Web Excursions are select bookmarks from my travels around the interwebs, because I'm always thinking about you while discovering other people's cool stuff. You mean that much to me. You can see all of my (public) bookmarks on Pinboard, and visit the bookmarks archive for curated lists across the last few years.
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Let’s start with one non-Chrome link…
- Can iPad replace my laptop?
- An in-depth look at the current state of the question “Can iPad really replace my laptop?”
The rest of this week’s web excursions are some of my current favorite (and most-used) Chrome extensions. I try a lot of them, so we’ll start with an essential for anyone who has more extensions at any given time than are ever going to be necessary.
- Extensions Manager (aka Switcher)
- And when you get to the point where you just have too many extensions, use Extension manager to quickly enable and disable them, and create sets of extensions for bulk enable/disable as circumstance requires.
And now tab managers…
- Still my favorite for managing sets of tabs with titles, labels, and easy drag and drop sorting.
- OneTab is the de facto solution for saving tab sets. Click the extension button and the whole window is saved to an organized list where you can drag between sets and remove tabs as needed.
- Tip: export OneTab lists as plain text for easy bulk editing and import the result back in to clean up long lists.
- Tab Manager
- This one scratches an itch for me. I use Toby and Pinboard to organize tabs, which is way easier if I can just save a whole window, but I hate having my sessions include irrelevant pages, and sorting them all is a pain. With Tab Manager, you can see all of your tabs as a list and manipulate them in myriad ways (close, move, re-order). See also OneTab…
- Copy All Urls
- A handy plugin (similar to my TabLinks extension for Safari) that copies all of your open tabs as a list of text links. Like TabLinks, it allows a template so you can, say, copy as a bullet list of Markdown URLs with page titles.
- Relevance - Smart Tab Organizer
- An interesting extension that uses an algorithm based on the times tabs are active to sort them by “relevance.”
- Tab Extract
- Allows you to extract tabs based on a title search to a new window from the url bar. It’s handier than it might sound, especially for use with any of the tab-set-saving extensions.
And some extras…
- This one is indispensable for GitHub browsing. It gives you a full tree view on the left side of the page of the files in any repo. You can quickly navigate between files and explore repos where you wouldn’t even know what to search for in the GitHub quick switcher.
- HTML5 Video Keyboard Shortcuts
- Add keyboard navigation (play/pause, fast forward, rewind) to any HTML5 video you run across.