The web browsing experience – my favourite Google Chrome extensions

In this post I highlight my Chrome addons and why I use them.
This post is an update of Optimizing your web browsing experience

uBlock

As replacement for AdBlock Plus

Flash Control

Since I still can`t say fully goodbye to Adobe Flash

Ghostery

Still on version 5, version 6 is currently only available for Firefox.

WOT

Web of Trust

CookiesOK

Reduces the cookie acceptance popups

HTTPS Everywhere

Prefer HTTPS over HTTP

Social Fixer for Facebook

Increases the functionality on facebook

Tweetdeck Enhancer

Increases the functionality of tweetdeck

DuckDuckGo

As google alternateive

Bye Bye Hyves, Bye Bye FourSquare

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I have just deleted my hyves account (dated 2006) and FourSquare account (2009) .

Why I deleted my Hyves account:

  • Slow
  • Copies all ideas from Facebook
  • Facebook is better

Why I deleted my FourSquare account:

  • What`s the point of checking in?
  • Facebook Places

Facebook is the future

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I foresee a bright future for Facebook, why? Keep on reading.

Hyves

On Hyves there is way too much advertisement on the homepage compared to FB and most of the time it has nothing to do with me. Facebooks advertisement is optimised on me and my interests and is therefore more interesting. Also it`s advertisement possibilities are much better.

The whole buzz (front page) idea is stolen from Facebook and it`s less than the original implementation. On FB its possible to eliminate spam caused by an app/plugin while on hyves you can only hide/delete users.

Hyves has less apps and barely any good games.Whereas on Facebook … You know what I mean.

More and more people I know are deleting their Hyves profile in favour of Facebook.

FourSquare

Last week I read an article about how many percent of the people are using geolocation sharing sites like foursquare. This percentage was about 4% of the online people.
With the release of HTML 5 and it`s Geolocation API it`s likely to see a change in the way geolocation sharing is used.

With the release of Facebook Places, in most countries, this percentage goes way up because everyone with a Facebook profile is able to use it without signing up. this also saves work in setting up the integration between several platforms. FourSquare tries to compensate this by using a Facebook login button on the site which makes it easier for Facebook users to use FourSquare.

The 4sq API is already integrated in much more devices and software than the FB Places API which is a major benefit.

CodeIgniter 1.7 professional development

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If you we`re intested in CodeIgniter 1.7 by Packt Publishing I have good news, the followup “CodeIgniter 1.7 professional development” will be released next month.

The book contains the following content:

  • Learn the Model-View-Controller design pattern to structure your code
  • Create more readable and maintainable queries using the Active Record implementation
  • Create and maintain database tables using the Database Forge class
  • Authenticate users using Twitter oAuth and Facebook Connect
  • Create your own Authentication Library for more control over your user accounts
  • Secure your application using CodeIgniter’s built-in functionality and some quick tips to help further
  • Build a RESTful Web Service, opening up your application to third-party developers
  • Create extended Controllers, grouping functionality into multiple Controllers helping to keep repeated code to a minimum
  • Learn techniques used by professionals to scale CodeIgniter over multiple servers
  • Learn top tips for releasing code to the community and giving support to the developers using your code

More information about the book can be found at www.packtpub.com/codeigniter-1-7-professional-development/book