Category Archives: Firefox

100 Days to Privacy Online: Day 8 – Chrome vs. Firefox and Decentraleyes

It is important to note that the various plugins recommended in this series may be available for Chrome, but are most certainly available for Firefox.

Why don’t you like Chrome?

Since this series is about privacy it in some ways disqualifies Chrome as being considered. It has a spotty (at best) history of decoupling itself from Google as a whole. Even recently it has made questionable choices. You may have better luck with the Open Source version of Chrome, called Chromium.

Decentraleyes Plugin

Decentraleyes is a plugin that works with your current ad-blocker to stop 3rd party content delivery networks. This helps protect you privacy since many developers use these often free services to save time and money. But in exchange for having these services interwoven into their own sites. Decentraleyes has local versions of many of the files these sites use to load them instead of allowing them access. Insuring that it will not break the site you are trying to load.

From site:

Websites have increasingly begun to rely much more on large third-parties for content delivery. Canceling requests for ads or trackers is usually without issue, however blocking actual content, not unexpectedly, breaks pages. The aim of this add-on is to cut-out the middleman by providing lightning speed delivery of local (bundled) files to improve online privacy.

Add Decentraleyes to Your Browser

Speeding Up Your Linux Desktop

Speeding Up LinuxFor some time I have been using Ubuntu as my desktop distribution.  Recently even though my computer is quite powerful I have run into issues of slow going. The first thing I did was change to using Google Chrome for my daily browsing and Firefox as my backup browser for certain things.  This has helped the issue greatly by just using Chrome and closing Firefox on occasion and restarting it when slowness occurs.  Yet the speed still was not there as it use to be for me.  So I made a simple but effective change to my desktop environment.  I switched from Gnome to IceWM which has made all the difference in the world. Gone are the nifty yet resource intensive Compiz trickery replaced by pure simplistic beauty.  Reminding me more of the basic X Windows days when all you needed was a terminal and your favorite shell. It seems in an effort to appease the Windows types the Linux sect has made their desktops bloated just like what they were trying to avoid doing.  I only use a small handful of things throughout my day.

  • Browser
  • XTerm
  • gedit (or similar text editor)
  • pidgin (for IM)

That is about it.  I sometimes might open GIMP to edit an image or something to manage images when I upload them.  But this is not a daily occurrence. For work I now use Google Apps which includes Google Docs so there is not even a need to use OpenOffice or a PDF viewer for that matter.  It’s a minimal new world and I am just fine with that.

What Chrome is Lacking

Google ChromeI use Linux (Ubuntu) as my desktop and have used some flavor of Linux as my desktop for many years now. Most of this time I have used Firefox as my main browser. Recently I have started using Chrome as well as a secondary browser in order to see if I like it more. There are a few things that I like about Chrome more than Firefox. Chrome seems to hog less memory and not hang as much when a lot of tabs are open. Which is a big plus for me since I always end up with many tabs open. Being that I use Google Apps for a lot of things it helps to have a browser that does not come to a crawl after half a day of using it heavily. Now for the things I do not like (yet) about Chrome.

  • The Firefox Delicious plugin is very nice and integrated. Chrome equivalents are just prettied up basic bookmarker.
  • The strange download manager
  • Flash player crashing on regular basis (for Linux at least)
  • Strange formatting of some sites including GMail and other Google Apps sites

For the most part I see myself using Chrome more often and if I could get the same sort of Delicious plugin as Firefox has I would be much more likely to use it exclusively. Although I have read that the next version of Firefox is suppose to fill the gap Chrome is creating.

We shall see. . .