Apr 10, 2020
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Life management

My browser setup. Philosophy, extensions, settings

I

spend a lot of time in the browser. Almost all work and research is happening through it. Hence, I find it crucial to have an effective and productive setup.

Here is my experience

Browser: Google Chrome

Theme: Rose

Start page: via Start.me.

Here, I've added some useful for me stuff that I"m visiting or monitoring more or less frequently.

This page opens at every new tab. Nice.

Settings that by default were off:

Do not track in the privacy & security tab.

Enhanced spell check in languages.

Group Tabs!

As of the time of writing this post, this feature is in beta version by the Chrome team, so it's not enabled by default. To enable it, put “chrome://flags/#tab-groups” into the address bar, hit Enter, and you can enable the feature from there.

It lets you to group tabs by color and easily move the enire group around. Nice.

Extensions

Security

1password

Convenient and secure passwords manager. Supports finger prints. Except storing and generating passwords, also allows to securely store the important documents and data. Family feature conveniently allows to share passwords to specific services with relatives/team.

ExpressVPN

Fast and fancy VPN.

Adblock Plus

Blocks a lot of nasty popups and ads. Makes your internet experience more pleasant + websites loads faster because they don't need to load all those filthy banners.

Here is a list of additional filters that I use with the Adblock:

No, thanks

Additional blocker, helps to prevent annoying "Subscribe to our newsletter" pop-ups, "Allow notifications" and other intrusive poop.

BankID

One of my banks uses this plugin for authenticating digital signatures.

Productivity

Checker Plus for Gmail

Adds a convenient envelope that shows how many unread emails you have now. By clicking on it, you can immediately reply from there or mark it as read. Must have, especially for adapts of the "inbox zero" philosophy.

Checker Plus for Google Calendar

Extension from the same developer of "Checker Plus for Gmail". Helps to quickly access your calendar and see how much time is left for your next event/meeting.

Simple Gmail Notes

Add notes to email threads in Gmail.

Maybe you have an idea that you want to pitch after your recipient replies, maybe you want to remind yourself to do something when you're talking with this person or maybe you have some notes about them. For whatever use you're going for, this is a useful tool.

Example:

Gmail Conversation Thread reversal

Reverse your email threads to display your conversations in chronological order so that you can get a clearer picture of what's going on, more quickly.

Hunter

Helps to find email addresses that are associated with a website on which you're on. Nice for times when you need to contact someone from the company.

Snippet - web highlighter/Kindle import

Provides fancy ability to highlight text on the web or in documents and save it to their fancy dashboard, where you can review it and work with it.

Also, it have functionality to import Kindle highlights to the dashboard too, with neatly grouping all highlights by books.

Love it.

Clickup

I use this service a lot, mostly for business reasons as our central CRM hub. But it also has a lot of ways to be utilized for a personal use.

I've wrote a bit on Clickup in my article "Automated recurrences made my life so much better".

Particularly this extension I use only for 1 reason: ability to quickly add a received email to clickup (as a new project, task, extra info, etc.) The extension also have a few more features like notes, screenshots, but I have better tools for this.

Feedly

Feedly is an aggregator that helps me to stay on top of the publications that I enjoy reading. In other words, it's a fancy RSS reader.

I use their extension button to have an ability to quickly add the website to feedly.

Pocket

I use pocket to capture material from the web and create own themed collections. For example, if I see an interesting long-read but don't have time for it right now — I'm adding it to pocket, so I can read it later.

Even if I'm traveling and there is no internet connection.

Read Aloud: A Text to Speech Voice Reader

I use it when I'm reading something and want to give my eyes a bit of the rest. So I'm just turning it on to read the article for me.

Also I use it to narrate my blog posts in the drafting stage, so I can abstract myself and listen to what is written.

It helps a lot to refine the writing and get an understanding what areas of your copy have flaws.

It's fascinating how natural AI voice can sound these days...

This extensions allows you to pick from a lot of voice options, my favorite is IBM-Watson American English (Michael v.3)

Grammarly

Helps with fixing and improving grammar, spelling, style and tone in your writings.

Mate Translate

My favorite, feature-rich translator. Double-click on a word and get a translation immediately to almost any language of your choice.

Tools

Mailtrack.io

Helps to understand if the email was opened, when and what links were clicked.

Simple and useful.

Formatted email subject lines by CloudHQ

I'm still experimenting with this tool.

Basically, it helps to format email subject lines to be more noticeable.

Gmail Button by CLoudHQ

Quickly add fancy buttons and tables to your emails.

Mailto

Have you ever clicked on a website's "contact us" email link, only to find out that nothing happens when you click on it?

Or it opens some email application?

This plugin sets Gmail as default email application when clicking on an email address on the internet.

Honey

Automatically finds and applies discounts when you shop online. I don't have to do nothing and getting better prices on a lot of products + earning their Honey gold which I exchange on Amazon vouchers to buy myself some books.

Web developer

A lot of useful functionality for folks who work with websites.

Color by Fardos

Fancy color picker. Plus few more extra features, like the ability to create color combinations and gradients.

Font finder

Simple extension that helps to identify the font on any webpage fast and easy.

Nukem

Remove elements from web pages permanently.

There are plenty of Chrome extensions that allow you to remove elements from the page, but they all seem to be temporary. This one remembers whats been removed, and removes it whenever the page is loaded again.

I use it to remove annoying elements that I don't need in my view.

For example, the Cloudhq one from the Gmail view.

Speed test by Ookla

One push of the button and you know your internet speed.

Bookmark favicon changer

I use this plugin sometimes for changing the favicon of the bookmark that got parsed wrong (ex. no favicon or wrong icon)

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