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Adding sync to Minimalist-Gmail

So the cat’s out of the bag, now. I needed an excuse to learn some more Javascript, along with looking at how Google Chrome extensions look like, so I decided to add a sync feature to the excellent Minimalist for Gmail extension. It’s all in my own GitHub fork of Ansel’s repository. It will be integrated into the shipping branch soon, but I’ll probably keep experimenting for a while.


Poor man’s search engines sync for Google Chrome (version 2)

After receiving some feedback, I’ve updated my scripts for syncing the search engine settings in Google Chrome. You can grab the new ZIP file here.

Here are the changes:

  • I’ve written some native CMD.EXE scripts for Windows, which are easier to run than the Powershell ones for non dev people (or devs that never used Powershell).
  • The scripts have been renamed to “export” and “import” since most people don’t get the “push” and “pull”.
  • The “import” script creates a backup of the settings files (a file called “Web Data.backup” in the same directory) so you can revert to the previous version if something goes wrong.

Enjoy!


Poor man’s search engines sync for Google Chrome

Update: since Lifehacker featured this post on their home page, I released some simpler updated version of the scripts here.

The wonderful thing about open-source software is that whenever something’s missing, anybody can go ahead and fix it… that is, unless nobody cares enough about it. And that’s precisely what’s happening with the “search engines sync” feature in Google Chrome, which has been in Chromium’s bug database for more than a year and a half. Looks like Google is not so much in a hurry to let you use other search engines as soon as you install a fresh copy of their browser.

Oh, don’t look at me. I seriously don’t have the time to dive into such a big codebase to add the feature myself… but what I do have the time for is a little scripted hack to get around the problem quickly!

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