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Re: Senate votes to let ISPs sell your Web browsing history to advertisers
« Reply #45 on: April 04, 2017, 10:55:10 pm »
The VPN VinDSL is showing us looks interesting. :)

When I think of it, if some of us here to decide to use Opera, we've got to remember to enable Power User mode in Settings.  Why Opera tucks its advanced settings away, and why it makes us use the Konami code, I don't understand, but they do.

Here are the simple instructions to enable Power User mode in Opera.  Things are a bit hidden in Opera's settings.  Remember also to put a check in that box in the bottom left corner of Privacy and security to "[a]lways show power user settings."  That will make life using Opera a lot more convenient. ;)

This, by the way, is what I like about Opera:

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How do we protect your data?
We treat your personal data as required by law. We are a Norwegian company and we follow Norwegian data-security laws as well as other national legislation, as needed. We require that our suppliers successfully pass security assessments and prove their compliance with applicable laws and industry standards. --part of Opera's Privacy Statement

After seeing you guys working with the developer mode, I decided to install Opera beta again, but, in my case, I still have to resize it for my screen.  That bug never seems to go away.  ::)
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Re: Senate votes to let ISPs sell your Web browsing history to advertisers
« Reply #46 on: April 05, 2017, 06:51:41 am »
After seeing you guys working with the developer mode, I decided to install Opera beta again, but, in my case, I still have to resize it for my screen.  That bug never seems to go away.  ::)

Just haxor the .desktop file.

I need to adjust the window size, so I can turn my 29" Dell Ultra-wide monitor into [basically] 2x19" monitors. 

In my case, I want the browser window size to be 1276x1052, when I open any browser.

Here is the CLI switch.  Use it to determine the size you want:

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╭─vindsl@Boogaloo-5 ~ 
╰─➤  opera-developer --window-size=1276,1052


When you finally figure out the exact size you need, haxor the .desktop file.

Here's my 'opera-developer.desktop' haxor, as an example:

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[Desktop Entry]
Version=1.0
Name=Opera developer
GenericName=Web browser
Comment=Fast and secure web browser
TryExec=opera-developer
Exec=opera-developer --window-size=1276,1052  %U
Terminal=false
Icon=opera-developer
Type=Application
Categories=Network;WebBrowser;
MimeType=text/html;text/xml;application/xhtml_xml;x-scheme-handler/http;x-scheme-handler/https;x-scheme-handler/ftp;application/x-opera-download;
Actions=NewWindow;NewPrivateWindow;

[Desktop Action NewWindow]
Name=New Window
Exec=opera-developer

[Desktop Action NewPrivateWindow]
Name=New Private Window
Exec=opera-developer --private

I got rid of the 'Unity' references in the 'Actions', too, to keep it clean ...  8)
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Re: Senate votes to let ISPs sell your Web browsing history to advertisers
« Reply #47 on: April 05, 2017, 08:13:15 am »
Greetz from Deutschland ...

LOL :))

I'm not knocking its use .. just thinking we can't possibly default to it.
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Re: Senate votes to let ISPs sell your Web browsing history to advertisers
« Reply #48 on: April 05, 2017, 07:29:21 pm »
Uh-oh !

I *think* I'm smitten ...

Thanks a lot, perknh   :P


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Re: Senate votes to let ISPs sell your Web browsing history to advertisers
« Reply #49 on: April 05, 2017, 09:41:24 pm »
Hi VinDSL,

My screen's resolution 1600x900.  So I guess that's what I need to work with here.  I guess I'd be opera-beta --window-size=1600,900.  Are we talking about using gedit to straighten out my Opera-beta?  I found Opera-beta in .config, but I don't know what to do with it. :(

Uh-oh !

I *think* I'm smitten ...

Thanks a lot, perknh   :P

Good.  I've always known that Opera has all the potential in the world.  It looks like you're the guy who's discovered how to actuate it! :)

IMO, even though all the Nordic countries put the rest of the world to shame when it comes to privacy rights, I'd say if there's an Icelandic option in that VPN, Iceland would be the safest bet of all.  But, of course, having a browser from Noway is a safe bet too. ;)

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Re: Senate votes to let ISPs sell your Web browsing history to advertisers
« Reply #50 on: April 05, 2017, 11:32:17 pm »
My screen's resolution 1600x900.  So I guess that's what I need to work with here.  I guess I'd be opera-beta --window-size=1600,900.  Are we talking about using gedit to straighten out my Opera-beta?  I found Opera-beta in .config, but I don't know what to do with it.

The .desktop file should be in '/usr/share/applications'

The full path to my .desktop file is '/usr/share/applications/opera-developer.desktop'

I'm not sure what your file is called -- probably 'opera-beta.desktop' or 'opera.desktop'

I navigate to the '/usr/share/applications' folder using the File Manager, right-click on a blank area and 'Open as Root'. Then, right-click the Opera desktop file and choose Open with Pluma.  Finally, I make the changes, save, and then test the Opera window size by simply starting Opera, from the main menu.  If it still doesn't look right, close Opera, wash, rinse, and restyle.

Does that make sense ?

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Re: Senate votes to let ISPs sell your Web browsing history to advertisers
« Reply #51 on: April 07, 2017, 07:10:50 am »
Hi VinDSL.

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Does that make sense ? --VinDSL

Yes, it does.  It's called Opera beta in my applications, and Opera beta.desktop in Pluma.  There's a space between Opera and beta.desktop.

VinDSL, do you see anything here below that I'm doing wrong?  The darn thing still doesn't resize for me. :-\

By the way, does your Opera Speed Dial now show Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp?  If so, this browser could be a game-changer for my wife and me.  Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp only are the only affordable ways I know of (other than magicJack or Skype) to communicate with people in Latin America.  (And, for whatever reasons, the younger generations do not appear to be gravitating towards Skype.)

Thank you,

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[Desktop Entry]
Version=1.0
Name=Opera beta
GenericName=Web browser
Comment=Fast and secure web browser
TryExec=opera-beta
Exec=opera-beta --window-size=1600,900 %U
Terminal=false
Icon=opera-beta
Type=Application
Categories=Network;WebBrowser;
MimeType=text/html;text/xml;application/xhtml_xml;x-scheme-handler/http;x-scheme-handler/https;x-scheme-handler/ftp;application/x-opera-download;
Actions=NewWindow;NewPrivateWindow;

Name[en_US]=Opera beta

[Desktop Action NewWindow]
Name=New Window
Exec=opera-beta --new-window
TargetEnvironment=Unity

[Desktop Action NewPrivateWindow]
Name=New Private Window
Exec=opera-beta --private
TargetEnvironment=Unity

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Re: Senate votes to let ISPs sell your Web browsing history to advertisers
« Reply #52 on: April 07, 2017, 08:27:56 am »
Hi perknh,

I really don't know if this makes any difference, but it would not hurt to try the following. In your .desktop file remove the two lines near the bottom that each read:

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TargetEnvironment=Unity
You do not need these when the Peppermint desktop (I suppose that they might be needed when working with the Unity desktop environment).

I hope it works.  :) If not, just add the two lines again in the same two places they were found.  8)

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Re: Senate votes to let ISPs sell your Web browsing history to advertisers
« Reply #53 on: April 07, 2017, 02:39:57 pm »
I really don't know if this makes any difference, but it would not hurt to try the following. In your .desktop file remove the two lines near the bottom that each read:

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TargetEnvironment=Unity
You do not need these when the Peppermint desktop (I suppose that they might be needed when working with the Unity desktop environment).

I hope it works.  :) If not, just add the two lines again in the same two places they were found.  8)

That's a terrific observation, Slim.Fatz, and it makes a lot of sense.

I did what you said, and, after that, I also tried replacing Unity with Peppermint, then Xubuntu, and, finally, Xfce, but, unfortunately, I had no luck.  That said, removing, or swapping out, Unity with something else, along with changing my screen size numbers, seems to be what I need to do next.  Right now, I'm using my screen's resolution as my numerical base, but, honestly, I don't know what that has to do with my screen's size --other than for visual clarity.  How to figure out my screen's physical size, along with changing the Target Environment --that's what I think I need to learn how to do next.
 On the other hand, perhaps I'm overthinking this. :-\

Thank you, Slim.Fatz, and VinDSL, for aiming me in the right direction. ;)

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Re: Senate votes to let ISPs sell your Web browsing history to advertisers
« Reply #54 on: April 07, 2017, 08:22:40 pm »
If anything, the TargetEnvironment would be LXDE .. but it'll really make no difference.

What exactly is the problem here (too busy/lazy to read this entire topic to figure it out) ?

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Re: Senate votes to let ISPs sell your Web browsing history to advertisers
« Reply #55 on: April 08, 2017, 01:27:03 pm »
Uh-oh !

I *think* I'm smitten ...

Thanks a lot, perknh   :P

Correction:  I'm officially hooked on Opera !

Haven't started Chromium in days -- haven't even thought about it, actually.

Parting is such sweet sorrow ... 8)

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Re: Senate votes to let ISPs sell your Web browsing history to advertisers
« Reply #56 on: April 08, 2017, 04:04:18 pm »
So right when I'm considering Chromium, everyone else has moved on .. story of my life ::)
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Re: Senate votes to let ISPs sell your Web browsing history to advertisers
« Reply #57 on: April 08, 2017, 04:35:05 pm »
Chromium is good enough.  I like what Opera did with it -- that's all.

It's easy to match Opera's look n' feel to the Peppermint-Dark-7 theme. 

Dittos for matching Thunderbird, Guayadeque, and Conky ...   ;)


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Re: Senate votes to let ISPs sell your Web browsing history to advertisers
« Reply #58 on: April 08, 2017, 08:19:56 pm »
Ah, so right when I'm about to move on.....

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Re: Senate votes to let ISPs sell your Web browsing history to advertisers
« Reply #59 on: April 11, 2017, 06:56:54 am »
I read a couple of old threads, in these forums, concerning Flash on Opera. 

For shiggles, I decided to test Flash in the Opera 46 dev release.

Gotta say, the options are rather compelling ... and, I'm a Flash hater. 

'Click-to-play' might be a viable compromise ...   8)