Friday (2/21/14) 8:14pm - ... wherein Peter lists Chrome extensions he's been using.
A few months ago, I finally switched from Opera to Chrome. I figured I'd list some extensions that I was finding useful in Chrome.
Add to Amazon Wish List: this adds a little button next to your address bar that does what it says on the tin. The nice thing is, you can add products from anywhere on the web to any wish list you want, which makes Amazon a clearinghouse for all my shopping lists.
Autofill: this expands the capabilities of the built-in form-autofill. With the extension, you can specify text to automatically fill in for anything. (You want any field labelled "favorite color" to be "green"? Done!) It also lets you turn *off* the autofill feature for any domain or site you want. (Okay, except for google. If google asks me what my favorite color is, I'll say "black". Take that, NSA!)
Clearly: this lets you press a button and instantly reformat the screen to a sensible, easy-to-read style. Handy for any time some web designer sees fit to draw their site in eye-burninating colors, or Comic Sans.
LastPass: this is a password manager. Yes, using it is probably a huge security risk. Feel free to say "I told you so" when my passwords get inevitably hacked.
Recent Tabs: this changes the tab-switching behavior in Chrome, so that instead of cycling through the tabs left-to-right, it cycles through them in "most recently used" order, similar to how alt-tab works on Windows.
Reverse Youtube Playlist: another extension that does what it says on the tin. In this case, it adds a little button to any youtube playlist that reverses the playlist. This is especially handy for catching up on video podcasts that post their most recent episodes first, like Zero Punctuation.
Smooth Gestures: this adds gestures to Chrome. You make a 'gesture' by clicking down the right mouse button and dragging it around to make a shape. You can then assign different gestures to different built-in Chrome actions. For instance, when I right-click a link and then drag to the right, Chrome automatically opens the link in a new background tab. (It also traces out the shape I'm drawing with a thick green line, which helps with usability.)
StayFocusd: this is a nice tool for 'dammit I'm wasting all my time on facebook.' You give the extension a list of time-wasting web sites (there are built-in items for facebook, twitter, and reddit) and then tell it how much time per day it should let you spend on those sites. If you go through your allotment for the day, any attempt to reach a time-waster site only gets you a "shouldn't you be working now?" window. You can also specify which days of the week, and which times of day, the extension should be active. You can even set up a challenge that makes it more difficult to deactivate the extension.
So those are the main ones I'm using right now, but I'm always keen to learn about new extensions. What are you guys using these days?