“Once a new technology rolls over you, if you’re not part of the steamroller, you’re part of the road.”
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- Firefox (Developer Edition)
- Amazon Smiley
- Redirects you to Amazon Smile, which makes Amazon donate to charity once you buy stuff.
- Bypass Paywalls
- Paywalls on news sites are annoying; this does a good job of bypassing them.
- Helps protect you against fingerprinting.
- Dark Reader
- The best dark theme extension available, I use it on nearly every site (including this one!).
- Helps protect you against tracking.
- Distract Me Not
- Stops me from going to timesink websites during work.
- Unload unused tabs, thus freeing resources allocated to them.
- Honey (I turn this on as needed)
- Occasional discounts on random sites, useful if I don’t already have a discount of some kind.
- Old Reddit Redirect
- Redirects you to the old.reddit.com version of a reddit.com page.
- Textarea Tabbing
- Makes it so you don’t move from a textbox to the “Submit” button by accident when you hit the Tab key (especially useful in online code editors).
- uBlock Origin
- Perhaps the most important extension I have installed.
- Chromium (not Google Chrome)
- I use only uBlock with Chromium. I hardly use the browser, so I keep it lightweight.
- I almost exclusively use this for Instacart and Google Meet.
I mainly (99% of the time) use Firefox because it’s by far the most usable, well-designed web browser. Also, it’s open source! That said, some sites annoyingly do not fully support it (notably Instacart, Google Meet, etc.)
- It’s cross-platform, reliable, has a fantastic catalog, and great discovery features.
- The best video player, period. Also has other useful features like ability to convert between formats, etc.
- I use almost exclusively the following software for these purposes:
- LibreOffice Suite
- Google Docs, Slides, Sheets
- I do not use related Microsoft products - for me, there is no reason to.
- I typically do not use a dedicated email client, but occasionally I may use Thunderbird.
- It’s a fantastic, underrated piece of software.