The Google Chrome extensions I use

Richard wanted to know which Google Chrome extensions I use. Here’s the list:

  • AdBlock: I still see ads, but I probably see fewer ads than before.
  • AngularJS Batarang: Great for debugging AngularJS applications.
  • Any.do Extension: I use this on my phone. Still thinking about how I can get something working with Org Mode and my phone. Might replace this with MobileOrg.
  • Application Launcher for Drive (by Google): I hardly use this, but it seems like a good idea.
  • Boomerang Calendar: Recognizes dates in e-mails and makes it easy to create appointments. Might not need it after Google improves its interface some more.
  • Boomerang for Gmail: Great for delaying replies, following up in case of non-response, or getting things to turn up in your inbox after a specified delay.
  • Capture Webpage Screenshot – FireShot: Can come in handy for full-page screenshots.
  • CSS Reloader: Handy during development.
  • Don’t track me Google: I use this mainly to remove the annoying Google redirection that happens when you copy links from search results without clicking through them. This way, I can copy and paste cleaner URLs.
  • Dragon Web Extension: Theoretically allows me to use speech recognition to control Chrome. I still haven’t gotten Dragon Naturally Speaking to be part of my workflow.
  • Evernote Web Clipper: Evernote is a great way to stash things I may want to refer to later.
  • Feedly: The extension lets me quickly subscribe to blogs. I prefer reading them on my phone, though.
  • Google Docs: Handy for sharing documents and editing them online.
  • Hangouts: I use this for video chats.
  • LastPass: Free Password Manager: Handy for storing and sharing passwords.
  • RescueTime for Chrome & ChromeOS: Tracks the sites I visit. I’m not doing anything with this data yet.
  • Rikaikun: Helps me learn Japanese when I hover over kanji.
  • RSS Subscription Extension (by Google): Displays a feed icon in the address bar if the site has alternate links to feeds. This way, I don’t have to hunt around for the right link.
  • Send from Gmail (by Google): Makes Gmail the default handler for e-mail addresses.
  • Tampermonkey: For injecting the Javascript that Skewer needs so that I can interact with webpages from Emacs. Could probably get away with using a bookmarklet instead. This tends to slow down Chrome, so I enable it only when I’m planning to develop.

What extensions do you use?

  • cycojesus

    You could look at https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.nononsenseapps.notepad as a replacement of Any.do that work in combination with org-mode. It can store its data as org-mode files and it’s FOSS too.

  • jaequery

    Gethoneybadger – if you like to dig into traffic and startups data

  • undisclosed location

    We’ve spoken before about NaturallySpeaking and I think you would find it better integrated into your workflow if NaturallySpeaking was better integrated with Emacs. You may be in a position to help put together some talent to work with the us techno-crips to make it real and, find a way to keep it supported.

    This is a controversial approach. Stallman himself told me that he didn’t think it should be done because would make NaturallySpeaking more valuable. This may be true for him but for the rest the world, and especially the world of techno-crips, it makes Emacs more valuable.

  • Raymond Zeitler

    Actually, I have FF set as my default browser. Chrome is relegated to my secondary browser, for use with sites that don’t work too well with FF, such as Google Drive. ;) Google’s editors don’t know how to Copy-Drag (or Drag-Copy). (I know I can set Emacs as my web browser editor, but I haven’t bothered to try it.)

    The FF extensions I like include: NoScript; WOT (Web Of Trust), LastTab; Mini Tab; LocationBar. If you do Facebook even occasionally, I’d also recommend FBPurity. I was a big fan of Web Search Pro until the developer stopped chasing after the insanely rapid update schedule of FF. Now it doesn’t work as well.

    I like the reasoning behind your use of Don’t Track Me Google. It’s annoying to have to follow a link in a list of search results just to copy the URL.

  • JayDugger

    Have you ever tried using an extension such as Vimium?

    1) It gives you dynamic keyboard shortcuts for all links on a page. You type “f’ and small one or two letter badges appear near each link on a page. Typing the letter(s) then o[ens the matching link.

    2) It also gives search through page contents by simple string matching and optional regular expression support.

    3) You can remap keys as you please, including to emacs-style key sequences.

    4) You can specify URL matching to disable Vimium for sites that have their own keyboard shortcuts.

    I like it enough that I made an Anki deck to memorize its commands!

    • Yeah, W- uses something like that. Of course, he’s got vi bindings, so it drives me a little crazy whenever I use his browser. =) I might check out ChromEmacs, or maybe even get around to using Eww more now that I’m on 24.4…