Friday, December 14, 2007

Adblock Plus is available for MicroB

... Save your time and traffic.
Ever been annoyed by all those ads and banners on the internet that often take longer to download than everything else on the page? Install Adblock Plus now and get rid of them.

To install Adblock Plus click here (for OS2008 only)

Once installation is done, reopen the Browser and note the red icon in the bottom right. Click on it, pass though some info-dialogs to reach the config page:
That's the Adblock Plus config page which might be opened whenever afterwards by clicking on the red icon or just after opening the chrome url.

List of filters:

Lots of useful filters:

Filter for RU zone:

From my experience Adblock Plus does indeed speed up browsing on most pages. There is only one execption: if the page is consist of a large number of separate files that all have to be checked by Adblock, and all end up not being blocked, then Adblock makes loading the page slower. Those pages, however, aren't all that common.

Moreover, Adblock performance (startup as well as page load) heavily depends on the filter set that is used.

There is three main preferences (see all on about:config):
1. extensions.adblockplus.enabled - enables adblock
2. extensions.adblockplus.showinstatusbar - make the red icon visible.
3. extensions.adblockplus.patternsfile - path to patterns.ini file which contains all filtering stuff. On the device it's there: /home/user/.mozilla/microb/adblockplus/patterns.ini

Also see:


Friday, December 7, 2007

Spellchecker's available for MicroB engine.

So, finally I'm glad to say that Spellchecker is ready =)
It was published on 23/11 on browser-extras but now it has some more fixes I really like:
- Fixed problem with non-ascii char, that means it's possible to use spellcheck with Russian language;
- UI fixes which save some space.

Spellchecker uses Hunspell which is based on MySpell and works also with MySpell dictionaries. Hunspell is the default spell checker of office suite and Thunderbird as well.

The main Hunspell advantages:
+ Extended support for language peculiarities; Unicode character encoding, compounding and complex morphology.
+ Improved suggestion using n-gram similarity, rule and dictionary based pronounciation data.
+ Morphological analysis, stemming and generation.
+ list of huge amount of supported languages

To install Spellchecker click here (en-US dic's included).
Find your dictionary which is ported for OS2008 on browser-extras->downloads or port any dictionary by self.

Also see:
Browser-Extras project