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Picture walk through: How to Download the new Adblock Browser Beta (app is hidden from normal users)

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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

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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!

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August 21, 2015 at 6:35 pm

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

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

History:

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 1.4.1.1 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 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.

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 :-)

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July 21, 2015 at 3:09 pm

The Best Chrome Extensions For An Ex Firefox User (9 month later)

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Extensions:

Adblock Plus  1.5.4

Blocks all annoying ads on the web: video ads on YouTube, Facebook ads, banners and much more. Visit website

Close tab on context menu 0.2

A simple extension that add a ‘close tab’ context menu entry. Visit website

Create Link  0.2.9

Copy current page URL to clipboard in various formats. Visit website

Double Click Closes Tab 1.0.9

Double left/right or triple left clicks on WEBPAGE (not tab) to close tab. Reopen tab by shiftKey + DC/TC. Visit website

Force Background Tab 2.0.4

Force New Tab Running In Background Visit website

Netflix Rate 1.3.18

Add IMDB and Rotten Tomato ratings to the Netflix webpage. Visit website

PageZipper 1.3
A free bookmarklet which automatically merges all the ‘Next’ pages into one page Visit website

Pocket (formerly Read It Later) 1.5.6
Pocket Extension for Google Chrome – The best way to save articles, videos and more Visit website

Readability Redux 1.3.4

Readability for Chrome. Now fully customizable! Visit website

Scroll To Top Button 6.2.4

Adds a scroll to top or bottom button. Visit website

Stylebot 2.1

Change the appearance of websites instantly. Visit website

I use this to generate CSS code then create a style at http://userstyles.org/users/98352 for use in Stylish 1.2

I find Stylebots use of a form and click’n’pick selection easy to use, but prefer saving to Stylish.

Main thing you have to change in the CSS is adding “!important” to things.

Stylish 1.0

Restyle the web with Stylish, a user styles manager. Stylish lets you easily install themes and skins for Google, Facebook, YouTube, Orkut, and many, many other sites. Visit website

The best :-) see http://userstyles.org/users/98352.

Having the styles on the web makes it easy to add then on any Chrome browser, at home or work.

URL Pinner 0.6.15
Auto pin your websites via URL and keep them sorted! Visit website

Set “RegExmode” to “.*” then all tabs are pinned.

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Notes:

RSS: I now use Feedly via the web, no need for an extension.

Font Size: Chrome’s Built In Page Zoom and Minimum Font Size mean that there is no need for an extension.

Not perfect but with the occasional Stylish hack, workable.

Notes: The Best Chrome Extensions For An Ex Firefox User.

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Note that this post has been updated here.

Extensions:

Adblock Plus 1.3.1

Blocks all annoying ads on the web: video ads on YouTube, Facebook ads, banners and much more. Visit website

Chrome Downloads Button 0.0.1

Provides quick icon access to your Chrome downloads. Visit website

Chrome History Button 0.0.1

Provides quick icon access to your Chrome history. Visit website

Chrome Options Button 0.0.1

Provides quick icon access to your Chrome options or settings. Visit website

Close tab on context menu 0.2

A simple extension that add a ‘close tab’ context menu entry. Visit website

Create Link 0.1.1

Copy current page URL to clipboard in various formats. Visit website

Double Click Closes Tab 1.0.6

Close tab by double. Optional: an icon to either duplicate or close current tab; disable closing the last tab of the last window. Visit website

Evernote Web Clipper 5.9.1

Use the Evernote extension to save things you see on the web into your Evernote account. It even lets you search through your notes. Visit website

Font Size Decrease 1.0.0.8

With one click on the button the font size on the current page will decrease. Visit website

Font Size Increase 1.0.0.8

With one click on the button the font size on the current page will increase. Visit website

Forecastfox 2.0.10

Get international weather forecasts with this highly customizable extension Visit website

Go Extensions 0.1

Quick access to the Extensions Control Panel directly from the toolbar Visit website

Pocket (formerly Read It Later) 1.1.3

Pocket Extension for Google Chrome – The best way to save articles, videos and more Visit website

Readability Redux 1.3.4

Readability for Chrome. Now fully customizable! Visit website

RSS Live Links 1.9.0.0

Your RSS/Atom feeds as bookmarks and a whole lot more Visit website

This is fantastic as it lets you:

  • Adds different RSS feeds in a drop-down list and click to see the RSS Articles.
  • Checks the articles every x mins (I have mine set to 10 mins).
  • Killer feature: Hover over an item for a Tool-tip showing the first few lines of the article.

RSS Subscription Extension (by Google) 2.2.0
Adds one-click subscription to your toolbar. Visit website

Scroll To Top Button 6.1.9

Adds a scroll to top or bottom button. Visit website

Sidewise Tree Style Tabs 2012.11.23.0

A dockable sidebar for Chrome featuring vertical Tree Style Tabs, Tab Hibernation, and much more. Visit website

Stylebot 1.7.3.1

Adapt the web’s appearance Visit website

Stylish 1.0

Restyle the web with Stylish, a user styles manager. Stylish lets you easily install themes and skins for Google, Facebook, YouTube, Orkut, and many, many other sites. Visit website

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Updated 24.8.2013: Simplified things and just go to the built in settings page instead of using extensions.

Notes: Chrome’s Built In Page Zoom and Minimum Font Size – No Need For An Extension? Probably.

Goodbye Firefox Its Been Fun, Hello Chrome My Cool New Friend.

Time to move on: Moving from mainly using Firefox to mainly using Chrome.

Reasons and Rationalisations:

Google:

I use a lot of Google services and I own a lot of Google devices.

Security is top notch and updates are pushed out fast, but in a way that does not bug users.

Chrome is now mature enough that I can find equivalent extensions to those in Firefox.

e.g. I have found an extension “Sidewise Tree Style Tab” that allows me to have usable vertical tab stacking.

Chrome is developing a technical lead and will be developed at quite a fast pace for the foreseeable future.

Chrome updating does not break extensions.

Although I don’t trust Google as much as I do Mozilla (banking will still be a Firefox activity), I still trust them a lot.

Mozilla:

Mozilla’s treatment of the RSS LiveBookMarks feature was for me a turning point, instead of updating the feature, it was largely emasculated.

And in point of fact the Chrome extension, RSS Live Links, looks to be a better long term proposition than my favourite Firefox extension Boox, :-( go figure.

A New World:

So here we go a whole new world to get used to :-o

This should be fun :-)

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The next few articles will note any useful tips on using and configuring Chrome.

I will back link them all here to make it easer for anyone making the same journey.

Notes: The Best Chrome Extensions For An Ex Firefox User.

Notes: Chrome’s Built In Page Zoom and Minimum Font Size – No Need For An Extension? Probably.

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November 30, 2012 at 8:44 pm

Firefox Note: Tab Utilities 1.2 Not Compatible with FF17 Substitute

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November 25, 2012 at 11:09 am

MOZILLA Y U HATE RSS?!?

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The day they killed RSS (Livemarks) on Firefox

MOZILLA Y U HATE RSS?!?

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.

Bug 613588 – (livemarksIO) Replace livemarks with asynchronous load-on-demand 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

[here].

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.

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September 3, 2012 at 8:15 pm

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