Mashable: Chrome extensions for everybody

I love lists of "X Must-Have Apps/Extensions/Whatever for [Career]s" -- not because I do most of these jobs, but because special-purpose extensions go a long way towards enriching my experience of the internet.  In this case, there are a few that will be really useful for blogging, and a few that will be really useful for tweaking the design of my blogs. Mashable's list, 10 Essential Chrome Extensions for Designers, has a lot of great stuff for just using the internet.  I've already installed ColorZilla, Screen Capture, Pixlr Editor, MeasureIt!, and Palette.  The rest of them were really, definitely specific to webpage designers and I don't particularly need them.

There's less in the 10 Must-Have Chrome Extensions for Developers, being mostly more technical and less artistic, but Resolution Test looks pretty useful for the occasions when I'm trying to tweak my web page, and I cannot begin to explain how useful I think Session Manager is going to be.  Mashable writes:

When you're working on the web, browser tabs management is a priceless skill -- it's so easy to slip into bad habits and become "tab happy." Session Manager saves your browsing state and lets you re-open the session later. It is particularly useful if you find yourself opening the same web pages over and over.

The extension groups and saves related tabs, so for example, you could save your favorite news or social networking sites under their own session names, and then quickly access them without having to individually open each website.

I've usually got three windows packed with tabs running at a time, and dozens of folders in my bookmarks labeled "Prematurely closed."  I will be using this app extensively.

Regular Expressions

As usual, reading Cory Doctorow's new article in the Guardian has inspired me to learn new things.  This time, it's regular expressions.  Here's a chunk of his article, Here's what ICT should really teach kids: how to do regular expressions:

Knowing regexp can mean the difference between solving a problem in three steps and solving it in 3,000 steps. When you're a nerd, you forget that the problems you solve with a couple keystrokes can take other people days of tedious, error-prone work to slog through.

Like typing or spelling, regexp is a foundational skill that involves a fair bit of practice and learning by rote. It's the sort of skill that is best taught at an early age. Regexps are easy to teach with games, since each "operator" in a regular expression blocks or matches a different set of characters, so you can easily make tower-defence style games where the player has to construct progressively more complex regexps to block the incoming monsters – there are tons of regexp games online already.

His article includes a link to this site, www.regular-expressions.info, and I will be googling for some of those tower defense games.

Technical difficulties have been overcome

My computer is back!  I think I lost a lot of files, but I don't know which ones or how many.  This would probably be less of a problem if I consistently backed things up. Working out of a Chromebook for the past couple weeks means that everything I've done in that time is backed up on the internet, and I'm happy about that.

I'm also happy that I now have a computer that is not at all cluttered with junk, and has a significantly better hard drive!  It took much less time this time around to get everything plugged in and working, and I've got a new third monitor as well, so my office is at maximum sexiness.

The only downside, I think, is that I'm having trouble typing, having gotten as used to the chromebook keyboard as I was...

Anyway, my new computer says hi.  And I might be keeping the chromebook.  For reasons.

My computer broke

I don't know what happened.  I was watching a YouTube video earlier, and my computer just... turned off.  And now it won't turn back on. I'm hoping that it, like, overheated or something, because it's so hot out, and that tripped some kind of failsafe that just won't let it turn back on until it has decided it is cool enough.  I hope that's what it was, because I find it difficult to cope with the idea that my computer might have been more seriously broken than that.  I'm certainly not allowing myself to think about the possibility that it's just completely and unsalvageably trashed.

So, today's blogging is all going to be light and fluffy, because I can't handle trying to critically analyze things today.  I've been angry enough about things on the internet in the past week or so, and that's when I wasn't feeling a constant physical beating of stress in all of my upper body.

So, good news if you want to read me talking about stuff I like.  That's all that's going on today.  Except my computer breaking.  I don't like that.  That is not a thing I like.