A few notes about Opera and Vivaldi

These are a few notes about Opera and Vivaldi web browser’s when compared to Firefox, after using both for a week.

The good

  • sleek interface (both but I became more fond of Opera in this regard)
  • functionality (both)
  • some sort of adblocker included (both)
  • integrated VPN in Opera (although I have mixed feelings about this, since it’s proprietary as far as I can tell)

The bad

  • resource usage bigger than Firefox in my system (both)
  • slower than Firefox, using default configs (both)
  • proprietary (both)

The following specs were used when testing both browsers:

System:    Kernel: 5.2.9-lqx1-1-lqx x86_64 bits: 64 Desktop: Xfce 4.14.1git-23545d Distro: Manjaro Linux 

Machine:   Type: Laptop System: LENOVO product: 80XV v: Lenovo ideapad 320-15AST

           Mobo: LENOVO model: LNVNB161216 v: SDK0J40700WIN

CPU:       Dual Core: AMD A9-9420 RADEON R5 5 COMPUTE CORES 2C+3G

Graphics:  Device-1: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD/ATI] Stoney [Radeon R2/R3/R4/R5 Graphics] driver: amdgpu v: kernel 

           Device-2: AMD Topaz XT [Radeon R7 M260/M265 / M340/M360 / M440/M445] driver: amdgpu v: kernel 

           Display: x11 server: X.Org 1.20.5 driver: amdgpu unloaded: modesetting resolution: 1366x768~60Hz 

           OpenGL: renderer: AMD STONEY (DRM 3.32.0 5.2.9-lqx1-1-lqx LLVM 8.0.1) v: 4.5 Mesa 19.1.4


Must have extensions for Firefox

I’ve been a Firefox user since version 1.0, and the Mozilla Suite before that. Shamefully, I also used the infamous Internet Explorer long before that crap evolved to something close to a browser but not quite and still shitty.

During all my years with this browser, I’ve come to use a handful of extensions that I consider essential. The list has changed over the years and has taken many forms. The current one is as follow:

The list is short but I consider all of them essential. Believe it or not, this is the almost complete list of extensions I have installed. I try not to use many of them due to the impact on the browser performance.

Do you consider other extensions essential? Feel free to share them in the comments.

Image by J. Albert Bowden II – CC-BY-2.0


Improved new night mode for Twitter

I got the new, event and flex-based, Twitter design a few days ago and decided to try out the night mode. This was also influenced by some tweet a contact of mine published.

While not bad, I don’t like what I think is an exaggerated use of blue hues and shades. I find it even worse at night, due to the blue light stuff impacting our sleep. Even with a blue light filter, like the one from Plasma, it’s still too much blue.

I understand blue is part of Twitter‘s brand, but even so… Too much blue!

So, I decided to change the stylesheet to use warmer colors. I used Stylus, an extension for Firefox and Chrome, to save and apply the changes and make using Twitter a better experience.

This is still a work-in-progress, so bear that in mind. Here are the stylesheet changes:

body {background-color: rgb(47, 46, 42) !important;}
.r-yfoy6g {background-color: rgb(47, 46, 42) !important;}
.r-1uaug3w {background-color: rgb(30, 29, 24) !important;}

.r-111h2gw {color: rgb(198, 195, 141) !important;}
.r-aaos50, .r-r72n3l, .r-1nvv5a4 {background-color: rgba(0,0,0,0.2) !important;}
.r-13gxpu9 {color: rgb(227, 96, 61) !important;}
.r-zv2cs0 {background-color: rgba(255,255,255,0.1) !important;}
.r-p1n3y5 {border-color: rgba(227, 96, 61,0.8) !important;}
input {color: rgb(198, 195, 141) !important;}
.r-urgr8i {background-color: rgb(168, 159, 60) !important;}
.r-1q3imqu, .r-ny3pxa {background-color: rgb(159, 147, 7) !important;}

.r-f8p6my {background-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.5) !important; filter: blur(20px) !important;}

.r-1ila09b {border-bottom-color: rgba(255,255,255,0.07) !important;}
.r-18bvks7 {border-color: rgba(255,255,255,0.07) !important;}

.r-1n1174f {color: rgb(99, 171, 216) !important;}

.r-xnswec {box-shadow: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0.08) 0px 0px 25px, rgba(255, 255, 255, 0.04) 0px 0px 7px 1px !important;}