Uninstall

I’ve decided the time has come to say goodbye to a couple more of my Firefox extensions. And I have to say, I’m not really going to miss them.

The first was “coComment”:http://www.cocomment.com/. I’ve been using this one for a while now to track comments I’ve left on other blogs. But the trouble is that the service has been terribly unreliable. Sure, it’s logged every comment I’ve left since I started using it, but then it only updates the ongoing discussions very infrequently. This then forces me to follow-up on a conversation by clicking through from my coComments page, which seems to pretty much invalidate the whole point of using coComment in the first place. But, I’ve been living with this draw-back for a while now; it was something I’d decided I could live with (coComment is, after all, still in beta). The straw that broke the camel’s back came when I noticed this morning that coComment was suddenly trying to track all of my _forum_ discussions, as well (something which, on a couple of boards, it will never be able to do since it requires a username and password to access). And there’s no way (that _I_ could find) to disable this feature. I just decided that, with this, enough’s enough; it’s time to put this one away and move on to other things. Maybe one day someone will actually develop a comment tracker that does everything I want it to do (and more) and lets me have a higher degree of control over what it tracks.

The second extension I “fired” was for “Trailfire”:http://trailfire.com/. I’d given it a whirl on the recommendation of a friend. What Trailfire does is allows a user to 1) create a logical trail on the Internet of related websites, and 2) see and follow the trails of other Trailfire users. Interesting concept. I’ve just had absolutely zero use for it. So, it had to go away.

I love my Firefox extensions. There are a lot of good ones out there that turn Firefox into a fierce little web surfing beast. It’s just that, sometimes, some of them have to be sent west.

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  1. Jim, I ditched coComment a while back too. In addition to the issues you noted I found that it was slowing down loading of pages when I was browsing. Pages would hang up and I’d see “Waiting on cocomment.com” or some such notice in the lower left of FF. Ditched the plugin and the problem went away.

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