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After testing Chromium / Chrome I never really switched back to Firefox. Still I keep discovering new cool or useful plugins for it.

Turn off the lights is just fading out everything but the video on pages like youtube. It reduces distractions to the eye and gives it a little more cinematic look. Since youtube supports high definition, why not enjoy a little?

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Scene from Asylum by Disturbed.

A more practical extension is the iReader. A feature that actually was implemented in recent versions of Safari. The extension pops up a window on any webpage with proper markup if you read an entry on a blog or news site to make the reading experience better.

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Below you see the options and how you can customise the appearance of iReader, like how much the background fades, which hotkey starts it, which font and so on. If you like me read a LOT on the net, on sites you don’t have in your feedreader, it’s really worth it!

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Testing Chromium for real: day 3

Day 3:

I’m at the point where I don’t want to go back. It works and it works well. I have not found major flaws that would make me switch back to Firefox. The primitive bookmark management is under development and I’m not finished looking for plugins to support it better (especially tags). I like the concept of the unibar, the merge of address and search field. Okay, it’s not that great, but it’s very comfortable to use and as far as I know it will be in Firefox 4.0 too.

Plugins / Extensions:

A plugin I do not need with Chromium is Tabs open relative. Chromium automatically opens links from a tab right to it and not at the end of the line.

  • ixquick for the unibar search engine (check out the extensive post about ixquick at
  • RSS-Feeder is a little Extension that shows a little RSS-icon in the address bar if feeds are available. As I use LiFeRea (Linux Feed Reader) as a desktop feed reader, that’s just the simplicity I need.
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Testing Chromium for real: day 2

Day 2:

I really started missing advanced features for managing my bookmarks, so I started looking for some plugins, helping me with this. Turns out I need more RAM. Chromium is incredibly fast, but with many tabs a freaking resource killer, at least more RAM consuming than Firefox.

Plugins / Extensions:

A great thing I have not mentioned yet, is that the extensions work on the fly. You don’t have to restart your browser to make them work if you just installed them.

  • Chrome SEO Sear Engine Optimisation tool that give you a quick overview over a sites indexed pages, pagerank and backlinks
  • Novell Moonlight a Silverlight implementation that just kept crashing on me. I’ve found some forums where similar problems on ubuntu appear, but I’ve been to lazy so far.

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Testing Chromium for real: day 1

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Day 1:

I’ve only played around a bit with Chrome and Chromium so far, so I wanted a closer look at the browser. I always did miss things that I had in Firefox, but as I like to give new things a chance (and can’t stand no changes :D) I managed to dig up some plugins so Chromium would fit my needs. So let’s see how it compares to Firefox.

First impressions:

  • It’s pretty fast
  • changed the window decoration so it is rendered by Gnome instead of Chromium
  • pumped it with extensions
  • Some userscripts not working correctly, would like greasemetal for Linux right now

Plugins / Extensions:

Luckily the Chrome plugins work in Chromium like a charm:

  • Chromed Bird twitter client
  • Greasy Thug modify pages with java script
  • Popchrom paste predefined snippets from shortcuts (like: ilu CTRL+ENTER becomes: I love you my dearest sweet heart and I am so much looking forward to see you again)
  • Too Many Tabs so you don’t get lost in too many tabs icon wink Testing Chromium for real: day 1
  • Webpage Screenshot screenshot whole websites locally
  • Web Developer very valuable plugin for webdesign and development


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