[PLUG-TALK] Google is becoming increasingly annoying

nathan w nathan at nathanewilliams.com
Mon Jul 4 22:24:20 PDT 2011

looking a little further it seems userstyles.org is mostly oriented
toward *adding* crap and not removing it... not so fun.

i actually put a simple one together real quick that seems to do the
basics. not extensively tested but it works on the main search sites
(web/images) to get rid of extraneous content.

just drop this into

you may have to mkdir chrome, it didn't exist on my system until i
created it. bonus is if you do this manually you do not have to load any
extra plugins for firefox.

docs are here: http://www-archive.mozilla.org/unix/customizing.html

file content:

@namespace url(http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml);

@-moz-document domain("google.com") {
#leftnavc {visibility:hidden !important}
#rhscol {visibility:hidden !important}
#fll {visibility:hidden !important}
#brs {visibility:hidden !important}

On 07/04/2011 09:43 PM, nathan w wrote:
> On 07/04/2011 09:01 PM, Denis Heidtmann wrote:
>> On Mon, Jul 4, 2011 at 7:45 PM, John Jason Jordan <johnxj at comcast.net>wrote:
>>> Google has suddenly decided that I want a column to the left of the
>>> screen giving me options like Everything, Images Videos, News,
>>> Shopping, and More. Google has also decided that, apparently based on
>>> my IP address, I am in Portland, Oregon, and therefore I must surely
>>> want advertising directed to Portland businesses. And the other day
>>> Google started adding a comment at the bottom of each search result, as
>>> if I give a rat's patootie what Google thinks of the site. And the
>>> latest is that now I suddenly have a menu bar with Web, Images, Videos,
>>> Maps, News, Shopping, Gmail, and More.
>>> Is there a way to turn off this junk?
> install stylish addon for firefox, and choose a userstyle, or write your
> own! it's quick, easy and transparent if you're passably comfortable
> with CSS.
> could be as simple as visibility:hidden or display:none, or you could
> really go nuts and make your own google website layout.
>> And then there is the "+1" crap.  I searched to see if it were possible to
>> turn it off.  The solution appears to be using "adblock plus" with some
>>  code I did not try yet.
>> If you find a way to turn this stuff off, please let us know.
>> Anybody here have a recommended search engine to replace Google? It has
>> gotten that bad.
>> -Denis
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