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Category: Browsers

Tour de france theme updated

Few years back , six to be precise, I was fascinated about chrome and its features so much that I created a chrome theme for tour de france. Now, I don’t use chrome, except for testing purposes. Safari rocks my life these days 🙂

That said, I was pretty surprised that my theme had 500 weekly users as on date. I was mind blown by the audience that the theme receives after 6 years of dormancy. Given the Tour de France season now, I thought I will give it some love. I did a minor update to the theme. Given the friendly chrome developer I am 😛 , I wanted to ensure that the chrome web store policies and  other conditions are met. I made some minor tweaks to the theme and updated the screenshots.

Unfortunately, due to lack of time, this theme isn’t retina optimized yet. Yeah kinda non starter, right? If you are one of them. Sorry! The minor update was not so minor when you consider that I spent 3 hours fixing things to adhere to chrome web store standards. But optimizing is a time consuming enough that I could work on creating a new theme than change this one. May be I will get to that later one of these days.  The theme still great for the tour de France season. Until the next big update, please try out the theme and let me know how it works for you.

Get the updated chrome theme from the chrome webstore here.

Mozilla plans to sell ads in firefox

This is interesting, especially for someone like me who uses Firefox 90% of the time. People won’t mind ads in Firefox if Mozilla is transparent about its implementation. Mozila needs to empower the user to turn these ads on/off. They need to explicitly disclose what data is being collected and shared with advertisers. You can read more about Mozilla’s thoughts on this here.

For now, it’s too early to conclude if they are becoming greedy. Lets wait and watch.

Why I switched from Google Chrome

A very elaborate post on why Federico Viticci is moving away from chrome and how Safari stacks in comparison to Chrome on Mac OS and iOS.I share some of the reasons myself for the switch to Firefox. To be true I was a fan of chrome ever since it launched till end of last year when I made the switch from Google Chrome to Firefox and have never gone back to chrome. Personally I feel Chrome has accrued a lot of cruft to the codebase to an extent it feels unbearably bloated on my mediocre yet loyal(nearing 5years ;)) office laptop. That said they have been innovating and been putting the users on the bleeding edge of technology none the less. But it just doesnt cut enough for me these days, there are lot of unwanted features and mostly the compromise of privacy that adds to the distaste. Since windows doesnt have a safari build anymore, I am sticking with the next best open alternative Firefox. The mobile browser had always been safari and will remain safari ever.

If you are looking for motivations to make the switch just watch this video. It just cant get any better.