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Why You Need the Session Buddy Extension for Chrome Web Browser

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The Browser Problem

Admit it. As a writer/ researcher/ marketer, you probably fall prey to the Too Many Tabs Open Syndrome on your Web browser. Occasionally, it causes you some computer memory problems.

If you have been using Google’s Chrome Web browser on a Mac computer lately, you might have noticed that if you have too many tabs open all at once (quite possible, if you are a writer or researcher), Macs sometimes crash — something that only started happening to me since the day after I installed Mac OS X Yosemite. (Though it happens on Windows and Linux computers, too, in Chrome.)

However, since Yosemite, Mac OS X has a nice feature in that all apps that were open are recovered, after a reboot. Sometimes. Occasionally, Chrome does not recover, and if you were doing some research with a lot of tabs — what put you in this situation in the first place — then you have to manually go through Chrome’s browsing history and reopen tabs. Except that, if you’re like me, that means tabs that might have originally been opened weeks ago. In which case, you are likely to forget some tab. Of course, if you need a particular Web page, you can just visit the URL in question. Unless you were deep in a site or Web app and just don’t know where you were.

Confused yet? Yeah, that’s sort of what it feels like when trying to recover tabs after a browser crash.

The Browser Extension Solution

The only solution I’ve found to date to resolve this situation is the Session Buddy extension for Chrome. Once installed, it will track all browser windows and tabs, and give you a handy structured list of them all, as seen in the image at top of this post. (Apologies for the poor quality screen snap, which is due to the page colors. Click on the snap to see a larger, more legible image.)

The extension can autosave browser sessions, as well have custom-named, manually triggered snapshots, amongst other features. It’s also an easy way to find a specific tab, if you have a few browser windows open.

Unfortunately, it’s only for Chrome, but it’s immensely useful. This has saved me countless hours in not having to track down all the URLs I had open before a crash. This extension is full of a feature set that Google really needs to add to Chrome, but until it does, I highly recommend Session Buddy for your online researcher’s toolkit. Keep an eye out on this site for other tools to help keep browser sessions manageable for research efforts.

Welcome to PostScribe

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There was a time when, if you were a writer, the only basic tools you needed were paper and pen/ pencil, a typewriter/ computer, and maybe a dictionary and thesaurus. Since the time that the Internet has been widely available, the basic writing toolbox has grown considerably. This site is about all the tools and techniques for your digital toolbox, if you plan to make a living writing, especially if a significant part of your presence is online.

This includes techniques for improving your writing, writing for both people and search engines simultaneously, content management and blogging platforms, various software and plugins, Web services, mobile apps, and myriad other things that you’ll likely need for a successful career working online in any capacity that involves writing and publishing. I’ll also delve into data journalism, visualization tools, outlining techniques, laptops, tablets, mobile apps –even pens, fountain pens and writing pads on occasion, maybe cameras, if they’re relevant — and more. Don’t be surprised if there’s the occasional post on beverages — coffee, tea, energy drinks, protein drinks. If you work from home, you know that some of these are a necessity at least some of the time.

I don’t claim to be an expert in all of these areas, though I am fairly experienced in many. This site has sat dormant for several years, waiting for the right topic. And it’s here: the “write” topic. Now, on the PostScribe Web site, I hope to share much of what I know, as well as provide references/ resource lists to other valuable content.

While most of you will be satisfied with the (free) blog post/ article / resource list/ infographic content, some of you may benefit from advanced level materials in the form of webinars, ebooks, case studies and online courses — some of which may be free, others paid content.

As well, occasionally I will feature other publisher’s content/ software services in the capacity of an affiliate marketer. In other words, I will link out with my own personal code, for which I’ll earn revenue if you purchase said products.

I’m looking forward to sharing what I know on the above topics, and I hope you are too. Please interact, ask questions, make suggestions. Disagreement is entirely fine with me provided you do so with civility, though I reserve the right to moderate comments. Spam comments will not be tolerated.

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