What's in My Browser: David Pierce

Post by David Pierce. Find me on Twitter.

This is the second in a series of posts, about what we all use in our browsers. They’re now where we spend most of our time, and everyone’s got it tweaked a little differently. Here’s mine.

After recently converting to Mac, I had a chance to completely refresh my computing habits. I didn’t install anything up-front, and only installed what I needed as I went along. That’s made my browser faster, leaner, and without some of the extra nonsense I didn’t really need anyway. Here’s how it looks now:

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25 Time-Saving Tips For Your Computer

Post by David Pierce. Find me on Twitter.

As someone who spends many, many, MANY hours every day on a computer (seriously. It’s a lot. Like, I’m not even kidding. Except maybe a little.), I’m always looking for ways to do things faster, to complete a small task more quickly. So I can spend less time on the computer? Nah. I just want to Stumble.

I’ve found a bunch of tips that make doing lots of little things, like switching apps and jumping to the desktop. They might only save a couple of seconds each time, but those seconds add up awfully quickly for anyone who spends a lot of time at a computer.

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What's in My Browser: Squealing Rat

logos(David’s note: We’re starting a new series here at the 2.0 Life, called “What’s in Your Browser?” The browser, it seems, is the new go-bag: everyone’s got it customized, right down to the nitty-gritty, to help them browse better, or faster, or more productively.

We all use browsers differently, and I get a kick out of seeing how other people have customized the “same” browser I use, sometimes to the point you can’t even tell it’s the same.

Our first submission comes from a regular contributor to The 2.0 Life, Squealing Rat.

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10 Extensions That Make Google Chrome Rock

Post by Matt Brian, who writes the great Will I Need It? blog. He’s also on Twitter.

2819339876_55802a1eb5 About a year ago, Google Chrome threw a wrench into the Internet browser wars, giving Internet users a powerful choice aside from Firefox, Internet Explorer, Opera and Safari. One of the biggest shortfalls of the browser, though, was its initial lack of support for third party extensions, something that Firefox had already perfected (and even Microsoft’s beginning to get in on the act).

That’s all changing – the developers at Google recently released developer builds of the Google Chrome browser that featured a few extra tweaks, one of them being the ability to install the extensions users had been asking for.

These extensions, whilst useful, aren’t quite to the standard of Firefox’s offerings, but the early development is showing that Chrome users can now enjoy superfast loading times and minimal footprints and enjoy third party plugins. In this article I’ll show you how to prepare your Chrome installation for extension installation, and show you some of the best ones out there.

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8 Extensions That Will Keep You Stuck on Firefox

Post by David Pierce. Find me on Twitter.

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I wrote a post a week or so ago over on MakeUseOf about Google Chrome that stirred up some serious controversy. Some people like Chrome, others thought it was totally blasphemous and crazy that I would ever even consider leaving the wonder that is Firefox.

And you know what? You’re all right. I’m using Chrome more and more, but have definitively discovered that I’m not leaving Firefox any time soon. And, as many of the comments said, there’s one reason for that: the extensions.

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3 Massively Time-Saving Firefox Extensions

Post by David Pierce. Find me on Twitter.

2870342415_9394ec6465Firefox as a browser isn’t necessarily that much better than anything else. Safari’s good, as are Opera and Chrome. What really makes Firefox shine, and sets it apart from the other browsers for the time being, is the extensions.

You’ve seen the iPhone commercials, where it’s like, “you want to find a great restaurant nearby? There’s an app for that.” Firefox is the same, but instead, there’s an extension for that.

Saving time doing annoyingly complicated things? Here are three Firefox extensions for that.

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Sunday Tips: Google Chrome

google-chrome The beta tag is gone, the use of extensions seems to be imminent, and Google Chrome looks poised to become the next big thing on the Web-browser market. I’ve been using it for a while, and grow to like it more and more every time I discover something new and excellent that Chrome can do to make my browsing even better.

And there sure are a lot of things that fall into that category. Chrome does neat things with your history, your searching, your most visited pages, and a number of other parts of the browsing experience.

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Take Rockin' Screenshots

For posting here at The 2.0 Life, I often take screenshots- they help illustrate how I’ve implemented things, what applications look like, and as everyone knows- “a picture’s worth, like, 19 words.”

Even if you’re not a blogger, though, taking screenshots is a helpful thing to do. I’ve used it to show someone how to run an application through email, I’ve put screenshots in PowerPoint presentations- the works. Screenshots are a great way to communicate how computers and applications run, but there’s one problem: they’re incredibly irritating to create.

For a long time, taking screenshots was a terrible process: I would hit Print Screen, then paste it into paint, then crop around what I wanted, only to discover my mouse was in the way. Then I’d do it again. It was terrible.

One tool, though, has saved me from a more violent interpretation of a screen shot. It’s called Super Screenshot! (their exclamation point), and is a pretty great tool.

There’s nothing to download or install, no login required, nothing to remember but a URL. Here’s an example (I took a screenshot of the screenshot page, thought it might make my computer explode. We’re good.):

It couldn’t be simpler to use: find the page you want to grab a screenshot of in your browser. copy the URL from the address bar. Go to the Super Screenshot website (here), and paste the URL into the box. Up comes a perfect shot of the page you were just looking at.

You can choose from five image sizes, two different page orientations, and two different file formats. Once it gets the screenshot you wanted, you simply right click on the image, and download it to your desktop. Easy peasy, lemon-squeezy.

Super Screenshot! only works in your browser, so for desktop uses, Paint’s still the ticket. I find myself using it less and less for offline things, though, so I don’t miss it too much.

For all your screen-shooting needs, at least the non-violent ones, check out Super Screenshot! here.