Archive for the ‘Generally Speaking..’ Category

I’ve tested quite a few web browsers in my time and had my favorites (Opera 12 and Flock) and my least favorites (like Internet Explorer and Chrome)  These days I’m using Chrome based browsers, such as Citrio, Yandex and Opera (I always come back) but one thing hasn’t changed much. Browsers keep consuming more and more memory to run.  I don’t see how some people manage with their regular PCs. (I have a custom build with 16GB of RAM and it’s still not nearly enough!) One thing that makes a huge difference is the number of extensions one adds to their browser. Each extension runs memory at all times, whether being actively used or not. I have about 4 ”essential” extensions; LastPass, uBlock, WOT and the Great Suspender. I used to also have Lightshot but I discovered they have a desktop version so now I just use that. I really do hate extensions for how much memory they hog. I’d very much prefer to use bookmarklets for most things. LastPass I wouldn’t mess with and WOT (Web of Trust) wouldn’t work well if it wasn’t integrated but it would be nice to just click a button when I wanted to suspend tabs or block ads. I do use several bookmarklets for several every day tasks; for instance, I’m using a bookmarklet to open a window and write an entry for one of my blogs…this blog entry in fact. I have one bookmarklet for each of my two WordPress blogs. I also have a StartMe bookmarklet; at the click of a button, I can add whatever page I’m on to my StartMe (bookmarking) account which is then viewable on all my browsers. I dug around for a bookmarklet for Raindrop.io that I remembered from when it first came out. I found one that was written for Apple Safari but it works great and I don’t have to waste any resources on it while I’m not using it. I wish the trend would swing back toward bookmarklets and away from extensions.

I reinstalled Opera lately because I was looking for a Chrome alternative. I loved Firefox (still do, and keep an alternative of it around also, called Light web browser) but I find that Chrome has better extensions for the most part and they always work better than their FF counterparts (sorry but they do, and I really am sorry)  However, Opera has its own repository for extensions and a couple of the ones I rely on weren’t there. For instance, The Great Suspender is one of my must haves. Downloading this Opera extension, aptly (if not inventively) named Download Chrome Extension. This allows chrome store extensions to be installed (with a warning dialogue about extensions from an unknown source)

No worries about the warning dialogue. Download whatever you couldn’t find in Opera. It has a reasonable margin for error. For instance, Raindrop.io is another of my must have apps (it keeps all my artwork related links for my graphic design job) and the chrome store version just doesn’t work correctly. To be fair though, it’s kind of wonky in the actual Opera extension as well. I also used Download Chrome Extension to grab Lightshot, a lightweight screenshot extension that is on my must have list also. Works just fine. Back when I was using Evernote (ha!) the chrome extension worked just fine as well. So enjoy!

Install extensions from Chrome Web Store.

Source: Download Chrome Extension extension – Opera add-ons

Can anyone send me an invitation to Dropr please?

Source: Is Dropr free? – Dropr

OneDrive’s generous 15GB storage was one of my favorite things that Microsoft has ever done. Yes, I’m harsh. And now they’ve turned right round, like a record baby, and said, NOPE! The free storage is going down to a paltry 5GB. Shameful business there. As I mentioned on a G+ community,* they could have grandfathered in everyone who previously had an account, changing to the new options for new account users. I’ve had a seriously hateful relationship with MS over the years. The large amount of free storage, along with email aliases, are the ONLY reasons I had an account.  That’s right, I’ve never had a MS account. No hotmail history for this girl!  So they lured me in with all that tasty storagey goodness and for what? So they could yank it all away?

In a nutshell, you will have only three storage plans for OneDrive: 5 GB (free), 50 GB ($2 per month), 1 TB ($10 per month or $100 per year, with Office 365).

The Internet is angry at Microsoft. After promising unlimited storage with the Office 365 subscription, and 15 GB of storage for free users, the company has reneged on its promise. All because some users abused the system.

Source: How to Move OneDrive to Google Drive After Storage Cut

**UPDATE**

I did end up receiving one email (blink and you’ll miss it) that invited me to click a link in order to keep my 15 GB of storage. This was after they took heavy PR hits for yanking it away to begin with. New users will only get 5GB, and if you were a previous user and missed the email, you’ll only have 5GB too.

 

I was on the Opera blog earlier to see if there was anything new of note after the update.  Sadly, no.  I keep hoping, as I’ve been an Opera fangirl from the first 30 seconds I ever used it, way back in Opera 7/8.  After Opera 12, the powers that be decided to ditch everything that made Opera truly unique and be just another Chrome clone and not even that good of one. It took several updates before bookmarks worked, if that doesn’t say it all.  I digress.  So I was on the Opera blog earlier and someone made a comment mentioning Vivaldi.  I thought it was a codename for the next testing version of Opera.  Why I clicked that link, I have no idea, but I discovered that Vivaldi is a new web browser, developed by the original developers of Opera.  That right there just made my DAY! Here’s their mission statement: “We must make a new browser. A browser for ourselves and a browser for our friends. A browser that is fast, but also a browser that is rich in functionality, highly flexible and puts the user first. A browser that is made for you” 

And they aren’t playing around either.  Not only is the browser available for download (expect bugs though, it’s beta) but there is a full fledged community up and running with over 20,000 members already.  I signed up, feeling quite nostalgic as I did so.  Here’s the link for the community (which comes with a blog and webmail too)

Vivaldi.net – Welcome.

I’m off to download the browser and give it a whirl.

Download Yandex.Browser

Posted: January 5, 2015 in Generally Speaking..

So, for a little bit, I’ve been testing a new web browser.  I like my Yandex Mail so much I thought I’d try their web browser.  Download Yandex.Browser  It’s a chrome based browser, much lighter and without Google’s interference.  The extensions come (oddly enough) from the Opera web browser extensions but there is an Opera extension (called “Download Chrome Extension”) that you can install to Yandex Browser that will allow you to then download extensions from the Chrome Web Store.  To begin with though, Yandex.Browser pulled my extensions in from Torch Browser when I first installed it.  My Evernote extension didn’t work properly, so that’s how I ended up downloading the “Download Chrome Extension” and then reinstalling Evernote web clipper from the chrome store.  It’s got a thing called Tableau that opens whenever you open a new tab, where you can see a speed dial, history, extensions and downloads, as well as change background and toggle synching.  The menu button is up in the window bar too, which is nice: one less thing taking up space in the browser.  I’ve been using it as my main browser since I uninstalled Torch, my previous favorite.  Torch updated and the extra plugin features like music/video downloader, torrent downloader, music, games and video apps became impossible to disable.  Torch ended up easily using over a 1GB of RAM at any given time, with no tabs or extensions running.  Yandex only runs that with several extensions and tabs going.  I’m keeping it for a while.

So, I’ve had my Yandex mail account for about 2 years now.  Very very happy with it.  Never a spam in sight and I get a free 10GB storage on the cloud for whatever I want.  So when I started having problems without Outlook.com, I thought perhaps another Russian email account might just be the solution.  Mail.Ru: mail, search the web, news, games.  As to the Outlook.com issues, well, sometimes I don’t get my emails…from newsletters, mostly, ones I use for work.  Even when I’ve added them to safe sender lists, created filters to keep them in the inbox, added them to my contacts..nothing works..and I’m far from the only one with this problem.  MS tech support just goes round and round with the same ”solutions” over and over without actually solving anything.  So, until they get their shit together, I won’t be using them for work, which is a damn shame because other than this issue, Outlook.com is a pretty good product.  As for Mail.ru: it’s another Russian email service, which also has lots of other products with it, like Yandex and Google.  It also gave me a whopping 100GB of free storage.  I’m testing it out now with those same newsletters; if all is a go, this will likely become my new work email address and Outlook.com will go away completely.  One caveat, though.  Use a web browser with a translator built in (or an extension) because Mail.ru is not nearly as English friendly as Yandex.