µMatrix - the HTTP Switchboard successor

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  2. The Red Moon

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    i am currently using http switchboard which seems a wonderful extension which i installed from the chrome web store.I noticed that in the smallprint in suggests using umatrix instead,would i be ok just carrying on using the switchboard or is it mandatory to use umatrix.?

    I also use the ublock adblocker,excuse my stupid question but can ublock be used alongside switchboard/umatrix.?
     
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    HTTPSB is deprecated. And it is divided into two Extensions uMatrix and uBlock and are much more advanced and efficient than the former.
    It is better not to use HTTPSB anymore.
     
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    Hello The Red Moon,

    HTTPSB is no longer being developed (last update was Sept. 15). It is highly advised to switch to µMatrix and/or µBlock. They are both constantly being developed and are more feature rich and efficient than HTTPSB. HTH...
     
  5. The Red Moon

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    Thank you very much for the replies.I suspected this was the case but needed to clarify.I certainly hope the developer keeps this extension going for as long as possible.

    Just a quick query if i may.
    I am running both ublock and umatrix and i notice both of these extensions are using more or less the same hostfiles and adblocking lists and both are enabled in both programs.Would i be correct in assuming i need to either disable the blocklists in either ublock or umatrix or does ublock simply need to be uninstalled as i find it a waste of resources to use both of these when they both have the same blocklists enabled by default.

    Thanks.
     
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  6. tlu

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    You should disable all hosts files in µBlock which you enabled in µMatrix. More hints here.
     
  7. Rasheed187

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    I have finally checked it out on Opera 25 and the one thing I noticed is that it's quite fast, nice job. But I still need to get used to the interface, it took me a while to figure out how to make stuff work. And like I said before I prefer the UI from simple script-blockers (see pic), but of course µMatrix is more powerful.
     

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    Yes, µMatrix is much more powerful. Besides, you can configure it such that it behaves like a "simple script-blocker": Just whitelist all columns in the global scope - if only for the 1st party domain or for all domains is up to you - with the exception of the script column. From now on you just have to whitelist the nu.nl cell (using your example), and voilà - there is your simple script-blocker. With the added benefit that all requests (not only scripts) to all domains contained in the hosts files are still blocked (like in RequestPolicy).
     
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    This is amazing. Right now I have uMatrix and uBlock set up just the way I want them and between the two they are using only 54k of memory with a single tab open.
     
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    Agreed on this advise to use one or both of uBlock and uMatrix. I would vote them both as Extensions of the year, and that's what I used to think of httpsb, but this combo takes coding excellence in this category to another level altogether.
     
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    Just to do some catching up: certain things like video (anything else?) are supposed to be listed in the plugins cell but are not due to a Chromium bug?
     
  12. The Red Moon

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    I have decided to run both umatrix and ublock in tandem and it is a light combination.Marvellous extensions and good work by the developer.
     
  13. tlu

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    Absolutely :thumb:
     
  14. Rasheed187

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    Yes but like I said, I believe the UI can be a turn off for some people. I think it would be better to make separate tabs for scripts, cookies etc, it would make the UI look a lot simpler.
     
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    I disagree. This would ultimately abandon the matrix which is definitely the best feature of µMatrix and which would make, e.g., Noscript a much better product, IMHO.
     
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    I know what you mean, but I'm no fan of NS either, again because of the GUI. And I'm mostly concerned about script blocking, I don't really care about cookies, CSS and other stuff. So with separate tabs you would keep the power of µMatrix, but make it less overwhelming. Just look at the screenshots.
     

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    @ gorhill

    I wonder if it's possible to make µMatrix work like Ghostery, with that I mean blocking only certain trackers, which won't cause pages to break. Another question, is it possible to make a version for Opera v12 and v26 with the abilities of this tool? http://www.kiboke-studio.hr/i-dont-care-about-cookies/
     
  20. tlu

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    That's you ;) But I guess that most users do care about cookies, CSS and other stuff for privacy reasons. And for managing that stuff the matrix is optimal. Abandoning the matrix just because someone is only interested in script blocking is not for the benefit of all other users.

    What are these sceenshots supposed to tell me? That cookies and other stuff are reported in the matrix as distinguished from other blockers? Why don't you just disregard them if you're not interested? If you configure µMatrix as mentioned in #183, it's just one click on one cell to allow scripts. What's so different compared to other script blockers?
     
  21. tlu

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    That's already possible. You can easily whitelist any blacklisted trackers per-scope.

    There are lists you can add to µBlock:

    EDIT: I just noticed that Wilders is overprotective ;) The 4 * stand for a four-letter-word.
     
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    I know that's the fix recommended but as of now no problem with firefox and hardware acceleration so i will keep it that way
     
  23. Rasheed187

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    Well, you could make an option to choose between a simple interface and the standard one. But my point is that with a tab based UI, you could still easily see what scripts are blocked, and cookies and other stuff is only a click away.

    BTW, I had trouble trying to figure out how to make these sites work (see link). In the first link the YouTube movies are blocked, in the second one the pic is blocked. I could easily fix this in both ScriptKeeper and NotScripts, but no such luck with µMatrix. Can you explain what I'm missing?

    http://www.at5.nl/artikelen/137234/hysterische-meisjes-gillen-om-b-brave
    http://www.urby28.nl/media?mediaId=17859507

    EDIT: My bad, about link 2: ajax.googleapis.com should be unblocked before you can see api.mobinow.com
     
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    Thanks I will take a look into this. That cookie stuff is driving me crazy.
     
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    I prefer uMatrix control panel much more. I like to see and control all settings from one matrix. Putting tabs in interface would be a big step back for me.
     
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