connection)

E. Computer Slow Down: Some minor lag on older computers.

F. Type Of User I Would Recommend To Use This Add-on: A more advanced Firefox user, would find this add-on way more useful. Then a novice.

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Download Link: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/noscript/

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Kirbe


Ghostery (5.4.10) – Mozilla FireFox Add-on Review

February 3, 2016

Ghostery (5.4.10)

A. Ease Of Use: 3.5/5 – Fairly easy to setup (But fairly difficult to understand what this add-on actually does). Just select what you want blocked. By checking off the box or boxes you want and your good to go.

B. Security: 4.5/5 – Ideally this add-on can pretty much cover all the Internet browsing protection you will need. (If setup correctly and paired with NoScript Firefox add-on.)

C. Usefulness: 5/5 – Ghostery sees the “invisible” web, detecting trackers, web bugs, pixels, and beacons placed on web pages by Facebook, Google Analytics, and over 600 other ad networks, behavioural data providers, web publishers – all companies interested in your activity.

D. FireFox Slowdown: Depends on the web page. But generally there is some mild to heavy lag (But will vary based on computer and Internet connection)

E. Computer Slow Down: No lag that I noticed. But FireFox does seem to use more memory faster. When Ghostery is active and in use.

F. Type Of User I Would Recommend To Use This Add-on: A more advanced Firefox user would find this add-on way more useful. Then a novice no doubt about that.

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Download Link: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/ghostery/?src=ss

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Adblock Plus (2.7) – Mozilla FireFox Add-on Review

February 2, 2016

Adblock Plus (2.7)

A. Ease Of Use: 5/5 – Super easy to use

B. Security: 4.5/5 – Adblock Plus is really good at what it does. Which is block a large number or ads. From banners to pop-up ads and nag screen while surfing the net using this add-on. I was shocked at how many I was running into before I installed and activated this add-on. I would have to say you mix this with the add-on NoScript and you basically have an almost perfect storm. In combating most of your Internet woes and annoyances. When it comes to most forms of Internet ads.

It’s not perfect.  It will not protect you from all forms of Internet ads. Nor will it completely protect you from pop-up ads or viruses. And lastly in the extremely rare cases it may cause some websites not to properly load. Such as survey sites and some download sites. But again that is extremely rare. But I wanted to mention it, as it can occur.

C. Usefulness: 5/5 – I’ll keep this simple. Once you go with Adblock Plus. You won’t want to go back surfing the net without it installed and active.

D. FireFox Slowdown: There maybe some website that may load at a slower pace or you may encounter “Very brief pauses while the ads are being blocked and or  deflected.

E. Computer Slow Down: No lag, that I noticed.

F. Type Of User I Would Recommend To Use This Add-on: I would advise any Firefox user annoyed with any type of Internet ad. To just give this add-on 1 full Firefox Internet surfing session and I can bet you won’t be disappointed.

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Download Link: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/adblock-plus/

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Danny


What is “DDR SDRAM” ?

February 2, 2016

DDR SDRAM (Double data rate synchronous dynamic random-access memory) – A class of memory integrated circuits used in computers. DDR SDRAM, also called DDR1 SDRAM, has been superseded by DDR2 SDRAM, DDR3 SDRAM and DDR4 SDRAM. None of its successors are forward or backward compatible with DDR1 SDRAM, meaning DDR2, DDR3, and DDR4 memory modules will not work in DDR1-equipped motherboards, and vice versa.

Compared to single data rate (SDR) SDRAM, the DDR SDRAM interface makes higher transfer rates possible by more strict control of the timing of the electrical data and clock signals. Implementations often have to use schemes such as phase-locked loops and self-calibration to reach the required timing accuracy. The interface uses double pumping (transferring data on both the rising and falling edges of the clock signal) to lower the clock frequency. One advantage of keeping the clock frequency down is that it reduces the signal integrity requirements on the circuit board connecting the memory to the controller. The name “double data rate” refers to the fact that a DDR SDRAM with a certain clock frequency achieves nearly twice the bandwidth of a SDR SDRAM running at the same clock frequency, due to this double pumping.

With data being transferred 64 bits at a time, DDR SDRAM gives a transfer rate of (memory bus clock rate) × 2 (for dual rate) × 64 (number of bits transferred) / 8 (number of bits/byte). Thus, with a bus frequency of 100 MHz, DDR SDRAM gives a maximum transfer rate of 1600 MB/s.

“Beginning in 1996 and concluding in June 2000, JEDEC developed the DDR (Double Data Rate) SDRAM specification (JESD79).” JEDEC has set standards for data rates of DDR SDRAM, divided into two parts. The first specification is for memory chips, and the second is for memory modules.

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Source: Wikipedia


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