Chromium nightly updater (Java)

After spending almost 6 months on Firefox nightlies, I am back on the chromium nightlies. I just love how it syncs settings/extensions as well (although not extension’s data currently). It’s also looking much better in all those benchmarks. Anyways, firefox nightlies seem to update themselves regularly. On *ubuntu we have a nightly PPA for Chromium. However sadly on windows, you have to manually update chromium.

To help you guys (and myself) I quickly put together an executable jar (source included) which should update chromium to latest nightly build. Its compiled with java 5, so use any JVM >= 5.

Run it at command line as : java -jar ChromiumUpdater.jar or simply double click if you have associated jar files to open with java binary (No console or window in this case. Just a log file in same directory)

You shouldn’t need to pass any parameters (but if those URLs change, you can pass new URLs as well. There are some optional arguments, you’ll see what arguments it support when you run it (will dump on console and log.txt).

Feel free to modify source (included in jar) or create a BAT of it to schedule it or do whatever you want with it.

Warning: It will download installer and install automatically (if local version lags). It will also kill chromium if running, without asking any questions). Only works on Windows.

Download from: download page

Direct download from here.

AdBlock+ for chrome/chromium and some benchmark results

If any of you are wondering what’s the deal with Google Chrome and Chromium, Chromium is the open source project behind Google Chrome. There were some fires about Chrome EULA in past, which were eventually sorted out. Anyways, I decided to go with Chromium instead of Chrome. Here’s a post that talks about their comparisons and relationships.

I also did some sunspider benchmarks recently(well around 15 days back) and chrome was a runaway winner. As we can clearly see that Chromium nightly was almost twice as fast as next best Firefox nightly.

Opera 10.10B13062.4ms
Firefox 3.0.142705.0ms
Firefox 3.5.31063.0ms
One of the important things missing in Chrome(for me..) was lack of an industry standard ad blocking extension. AdBlock+ is one of market leader at munching ads. And now it has been made available for Chrome/Chromium as well.
So here you go – AdBlock+ for Chrom*.
As of now two of my most used extensions have been working fine on Chrome ( XMarks and AdBlock+). The themes have been looking good. That firefox icon is getting lesser clicks day by day and sometimes only accidently out of the old habit.  I am afraid, at this rate, that firefox icon will soon find its place along that damned IE icon 🙂