20 Best Google Chrome Extensions for Computer Nerds

16 Jan, 2012  |  Written by  |  under Google Chrome, Resources

You’ve spent a lifetime trying to stay ahead of the computer curve with the best techno toys and gadgets available. Now that you’re using Google Chrome, what’s stopping you from using (or even creating) extensions and apps for this browser? We’ve collected some of the best extensions for your perusal and possible use, including ways to one-up the nerd sitting next to you in in that computer science class. Check out the ways you can increase your productivity, increase your development time and knowledge, and prove your Geocache-like sportsmanship with these extensions.

Productivity

Young Computer Nerds

  1. Awesome Extensions Button opens Chrome extensions in a new window or tab. If the extensions page is already open, that tab is selected, helping you to save time. This tool can help you stay on top of every available extension.
  2. Daum Equation Editor allows users to add new equations, improve usability, and create formulas with the click of a button. You can save the images you create to your PC.
  3. Extensions Manager (aka Switcher) is a light pop-up manager that enables or disables any extension on your Chrome browser. Change applications and themes quickly with shortcuts to the options screen.
  4. IE Tab displays web pages using IE within Chrome. It exactly emulates IE by using the IE rendering engine directly within Chrome. This will enable you to use ActiveX controls and test your web pages with different versions of IE (IE6, IE7, IE8, or IE9). This extension also supports Sharepoint, ICBC, and alipay. It’s been a “Top 10″ extension since 2009, so where have you been?
  5. Tampermonkey is a userscript manager for Google Chrome and Chromium Browser. This extension can access your data on all websites; your list of installed apps, extensions, and themes; and, your tabs and browsing activities.
  6. Vimium provides keyboard shortcuts for navigation and control. Run on the edge with javascript and alarmist messaging…and plan to spend some time rebinding your keys to override the default Chrome behavior. In the end, we want to know if you really saved time and were productive with this extension…
  7. WorkFlowy for Coders adds some style tweaks and minor features to the excellent WorkFlowy.com.
    When zoomed into a node, this extension will render markdown type syntax and add syntax highlighting to any code blocks within the node’s notes.

Developer Tools

Teen Computer Nerd

  1. DoX integrates with the Chrome omnibox to bring the haXe standard library API autocompletion right to your fingertips. To use, type “hx,” followed by a space or tab, followed by your query. You may experience a delay during your first use of this extension as the class index is retrieved and cached. On subsequent uses, however, you should see instantaneous autocompletions.
  2. Microformats for Google Chrome shows microformats on the page. Supports hCard, hCalendar, hReview, hReview-aggregate, hRecipe and geo. Shorten the time you spend on your Google apps, as this extension allows you to login to your Google account through the popup. Authorize access, and you’ll be on your way to adding events to your calendar and hCards to your Google Contacts.
  3. Network and Internet Tools provides access to tools such as Ping, Tracert, W3C Validator, DNS blackhole list, DNS domain neighbors and WHOIS information. This kit also includes an IP Geo Location device, which shows the geographical location for domain names or IP addresses on a map.
  4. NinjaKit is a nod to Greasemonkey, as this is an experimental extension that allows users to install Greasemonkey scripts. This extension provides you with the best of both worlds, as Chrome now natively supports user scripts.
  5. Proxxy allows users to develop offline website support, to use anonymous proxies, and to toggle your proxy settings from the toolbar. This extension supports most of the nuance exposed by Chrome, without interfering with the common case.
  6. White Fir Design Hack Tools are all about checking for website hack issues from your web browser’s contextual menu. Check on various span, redirections, and cloaking. You also can “unobfuscate” PHP hack codes such as eval(gzinflate(base64_decode(str_rot13(.

On The Side

College Computer Nerd

  1. CacheList provides proof that you have a sporty side. Use this extension to create a printable list of caches. Create navigation files in loc and gpx format.
  2. Gismeteo displays real time weather or forecast for the nearest time of your favorite place. Click the icon and you will get detailed forecast for 24 hours. You are in control of the design, because you can change the icons set and color themes.
  3. Google Chrome to Phone Extension adds a button to Chrome that allows users to seamlessly push links, maps, and currently selected text and phone numbers to your Android device. You’ll also need to install this extension to your phone for it to work.
  4. Google+ Notifications provides you a way to grasp all those circles and hangouts, while your friends are left choking in Facebook dust. This extension accesses your “tabs and browsing activity” to properly sync notification counts when incognito windows are open, but does not permanently store or transmit this information.
  5. Rapportive provides information about your contacts, replacing Google ads with your contacts’ images, locations, workplace information and activities. This is almost as good as being a forensic scientist. Or, a detective.
  6. Monopages allows users to quickly take screenshots, including frame contents and code. All copies are stored online, so you save hard drive space, and you can gain access to the materials easily from any online source.
  7. Optical Illusion Of The Day provides you with fresh content every day. Use it to wake up, or to provide amusement during that boring calc class (you learned it all in third grade, anyway).