Stopping Auto-Play HTML5 Videos In Vivaldi (and Other Chromium Based Browsers)

Microsoft Dynamics GPI have a very low tolerance threshold for adverts; I largely stopped watching TV becasue of them (atually I no longer have a TV so I guess it would be more accurate to say I stopped watching TV because of them); not only are the adverts irritating in content, but the volumne was usually a lot higher than the TV show wrapped around them.

Adverts on the Internet have gone through various stages and varying annoyances with the current set not being too bad. Of sites I use regularly, arstehnica is by far the worst with adverts taking over the entire front page.

That said, it’s not actually adverts which are bothering me so much at the momernt, but sites with automatically playing videos. This “feature” has grown in popularity in recent times with many news sites having one, or more, autplay videos on almost every page.

Well, with the death of Opera 12 a few years ago, I made the transition to Vivaldi a while ago. This is a Chromium based browser which gives you access to Extensions in the chrome web store.

The best extension I’ve found for stopping autoplay videos is HTML5 Video Autoplay Blocker. Part of the reason for this post, is because I work on a variety of machines at work and home and keep having problems finding the extension, so I figured doing a step by step post to find and install the extension would help me remember.

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LinkedIn: Another Site Who Hates Their Users

Well, today it seems that LinkedIn have joined the list of sites who hate their users. In recent times browsers have been shrinking the amount of screen space that they take up and leaving more space for useful content to be displayed on the web page.

However, there is a growing number of sites who hate their users who have been adding floating crap to their pages which takes up screen space and hovers over the page as you scroll down. LinkedIn has become one of them.

They’ve introduced one of those really, really crap floating navigation bars which robs real estate for, in my opinion, absolutely no benefit to the user. It takes up screen space and as you scroll down the page and continues to take up the same amount of screen space no matter where you are on the page.

As they’ve broken their site it seems I need to fix it for myself and I thought I’d share this with you but bear in mind these instructions are for Opera but the custom CSS may be usable in other browsers.

Save the following code into a CSS file somewhere on your PC (I saved mine to C:\Users\Ian.Grieve\Documents\Opera;

position: relative !important;

After it has been saved awy, load the relevant site in Opera, right click the page and select Edit Site Preferences… and click the Display tab.

In the My style sheet field, browse and locate the saved file then click OK to save the preferences.

Reload and the hovering menu bar will stop hovering and scroll up with the rest of the page.

Think this post was over the top? Hyperbolic? Yeah, probably so, but just as browsers were becoming less obtrusive, so websites are becoming far more so that the browser ever was and for no good reason.

Transferring Opera SpeedDial and Bookmarks Between Computers

You’ve probably noticed in the past that I sometimes use this blog as a repository for information I want to keep available to myself (unfortunately, my memory is not sufficient).

This post, I’m afraid, is for this very purpose and will likely only be useful to myself and the 1% of people in the world who use the Opera web browser.

Whenever I set up a new machine I load Opera and then spend an age transferring bookmarks across by exporting and importing them and setting up the SpeedDial. There is an easier way, however, and that is to simply copy speeddial.ini and bookmarks.adr from %appdata%\Opera\Opera on one machine to the other.