Posts Tagged ‘Chrome’
Because I hate ugly distracting cruft on websites. :-)
But while creating extensions can be a lot of fun, maintaining them… not so much.
Each time Stylish changes you need to update Hacktheweb to match. Tried that for a few years and… meh. So instead I just used Hacktheweb with the old 188.8.131.52 Stylish.
Also Hacktheweb was created on Firefox and I have moved to Chrome… but the Stylish scripts were usable on both, so I was still using Hacktheweb when I needed a quick and dirty script.
On Chrome the closest extension I could see was Stylebot, but with no easy saving to Stylish and a quirky interface, it was not something I could live with.
So looking around for something simple and safe, I looked at Tampermonkey which seems great but requires a lot of trust… and is probably overkill for my needs.
The Binding Flash of Inspiration:
But I had a revelation… Adblock Plus! Never really considered it after ruling it out a while ago (no widthify, no stylish, and I had hid the ABP button so out of sight out of mind).
But looking at it in this new light (looking for Simple, Quick and Good Enough, rather than Perfect).
I turned the ABP button back on then hid the distracting ‘Shown number of ads blocked’ badge.
In testing ABP, I found it to be a good fit for my requirements; the block element function does 90% of what I wanted. Just getting rid of sidebars was my main aim, the filters are not synced but easily cut and pasted.
As this looked to be a wining solution, it was worth thinking of a way around the ‘Site Not Centred ‘issue, resulting from blocking sidebars…
- Create Stylish scripts to change margin-left to 10%, 20% etc…
- Upload the Scripts to https://userstyles.org/users/98352 so that I can install on all of my browsers.
So on each browser on the ABP Options page, I just paste the filter text into the ‘Your Own Filters’ tab.
Then I go to userstyles.org and install the scripts I need e.g. ‘0sw_MLeft10percentWhite’ and I am done.
The Benefits for me are:
No extra extensions, I am using ABP and Stylish already, so no extra trust needed. Also both extensions are backed by big name developers.
ABP block element is quick and easy to use, as is transferring filters.
Fantastic clean, distraction free, easy reading of my favourite web sites… without having to build and maintain my own extension.
Looks like a plan :-)
Crouton has 171,342 users?… hmm interesting
More interesting still the ratio of Chromebook users to Crouton installers…
1 in 10? then 1,713,420 Chromebooks
1 in a 100? then 17,134,200
This is exactly how I use my HP Pavilion 14.
Chitika, an online advertising network and Yahoo partner, recently concluded a five-month study of Chrome OS and Linux Web usage growth. The company found that the Chrome OS drives 0.2% of desktop Web traffic in North America.
That represents a doubling of Chrome OS traffic in September 2013, when Chitika’s study began. But in the overall scheme of things, Chromebook-generated Web traffic remains insignificant. Chrome OS Web traffic is about a tenth of desktop Linux Web traffic in North America.
To add Xfce to your HP Chromebook you need to go here first.
Now on with the configuring of your new Xfce Desktop… :-)
sudo apt-get install arandr
sudo apt-get install synaptic
Icons > Harmony.
Rendering > enable anti-aliasing: slight, rbg
1. In Chromebook Pop open a shell (Ctrl+Alt+T, type
shell and hit enter).
sudo sh -e ~/Downloads/crouton -t chrome -r raring
Really easy and it works great!
Geek Note: Long term I’m going to use Crouton to install Xfce which uses the chroot command to run Xfce on top of the Chrome OS, which is already based on Linux. Unlike dual-booting, that means you can switch between Chrome OS and Xubuntu with a quick keyboard shortcut, no reboots necessary.[ Edit 20.08.13: This works great:) ]
crouton: Chromium OS Universal Chroot Environment
crouton is a set of scripts that bundle up into an easy-to-use, Chromium OS-centric chroot generator. Currently Ubuntu and Debian are supported (using debootstrap behind the scenes), but “Chromium OS Debian, Ubuntu, and Probably Other Distros Eventually Chroot Environment” doesn’t acronymize as well (crodupodece is admittedly pretty fun to say, though).
Themes: Groklaw, Groklaw_Blue, Woodlands, Woodlands2 and WoodNight.
On Chrome (Version 28.0.1500.63) the Headlines column is too small (1/7) and the News Picks too large (5/7).
Grokporate is Correct so I will switch to it for now. (Headlines column 5/7 and News Picks 2/7).
OS is Xubuntu 13.04.
Screen is a running 1920 x 1080 (24 inch Samsung).
Will log a bug report with Groklaw.