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Browser hacks

Castor oil for your webshits

Usefulness: 🔧
Novelty: 💡
Uncertainty: 🤪 🤪 🤪
Incompleteness: 🚧 🚧 🚧

You use, probably, either Chrome or Firefox for web browsing. They are nearly interchangeable regarding desktop browsing, except that Chrome is making changes that seem likely to sap autonomy and give advertisers your data. On the other hand, it has some cool extensions that I like to use. :shrug: Safari is also a thing.

Attention management

Handy website blockers include Stayfocusd (Chrome only), Leechblock NG (Chrome/Firefox).

Chris Straub:

Comments are conversation


Comments are awful. Shut Up hides them by default, sparing your sanity and preventing you from getting sucked into a world of hurt.

For the sites where discussions can be more constructive – like GitHub, Reddit, or Stack Overflow – you can show comments by default. Shut Up is an app you can install on an iPhone or iPad, and a browser extension you can install in Chrome or Safari.


Various privacy-related tweaks are advisable. See browsing confidentially.


Stylish seems to be somewhat cross-browser standard, supporting firefox and Chrome.

State management

Organising windows/tabs/bookmarks and possibly even syncing tabs/booksmarks/history/etc across devices.

Worldbrain Memex

Memex organizes your web-research so you can utilize the power of your brain: thinking in associations.

So that looks fun. But it does not yet sync this vaunted database which makes it an awkeard fit for my workflow..

For now I’m just synchronising groups of tabs. Ideally I would like an extension that that synchronises across all the browsers I use, i.e. mobile Safari, Firefox, Chrome.

I started with One Tab:

Whenever you find yourself with too many tabs, click the OneTab icon to convert all of your tabs into a list. When you need to access the tabs again, you can either restore them individually or all at once.

Sadly it’s closed-source abandonware. There are competitors, such as better-onetab, (Chrome/Firefox) and tabs-aside, which are also open source. I like better-onetab, which I have turned into a cross-browser sync via exporting to files and using file sync, so I gave the extension’s creator money.

A commercial option (free for beta) is : Toby. Looks neat but I wonder how much one should trust them with such intimate data as what you are browsing?

Password managers

You need a password manager. Get one. It’s free and quick.


See browser automation.


Tamperchrome – edit the requests that a browser makes. Super nerdy.

Viewimage fixes google search.

Miscellaneous Chrome command line switches.