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Honey for Co-op bank now generally available

Back in 2017, I began working on Honey for Co-operative back. At the time, I released Honey as a sideloadable addon because I did not feel it was ready for prime-time. That changes today with the addon being made available in the chrome web store for any chrome based browser like Google Chrome and the new Microsoft Edge.

Honey is an addon that makes the Grenada Co-operative Bank’s online banking website look a little more modern. I created this for myself because I grew fed up of visiting the site which looks a bit dated in my opinion. Honey uses a combination of CSS and JavaScript to update the page’s content and images moving the site from a boxed outdated layout to a full width, green themed layout.

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To download honey, get it from the Chrome Web Store here.

Ad bar disabler now available for Chrome and Edge chromium

Today, I published the first version of Ad bar disabler to the Chrome Web Store. This addon removes the sidebar from Outlook.com (non-premium) and as a result provides more space for reading, viewing and composing emails.

To install on Google Chrome, just download it from the Chrome Web Store. For Microsoft Edge Chromium, you need to Enable the “Allow extensions from other stores” option from the Edge  three dot menu (…)  Menu > Extensions as seen below.

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Download the Extension here

Download the New Microsoft Edge Chromium here

Living on the (Microsoft) Edge

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As a developer, I use a combination of tools for writing code. I have never been a fan of Google’s Chrome browser but the developer tools in it is one of the best. Only Firefox’s dev tools can compare. For over 10 years, I’ve been using the Opera browser for most of my browsing needs and when they switched to the Chromium engine, I was thrilled.

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Come December 2018, Microsoft announced that they’d be switching their Edge browser over to a Chromium base and that news excited me extremely. I am a huge fan of Microsoft and their technology but hated the current version of Edge which always felt sub par to what was available so I never used it. When they released their version of Edge on Android, I was amazed at how fast and beautiful it was so I switched to it immediately. It is now my browser of choice on mobile.

About a week ago, a leaked build of Chromium Edge was made available and I installed it immediately and was not disappointed. I have been using it every day since but that changes today.

Today, Microsoft officially unveiled their new version of Edge to the world. There are three developer channels which mirror that of Chrome.

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I am using the Canary build as I like living on the edge of technology (pun unintended). So far, the experience has been very smooth. There are many missing features but of course, these will be added as they release new builds over time. The browser connects to Microsoft services instead of Google’s, so for me, this is an additional plus. Below are some key things that made me switch to this new version of Edge:

  • It is based on Chromium
  • It has Chrome’s first class developer tools
  • Microsoft will actively help bring new features to and contribute their expertise to the Chromium project
  • It is beautiful, and features the Bing wallpaper of the day by default (corny I know)
  • It runs all of Chrome’s extensions (you can install them from the Chrome web store)
  • It is backed by Microsoft, they’re crazy about security and their tools are loved by enterprise
  • It is promised to be less of a resource hog unlike Google Chrome
  • It will play well with Edge for Android
  • It is cross platform with plans for a Windows 7, 8, macOS release (yes… even macOS)
  • It will import existing settings from Chrome for users who may want to migrate.

While everyone has their own choices when it comes to the tools they use, this browser will now become my daily driver and will be recommended to my friends and family when a stable release is ready.

Download the new versions of Edge here.

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