Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Making the Internet a Better Place

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I'm addicted to browsers. And like everybody on Windows and with any bit of common sense, I've been using Mozilla Firefox, which is without a doubt the best browser on the face of the earth - well, on Windows - in this day and age.

This is because Firefox just happens to be the most versatile open source browser there is. You can install a whole slew of personalized plug-ins and other additional widgets to improve your overall browsing experience with Firefox, and this, in my book, is nothing short of excellent.

Firefox. The browser of pure sex.

Enter 2008, and one of Mozilla's affiliates in the industry decides to come up with an experimental new browser for everybody to enjoy. This was Google, and this yielded the amazing Google Chrome. That browser took all the best elements from across the board and put it together with a speedier (and definitely better-looking) interface. I started calling Chrome the "cheetah" of web browsers, since system slow-downs were few and far between. The only problem this browser ever had, as far as functionality goes, was a system issue with Java script - too much JS on a page, and Chrome will crash without remorse.

The undisputed cheetah

But there was one thing I missed with Firefox that I couldn't find in Chrome - the seamless addition of widgets. I blame Ninsy and her residual, creeping influence that eventually made me curious enough to try StumbleUpon. I couldn't add the Stumble toolbar to Chrome, and this nagging lack of expandable personality eventually led me to look for themes and extensions for Firefox that will transform my browser into a Chrome clone.

This led me to Chromifox. This skin gives your Firefox browser a makeover that gives it a Chrome-like appearance. While the latest version of Chromifox isn't compatible with the latest version of FF, I was able to find a way around this little hurdle purely by accident. This was by way of the Chromin Frame extension - the most obvious difference is the movement of your tabs to the top of the window, as opposed to the regular spot beneath the toolbars. Upon installation, Chromin Frame demanded that I install Chromifox. I was only too happy to comply.

Several minutes later, and voila! Don't let me ruin this moment with words. Instead, let me present to you my Firefox browser - Chromified!

It is beautiful

While it still lacks some of the better features of Chrome - such as the Omnibox, stealth browsing and tabs that can be converted to separate windows with the simple pull of the mouse - it still looks pretty damn good from where I'm standing. And that's one small step, in my opinion, in making my Internet experience a much better place.


  1. No StumbleUpon?! And here I was planning to switch to Chrome. Well, I guess they'll get there someday, er, I hope.

    Btw man (and I hope we fall under your "other friends" haha) we haven't canceled the thing, we're just being difficult and sentimental, we postpone when even one "key" person can't make it LULZ. So bear with us, we'll keep ya posted.

  2. @ abbey: so far, no support for widgets and tools for chrome. it's still on the first version anyways, so things still remain to be seen. also, it kinda messes up scripts here and there.

    and yes. please do let me know. :D

  3. For StumbleUpon with Chrome, see tip number 5: