10 + 2 Favourite Firefox addons: How does Chrome compare?

With reference to yesterday’s news that Chrome has caught up with Firefox and that they now hold roughly the same market share (both behind Microsoft’s Internet Explorer), I thought I would present the situation for exactly the same functionality, in Chrome, as the one described in my post on 10 + 2 favourite Firefox addons. You may find all the extensions mentioned here, at the Chrome Web Store.

  • HTTPS Everywhere – encrypt the web! This plugin is the result of an initiative by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and it will always attempt to use a secure, encrypted connection to any web page you try to visit, so that third parties cannot eavesdrop (or make it harder for them to do so, anyway). This functionality does not yet exist in Chrome, as such. However, there’s the «HTTPS Enforcer» extension, which comes pretty close. Note from the developer:«Chrome doesn’t yet have the necessary API to make this plugin completely secure as Firefox plugin (https://www.eff.org/https-everywhere). So, plugin doesn’t provide the full security benefits of Firefox HTTPS Everywhere, but I think it would a) provide a clear improvement in security to those who understand the risks, b) make it easy to provide the full security benefits as soon as the necessary APIs have landed. It may also increase the pressure to finish those APIs. By the way, needed APIs currently are experimental, so we can use it in stable version soon. Stay tuned.»
  • Add to Search Bar. Chrome kicks butt in this department, as it automatically saves and imports the functionality of every search engine you use while you’re surfing. No need to install anything!
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    My favourite 10 + 2 Firefox addons, for 2011…

    I’ve tried almost all browsers available, and my favourites are Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. In this post I’ll list the Firefox addons that I consider indispensable, and which are the reason I stick with Firefox, most of the time!

  • HTTPS Everywhere – encrypt the web! This is an initiative by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, to make the web a more secure communication medium. This plugin will always attempt to use a secure, encrypted connection to any web page you try to visit, so that third parties cannot eavesdrop (or make it harder for them to do so, anyway).
  • Add to Search Bar. Very handy plugin, especially in combination with «Organize Search Engines«, of the same developer, as well as with InstantFox. In fact, I would consider «Add to Search Bar» and «Organize Search Engines» as one addon, made of two components. What it does, is that whenever you are on a page with a search box (e.g. an eshop, a dictionary, a forum, whatever), you can right click in the box and add the particular search functionality into your custom search engines.
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    Blog statistics: Browsers & Operating Systems (July 2011)

    This month’s statistics were very interesting… Compare the visitors who took some action on the content (print, email, like, tweet, share, etc) in the first table, against the general trend of visitors, in the second table… You’ll be able to tell a lot about the different mindsets of internet users, based on the software they’re using!

    For example, Apple users seem to be extremely… sociable! Safari, the browser used by default in iOS, accounts for 1.5% of the total traffic, but it has contributed 18.75% of the total social sharing actions! διαβάστε περισσότερα

    Fine-tuning Linux Mint Debian 201012 64-bit

    Updated, November 2011.

    My LMDE desktop
    My LMDE desktop

    Although I thought I had come to terms with the fact that I wanted to use Ubuntu-based Mint, instead of Debian-based Mint, I finally could not resist the temptation of installing Linux Mint Debian 201012. One of the reasons was that a 64-bit version was available for the first time. Another reason was that I had used Mint 10 for over two months, I had finished polishing it, it was pretty stable and… I was getting itchy again!

    In this post, I will focus on how I fine-tuned the installed system, in order to resemble Mint Main Edition, as much as possible. διαβάστε περισσότερα

    WordPress CKEditor with native browser spelling

    If you’re using WordPress for blogging, then you should check out the plugin CKEditor for WordPress. There’s a nice demo of what it looks like

    Regarding spelling, CKEditor has its own spell checker and also SCAYT. However, some bloggers may prefer to use the browser‘s embedded spell checker. For example, I use the «English & Greek» dictionary with Firefox, which really saves time as it checks spelling in two languages at once.

    In order to be able to use the functionality of the embedded spell checker, you need two things: re-enable the embedded spell checker, which is disabled by default after CKEditor’s installation and then re-enable the browser’s original right-click context menu. That’s how you do it: διαβάστε περισσότερα