the pandemic is still with us, we’re just used to it now

As a species we will normalize any catastrophe until it moves to the back of our minds and our day-to-day existence. Case in point is the coronavirus pandemic and COVID-19. My blog posting of screen captures of the COVID-19 dashboard go back to at least March of 2020, and I created a series of them until sometime around October, when I gave up. I was numb watching the infection and death numbers rising steadily. It was a real-life horror movie in slow motion.

When I fired up Vivaldi yesterday to add Instagram as a web panel, I noticed I still had a tab opened to the COVID-19 dashboard, so I looked at it. It looks pretty much the same, only worse, than the last time I looked. And then I noticed there’s a couple of graphics devoted to vaccination levels. That large green number at the top is over two billion doses administered. That’s not a one-to-one person reference, as many of the vaccines require two doses (I took the Moderna two-dose vaccine back in January and February 2021). It helps to counter a bit seeing the United States still number one with cases and deaths.

This screen capture highlights another Vivaldi capability: at the bottom of the browser window are additional controls, one of which takes a screen shot of the web page you’re viewing. This web page screen capture was made that way. I much prefer having Vivaldi do it because all the extraneous outer chrome and tabs is trimmed away, leaving just the page itself. And all at the click of a button.

adding photos to your instagram stream from the desktop — using vivaldi

Two days ago I documented a convoluted process to trick the web-based Instagram into allowing the desktop user to upload photographs from your personal computer into your Instagram stream. I felt so clever. And then a reader came by and left the following comment:

In Vivaldi, you can just add the web site to Vivaldi’s Web Panel and all the buttons are there when you need them. ;)

Shit.

Well, he’s right, and it’s so unbelievably simple to do compared to all the rigamarole Chrome puts your through. As an example, here’s what happened when I did it with Instagram.

  • Step 0 is go to the web site you want to add to a Vivaldi web panel.
  • Step 1 is to click the ‘Add Web Panel’ plus symbol. Then click the other plus symbol to the right of the box showing the website URL.
  • Step 2 is to click the Instagram add button at the bottom with your mouse. And this time the mouse pointer stays a mouse pointer.

The act of adding this panel adds the site’s icon on the bar at the very left. Clicking on the site’s icon will toggle the site web panel on and off, which is how to remove it when you’re done.

This is yet another powerful reason to switch to Vivaldi.