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Readability Redux – Ease your reading on Internet

It has been a long time already since I’ve been using a great extension for Google Chrome : Readability Redux. I wanted to write a few words about it.

When I browse (using Google Chrome) from site to site I like to have an overall feeling of the site I’m currently browsing (with or without ads), but when it comes to reading an article or a blogpost, all I want to do is to be focused on the reading. I have no need for graphical distractions or artefacts, website or blog theme, targeted ads or flashing stuff that are placed all around the article I want to read.

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Belgacom FON : Privacy aspects and technical considerations

Belgacom announced Free Wifi Hotspots using FON Last June 2011; Its deployment started on November 2011 and recently landed on my B-Box2. Cool isn’t it? … Well … maybe, maybe not.

Let me share my view on this.

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Rapportive: Replace Google Ads in Gmail with Social CRM – First Impression

I received a tweet today from @chrislogiste: LifeHacker released an article about Rapportive. Reading through, as well as the articles from ReadWriteWeb and TheNextWeb, it seems interesting and I want to explore more about what this add-on is about.

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Google Buzz : Avez-vous réalisé son impact sur votre vie privée?

Google Buzz est une nouvelle fonctionnalité offerte dans Gmail. Voici la présentation officielle (en Anglais) de Google Buzz.

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J’ai un tout petit peu testé cette nouvelle fonctionnalité. Cependant je me suis rapidement arrêté car je veux comprendre et mesurer quels impacts Google Buzz induit à mon outil de mail quotidien.

Ça buzze/blogue dans tout les sens sur Internet. Je pense avoir lu pas moins de 20 articles ces derniers jours sur Gbuzz, l’acronyme déjà utilisé pour nommer ce service.

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Prism add-on for Firefox kicks Google Chrome out.

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When Google launched Google Chrome, I did have a go with it and eventually uninstalled it mainly because I was frustrated the way Google Chrome installed itself on my machine.

Some weeks ago, I decided to give it a go again because I remembered one cool thing about Chrome, the application shortcut. That particular feature is a real adding value one. So I eventually used Chrome again not for my daily browsing activities but for gmail. I must admit it is very cool to launch my “gmail” application shortcut from the quick launch bar just like I would do for any application. Indeed experiencing gmail through Google Chrome with the application shortcut is great.

However as soon as I was using a link from an email, Google Chrome was used as the browser. It does the job; I didn’t come across browsing problem, but I discovered the web again: crowded and polluted with Ads. Damned, Adblock (or similar) is cruelly missing.

Recently I’ve been testing Google Wave (and still do). To make the Wave experience as full as possible I used a Google Chrome application shortcut. Indeed using Google Wave that way makes me feel I use a regular app on my machine. The experience is nice. But again, clicking on links launches Google Chrome as a browser and here comes the Ads.

I’ve been surprised that add-ons for Chrome haven’t exploded in numbers. The most wanted one, an adblock-like is not a reality yet. For sure, some solutions exist (scripts to install, Adsweep, Privoxy) but none of them are smooth to install and use for a typical user (those ones that are not IT savvy). For a second time, Google Chrome failed to become my preferred browser.

How can I get this great application shortcut approach then on my preferred browser, Firefox. This gets resolved with Prism Add-On for Firefox. This is nothing new (version 0.2 was out in March 2008) but its 1.0b2 is freshly installed on my machine.

I now have my Google Mail and Google Wave application shortcuts through Prism and Firefox.  Yabba badda boo!

I guess I don’t need Google Chrome anymore.

What is your view ? Do you still use Google Chrome ? Have you installed an Adblock-like add-on/program for Google Chrome? Did you returned from Google Chrome to Firefox ? Do you use Prism add-on for Firefox?