Posts Tagged ‘chrome’

I’ve tested quite a few web browsers in my time and had my favorites (Opera 12 and Flock) and my least favorites (like Internet Explorer and Chrome)  These days I’m using Chrome based browsers, such as Citrio, Yandex and Opera (I always come back) but one thing hasn’t changed much. Browsers keep consuming more and more memory to run.  I don’t see how some people manage with their regular PCs. (I have a custom build with 16GB of RAM and it’s still not nearly enough!) One thing that makes a huge difference is the number of extensions one adds to their browser. Each extension runs memory at all times, whether being actively used or not. I have about 4 ”essential” extensions; LastPass, uBlock, WOT and the Great Suspender. I used to also have Lightshot but I discovered they have a desktop version so now I just use that. I really do hate extensions for how much memory they hog. I’d very much prefer to use bookmarklets for most things. LastPass I wouldn’t mess with and WOT (Web of Trust) wouldn’t work well if it wasn’t integrated but it would be nice to just click a button when I wanted to suspend tabs or block ads. I do use several bookmarklets for several every day tasks; for instance, I’m using a bookmarklet to open a window and write an entry for one of my blogs…this blog entry in fact. I have one bookmarklet for each of my two WordPress blogs. I also have a StartMe bookmarklet; at the click of a button, I can add whatever page I’m on to my StartMe (bookmarking) account which is then viewable on all my browsers. I dug around for a bookmarklet for Raindrop.io that I remembered from when it first came out. I found one that was written for Apple Safari but it works great and I don’t have to waste any resources on it while I’m not using it. I wish the trend would swing back toward bookmarklets and away from extensions.

I reinstalled Opera lately because I was looking for a Chrome alternative. I loved Firefox (still do, and keep an alternative of it around also, called Light web browser) but I find that Chrome has better extensions for the most part and they always work better than their FF counterparts (sorry but they do, and I really am sorry)  However, Opera has its own repository for extensions and a couple of the ones I rely on weren’t there. For instance, The Great Suspender is one of my must haves. Downloading this Opera extension, aptly (if not inventively) named Download Chrome Extension. This allows chrome store extensions to be installed (with a warning dialogue about extensions from an unknown source)

No worries about the warning dialogue. Download whatever you couldn’t find in Opera. It has a reasonable margin for error. For instance, Raindrop.io is another of my must have apps (it keeps all my artwork related links for my graphic design job) and the chrome store version just doesn’t work correctly. To be fair though, it’s kind of wonky in the actual Opera extension as well. I also used Download Chrome Extension to grab Lightshot, a lightweight screenshot extension that is on my must have list also. Works just fine. Back when I was using Evernote (ha!) the chrome extension worked just fine as well. So enjoy!

Install extensions from Chrome Web Store.

Source: Download Chrome Extension extension – Opera add-ons