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Fall cleaning - Chrome extensions that I found interesting

I wanted to make note of the chrome extensions that I've come across somewhere, preferably not on my system and somewhere online because I'm afraid that I might *accidentally* format my hard drive while attempting to reinstall an OS (yes, that still happens). And maybe, just maybe, some of you will find them interesting as well. There'll only be one extension left from now on, Save to Pocket. The extensions make chrome heavy for my already burdened laptop and I don't want to trouble it any further.

(un)clrd is a chrome extension that turns the internet black and white. Daltonize is one of the more interesting extensions that I've come across on Chrome, one that exposes details so it's easier for color-blind people to notice details, which they would've otherwise missed.

Dictionary of Numbers gives an interesting quantitative perspective. Google Dictionary was another extension that I regularly used. Tex the World is an easy way to write equations using latex online.  Black Menu for Google is a one-stop place to, you guessed it, access Google services. For those of you who use Google Tasks to keep track of their to-do lists, this chrome extension helps access it easier and outside of gmail. I now have an android phone so I have moved to google keep but it still contains some interesting tasks that I haven't worked on yet. Back in the heyday when I read and posted articles to facebook, Buffer was an easy way to do so. I dont bother sharing the things I read to social networks anymore so.

Blur, formerly DoNotTrackMe, is one of the better extensions that prevents third-party cookies to be installed on your system. Well, read the description yourself. Collusion is another interesting extension that tells us which sites are tracking us, if any. MaskMe was an interesting tool that prevents the need to give out personal information online. Terms of Service; Didn't Read is an extension that rates websites depending on their user policies.

I tried using Hola better internet for a couple of days because I wanted to watch online episodes on ComedyCentral but never got it to work. Maybe I'm becoming dumber by the day. Magicscroll webreader was interesting to look at. PageMonitor monitors pages for changes, say for updates to a jobs site or the like. Rapportive is a gMail extension that shows linkedin profiles of senders and recipients.

Coming to the more interesting extensions that I've come across and the ones that I've used more frequently, Xmarks is (was) my preferred way to keep bookmarks synced between my chrome and firefox. But because chrome has a bookmark sync feature on it's own, duplicate bookmarks used to be created that were a nuisance to deal with. I've stopped using firefox now and the need for xmarks is no more. I do want to mention that xmarks partially solved the problem, that it partially caused. It has a feature to delete duplicate bookmarks. Back when I was trying to control the sites that I access/frequent and prevent wasting my time online, RescueTime and ProductivityOwl came to the rescue. Whatfont identifies fonts on the internet and Wolfram|Alpha extension is an easy way to access the wolfram alpha engine for small computations. Turn off the lights is another awesome extension that dims the background in youtube for your viewing pleasure. Save to Pocket is an extension, one that I am using on a daily basis, to save lengthy articles to my list of articles to be read on the reading app, Pocket. Pocket is awesome. Period. HTTPS everywhere and Keep my opts out are two extensions that I regularly use, even today. Adblock is/was an extension that I used regularly, especially to remove youtube ads. I dont use it anymore since I heard this article.

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