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A simple alternative to Hacktheweb, aardvark, platypus or Tampermonkey.

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Because I hate ugly distracting cruft on websites. :-)


I loved Platypus but moved on to Aardvark when it died, then created Hacktheweb to enable aardvark to save scripts to Stylish (recreating most of the platypus functionality with out the risks).

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 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…

My solution:

  1. Create Stylish scripts to change margin-left to 10%, 20% etc…
  2. Upload the Scripts to 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 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.

The Result:

Fantastic clean, distraction free, easy reading of my favourite web sites… without having to build and maintain my own extension.

Looks like a plan :-)

[07.04.2018] Update:

So 1st, check out the comments for a couple of extensions that others have recommended.

Next, on Windows I’m still using ABP & the block element function, because I trust them and use it as an Adblocker anyway.

Now on the the main point of this update:

I was using Feedly for RSS but I have just moved over to Inoreader and it’s fantastic!

Feedly is great but going pro is way too expensive and the Mobile app is horrible (font size issues).

But the Inoreader app is great on IPhone and IPad. Beautiful, clean simple.

I  have even considering paying for the starter subscription at $15 a year, but don’t think I need to.

  • The dashboard feature may be enough to justify it but that’s looks to be web only…
  • Also I would need the dashboard articles to be in popularity order (doable) but also to act just like normal articles for marking and respecting n and p etc.. So not there yet.

Anyway, the point re Inoreader is that it has a great system for displaying varying degrees of the clean text RSS feed as an article. Short article is default, but then pull up for extended and pull down for browser view.

Very very good, well thought out and easy to read. Inoreader works on Windows at work, IPhone out and about, and IPad at home… Yes we have a winner!


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July 21, 2015 at 3:09 pm

Feedly Power User Setup – Two Keys to Anywhere – Using Index and Goto

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Want to see whats new (per feed, not per category), and to be able to jump to it fast?

Here’s how:

Use Index (gh) to see what’s unread and (gg) to search and jump to a feed.

f | Index - Google Chrome_032

(gg) then type to narrow your search.

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Set everything to Title View.

f | Ars Technica - Google Chrome_031

Increase the Zoom in chrome until you lose the left feeds menu and it gets replace with a hover over control.

Install “Force Background Tab” from Yuchen Wang from here: .

This lets you scan through your items fast using keyboard shortcuts:

n and p (next) and (previous) to work down the list.

o to (open) the summary of an item.

v to (view) in a new tab (forcing it to open in the background is a huge time saver).

r to reload.


New keyboard shortcuts: View original in *background* tab, Preview

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March 22, 2013 at 7:46 pm

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Note: Feedly Secret Shortcuts

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gh brings up Index!

Really useful as I go back to Index each time I have scanned through a feed.

f | Softpedia - Google Chrome_025

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March 22, 2013 at 7:11 pm

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Feedly Is A Revelation! – Feedly in 5 minutes – A Quick Intro And How To

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Google actually did me a favour with the brouhaha over its closure of Google Reader…it introduced me to Feedly.

Feedly is a revelation, somewhat like the first time you use Gmail, this is a fantastic RSS reader, really fantastic.

It is a big change to the way I normally consume RSS content, something more like a constantly updating newspaper… but not really, because it is its own thing.

And you have fantastic opportunities for customisation, and you can use it in various different ways depending on how much time you have.

How have I missed this for so long?!?

Quick Instructions on the use and set-up of Feedly.

Diving straight in, this is what Feedly looks like once I was finished messing about learning how things worked.

Today: Magazine View

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Main: Magazine View

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Feed (Softpedia): Titles View

Below is a Titles View zoomed in – Use the n (next) and p (previous) keys to read each atticle and r to refresh.

Keyboard Shortcuts Help is Shift+?.  A hidden shortcut that works is Shift+s for sharing/liking.

f | Softpedia - Google Chrome_025

Use the keyboard shortcut gg:

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Now start typing for where you want to go.

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Below is the view you see if you have zoomed in, the controls are hidden on the left.

On my smaller work screens this is a good view…

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The next view shows the Organise popup.

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Feed Set-up – Open Directly

Here is a feed (BBC News) which is part of the group called “Main”, clicking the cog icon allows you to set “Open Directly”

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Feed Set-up – Edit

Clicking the “edit” button to the right of the title, allows you to set “Must Read”.

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Feed Set-up – Add/Search

Search icon  on the right

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You can search or copy and paste RSS feeds or url’s in here…

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Scroll down for a lot more. Here I could ‘add all’ to the Photograph stuff… or keep on searching.

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Once you have a few feeds you can now organise them into groups…

Note that you can move items between groups (by drag and drop ), but you cannot order items in the group, this took me some getting used to, but it makes sense when you see how Feedly works.

You can order the way groups are shown, just move them around until you are happy.

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Before: Main, Tech, Linux, Bored.

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Moving Tech.

f | Organize - Google Chrome_010

Now: Main, Linux, Tech,  Bored.


f | Preferences - Google Chrome_016

Views: Magazine

f | Main - Google Chrome_011

Views: Titles

f | Main - Google Chrome_012

Views: Mosaic

f | Main - Google Chrome_013

Views: Cards

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Views: Full Article

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When I have a lot of articles to read I kick the zoom up and just remove all the controls from my view.

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I set-up a dedicated Google Account just for Feedly, this is to be used at home (Linux), at work (Windows) and on my phone (Android).

The thinking here was that I don’t want to compromise the security of my main account by using it to sign in at a work machine just to use Feedly.

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I was previously using “RSS Live Links” as my RSS reader, so I first exported to an OPML file.

Next I imported to Google Reader.

Finally Feedly synch’s with Google Reader.

Google Reader (708) - Google Chrome_022

Feedly Chrome Log in:

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Feedly Chrome, (There is a Feedly Plus but I don’t need the Icon in the tool-bar).

You will need to have a Google Account to install Feedly.

Chrome Web Store - Feedly - Your News, RSS, Google Reader - Google Chrome_020

Connecting Feedly to Google Reader.

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Lifehacker poll: Five Best Google Reader Alternatives

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March 15, 2013 at 10:10 pm