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10 Best Chrome Extensions of 2012

10 Best Chrome Extensions of 2012

2012 is the year of Google Chrome. According to StatCounter, Google Chrome clocked up a whopping 35% share of web browser usage which makes it the most widely used internet browser. We have picked the best Chrome extensions add-ons of 2012 for you to “add-on” your browsers that helps you to surf the internet more easily and efficiently, thus, improve your productivity. Enjoy!

1. Awesome Screenshot

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    Awesome screenshot helps you to capture the whole web page. You can choose any portion of a a page, annotate the captured area with different shapes, arrows lines or even add text onto it. This chrome extension is simple and easy. It does exactly what it says; no more, less.

    2. Pocket

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      When you find something interesting on the Internet that you wish to save to read later, Pocket is the chrome extension for you. Pocket automatically syncs to your mobile devices, tablet or computer so that you can read your saved articles at any time. Pocket also allows off-line access, you can access your saved articles without any internet connection.

      3. Search by Image (by Google)

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        Search by Image extension give your the ability to initiate a Google Image Search using any image found in the Internet. This is a must-have extension if you search images on the web frequently.

        4. Adblock for YouTube

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          Are you sick of the annoying in-video adverts when you are watching a video on YouTube?Try Adblock for YouTube which can remove any ad videos shown before any videos. Time to say goodbye to the video ad.

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          5. FlashBlock

          Flashblock

            Most of the Flash content on the web increases your computer memory usage and CPU cycles causing your computer to chug along slowly. FlashBlock automatically blocks all flash content on a webpage which can avoids Flash from slowly hogging all of your computer memory (which eventually slows down your computer when you free memory is low).

            6. LastPass

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              LastPass is a free password manager. It can help you to save passwords from  most of the web pages in the web. When you log into any website in the Internet, LastPass can save your password automatically. LastPass makes your web browsing easier and more secure. If you use a lot of random passwords in the web, LastPass is the best vault to store them.

              7. Feedly

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              feedly

                Feedly proves that RSS readers can be simple and stylish. Feedly transforms your Google Reader into a magazine-like start page. Google Reader takes too much time to go through all the new items whereas Feedly provides you with a high-level view of your news which means you can spend less time reading articles which are less relevant to you.

                8. Hover Zoom

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                  There are so many websites that use small thumbnails in order to reduce loading times such as 4chan, Facebook, Flickr, Google images. By installing Hover Zoom, it allows you to enlarge thumbnails automatically on mouse over. The image will automatically resize if it doesn’t fit into your browser window.

                  9. WOT Safe Search

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                    Have your ever found a website that you were not sure whether you could trust it? With WOT Safe Search, you can search website freely without any concerns. WOT Safe Search also blocks all untrustworthy sites. WOT provides green, yellow and red icons for you to identify the reputation of certain websites.

                    10. Summer

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                      Summer enriches web content by adding a visual and social layer onto existing web content. It makes it easy to get informative introductions about people, companies or trendy topics without the need to search from Wikipedia. Summer makes surfing much more efficient and fun.

                       

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                      7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

                      7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

                      Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

                      Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

                      Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

                      So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

                      Joe’s Goals

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                        Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

                        Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

                        Daytum

                          Daytum

                          is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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                          Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

                          Excel or Numbers

                            If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

                            What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

                            Evernote

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                              I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

                              Evernote is free with a premium version available.

                              Access or Bento

                                If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

                                Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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                                You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

                                Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

                                All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

                                Conclusion

                                I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

                                What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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