I’m embarrassed to post this, but this is the best vacuum I’ve ever owned

I’m embarrassed to write this post but I really love this handheld cannister vacuum I got recently – an Oreck BB1200. Note that the model variant on their website is “DB” but the one I found online for a really good price was the “LR”.

This is the best vacuum I’ve ever owned. The build quality is amazing.  It’s made in USA. If you want to know how well things were made in the 1970’s get this.  For someone who lives in an apartment this is the perfect vacuum cleaner.

It’s lightweight and you can either hold it with the convenient handle or use the shoulder strap. Even though the filter compartment isn’t really large it seems to compress the dirt so well you don’t have to empty the filter for a long time.

It also has a secondary filter where the air exhaust comes out in the back which is a really nice touch. The power cord is quite long which is very convenient and it’s made of a high-quality rubber material which is much nicer than the cheaper vinyl-type power cords.

This vacuum is so nice that it actually makes cleaning fun. All I can say is that getting this vacuum was an excellent investment.

Now that I’ve written a post about a vacuum cleaner I know I’ve passed inexorably into the realm of being a complete geek. But I’m happy 🙂

Oreck BB1200. Love it!

Vivaldi: The web browser of the future (master list of extensions)

So I’ve started using Vivaldi as my main web browser. It simply performs much better than Firefox. It is radically faster and plays media better (less choppy/laggy/etc.). It has more features than Chrome or Opera. It’s simply the best browser available.

I have a high standard for a web browser and Vivaldi comes close to meeting every expectation very well and exceeding many.

Vivaldi is based on the Chrome engine and uses Chrome extensions. Here’s a list of the extensions I use. I highly recommend all of these.

List of Vivaldi/Chrome/Opera extensions

Ghostery Protect your privacy. See who’s tracking your web browsing with Ghostery. One of the first extensions I immediately install on all browsers (including mobile).

uBlock Origin An efficient blocker: easy on memory and CPU footprint, and yet can load and enforce thousands more filters than other popular blockers out there. This is the most important privacy/ad-blocking plugin. I use it along with Ghostery above. When you install it don’t forget to subscribe to the Anti-Adblock Killer list (go into the options for uBlock, select the 3rd-party filters tab and check the box next to Anti-Adblock Killer to enable it).

Tab Cookies Get in control of your privacy automatically deleting the unused cookies created in each tab when you close it. Similar to CookieCuller Firefox add-on. Whitelist only the sites (such as banking) that you absolutely need to store cookies for.

Dictionary Tip Look up definitions in a small frame without leaving the web page

Disable HTML5 Autoplay Disables autoplay of all HTML5 audio and video

Flashcontrol Block Flash from loading automatically and allow content only on selected sites. Use this with Disable HTML5 Autoplay above to stop the annoying video autoplay when viewing e.g. news websites. This one blocks flash video autoplay while the above blocks HTML5 video autoplay.

Draw.io Desktop Draw.io is a completely free diagram editor. For computer science it’s great for diagramming trees and nodes. Actually the draw.io website is just as good without the need for installing this extension but I thought I’d mention it anyway.

Foxish live RSS RSS feed reader in the style of Firefox’s live bookmarks. Set up some RSS bookmarks and put them on your Bookmark Bar. When you click on them you’ll see a dropdown list of all the headlines for each site. Only issue with this is that the width of the column of article headlines is a bit too narrow and cuts off the headlines. Still this is the closest you can get to Firefox’s Live Bookmarks (which, incidentally, is the only remaining reason I still use Firefox).

Hand Tool Use your mouse or stylus to smoothly pan web pages, bringing Photoshop Hand Tool to the web. This is really great if you use a Trackpoint or similar pointing device.

LastPass Password manager, saves your passwords and gives you secure access from every computer and mobile device. Can’t live without it!

List Opened Tabs An extension to list, search, rearrange, close, and switch tabs.

Recently Closed Tabs This small extension provides you with a simple way to reopen some web pages you closed before.

TinEye Reverse Image Search Find out where an image came from, how it’s used, or find higher resolution versions. Extremely useful.

YouTube High Definition Powerful tool that will let you play all YouTube videos in HD and change video player size automatically.

A couple final tips: In order to enable Vivaldi’s ability to save documents in MHT archive format type vivaldi://flags/#save-page-as-mhtml into the addressbar, press enter, then select enable.

To add dict.org as a search provider go to Tools -> Settings -> Search, click Add New Search Engine and use the info provided in this post.

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