Friday, July 27, 2012

Bringing back the favicon on Firefox 14

On its way to chromify Firefox, Mozilla removed the favicon from the URL bar on Firefox 14. I agree with their reason, saying that one could use the favicon to emulate the secure connection padlock, but in my opinion it should be disabled by default, being optional to bring it back. Not all Firefox users are newbies or morons.

Fortunately, a guy called jooliaan published an addon to bring the favicon back to the URL bar, and it works just like it should. The addon is called Favicon Restorer, and I highly recommend it.

The way it goes, Mozilla is killing Firefox version after version. We love Firefox for what it is; if we wanted something that looks like Chrome, we would just use Chrome. Wake up, Mozilla.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

A trick to auto hide Chrome download bar

If you make a quick search, you’ll find how many people are annoyed by Chrome’s download bar, which doesn’t hide itself automatically, and requires you to manually hit the “X” button. There is no way to automate this through the extensions API, nor the browser gives you any option.

However, I found a simple trick to close the download bar, and it’s so simple that it’s hard to imagine how no one had this idea before – I didn’t see it anywhere, by the way. Not exactly automatic, but it’s better than click that “X” button.

Here’s how: you’ll have to use two shortcut keystrokes. The first one is Ctrl+J, which opens the download tab. The silver bullet is that this download tab displays the download progress, thus automatically closing the download bar. Then, once you have the download tab opened, just hit Ctrl+W, which closes the current tab, and it’s done.

So, by hitting Ctrl+J and Ctrl+W in succession, you’ll be free from clicking the “X” button on the download bar.