The Geek is Upset with Chrome


Everyone knows that Chrome is belongs to Google. Raise your hands if you didn’t!

But did Google really have to emphasize on that fact?

Yep, I’m talking about the new “new tab” page in chrome with Google’s name splashed across the screen and my poor tabs relegated to the bottom of the page. I thought the tiles were supposed to make accessing the frequently accessed pages easier. Now what the hell is this?

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Chrome new tab: what the hell??!!

I ADORE Google, seriously. Anyone and everyone who knows me, knows this. I currently can’t breathe without Chrome and this dependency is what makes me so sensitive to the slightest change that occurs in it.

Yes, the new Interface makes accessing Google’s products much easier, and Google Doodles are now a constant reminder. But, uh. the in-your-face attitude the whole situation’s taken is seriously annoying.

If Google wants to put its name and Doodles, no one would stop them. But… the logo could have been much smaller, right? Giving space to the stuff which actually make sense on a new tab page, aka the tiled bookmarks.

Also, the “search bar” under Google’s logo reminiscent of its home page adds to the clutter and is actually redundant as well as NOT user-friendly. Chrome users are already used to searching from the address bar itself, now what’s that search-box for? Moreover, when I typed into that search box, the text actually appeared in the address bar, and to be honest it was quite unseemly.

So, yes. This Geek is DEFINITELY not happy.

 

P.s. If you folks are fed up with this feature and wish to switch back, here’s what to do:

1. Type “chrome://flags” in the omnibox—without the quotation marks of course

2. locate the “Enable Instant Extended API” setting in the long list, and change it from “Enable”/”Default” to “Disable.”

3. Relaunch Google Chrome

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23 Aug 13 update – Manga Downloader now MangaFox Ripper


Last week I’d set a short term agenda in order to make the manga downloader user-friendly and remove errors present, and now I’m thrilled to state that I think I did it 😀 But I had to sacrifice one thing to achieve that – the manga downloader is no longer a universal downloader but one that would work only with MangaFox. But the happy news is that it is easy to update and I can add other sites to it later on!

So what’s different about this version of downloader, MangaFox Ripper?

1. You no longer have to open the first chapter and let the image load, and then acquire the image’s url. Nope, if you get the chapter’s url, it is definitely enough!

2. You no longer need to enter the no. of pages in the chapter (for which you would have had to open the first chapter too). MangaFox Ripper can figure out the no. of pages if you just input the chapter URL.

3. MangaFox Ripper is more intelligent. If you input an page’s url that is not from the first page but somewhere in the middle, it will just download the pages till the last chapter and will not download the pages preceding the entered one. This means if somehow an earlier download had been interrupted you can simply continue from where you’d left.

4. Hierarchical folder system – MangaFox Ripper can intelligently determine the manga’s name and chapter number, and can store the downloaded images in systematic order.

So let’s take a look at this newer version:

Save the application in the location you want your images to be downloaded (e.g. your Downloads folder)

Like before, you have to launch the application from command line from the location where you’ve stored the application (you may want to take a look at the previous post  A Peek into the Manga Downloader Project for a more detailed explanation regarding how you do that)

The command is different since the jar name is different, so you go

java.exe -jar MangaFoxRipper.jar

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You then need to get the chapter’s URL; it doesn’t matter from where. You can search for the manga and then get the URL from the manga’s page in MangaFox

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In my opinion, you can make the most of this program if you keep bookmarks in Mangafox so that you can keep tabs on the releases and download the new chapters as they come without navigating to the chapter.

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After acquiring the chapter’s url, all you need is to enter it in the MangaFox Ripper.

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After you click on submit, MangaFox Ripper automatically figures out the no. of pages it has to download and starts downloading.

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After the download is over, it flashes the message in it’s status.

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Once the download is over, you can click on “open” to go to the download location, and see the manga images stored in proper hierarchy.

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It now no longer matters how the images are named; if they show up on the site, they will get downloaded.

So I think I did it… The MangaFox Ripper is ready to roll! *Does a happy jig*

Now I can say what I’ve ALWAYS wanted to… which is…

I NEED BETA TESTERS! ARE YOU INTERESTED??!! *grin* 😀

 

 

17 Aug 13 update – A peek into the Manga Downloader Project


And before you think, “Why is this crazy girl bothering with such a project”… well hey, to each her own! Like I said in my previous post, Developing a project of one’s own: Manga Downloader, I started with this project with just my convenience in my mind. Hence the logic is not really universally applicable, it’s just a tool for me right now when my internet speed sucks.

Let’s take a look at the extremely unattractive and utilitarian prototype Downloader and how it currently works:

First of all I need to launch the .jar file from command prompt:

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This launches the GUI interface of my downloader:

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What I need next is the url of the first image, and the number of pages that chapter possesses. For that purpose I first have to go to the manga hosting site (let’s go with MangaFox for now):

From the mangafox page we get two values: the total number of pages (highlighted in red), and the link to first image.

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Then we open the image in a new tab to verify the underlying theory behind my prototype: that the image is of the form “pageNumber.extension”

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In the above case, it IS true. So I copy the url in the address bar, and the number of pages, into my Downloader and hit submit. As the download progresses, I know exactly which page is being downloaded, in the Status area.

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And when all’s done, I simply get the message  – “Downloaded” in my status.

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After the download is over, all the images can be found in the download location:

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So far, it’s been working okay. But often, I hit snags such as credit pages which do NOT come in the “pagenumber.extension” form. In those cases I have to “fast-forward” a couple of pages to determine the naming convention of that chapter and then enter the URL in the Downloader – which defeats the purpose of building it (i.e. to avoid surfing through the manga hosting sites as much as possible.

So my next short-term goal is to figure out how to circumvent this problem. That’s it for now, I’ll come up with the next update on this project next week!