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13 May 12 JavaScript Popup Blocker for Google Chrome


Popups, I do not like them, at all. While they are sometimes used by sites to make part of the website’s functionality available, they are more often than not used for advertisement. And while there is nothing wrong with advertising in general, popup ads tend to be one of the most annoying forms of advertisement that you encounter on the Internet. The core reason being that new windows are spawned, that you need to close manually at one point or the other. That’s fine if one window spawns, but there are sites out there that bombard you with popups.

With Firefox, I have NoScript which takes care of the popups. I can’t really say when I have seen the last unrequested popup show up in the web browser. For Chrome, things have been different. While you get your assortment of ad blocking scripts for the browser, I found the JavaScript Popup Blocker extension to be more reliable when it comes to blocking popup windows in the browser.

JavaScript Popup Blocker

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The extension comes with two modes. First whitelist mode, which is the default mode after installation, and then blacklist mode. Whitelist basically blocks all popups automatically, except on pages that you have explicitly whitelisted in the options of the extension. Blacklist mode on the other hand turns this around by only blocking popup windows on pages that you have added to the list. The latter may be useful if you visit that annoying one site regularly that is spawning popups like crazy.

Blocked popups are indicated in the browser’s address bar, next to the bookmarking star. Depending on the page you are on, you may see icons that indicate a blacklisted or whitelisted page, and a blocked popup.

A click on the blocked popup icon in the address bar displayed information about the page the site tried to spawn, with options to open it by clicking on the link, or by going to the blocking preferences of the extension to add it to the whitelist or blacklist, depending on your configuration.

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Closing Words

JavaScript Popup Blocker for Google Chrome is a handy extension for Chrome users who are plagued by popups.

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  1. I use adblock plus in Chrome and never saw an ad or a pop-up .

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04 Apr 12 Chrome Web Store Gets Trending, Offline Filters


As a webmaster who is always looking for the latest and greatest, I have to admit that I dislike the Chrome web store. The core reason for this is that it does not allow me to sort by new extensions, or updated extensions. When you open it, you always see the same old extensions and apps at the top, with little room for changing what is displayed on the page. While it is possible to sort by popular, recommended and rating, it does not change the fact that you won’t see a lot of new extensions at the top of those pages.

Mozilla in this regard handles that better over at the add-ons page, as you can easily sort by new and updated extensions there. While I have the feeling that this may change in the future, I hope it is not the case.

Back to the Chrome web store. Google today announced that the company has added two new options to the store that improve app and extension discovery.

Trending

The trending filter, prominently displayed in the store’s sidebar listing and sort menu, displays top trending apps and extensions. Google mixes apps and extensions on the page if you click on the Trending link in the sidebar. If you only want extensions, click on extensions first, and use the Sort by pulldown menu to filter by trending. This way, you only get extensions and not apps listed. You can naturally reverse that and only display trending apps instead.

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Trending aps and extensions receive a “hotness” rating, ranging from on fire over hot to warm. These ratings are displayed on the overview pages as you can see in the screenshot above.

Offline

If you have eagle-eyes, you may have spotted the lightning icon underneath the Download Master extension listing. This indicates offline capabilities of extensions and apps. When you see it listed, it means that you can use the extension or app without Internet connection.

Google furthermore has added a filter to the web store that filters by offline capabilities. Visit this link to only display extensions and apps that can be used offline. Here it is unfortunately not possible to filter exclusively by extension or apps.

Closing Words

Especially trending can be interesting for Chrome users who would like to stay in the loop when it comes to hot new extensions and apps for the browser. While that is still not what I’m personally looking for, it is a step in the right direction. (via Caschy via Chrome blog)

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05 Mar 12 Switch Between Multiple Bookmark Bars In Google Chrome


If you are making use of the bookmarks bar in Google Chrome, you probably have noticed that it offers limited space for your important bookmarks and not the best manageability. While it is possible to remove bookmarks from the bar directly, or to add the current page as a new one, you won’t find options in the frontend to swap bookmarks around. For that, you need to open the Chrome bookmarks manager.

Bookmark bar switcher is a Chrome extension that enables multiple bookmark bars in the web browser. This allows you to switch between different sets of directly accessible bookmarks, useful for instance if you use the browser for work and home related tasks, or if you have that many important bookmarks that they do not fit on one bar.

The extension adds an icon to Chrome’s address bar. A left-click displays all bookmark bars that are available, as well as options to create a new bar, and to open the browser’s bookmarks manager.

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Only the default bookmark bar with all of its sites is listed there after installation. New bars are created easily from the extension’s context menu. All you need to enter is a name for the new bar, which will then become available as a blank bar in the browser.

You can switch between bars with a left-click on the icon and the selection of one of the available bars. Bookmarks can be added to each bar via drag and drop on the frontend, or in the bookmarks manager.

The bars are listed in a BookmarkBars folder in the bookmarks manager. Each bar is represented by its name for easy identification.

The extension has a few limitations that need to be mentioned here: It is not compatible with bookmark synchronizers, and supports only a limited number of bookmark moves before bookmarks cannot be moved anymore. This is due to Google Chrome’s limitation. A restart should fix the issue though according to the author.

An alternative would be the Chrome Bookmarks Manager which displays all bookmarks and a search option underneath an address bar icon.

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12 Feb 12 Chrome Comment Save Keeps A History Of All Your Web Comments


Keeping track of all the comments that you leave on the Internet can be quite the daunting task. While some plugins, like Disqus, allow you to keep track of comments that you left on sites that use the commenting plugin, there is nothing available that is working on all sites out there.

That leaves you with third party tools or a really good memory. Comment Save for Chrome is one of those third party tools that keeps track of all comments that you leave on the Internet. It is like your own personal commenting history.

The extension keeps track of all your comments directly after installation. There is no need for configuration, it works right out of the box. Comments are saved in realtime, which means that you can use it for restoration purposes as well. That’s useful if the comment won’t post for whatever reason, for instance if the browser hangs or crashes before you were able to post it, or if you have accidentally opened another link in that tab.

Comment Save adds an icon to Chrome’s address bar that displays the last comment that you wrote.

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Here you can copy the last comment made to the clipboard, click through to the page you left the comment, or open the history of all your recent comments.

The Chrome extension keeps track of comments indefinitely. You can change that by enabling the timed deletion option which configures the add-on to delete comments automatically once they have past a select timeframe.

The very same page lists all the comments that have not been deleted yet. You see the page title, the actual comment and the date and time it was posted by you. A click on the page title opens the page in the same browser tab.

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You can furthermore delete comments selectively here, and configure filters to prevent the comments from being recorded on select websites.

Comment Save should work on most Internet sites that allow you to post comments. Chrome users can download the extension from the official Chrome Web Store.

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