Because new dumb URL bar wasn’t enough to just be enabled by default in all its flashing oversized glory, Mozilla now decided to just say FUCK YOU to everyone who turned this dumb ass URL design OFF by forcibly removing the “browser.urlbar.update1” switch, preventing all of us, including my Firefox Tweaker from disabling it. We’re now stuck with this dumbass new URL bar that’s still oversized, clips surrounding browser elements, looks ugly and idiotic and doesn’t provide absolutely no benefits with such obnoxiously dumb design. Mozilla released this retarded URL bar design with Firefox 75 and hasn’t fixed a fucking thing about it in 2 versions. Except shoving it down everyone’s throats with version 77. I’ve complained about it to a point they banned me from the subreddit and despite fucking ton of people complaining over it, they decided to just roll this shit anyway. Seriously Mozilla, go eat a bag of dicks. You fucking suck at designing interface and you’re a fucking disgrace to the trade you’re in. Doing a fucking browser. Not really surprised why people go using fucking Google Chrome even though it’s literally a spyware in a shape of a browser…
Today, I’ve updated Firefox Tweaker to version 2.2, bringing several big features worthy of extra post about it.
- Totally redesigned the prefs.js auto detection mechanism and added GUI driven manual selection or override for situations where prefs.js cannot be detected in default location or when multiple profiles are detected.
- Added name of the exact parameter used for any given tweak under HELP button. Helpful so you know what exactly is being modified and if I’m interpreting some tweak wrong.
- Added “Enable HTTPS green padlock” (Interface Tweaks)
- Added “Disable Beacon API” (Privacy Tweaks)
- Added “Browser Components” category
- Added “Disable Firefox Accounts” (Browser Components)
- Added “Disable Pocket” (Browser Components)
- Added “Disable Screenshots Tool” (Browser Components)
Micro page for more details:
NextDNS Inc has announced today they are soft launching their private and secure DNS service globally. What is so special about NextDNS is that it’s not an ordinary DNS service. Sure, at its very core, it’s the same thing as Cloudflare DNS or OpenDNS. What separates it from the rest is their Anycast array of their own servers that are in charge for routing of traffic to nearest location, making them about as fast as Cloudflare.
What separates NextDNS from the rest
What really sets NextDNS apart is their extensive security and privacy feature set. When using NextDNS as public resolver, it logs nothing. It’s just a domain name resolver and that’s that. However, if you create an account, you can also make NextDNS filter traffic for you on multiple fronts, from security where it blocks phishing and malware to more privacy oriented wide selection of popular block lists like EasyList and EasyPrivacy for ads and trackers to manual block and whitelists to blocking of services, blocking of native trackers in common devices and operating systems, extensive configurable logs, statistics page as well as security/privacy settings where you can actually define where you want your DNS account logs stored when you opt for having logs. For now it can be USA, EU or Switzerland specifically. And if you want to keep logs, you can specify for how long and you can also filter things on a deeper level by only hiding IP’s in the DNS queries or even domains.
Wide support on various types of devices
Another amazing thing about NextDNS is native support for almost any type of device. Be it Android or iOS smartphone, Windows PC, Linux, Mac, browsers or even routers. Yeah, you can install NextDNS client directly on a supported router like ASUSWRT-Merlin powered routers and it’ll filter EVERYTHING that connects through that router. It’s freaking amazing service. I’ve been using it since quite early BETA and it has been amazing. It’s really not just a DNS service, it’s a full security suite where you can exactly control your privacy and security of all devices from mobile device to desktop PC or Android TV media device. Of course within limitations of DNS service. For more precise filtering you still need to use something like uBlock which actually combs through webpage code and filters out tracking junk, but it’s still doing pretty damn good job.
As far as pricing goes, regular DNS or DNS with DoT/DoH is entirely free and costs nothing to use just like any other public DNS. However, running extensive block/filter lists is only free for 300.000 queries and then it switches back to regular DNS without filtering if you get past this limit. If you want to use it for unlimited amount of queries, it’ll cost you 1.99€ a month or 19.90€ a year, giving you some discount.
NextDNS on Reddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/nextdns
My verdict on NextDNS
I’ve been using NextDNS for several months and even though there were few tiny issues, it was rock solid and reliable even during BETA. And what I like NextDNS the most is tracking protection. The amount of garbage devices want to send around that can and most probably does compromise your privacy, NextDNS blocks it at the “entry” point. Almost all communication outside of direct IP communication uses DNS resolving to convert fancy names into ugly numbers. And with their filter lists, you can keep a hand over excessive communication. An if none of the lists block what you want to block, you can do it manually. I run it on all my devices and it’s doing amazing job filtering all the garbage. There are bunch of apps for smartphones that cost as much as NextDNS for a single device. Here, you can basically control traffic of ALL your devices for 20€ a year. I think it’s quite worth it. Give it a try. It’s free for 300.000 queries a month which is quite a lot so in most cases even free plan should be enough to get through the month for most users.
As far as filter lists go, I highly recommend only using the following:
- All 3 “Disconnect” lists (very lite, only block most common trackers)
- LightSwitch05 (super extensive filter list that makes use of other lists pretty much obsolete)
I was really amazed by the performance of Lightswitch05 list. It blocks huge amounts of internet manure while causing pretty much no false positives. And its maintainer is really cool too, adding or fixing things really fast. There are tons of lists, but I wasn’t impressed by them, especially not by default NextDNS Recommended list. Just too many problems with a lot of lists where above ones work pretty much flawlessly.
I’m not gonna sugar coat it, I’ve started playing RAID Shadow Legends because everyone is shilling it all over the place and said, I’m gonna try this thing and see what’s all the fuss about. And I found out I like the fiddling with weapons, armor and champions, upgrading them and pumping up their stats. It actually has some fun and interesting parts although there is also some grinding and repetitive aspect which might be a bit annoying if you’re not willing to piss real money in it (like in any RPG game basically). And since I started it through a referral link and got some sweet starting gear, I thought about posting the referral links and get some goodies myself.
REFERRAL LINK: https://link.plrm.zone/app/d6id4
Apparently first 3 people to use the link to sign up will get some extra gear and I get some boosts when those 3 guys reach certain levels up to main level 50. No obligations or whatever. I got nothing to lose posting this so whatever happens is better than nothing 🙂
Baby Jesus Christ Google, can you fix this dumpsterfire you call Youtube? Ever since this god damn fucking virus emerged and you changed your shit to lower bandwidth usage (even though no one asked for it) it’s been a total hot garbage. None of existing browser extensions seem to enforce selected quality level anymore, the AUTO thing is all over the place and pretty much randomly picks quality between 480p and 4K, when you set it to certain quality it restarts the video from beginning unless it was buffered enough not to. And what really pisses me off is when Youtube picks 480p under AUTO regime, which I’m fine with on my computer I watch in bed and it’s fine enough quality and saves my battery. Except dumb ass Youtube picks 480p automatically, shows 480p is selected yet decides to display actual video at 140p for no god damn reason. Welcome to 1995 I guess…
I can’t believe this is going on for this long and Microsoft still hasn’t fixed or improved any of it. I can remember going as far back as initial Windows 8 releases that had these problems and we’re deep into Windows 10 product line and it’s still an absolute mess.
Let me just explain what I mean… literally from beginning.
Do you remember how Windows 10 asks you what language of Windows you want to install, what region you are in and what keyboard language you want to use, right there in first screen of the installer? And how it just forgets it all and then turns what you’ve picked into a total mishmash of moronic nonsense later on? Yeah, that one.
I’m from Slovenia, but I like software in English because tech terminology in my language is just terrible. It just sounds weird and all words are usually way longer than original English terms so I just prefer to stick with English.
I set my Windows (interface) to be in English US, my regional settings are set to Slovenia which sets time into 24 hour format, date is ordered correctly and uses periods instead of slash as separators, as well as bunch of other things specific to our region that don’t line up with US ones like how Monday is a starting day of week and not bloody Sunday. And of course keyboard in Slovenian language because we have special characters like “čšž” which are not found in English language.
And what is the end result of these settings?
Windows interface is indeed in English, but even though I’ve picked Slovenia in Regional settings, it just slams US time and date formatting on top coz fuck you user, your regional settings mean nothing to me! So I manually have to set region to Slovenia. Which, for some dumb reason forces Windows to localize Windows apps like Calculator, MS Paint and stuff. So I end up having most of Windows interface in English with those apps in my native language which just looks absolutely horrible. It also localizes Windows Store for some reason, so I hate using it even more. What an absolute clusterfuck.
And things don’t stop there, no no no, because I want interface in English, it just assumes I also want fuck ton of keyboard layouts as well. I then have English US, English UK and Slovenian layouts. And when I remove all of them except Slovenian, it still just auto assumes I need English US one so it’s just there in Language bar whether I want it or not. Which always spawns that god damn language bar next to clock with English US and Slovenian language every time I run any Valve game for some reason as well as with bunch of other apps and then you can’t get rid of the stupid Language bar thing. And you set it to Hidden in settings and the fucking thing just wouldn’t go away. Which part of HIDDEN don’t you understand there Windows?
Like, for fucks sake Microsoft, how god damn hard can it be? You literally ask me about these parameters during Windows install and you can’t fucking obey them properly? It’s just 3 (THREE!) parameters.
- Windows interface language (Which I want in English US, including Windows apps and Windows Store)
- Regional settings (Slovenia, so it’s Monday for start of the week, 24h time formatting and 18.04.2020 date)
- Keyboard settings (Slovenian and just this, if I don’t set any other keyboard, stop assuming shit and showing me English US layout anyway)
How hard can it be? When I set these things, fucking obey them and stop assuming things and enabling things. And stop just changing and rearranging others when I adjust some of them. Because as you are configuring these 3 segments, they change things in other segments of these 3 settings. It’s an absolute nightmare to adjust this stuff and have a reliable and consistent experience.
I can’t possibly be the only one who wants English US interface and Windows apps while using non-US regional settings and keyboard. Is everyone else really just US users or non-US users who just use their fully localized Windows? I can’t seem to think of any other explanation why I’m seeing all these absurd problems and inconsistencies and they aren’t a global problem somehow. It’s not a complicated thing to ask for. Just obey the damn settings I set and it would be fine. But that’s just not the case. And I have to deal with this crap on every Windows reinstall for years. Just fix this shit already Microsoft, god damn.
I’ve released a huge new update for Firefox Tweaker with new interface, bunch of new tweaks and settings and added some convenience to it. It now also has explanation of every tweak inside the app and an all new icon 🙂
Visit Firefox Tweaker micropage for more details:
Because Mozilla just can’t stop with their endless fuckups when it comes to browser design, I wrote this tool to quickly and effortlessly revert or change their stupid “features” that are either endlessly annoying, ugly or totally not functional or helpful and I was sick and tired of dealing with incredibly time consuming and clumsy about:config page.
Firefox Tweaker allows you to change few super important (but hidden) settings in just few clicks through an easy to use interface. There is also a safeguard in place which backups settings file on first run so there shouldn’t be any problems.
For any questions, problems or bug reports contact me via e-mail or through micro-page comment section.
Visit Firefox Tweaker micro page for more details:
So, I’ve seen news about Firefox 75 being published on release channel so I gave it a spin before official update via auto updater. And there is just no words to describe how Mozilla fucked it up once again. No, actually, there are many words to be said. And they keep on fucking up shit and “improving” things by removing features and always have some bullshit excuse to back up their dumb ass design decision.
Here is how Normal Firefox looks like. Pretty nice I’d say. No complaints there.
…and this is how new URL bar in Firefox 75 looks like when it’s focused by clicking inside…
Notice how it overlaps with the tab bar, the page field and how it doesn’t respect the buttons spacing left and right? Except it looks 10x worse live as you click in the URL bar and outside and that dumb shit is literally flashing in your face. Just open both images in new tab each and switch between them. You’ll see what I mean. It’s absolutely horrid and I don’t know what retard at Mozilla vetted this garbage as something that should end up in a production version for the public.
It literally looks like you’d take Firefox design language and then bolt oversized Windows 10 search field (the one you get when clicking magnifying glass in the taskbar) onto it. I shit you not, it literally looks like that…
It looks like someone copy & pasted the damn thing into Firefox and couldn’t be bothered to change the size of the field. It’s retarded and shows how little taste or design logic people at Mozilla have. I love Firefox for what it represents, but it’s been a total dumpsterfire for a very long time now and they keep on pouring petrol on it.
Blue accent when focused would actually look really nice. Like so. Interface doesn’t disfigure itself, it just highlights the URL bar with blue accent on focus. Simple and tasteful. And it does the job.
What the fuck is wrong with this? Eh? It’s consistent, it’s pleasant and it’s relatively subtle. But dorks on Firefox subreddit can’t stop kissing Mozilla’s ass and defending their horrid abomination.
And to make matters double worse, this new URL bar now permanently shows most commonly visited webpages the moment you click inside the URL bar. Which goes well with Mozilla’s perpetual obsession to shove everything “RECENT” and “FREQUENT” right into user’s face on all bloody ends. Whatever you open, every possible dropdown menu, submenu or panel is filled with recent and frequent elements. You check Pornhub here and there in these times? Well, you’re in luck, it’ll now be permanently stuck in there and displayed the moment you click into the URL bar. Not when you type “por” and it shows things related to typed in string which is often a material for laughs and giggles, but it’s not a freaking instant thing that’s displayed the moment you click into the field without typing in anything. And there’s more! Firefox graciously syncs that and shows it on ALL Firefox installations within same sync chain. And then argument to this moronic behavior was, well, use “Private Window” mode. Oh, sure, we need to use this feature for a fucking problem YOU created and absolutely no one asked for. No one needed the frigging “Private Window” mode if you weren’t showing stupid recent/frequent elements on all fucking ends of the interface so obnoxiously. You basically can’t open any Firefox panel in public in fear it’ll display some shit you don’t want others to see at every first glance. Is creating a bookmark for a webpage people visit daily really so damn hard and time consuming that we need this bullshit littering our interfaces? I just don’t get it.
Everyone is being outraged over Zoom app tracking users and sending data to Facebook right now. And I’m siting here scratching my head like, guys, this is not a new thing. ALL the apps you use, whether on Android or iOS are absolutely riddled with this tracking garbage.
Google Analytics, Crashlytics (also from Google), App Measurement (also Google), Branch Metrics, AppsFlyer, Facebook Graph, Facebook Connect and that’s just what I can read from the top of my blocking logs that were running for few days.
Here is an example of my blocking logs only for my Apple mobile device…
From 22nd March 2020! That’s just 6 days worth of logs and Facebook Graph is actually the most lenient. I only have few ten entries that didn’t even make to the Top Blocked domains list. But it’s there even though I don’t use Facebook AT ALL.
Crashlytics and App Measurement are both among top offenders. I don’t use anything from Google. Literally NOTHING from Google. And yet there it is, pinging whatever crap back to Google. Or at least trying since I have it blocked. Something apps never mentioned at any point or something I never signed up for. And it’s just there, tracking me.
It’s actually really weird how Apple keeps on talking about privacy this and privacy that, constantly obsesses over how apps operate on their App Store yet they don’t seem to care about all this tracking and telemetry junk in pretty much all apps that users can’t really obviously control or even know about. Zoom was a problem on App Store and iOS and Apple only dealt with it in THIS particular case. What about all the others? This needs to be addressed and users need a clear control over this. Preferably on a device system level like blocking apps below do, because my trust in app makers to honor it is somewhere between 0 and ZERO.
Until vendors like Apple does anything about this globally on all apps, there are few options that you can use to prevent all this garbage to leak data about you to big corporations…
Basically all these work as virtual VPN on the device so it intercepts traffic on a local level and not like VPN’s usually work, allowing them to filter all this tracking and analytics junk.
So, until Apple starts giving a damn (I have no hopes for Google to kill their own garbage on Android) and controls this, use the above apps and solve it yourself to at least some extent. You’ll save battery and also data. Not to mention privacy. I know it’s not “save it all” approach, but you have to start somewhere and this is a good start.