Disciplined Browsing with Chrome Extension

Too many tabs

Have you ever tried having 100 or more tabs open at once in Google Chrome browser? You can’t even see the favicon of the tabs, not to mention the tab titles! It can really be a drain on your productivity, hunting around for those tabs. Consider this Chrome browser extension, TooManyTabs for better tab management and reduced tab overflow. TooManyTabs (TMT) stores up to 20 recently closed tabs.

Here’s a video demonstrating use of TMT.

No more tabs

For truly advanced tabaholics, there is a stricter alternative to TMT. No More Tabs only allows a maximum of six tabs to be open at any one time.


Sadly, the developers of TMT decided to stop supporting it in July 2016. Although the following commentary is specific to the Firefox version of TMT, there have been no updates regarding support of Google Chrome browser tab management on the Visibo blog either.  After eight years, the end arrives for TMT and other browser add-on’s:

Here are some of my final thoughts as a developer…

TMT is small, but developing it has never been easy. So why persist? For a tabaholic like me I have always too many tabs open. TMT offers a niche function that could only be appreciated by few people who really needs it like I do. They would email me about how TMT had improved their productivity and how devastated they would be without it. I am proud that I have served the many minority of us whose need were not met by the “standard”.

It seems all traditional add ons have also become too niche to be worth supporting. In my opinion, the Internet and the Open Source movement has kind of lost its original ways. If my memory serves, the Internet promised a long tail. Everyone, supposedly, can find their niche on the Internet when there is none in the real world. The Internet now, however, is too becoming more and more tailored to the sole interest of the majority, where popularity… is the sole criteria of survival… If you are a niche, like TMT, or like Google Reader, you will no longer get support. Maybe it’s because it’s not profitable. Or compared to the billions of other users on the Internet, that 0.1% of you aren’t important.

I do not like the direction that we are heading.

Loyal users of TMT: Thank you for your long time support and farewell! It has been a great time.

Undisciplined browsing in the wild

Via Google Product Forums, this user is having trouble with slow Chrome tab switching on Android:

First of all I must admit I’m not a normal user here, I have like 400 tabs open…

Published in: on 13 August 2010 at 12:58 am  Leave a Comment  
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Amazon Transfers Data Faster than the Speed of Light?

Actually, Amazon doesn’t transfer data faster than the speed of light. But Amazon Web Services (AWS) does have a high-speed internal network that will move customer data faster than the internet. To the dilettantes in our midst, that would imply a transfer rate faster than the speed at which electromagnetic radiation travels, which in theory should be the same as the speed of light. And similarly, it should be the speed at which signals pass through the “ether of the internet”. However, this isn’t quite the case.

Gratuitous illustration of electromagnetic spectrum

Data transfer: passing through the historical aether

Amazon’s breakthrough technology, providing both storage and processing services “in the cloud” is not particularly recent news. The beta release occurred over a year ago. The salient part of the story is here:

We are excited to announce the limited beta of AWS Import/Export, a new offering that accelerates moving large amounts of data into and out of AWS using portable storage devices for transport. AWS transfers your data directly on and off storage devices using Amazon’s high-speed internal network and bypassing the Internet. For significant data sets, AWS Import/Export is often faster than Internet transfer and more cost-effective than upgrading your connectivity.

AWS is now rolling out the Import/Export for Amazon S3, a premium storage solution designed for mission-critical and primary data storage. What are the portable storage devices referred to above? Any storage device with a USB or eSATA connector, that draws power from a U.S.-standard wall socket plug, 120 Volts at 60 Hertz. Amazon’s high-speed internal network is not electronic: it is internal combustion powered. Yes, the reference to the “Amazon high-speed internal network” is the Amazon internal network of vehicles, probably trucks. Really quite sensible of Amazon. The AWS Import/Export Calculator helps users decide the cost-equivalency between Amazon S3 data transfer charges and time versus directly loading data from an AWS Import/Export facility, at rates as fast as 500 Mbps.

If you have large amounts of data to load and an Internet connection with limited bandwidth, the time required to prepare and ship a portable storage device to AWS can be a small percentage of the time it would take to transfer your data over the internet. If loading your data over the Internet would take a week or more, you should consider using AWS Import/Export.

Why not combine old and new technologies to give the best possible service to your customers? AWS is offering free S3 data transfer in through November 2010. After that, the AWS Import/Export service should become yet more interesting as an option to increase price-performance for data storage in the clouds.

LATE BREAKING NEWS FLASH: Check out these AWS sticker photos! Delivered the old-fashioned way: by internal combustion, jet engine and/or freight train powered snail-mail. And if you want some too, you merely need to do as suggested by AWS Evangelist Jeff Barr and they WILL be yours. If only all wishes were so easily granted.

Published in: on 22 July 2010 at 11:42 am  Leave a Comment  
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