Sunday, January 30, 2011

˙buıʇunoɔ puɐ pǝɹpunɥ oʍʇ

In celebration of reaching two hundred followers I've decided to help them out by posting some useful tips and add-ons to help make following a bunch of blogs easier. I follow a lot of blogs myself and these are some of the things I've tried and what I think of them. Originally I was just going to post an easy recipe for making chloroform, with a nice picture chart, but then I hit 200 followers so maybe I'll do that tomorrow or something.

These will be mostly firefox related since that's what I use for blogger related things. If you use chrome, consider installing FF for the add-ons. There's nothing wrong with using a separate browser just for blogs. Personally I like FF for everything.

I've stopped using Morning Coffee, in favour of just adding bookmark folders broken down into groups of 75 blogs each. I rightclick on a folder and go to 'open all in tabs' to work through that group before moving on. This tip also works in chrome. Now on to the add-ons.

First up we have VertTabbar. Instead of one long row of tabs this allows you to put them in a column, arranged vertically, which sort of reminds me of the windows explorer interface and I like that. Supports resizing, and left or right side of the screen. It's great for widescreens and has more compatibility than similar add-ons like Vertigo.


Next up, I find it's nice to keep organized by colouring and/or numbering tabs. ColorfulTabs takes care of colouring them different pastel colours, and NumExt is what I use to number them. Numext also gives you some neat new hotkeys for quickly switching tabs. I like being able to see how many I have left to go through at a glance.

If you regularly open 100+ tabs at once like I do you may benefit from Load Tabs Progressively which makes your tabs load in smaller batches, instead of trying to load them all at the same time. No screenshot for this one; sorry, but I'm not making an animated gif to show what this does.

It's beyond the scope of this post to review all the add-ons I use but if you like this post and want some more useful ones let me know and I'll write another post on it sometime. I hope somebody finds this helpful.

40 comments:

  1. I actually use VertTabbar

    brotosterone.blogspot.com

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  2. I hope its ok with CodGirl that I featured her blog in my screenshots. :)

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  3. Oh and thanks again to all my readers. You guys are great and I'll be following.

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  4. wow, fast response brosterone, you beat me and i started thinking of my comment as soon as i posted. lol.

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  5. Oh yeah, I meant to include some info on adding a paypal donation button(like the one over there →) and stumbleupon button(see my post footer ↑). That's what I get for posting so late when I should be asleep. If anybody cares let me know & I'll do another update tomorrow night & go into how/why to add those to your blog.

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  6. Now that I'm following more blogs and getting more followers I need to start looking into these things.
    http://redisfred.blogspot.com

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  7. very helpful. no surprise you're already up to 200!

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  8. Grats on your 200 followers! and thanks for the info

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  9. 100+ tabs? geeeez. I HAVE to use google chrome; it's a lot more slim which I need since my computer is on the old side.

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  10. Hm, I think Load Tabs Progressively and Vert Tabbar might be useful. Thanks man.

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  11. grats on your 200 followers! nice addons. thanks a lot

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  12. Huh. I may have to look into some of these extensions.

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  13. congrats. never tried this but i will

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  14. I'm glad to hear people are finding this helpful... i wasn't sure if most people knew about stuff like this already or not.

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  15. That is a lot of tabs. I have a hard enough time doing 15-20. Kills me interwebs while it loads. Thanks for the info!!

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  16. Definitely helpful post. Though I would rather be making chloroform...

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  17. well, ok tomorrow i'll post about chloroform and then maybe the next day more helpful tips for bloggers. :)

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  18. Hah, yeah my computer definitely cannot handle opening 75 tabs at a time.

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  19. I actually had to turn my head a bit to read the title. lol.

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  20. Holy crap, I was just getting around to setting up my morning coffee for my twenty or so followers. You're on a whole 'nother level mouse. I'll study hard and dream of the day you feature me on your blog ;)

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  21. Of course its fine that you used my blog. And thanks for the tips, I'm going to start trying that myself.

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  22. @TheGamerGirl, lol, i'll write some more tips in a day or two, and i'll try to work in a screenshot with your's in it. :)

    i used CoDgirl for this one because she complimented my blog yesterday.

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  23. Oh god, awesome post! You should do another on of these soon as I bet alot more people would be interested!

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  24. I do like having multiple pages as my start page with hot coffee though. I'll probably keep it just for that.

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  25. I've been using Morning Coffee but I'll give VertTabber a go, thanks!

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  26. My crappy netbook lags even when loading three tabs at a time, lol. But I still love it. If I treat it with care it works like a charm.

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  27. Congrats!

    And thank you SOOOOOOOOO much for this info! Cheers!

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  28. Cool man, that is really useful, thank you.

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  29. amazing, getting that addon now. And congrats on the 200. glad to be one of them!!!

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  30. @mouse
    Ahw! I'll have to make my site look deserving of a screenshoot.:O

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  31. I like the blog. Thanks for the info

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  32. Congrats on the 200! I hope I can get that far! Thank you for the tips; I've been needing something like this to help me out with my blog.

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