Recommended Google Chrome Extensions

Google Chrome

Now that Google Chrome supports extensions in the latest builds, we can now extend and make the best and fastest browser on the planet even better. Below is a list of extensions that I recommend and personally love:

  • AdBlock: Blocks ads on websites.
  • AutoPager: Popular sites with pages are all put on one page so you don’t have to constantly click to go to each page.
  • Better Gmail: Features to make Gmail … better.
  • Clickable Links: Text with http: and mailto: are made clickable if they’re not already.
  • Google Quick Scroll: Quickly find the passage you were searching for on Google.
  • IETab: For those websites that only works in IE (banks and government sites for example)
  • LastPass: Securely save and generate passwords to sites. Stores in the cloud.
  • Slinky: Google image links go straight to the image, instead of the frame/website.
  • Xmarks: For bookmark backup and syncing.

Be sure to check out all the other Google Chrome Extensions for others that fit your personal preferences.


Wu-Tang vs. The Beatles

If you happen to like the Wu-Tang and The Beatles, you’ll enjoy the mashups available here — song taken down, however it’s here on Soundcloud now. Even if you aren’t familiar with the Wu-Tang, it’s still worth checking out, you may end up liking the mixes. There are 27 songs in the Magical Mystery Chambers album, available for both streaming, and the entire album is free to download in just about any bitrate and format you desire.

Don’t forget, there are nearly 3,000 more mashups available here on this site for streaming and download.


Reading on the Web – Tools to Live By

If you find yourself reading a lot of articles online, there are certain tools on the web, and for your browser, that will make reading a whole lot easier, and more efficient. Below I will list some tools you should check out.

The first recommendation is a bookmarklet that makes reading articles much easier, and with less clutter.  A bookmarklet is a bookmark, that when pressed, executes an action on your browser instead of going to a webpage.  There are a bunch of these type of bookmarklets, so it’s best to try them all to see which one you like the best.  My personal favorite is the first one:

A handy web service for setting aside articles you want to read later is Instapaper.  Instapaper lets you use a bookmarklet to save articles to their service to read it later.  There are some nifty features, such as the ability to make the articles more readable (similar to how the above bookmarklets work), the ability to download an article in Kindle or ePub format to read on your eReader, and more.  They even offer a free and pro version for the iPhone, which I’ve found to be incredibly handy for catching up on my reading while on the go.  A side service of their’s provides recommended reading material at givemesomethingtoread.com.

While Delicious is a handy bookmarking service, it has become incredibly cluttered and slow ever since it was sold to Yahoo.  A fantastic alternative is Pinboard.in, which is what Delicious used to be, and then some.  It is speedy, easy to use, and allows importing from links from services like Delicious, Instapaper, Twitter, and even email links in.  While it is not free, I paid a $5.82 signup fee and it goes higher as more people sign up, it does keep spam off of the service and allows them to keep the service running smoothly and speedily.