I Don’t Like Grand Blue Dreaming Conceptually

I started to read Grand Blue Dreaming months ago at a recommendation, a while before the anime was announced. Then, I stopped soon thereafter. I believe I only read the first chapter at the most. I didn’t think about this much because I was not reading much manga anyway.

About a week ago, I remembered that the anime had been airing, already aware that it had been announced. Book Walker was having a summer anime finale sale which of course included Grand Blue Dreaming. Looking at it from the series’ perspective, this was a good time to be on sale because I had started to read more manga, particularly comedies.

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The Bose QuietComfort 35 II Can Become Expensive Wired-Only Headphones

The Bose QuietComfort 35 II Can Become Expensive Wired-Only Headphones

The Bose QuietComfort series definitely is a favorite in regards to active noise canceling (ANC) headphones and are considered by many to be the best. The sound quality of the QuietComfort 35 II is considered to be good but generally not as much as the Sony WH-1000XM2s according to reviewers who’ve used both while others are divided about which has better noise cancellation. Speaking of which, Bose’s pair offers three levels of cancellation. Nonetheless, the QuietComfort 35 II is considered to be high class when taking the entire package into account.

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Sushi Browser: The End of My Browser Search (Possibly)

Sushi Browser: The End of My Browser Search (Possibly)

I’ve used quite a few browsers over the years, easily more than I can count on my hands. My more recent options included Vivaldi and Tungsten which I used interchangeably once I realized they complimented each other nicely.

Still, as good as I believe Vivaldi is and as underrated as I believe Tungsten is, I’ve been dissatisfied that I’ve had to use two browsers to do reasonably what I wanted: use resizable panels. Vivaldi has panels, but they’re not resizable. Tungsten does have panels that are resizable, but they’re limited to one window. Tungsten is a tabbed browser. You cannot open multiple windows. That unfortunately is a deal breaker for me if I want to use just one browser.

I admittedly do not know much about browser development beyond an IT tester’s perspective. I’m familiar with programming but not to the extent that is needed to create a browser. Nevertheless, I’ve looked at the panel features of the aforementioned browsers, Otter Browser, and so on and believed that they still can be more dynamic.

Sushi Browser is the dynamic I’ve been searching for. Kura52 currently is the sole developer of this free, open source browser which is available on GitHub and the official website. Xterm.js, Inferno, Chromium, Brave’s Muon (its fork of GitHub’s Electron), and Semantic UI React are the underlying technologies of the browser.

Sushi and Brave are distantly related to Google Chrome (but without the telemetry) and, therefore, can use some Chromium extensions as a result. Kura has implemented more extension APIs, so Sushi has more extension support. (Note: 0.12.0 has broken extensions. Installed extensions malfunction on a case-by-case basis, and new extensions cannot be installed at least on two of the computers I’ve tried. 0.12.1 appears to have resolved this.)

Based on his description of Sushi, it appears that Kura shares much of the frustration with browsers that I have:

“When you are browsing the web you can only use a section of your screen. Have you ever thought that that’s a waste? The concept of the “Sushi Browser” is wanting to utilize the screen to the maximum capacity just by a simple operation.”

Yes, I have thought that only using a part of the screen is a waste. Many times, I’ve visited a web page on a 1080p display while multitasking and thought how nice it would be to put that white space to use the way I want, even when using the panel features of other browsers as I explained.

Let me introduce you to perhaps the most primary and second most primary features of Sushi:

Sushi Browser: Tab Splitting and Application Binding

No, your eyes are not deceiving you. You’re looking at a window of two panels, the first with a GIF by Kura52 of the browser and the second with a binded LibreOffice Writer window of this post.

Let’s start with the panels. There are multiple manners in which to open them.

One is to have at least two tabs open, right click on one, and select one of the split options. If you want to change the view, drag the tab back to the others in order to have the panels combine themselves. You also can drag multiple tabs at once by shift-clicking or control-clicking and dragging the grouping or dragging them all back by moving the panel’s new tab button to the other panel.

Sushi Browser: Advanced Tab Dragging

Now, we have the application binding.

Click the settings menu, select Bind Selected Window, and select any other window. It is better to have the window of interest next to Sushi so that all you have to do is click on it in order to bind it. Alt-tabbing, activating the window through the taskbar, etc. basically will stop the binding from happening.

Sushi Browser: Application Binding

Tungsten is the only other browser that can bind applications and does so really well. Being that Sushi and Tungsten both have Japanese origins, I would not be surprised if Kura is aware of MSR’s and Joker’s browser and this primary feature it has. Application binding was a feature I did not know I wanted until I started using that browser. It’s certainly not a required feature, but I like having it for work use and personal use, nevertheless.

Additionally, Sushi contains extension tools, extensions which are integrated into the browser. Terminal operates Bash for Linux/Mac and PowerShell for Windows, File Explorer is an integrated file manager, Text Editor is a text and source code editor like Notepad++, and Video Playback is an integrated video player.

Sushi Browser Introduction (Kura52)
Courtesy of Kura52

Kura has been adding other features, as well, such as a VPN, multi-row tabs, a session manager, a screenshot tool, HTTPS Everywhere, tracking protection, script blocking, fingerprinting protection, and external media player connectivity.

Sushi Browser: Settings Menu

Just this is a lot to discuss in an introductory post, so I will make follow-ups of the current features which most interest me.

While I also hope he is pacing himself and taking his time being the only developer, I definitely like Kura’s commitment and his overarching message of Sushi.

Reading Cells at Work! With Sushi Browser

I’ve started reading Akane Shimizu’s Cells at Work!, and it already is good. Apparently, it has won an award. I can understand why, and that is even with knowing that the use of personification in manga, anime, and Japanese games is common. Refer to Azur Lane and Kantai Collection as a couple examples. Either way, all it took was a recommendation of the anime, a viewing of the first, two episodes with my friend whom recommended it, and a sale on Book Walker to purchase the manga.

My fondness of Sushi Browser has been well-documented at this stage. I primarily use it, and while there are moments when I have to use another browser for specific tasks because of stability and so on, it’s not frequent or problematic. Those moments exclude reading manga through Book Walker and Comixology’s sites. I’ve mostly been using Sushi for that purpose, and Cells at Work! demonstrates that there is not really any other browser that can provide a similar experience.

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Sushi Browser v0.18.0 Brings Notes and Other Features to the Sidebar

Sushi Browser v0.18.0 Brings Notes and Other Features to the Sidebar

Sushi Browser v0.18.0 Iwashi (Sardine) includes a welcome feature to the sidebar: notes through the TOAST UI Editor. It has to be said that this feature is experimental, so it may not remain if it negatively affects usability or stability.

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Privacy Badger Has This Advantage Over Privacy Possum

In addition to Privacy Badger, I’ve been using Privacy Possum since I read gHack’s article on the extension. Both extensions are privacy-oriented, tracker blockers. The Electronic Frontier Foundation maintains Privacy Badger, and GitHuber user cowlicks maintains Privacy Possum.

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Now with v0.17.0, Sushi Browser Continues to Take on Vivaldi

Now with v0.17.0, Sushi Browser Continues to Take on Vivaldi

Sushi Browser v0.17.0 Ikura (Salmon Roe) was released June 2, bringing features such as tab previews, a home button, homepage settings, file download location management, and, of course, defect fixes. You can find all of the new features on the official, GitHub releases page. As of the time of this post, v0.17.1 was released shortly thereafter to address some more issues.

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