Posts Tagged ‘greasemonkey’

AntiAdware Blocks Download Wrappers and Adware on Popular Websites

Friday, May 1st, 2015

Sure, you can often avoid download wrappers by simply paying attention and being picky about what sites you download from, but it’s still nice to have a second layer of defense … just in case.

Depending on where you download your software from, you may get nasty surprises in form of adware with it. This is done to increase revenue for the site’s parent company at the expense of users visiting it. Some sites give you options to opt-out of using the site’s custom installer while others don’t.

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Eliminate Facebook Ads in Chrome and Firefox

Tuesday, January 8th, 2013

It might be more correct to say, “Eliminate Most Facebook Ads,” rather than all of them, but this is still a neat trick …

Facebook is what many of us would consider a “necessary evil.” We do not necessarily like it, but we are there because everyone we know is there as well. The service is free, supported by ads, which is fine — after all many free sites, including this one, would likely not be able to continue without those ads.

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YouTube Center Adds All the Missing Features to YouTube

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

I’m not sure how well this will work after YouTube’s upcoming site redesign, but the “Download” feature looks particularly interesting …

There are quite a few things that you cannot do on YouTube due to lack of controls. It is for instance not possible to repeat videos automatically or stop videos from automatically playing if you load it on the video hosting site. Most of the annoyances and missing features on YouTube become available through add-ons or userscripts that you can install in the web browser. Some target a specific feature like the ability to download videos from YouTube, others add a bunch of features to the site.

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Google Cache Browser Lets You Browse a Website in Google’s Cache

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

Back in the dial-up days, this sort of thing used to be pretty common … but apparently cache browsers can still come in handy in the wireless age.

When you search Google you always have the option to open a linked website directly, or to open a cached page of the selected page instead. Opening the cached version may help you if the website that you want to open is not available temporarily or permanently.

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Scriptish – Promises Better Firefox 4 Userscript Support and Performance

Monday, February 28th, 2011

If you use JavaScript with Firefox 4, here’s an interesting alternative to Greasemonkey

Firefox 4 users who want to work with userscripts, small JavaScript programs that change a website’s functionality or add features to it, can install the very popular Greasemonkey extension, or the lesser known Scriptish. Scriptish promises several advantages over Greasemonkey, among them a better performance, upgradable user scripts, introduction of functions that are only supported by google Chrome, new Api features, metadata block headers and regular faster updates.

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Highlight Favorite Domains in Search Results

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

If they could just make this a little bit more user-friendly, it would probably be a pretty cool add-on.

When I search on the Internet in search engines like Google or Bing I tend to favor results from domains that I trust. If I had to chose between a post on Windows7news.com and a Blogger domain I would open the Windows 7 site first since I know it and use it regularly.

Locate Multiple Domains in Search Results is a free userscript that can visualize results from those domains in the Google, Yahoo and Bing search engines.

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Image Search Preview – Userscript to Display Direct Image Previews

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

This looks kind of interesting …

Most image search engines, and image hosting sites for that matter, use thumbnail previews of images that link to the image directly or another web page with the original version of the image. If you use Google Images or Bing Images for instance, you see a list of image results. These results are small thumbnails that lead to the site the images are hosted on. Users who want to download or view the image in its original size need to click multiple times to do so.

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BookInfoLine – Compare Book Prices Online

Friday, November 19th, 2010

I haven’t tried this one myself … but I do buy a lot of books, so maybe I should.

One of the things that you should always do when shopping online is to compare prices. You can use price search engines for that, or manually visit some of your favorite stores and online shopping portals to buy for the best price.

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GoogleMonkeyR Makes Google Search More Comfortable

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

I’m always a little bit leery of third party software like this, but some of them are worth checking out …

Every Google Search user may access search settings to configure some settings, like the number of search results per page or if search results should be opened in a new window, or not.

The options available are limited, and third party developers have created numerous tools to modify Google Search one way or the other.

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How to Add Greasemonkey to Firefox 4

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

If you’ve upgraded to Firefox 4, and noticed that the Greasemonkey extension no longer works, here’s a quick, easy fix …

I recently switched from the stable Firefox 3.6x browser to the beta of Firefox 4, mainly because the beta appeared to be relatively stable at this point in development. Naturally, some of the add-ons that I used to work with were not compatible with Firefox 4, either because the developer did not update the add-on yet or because the development has been abandoned by the developer.

One of the add-ons that I came to rely on in the past is the Greasemonkey extension. Unfortunately it was one of the add-ons not working in Firefox 4.

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