Highly Recommended Start Page (or Home Page) for Your Web Browser

A forte of mine is customizing menu’s and start pages to make myself more productive. One of my favorite start pages (or homepage applications) is Symbaloo. Below you will see a sample of my personal start page using Symbaloo.

What I like is that you can customize this application by using your own icons, can group items together and create tabbed groups. It does take a little bit of learning curve, but once you are set up you will not regret it. I have been using Symbaloo for years and my wife loves it. The only negative is the advertisement to the side, but you will get used to it and is only a minor annoyance. Symbaloo also works great on a smartphone, tablet, and chromebook; AND, you can get a browser extension that will assist with collecting your favorite sites.

Source: Symbaloo


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A Chrome Based Browser Extension to “Auto Refresh” A Web Page

A Chromium base browser extension that I have installed is “Super Auto Refresh Plus“… What this extension does is, it allows you to set a timer on a web page and after the timer runs out, the page will reload or refresh. I use this extension to auto refresh a web page that shows my news feeds so that I can stay on top of the news. This is especially helpful with a multi-monitor setup where I have the news feed on a second monitor.

Super Auto Refresh Plus is the most user friendly auto refresh and auto reload website extension on the chrome web store market. Super Auto Refresh Plus helps you auto refresh and auto reload any pages and website with selected time interval in just one single click.
No setup required. Just try it out and you will know!

Key features:

  • Shows real-time countdown timer on extension icon
  • Can bypass local cache (Ctrl+F5) and perform hard reload when refresh or reload the page and website
  • Right-click context menu to quickly start to auto refresh and reload current page and website
  • Remember your auto refresh and auto reload settings and will automatically start to refresh when Chrome first start up

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An Easy, Free and Full-Featured Screenshot App for Google Chrome

If you use Google Chrome or any of the other Chromium based browsers (such as Microsoft Edge, Vivaldi, Brave, etc..) a good browser extension to use to capture screenshots is “Screenshot Master: Full Page“. Once installed, simply click on the toolbar icon, and by default you can select a specific area of the screen or can select to only capture the visible area of the screen or you can select the whole page where the app will scroll (and capture) the contents of a page until it reaches the end of the page. Once the screenshot capture has been completed, the app will automatically go to the built-in editor where you can write text, crop, draw arrows, and draw boxes or lines. Once you are satisfied with the result, you can the save the screenshot to the PNG, JPG, or WEBP formats. What I particularly like about this screenshot app is its’ simplicity.

Source: Google Chrome Store – Screenshot Master – Full Page Capture


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Joplin – A FREE Open Source Note Taking and To Do Application

Here at What’s On My PC my passion has always been software and apps. I especially love participating in open source software that is in development. Recently I installed on my Windows PC a note taking and to do application called Joplin. Joplin is an open source (FREE) program that will run on Windows (full install or portable app), macOS, Linux, Android and Apple. I have tried the whole gamut of note taking applications and what I am liking about Joplin is that you do not sync your notes to an online note taking service that has control of your data; instead you can sync your notes to either to your Dropbox account, Microsoft OneDrive account, NextCloud self-hosting private cloud, WebDav compatible file services, or to your local drive. There is also a browser extension available for Chromium based browsers and Firefox. When syncing, data transfers are encrypted (End To End Encryption); therefore, no data can be read while in transit. The only catch with the encryption feature is that you manually have to activate it from the device or computer that serves as your main computer and allow the device to perform a complete synchronization.

If you give Joplin a try, keep in mind there is a slight learning curve to get it setup, but once you do, I don’t think you will regret it. I truly like the idea that I have control of my data with this application and that it is techie in nature.

My setup of Joplin is as follows:

On my Windows computer(s) I installed the portable version along with the Chromium based browser extension. On my smartphone and Chromebook, I installed the Android version. On each device I had to configure the synchronization to OneDrive.

Below is the feature list of Joplin:

  • Desktop, mobile and terminal applications.
  • Web Clipper for Firefox and Chrome.
  • End To End Encryption (E2EE)
  • Note history (revisions)
  • Synchronization with various services, including Nextcloud, Dropbox, WebDAV and OneDrive.
  • Import Enex files (Evernote export format) and Markdown files.
  • Export JEX files (Joplin Export format) and raw files.
  • Support notes, to-dos, tags and notebooks.
  • Goto Anything feature.
  • Sort notes by multiple criteria – title, updated time, etc.
  • Support for alarms (notifications) in mobile and desktop applications.
  • Offline first, so the entire data is always available on the device even without an internet connection.
  • Markdown notes, which are rendered with images and formatting in the desktop and mobile applications. Support for extra features such as math notation and checkboxes.
  • File attachment support – images are displayed, and other files are linked and can be opened in the relevant application.
  • Search functionality.
  • Geo-location support.
  • Supports multiple languages
  • External editor support – open notes in your favorite external editor with one click in Joplin.

Keep in mind, Joplin is in development, but is turning into a very nice note taking application. I will take Joplin for a spin and see where I land with it.

Source: Joplin


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An Unofficial TuneIn Player for Chromium-Based Browsers (Chrome, Edge, Vivaldi, Edge, etc…)

This small in size TuneIn browser extension works great (recently updated). TuneIn is an online  audio streaming service delivering live news, radio, sports, music, and podcasts. This extension works with Google Chrome and any other Chromium-based browser (i.e. Microsoft Edge, Vivaldi, Brave, etc…). Also, a great addition to the Chromebook.

Unofficial extension to open Tunein.com in a player sized window.

– Dynamically resizes to a popdown when playing.
– Uses existing browser settings
– light & fast

Source: TuneIn Player – Chrome Web Store

Check Out “UV Weather” (a Chromium Browser Extension)

Nice Weather App, called UV Weather, that is a Google Chrome (Chromium) browser extension that reflects the UV Index (and, a radar map that is accessible via the menu).  

This lightweight extension helps you planning your day and keeping yourself safe in the sun. The app icon is automatically updated to your current UV Index / Temperature. Click the icon and you will get detailed weather data.

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UV WEATHER – HIGHLIGHTS
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⦁ Full weather report (Wind, Rain, Pressure and more)
⦁ UV Index (hourly & daily)
⦁ AccuFeel, an accurate Feels Like temperature
⦁ Precipitation forecast map
⦁ 7-day and 48-hour weather forecasts
⦁ Solar times (sunrise, sunset and more)
⦁ Automatic location detection
⦁ An option to manually add location
⦁ Real time weather updates
⦁ Made in Canada
⦁ One click install, no settings needed
⦁ Dark and light theme
⦁ Auto switch to dark mode at night
⦁ White icon for dark Chrome browser theme
⦁ Large number (Temperature/UV) in the toolbar badge
⦁ 12H/24H Time format
⦁ Animated icons
⦁ Clean, simple, and sleek design
⦁ Rated 4.8/5.0, 10K active users, 50+ reviews
⦁ Powered by QSun® & Dark Sky®

Source: UV Weather

Newsprompt Brings You Top Stories From Around The World

Newsprompt is a news aggregation service that I happened across that I think is a keeper. I could not find much information on this service, but you can either go directly to the site or you can set it up through the Google Chrome store as a “new tab” browser extension. In my case I saved the site as a bookmark. There appears to be no sign-in required; however, you can customize what news you would like to see. I am assuming the customization settings are maintained through your browser settings (i.e. cookies). Anyhow, good option for getting the news…

Newsprompt brings to you top stories from around the world and personalized recommendations just for you right in your new tab. Newsprompt delivers highly personalized content without you having to change any settings or customization. From the sports team you follow or the celebrity you love or the company that interests you, get the latest updates for all the stuff that you care about.


Source: Newsprompt

A Web App Launcher For Google Chrome and Your Chromebook

When you create a “web app” in Google Chrome on a Chromebook (ChromeOS), where you go the browser settings (three vertical dots at top right corner of the Chrome browser window) > More tool > Create shortcut and set the app to open as a Window, the web app is saved to the ChromeOS app menu or to the “Shelf” at the bottom of the screen. This is all fine and dandy; BUT, if you want easier (and quicker) access to launch those apps, install the Chrome browser extension called “Apps Launcher“.

Source: Apps Launcher for Chrome – Chrome Web Store


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Save a complete web page (as currently displayed) as a single HTML file with “Save Page WE”

Save Page WE is a Google Chrome browser extension that allows you to save a web page as it is currently displayed. I messed around with this and found that it actually does a much better job of saving an accurate representation of a web page than a PDF file. The file that you save is saved as a single HTML file that can be opened in any web browser. Oftentimes, due to the complexity of some web pages, you will see a warning sign that some resources or elements of a page cannot be saved; simply jump past that.

Also, “Save Page WE”, after installed, becomes resident on the context menu where you can quickly save a web page as an HTML file, or to perform operations on a previously saved page. To do this, right-click on the page contents to open the context menu, select the ‘Save Page WE’ sub-menu, and then select one of the menu items:

• Save Basic Items
• Save Standard Items
• Save Custom Items
• View Saved Page Info
• Remove Page Loader
• Extract Image/Audio/Video

I have found “Save Page WE” to be a great tool in saving a next to near-perfect representation of a web page and is now has a permanent spot on my toolbar.

Source: Save Page WE – Chrome Web Store


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Bookmarks Sidebar – Access All Your Google Chrome Bookmarks From A Hidden Sidebar

Bookmarks Sidebar is a Google Chrome browser extension that allows you to access and manage your bookmarks by clicking on the left side of your screen. The sidebar can also be set to auto appear when you move the mouse pointer to the left side of the screen; AND, if you don’t want it on the left side of the screen you can change it to the right side. There are other configurable settings, as well.

After messing around with this extension for a while now; especially, on my Chromebook, I have found this extension to be one that I cannot live without. This is something that should already be built into Chrome. I love the idea that I am now making full (easily accessible) use of my bookmarks and have found that I am now organizing my bookmarks more.

If you use Google Chrome, I highly recommend this extension. Highly rated in the Google Chrome Store

Source: Bookmark Sidebar – Chrome Web Store


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smartUp Gestures – Boost Google Chrome Browsing Productivity With Mouse Gestures

If you never used “mouse gestures”, you don’t know what you are missing. “smartUp Gestures” is a browser extension that brings mouse gestures to the Google Chrome Browser. Of all of the gesture apps I have tried, I am going to stick my neck out here and say this is the best one. With mouse gestures, you hold down the right mouse button and drag in assigned directions to perform assigned commands. For example, to go back a page, I simply hold down the right mouse button and drag to the left. There are many other commands and options that you can use. In my case, here at “What’s On My PC“, I use probably  5 or 6 of the built-in gesture commands and have disabled the rest. Just too many for me to remember.

Source: Google Chrome Store – smartUp Gestures


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Notifier for Gmail™ – FREE “Open Source” Browser Extension

If you are using Google Chrome or a Chromium based web browser, here is a browser extension, called “Notifier for Gmail“, that will notify you of your incoming Gmail (even from multiple accounts). I currently have “Notifier for Gmail” configured to check my account every 60 seconds. A tone alert is generated when I have mail. You can then click on the toolbar icon to check and manage your email. When there is no mail, you can click on the icon and go directly to your Gmail account.

Gmail™ Notifier is an open-source project that notifies you about incoming emails from all your Google Mail accounts and labels.

Features:

  • No requirement to enter your credentials.
  • Multiple account support
  • Multiple label support
  • Low bandwidth usage by using RSS technology
  • Mark as read, report spam, trash or archive messages right from browser’s toolbar

Source: Notifier for Gmail™ – Chrome Web Store

Eliminate The Distractions With “Just Read”

Just Read” is an open source Chrome browser extension, that when clicked on, will remove a page’s styling, ads, popups, comments, etc… In  the end you will get a stripped down simplified version of a web page (or article) for easy reading (and printing) where you can then remove the sections you do not want. To initiate the mode to remove sections, click on the “garbage can” at the top of the page.

There are other readers like this, but this one is totally FREE and does not require an account. Here at “What’s On My PC” I use “Just Read” as a blogging tool to research information. I have also found that on some occasions it is able to read pages on some news sites where subscriptions are required in order to read an article.

 

Source: Just Read – Chrome Web Store

Delight – A Google Chrome Browser Extension That Is A Window To the Wonders of The World

Delight is a Google Chrome browser extension that is a window to the wonders of this world. When you click on a new tab, you are taken on a journey where you will visit awe-inspiring landscapes. If you click on the source link below, you will be taken to the developer’s web site where you can get a good feel for some of the landscapes, views, etc…

Source: Delight: Beautiful New Tab HD Videos

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