Posts Tagged ‘firefox’
Picture walk through: How to Download the new Adblock Browser Beta (app is hidden from normal users)
The app is hidden from normal users as its a beta.
To download the app you MUST enrol on the Play Store beta program for Adblock Browser as detailed below:
1 – Join the Adblock Plus’ Google+ community page.
2 – Click https://goo.gl/Yv2x5q, (select “Become a Tester” when asked).
This is a shortcut to: https://play.google.com/apps/testing/org.adblockplus.browser
3 – Use the download it on Google Play link in the web page (see previous screenshot).
This opens up the hidden install page, click install and you are done!
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 :-)
The day they killed RSS (Livemarks) on Firefox
Yeah that about sums up my feelings on the matter :-|
Mozilla and Firefox had a great idea with their original implementation of RSS, “Livemarks” but they didn’t build on that success or promote it to users, instead they tried to hide it, and now the latest blow… the emasculation of Livemarks.
Three major changes in Firefox: 1) Live Bookmarks are loaded “on demand,” instead of Firefox checking for new items in the background; 2) Live Bookmarks are handled asynchronously, which prevents Firefox from locking up whenever feed items are stored or accessed; and 3) Live Bookmark items are no longer considered “bookmarks,” speeding up the display of and searches for actual bookmarks. The basic rationale for these changes is presented here by the developer who eventually coded them. The reasons all make perfect sense
So… do the dev’s really hate RSS and are they trying to kill it off completely in the coming Firefox versions?
Well the signs don’t look great…
This Bug was posted on the 20th of June 2012 and still no sign of a fix…
It affects 14, 15, 16, 17 and 18.
So is even this watered down version of RSS going to wither on the vine?
Time will tell but things are not looking good for the future of RSS on Firefox, not good at all :-(
Note: A possible ray of hope:
Marco Bonardo [:mak] 2012-02-27 05:28:13 PST
(In reply to Girish Sharma from comment #105)
> Is there a way to disable this feature?, so as to load the livemarks
> automatically, without the need of going to each livemarks and waiting for
> it to load ?
Until bug 725964 is at least made better, updating livemarks is expensive. We don’t want our users to pay that cost they may not need (thus why the livemark load on access). That said, I’m evaluating making a really simple restartless add-on for users willing to pay that price.