List of Essential Extensions for Google Chrome Browser

This is a list of the most important and useful extensions (plugins, addons) for the Google Chrome web browser:

Name Description
Proxy SwitchySharp Manage and switch between multiple proxies quickly & easily.

This plugin works with Privoxy, a must-have ad-blocking proxy. It makes configuring, and switching on and off of Privoxy easy.

Do Not Track Plus Stop secret tracking of your web browsing

THE must-have addon for privacy protection!

LastPass LastPass is a free password manager and form filler. LastPass is also available for Firefox, Internet Explorer, Opera and Safari.

It is difficult to imagine not having LastPass, so useful is it.

Tab Position Customizer Customize tab opening position and closing behavior.Allows one to change the default position of a new tab.  

I prefer new tabs to be next to currently open tab, not on the far right. I also prefer that when closing a tab the last activated tab is opened.

Speed Dial 2 Speed dial 2 is fast and clean extension for your favorite pages and quick access to your apps, bookmarks and browsing history.

Is still inferior to speed dial features for Opera and Firefox, but seems to be the best available for Chrome so far.

Undo Recently Closed Tabs Find, search and restore closed tabs even after restarting Chrome

Nice to be able to undo a closed tab in case one is closed by accident, something that unfortunately can easily happen with Chrome.

DictionaryTip Lookup definitions in a small frame without leaving the webpage

The Firefox version of this extension is extremely cool.  One can simply double-click on any word in a page and a sub-window with dictionary lookup from any of several dictionaries/translators will popup.

Facebook Disconnect Stop Facebook from tracking the webpages you go to.

FB are so (insert negative adjectives here) that, even though I’m not registered on their site, I’m still concerned that they track me. Do Not Track Plus (above) is supposed to block FB, but I like the idea of having an extra layer of defense against them.

SERP Click Tracking Disabler Plus for Google This extension disables Google’s click tracking for search results.

This fixes a major problem with Google search results where the actual URL’s of returned results are redirects through google.com because of their click tracking.  It restores the URL’s of search results to what they should be.

YouTube Downloader: MP3 / HD Video Download Download any video from YouTube as an MP3 or an HD Video. Adds a download button to YouTube video pages. 

Very nice to be able to download videos.

AutoZoom Saves the zoom level for every page and offers optional text zoom.

This fixes a defect in the way Chrome’s zoom feature only zooms the currently open page for a site, instead of applying the zoom level to the entire site.

Stop AutoRefresh Stop pages’ auto refresh with http-equiv + refresh meta tags

Its so annoying when reading a page and suddenly it disappears and reloads before your very eyes because of auto refresh. This disables it for pages.

Google Voice (by Google) Make calls, send SMS, preview Inbox, and get notified of new messages. (US only)

When I started using Google Voice I realized the extent to which the cellular industry is scamming us all. GV is what modern communications would begin to look like if it weren’t for an industry that is entrenched in ripping off the American public and has full support of the government.

To wit: with Google Voice and an app called GrooVe IP on my Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 LTE (yes, the original, Apple-infringing version which is still the best [and lightest] tablet available on the market). I can make and receive unlimited voice calls with superior audio quality for free over either WiFi or my 2GB/month data plan (which only costs $30/month). That’s right, unlimited calls to and from my tablet with a plan that costs only $30/month (ok it actually comes out to 1,667 minutes if I were to use the full 2GB for calls).

Not only that, with GV I get to route calls to any phone or computer I have, including multiple at the same time (its amazing and kind of surreal to have an incoming call ring my mobile phone, home phone, tablet, and computer all at the same time).

Now check this out – if I shell out the bucks and buy a device that is smaller, such as a Samsung Galaxy Note which is classified as a phone, I am forced to pay for a standard, expensive, and limited per-minute “voice” plan and must be forced to get a data plan on top of that. People should be outraged about how cellular companies are basically forcing us to get ripoff “voice” plans which in the end are only a different form of transmission of data packets using the same exact technology backbone and infrastructure.

Please donate to Bei Bei

This is a really sad story about how sick America is becoming and how far deeply into fanaticism and fascism it has fallen.  A woman who, eight months pregnant, had been cruelly abandoned by the father and became depressed, attempted to take her life.  She consumed rat poison.  But friends intervened and her life was saved.  However the unborn fetus eventually passed away.

The fanatics in Indiana are now prosecuting her for murdering the fetus.  This is religious fanaticism, the anti-choice people who cannot respect the fundamental American principle of separation of church and state and who want to force their warped anti-values down everyone else’s throats.

Please donate to help Bei Bei’s defense against the fanatics.  I believe that making a donation will not only help her defense, but it will also show that there is support in the world for her and that people care.

35 million tons of human flesh

Today I input my stats on a page at the BBC which rates where you are on the “Global Fat Scale”.

The result: My size is that of an average person from India.  If everyone in the world had the same Body Mass Index as me, it would mean 35 million tons less of human flesh on Planet Earth.

One thing I’ve found recently that is working very well at keeping that difficult-to-shed extra fat around the midsection away: I love the List of the Refined Processed Carbohydrates (to avoid or limit) diet recommendation at lasting-weight-loss.com.  But one major caveat I would give is to cut out all the animal products including fish and go vegan.

Having followed this diet strictly for months now I see that it really works.  Once very nice thing about it is that just following it is enough.  I never worry about how much I eat or don’t eat.  I just eat when I want.  I even overeat sometimes because it feels good.  But I never eat foods on this list above.

UPDATE: I just did the calculation for my mother and it says that her weight is similar to an average person in Ethiopia!  If everyone was her weight it would mean 56 million tons less of human flesh on Planet Earth.

The odd thing is, I don’t consider myself thin at all.  Nor does my mother, who, now in her late 70’s, has had about the same weight her entire adult life.  Neither of our weights has ever fluctuated more than about ± 10 pounds.

“Handlebar Level Can Affect Sexual Health of Female Cyclists”

Article that appeared in news today about a study of the relationship between handlebar height and pressure in the genital area which can cause loss of sensitivity.

The gist of the article – handlebars lower than seat can cause problems.  Raise handlebars (or I guess lower seat) so that handlebars are higher than seat, thus taking excess pressure off genital region.

Out-there behavior of penguins

Reading today about yawning and it turns out that penguins engage in this behavior called “ecstatic display”.  Its just amazing to watch.

A World without Mistakes is Shallow and Sick

Today there is an article about how new research has refuted a previous study by a researcher who claimed that a certain bacteria found in arsenic-rich sediments in California’s Mono Lake does not require phosphorus like all other life forms do.  This is all good and well.  This is all normal and what is supposed to happen in scientific fields of research.  People investigate things, find things, study them, and based on their study make conclusions.

But a conclusion made was incorrect.  The subsequent research refuted the claim that the bacteria did not need phosphorous to grow.

Perhaps it is not merely making conclusions, but the way that conclusions are made and stated which is important.  Whatever the case, the original researcher appears to have lost her position at the USGS in part as a result.  If that is the case, it is very sad.

We are supposed to make mistakes.  As a classical musician who plays violin, I have long appreciated the importance of being able to make mistakes.  In fact my violin playing taught me a long time ago one very important lesson: In order to be good at something one has to first be able to be bad at it.

But today we live in a world where there are many things in which people are neither bad nor good.  We live in a world that is increasingly putting a premium on perfection, at the expense of people being cowardly and fearful of being imperfect.

So, externally, it would seem like things are advancing forward, as there is all this emphasis on perfection.  But in reality, things are going backwards, because we all have to learn how to be imperfect in order to grow, in order to accomplish things.

But today the accomplishments are mostly meager.  People create music with electronic machines and it gets classified as music, but it is a far cry from even a basic melody played with care, affection, and intimacy on an acoustic instrument.  Even while there’s this supposed resurgence of vinyl as being more “analog” or somehow natural, the music that is recorded on it is digital music created by machines.

Music is all about vibrations, resonance, and just as importantly stillness.  It is the intermixture of resonances and stillness which can take it to lofty heights.  There are resonances which run through everything in the cosmos, down to our beating hearts and breathing lungs.  Acoustic music has the possibility of resonating in ways that are very profound.  Just like in Indian classical music there are these very complex ragas, some of which consist of hundreds or thousands of beats that go in complex cycles.

There are ragas all around us in everything, resonating with the galaxy, the planets, the Sun and Moon, the sky, the forests, everything.  But to tap into that kind of resonance requires abandoning fear and hesitation and taking a chance, making a sound, one’s own sound, whether it be perfect or imperfect, for it is through imperfection that we find the meaning of perfection, not by fearing and avoiding imperfection.

I think what the woman who made the initial research on the bacteria did was great.  If nothing else, her research shook things up and made a stir and, because of that many others became intensely interested and determined to pursue the truth.  That is exactly the way its supposed to work.

Polyoyceryl-2-triisostearate; Polydecene; Hydrogenated Polyisobutene

Polyoyceryl-2-triisostearate; Polydecene; Hydrogenated Polyisobutene; Polyethylene; Polyglyceryl-10 nonaisostearate; Synthetic Fluorphlogopite; Ozokerite; Diisostearyl malate; Trimethylopropane triisostearate; Ethylhexyl palmitate; C10-30 cholesterol/lanosterol esters; Magnesium carbonate; Cera Alba (Beeswax); Calcium sodium Borosilicate; Disteardimonium hectorite; Caprylic/capric triglyceride; Octyldodecanol; Decyloxazolidinone; Synthetic wax; Parfum (fragrance); Irvingia gabonensis kernel butter; Hydrogenated vegetable oil; Hydrogenated coco-glycerides; Luffa cylindrica seed oil; Ethylhexyl hydroxystearate; Silica dimethyl silylate; BHT; Crithmum maritimum extract; Butylene glycol; Phenoxyethanol; Geraniol; Propyl gallate; Tocopherol; Sodium hyaluronate; Citronellol; Amyl cinnamal; Limonene; Citral; Benzyl benzoate; Linalool

Windows Explorer “Could not find this item” when moving/copying

Issue: when copying or moving files or folders using Windows Explorer a dialog box with the title “Item Not Found” appears.  It says: “Could not find this item” and then says “This is no longer located in” and then lists the path of the item being moved.

The solution was suggested on the excellent sevenforums.com forums:
Windows 7 – “Item Not Found” when Moving or Renaming

Specifically, the solution relates to anyone who has previously used a utility to remove libraries from Windows 7, which is something I did at one point.  This caused a problem with the registry and the solution suggested is to run a registry patch remove-libraries.reg

That patch itself is from a post at mydigitallife.info:  How To Disable and Remove Libraries from Windows 7 Explorer which has that patch and also a patch restore-libraries.reg to restore libraries.

I am providing both these files for download for the sake of the community although I highly recommend checking the source pages to make sure you have the latest versions.

restore-libraries.reg

remove-libraries.reg

As a final note, I applied the remove-libraries.reg patch and the problem is definitely fixed.

 

Stinky workout clothes?

I recently got some “tech” clothes – clothes from a sporting goods store made with high-tech materials which have certain superior characteristics valuable to those involved in phyical activities and excercise.

While they may have superior characteristics, there is one downside: they tend to get stinky very fast.  With my cotton or cotton-blended fabrics which have mostly cotton in them this is not really a problem.  They just don’t get stinky, even after sweating in them a moderate amount.  And, when they do get stinky, its not overwhelming.

I was uncertain about how to deal with my new tech apparel but after a lot of searching I did find one really useful site with information about why these fabrics are as they are and how to care for them:

The Care and Feeding of Tech Shirts at runningtimes.com

One issue for me is that I wash all my clothes at home by hand.  I cannot stand sitting in a laundromat waiting for a stupid machine to finish.  Yet these tech fabrics are essentially designed to be washed frequently.  In fact, they should really be washed as soon after a sweaty workout as possible to prevent the bacterial growth from getting out of control and the stink from possibly becoming embedded in the fabric.  I even have one synthetic fiber vest which is supposed to be dried in a drier in order to properly fluff the fibers after washing.

If I can save up I would like to get a small washing machine like the LG model below which is ideal for smaller living spaces.  It has a 2.3 cubic feet capacity which is small, but not too small.  I just think this washing machine is so cool!

LG 2.3 cu. ft. Compact Front-Load Washer

Cycling Knee Pain? Somtimes micro-adjustments…

Not long ago I received an amazing racing bike.  It is designed for high-milage riding and the first long trip I took on it was a blast although, near the end of the ride, my knees started to feel sore.

I researched this and it turns out that sometimes just slight adjustments can make a significant difference.  One does not have to just accept sore knees as a fact.  It usually indicates that there’s something wrong in terms of adjustment.

Here is a useful site which gives good information about the causes and possible solutions to cycling knee pain: www.fix-knee-pain.com/cycling-knee-pain

In my case I was shocked – only a couple-centimeters adjustments of the saddle made a difference.  On my next ride there was no pain nor soreness at all!

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