One of the fastest and easiest ways to increase productivity and efficiency as a Web developer is to collect an assortment of tools that can help simplify, automate and just generally lessen the burden that different tasks add to your to-do list.

Of course, this isn’t news to anyone. What may be useful to know, however, is that the popular Google Chrome Web browers offers a plethora of extensions that could be used to make life easier for developers. If you already use Chrome (and if you work on the Web, you probably do), why not check out these 17 extensions that can help dramatically increase your productivity and, hopefully, get a few extra hours of sleep, as a result.

Eye Dropper
The open source Eye Dropper extension allows users to quickly pick out specific colors from a Web page, advanced color picker or “personal color history” to use in site design and development.

As a “vision simulator” plugin, NoCoffee allows developers to see how their sites will look for users with a variety of potential vision issues, such as low acuity, low contrast sensitivity, color deficiencies, glare, ghosting, snow or a partial vision block, so that they can then go back and fix their sites to better accomodate these concerns.

With this extension, users simply have to click on their toolbars to have jQuery “injected” directly into the current page that they are working on, and afterwards they can check for successful insertion by running a jQuery command on the page from their JavaScript consoles.

This browser extension will “uncover” the technologies used on a website, so that developers can figure out how certain aspects of a site were created. Wappalyzer comes with a list of applications that it detects, which includes content management systems, Web shops, servers, JavaScript frameworks, analytics tools and more.

Code Cola
Developers can easily visually edit a Web page’s CSS style with the Code Cola extension. It even comes with a collection of handy patterns to further expediate the process.

ruul. Screen ruler
This is one of those “Why didn’t I think of that?” tools that is useful for any and every type of desinger. It is a simple on-screen ruler that helps users line up and measure various aspects of a Web page, including type, line height, strokes and pretty much anything else.

Page Ruler
Sort of like ruul, Page Ruler is a Chrome extension that allows developers to draw a ruler directly on a page in order to discover an area’s pixel dimensions and positioning, as well as other page elements.

With this extension, developers can rapidly view and validate a page’s JSON documents with increased efficiency.

Resolution Test
As the name implies, this extension helps developers test the pages they’re working on in various screen resolutions so that they can make any necessary adjustments. It even comes with an option that allows them to define their own resolutions.

Web Developer
An extension with a name like “Web Developer” has to be good, right? This will add a button to the top of a user’s toolbar in his or her Chrome browser that features various tools for Web developers, including color, resizing and image tools.

This performance tool from Yahoo will make your Web pages faster by analyzing them, grading them on one of three predefined (or user-defined) sets of rules and then suggesting ways to improve their performance based on the results.

Ripple Emulator
Ripple Emulator provides users with a multi-platform HTML5 mobile environment emulator that allows them to test the performance of their websites across a variety of mobile devices, thus reducing the challenge of trying to design for the multitude of available mobile platforms after the initial Web-based site has been created.

Python Shell
The Python scripting language aims to emphasize code readability, making it a favorite among many Web developers. With this extension, they can test Python code or regular expressions; they can even use it as a calculator.

Microformats for Google Chrome
Now, developers can easily display microformats right on their Web pages thanks to this handy extension, which supports hCard, hCalender, hReview, hReview-aggregate, hRecipe and geo.

jQuery Debugger
Working with jQuery has never been easier than with this Chrome extension, which features a Selector Inspector panel that will, not surprisingly, inspect a page’s jQuery selectors and watch their matching elements as they’re displayed on any website. In short, this extension was designed to help users easily understand even the most complex selectors.

DevTools Autosave
This incredibly useful little extension will automatically save any changes in CSS and/or JavaScript that were made with Chrome DevTools, meaning you’ll never have to worry about losing your work again!

960 Grid System Overlay
Technically, this is an “unoffical” tool, but it still rocks. This extension allows users to overlay a guide over a Web page that is using the 960 Grid System by simplying right-clicking on the “960” icon in their browsers. They can even change the default colors of the overlay.

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According to the Wall Street Journal (August 7, 2012) cable, satellite and phone companies had a combined net loss of about 200,000 subscribers in the quarter, earnings reports showed, about 0.2% of the roughly 100 million pay-TV subscribers. The experts estimates the overall industry shed more than 400,000 subscribers during the period when results for closely held operators are included.

The trend of cord cutting is about saving money and not giving up content. Many people think that cord cutting is confusing or even just for geeks. It is not. The average person pays $100 a month for television content. Imaging saving $1200 a year? What would you do with an extra $100 in your pocket?

Individuals have gotten rid of their home phone for a cell phone – because why have redundant technology. That is exactly the same reasoning to cut your television cord … you already have internet … the internet has EVERYTHING. All the content, including sports, is available cheaper (mostly free) with internet access. Cutting the cord doesn’t involve losing access to content you just have to have the right combination. Here are your top five “must haves” for cutting cable.

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I can’t say enough about Netflix instant streaming – at $7.99 a month with access to a ridiculous amount of content. If you add DVDs to be mailed you are looking at never being bored again.

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Curious about exactly Netflix Instant’s content? That can easily be seen without a Netflix account at Instantwatcher. Instantwatcher helps you find what you want to watch from Netflix’s huge streaming catalog and uses the Google AJAX Search API to pull in relevant YouTube clips and trailers.

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Hulu is an online video service that offers a selection of hit shows, clips, movies and more at, numerous destination sites online, and through our ad-supported subscription service, Hulu Plus.

Hulu Plus™ offers hit TV shows and award-winning movies anytime in HD. Watch any current season episode of top shows like Modern Family, 30 Rock, Grey’s Anatomy, and many others, enjoy classic series, or explore acclaimed movies from the Criterion Collection. Available on gaming consoles, connected TVs, smartphones, and tablets for $7.99/month with limited advertising.

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$7.99/month Little Black Box That Streams Thousands of Films!Roku is a little box that allows you to instantly stream tons of entertainment on your TV. Watch over 100,000 movies and TV shows from Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, and more. Listen to music on Pandora, or listen to your own iTunes playlists. Even watch major sports, news, or original Internet programming. It’s all available whenever you want it. The all-new, top-of-the-line Roku XDS sets a new standard with 1080p streaming video, the latest wireless technology, and Instant Replay. All for under $100.This is even a channel called Playon that will bring every single cable channel to your Roku. Right now Playon has a deal if you pay for a lifetime subscription $69 you will get a FREE Roku! A deal you seriously need to consider, especially if you are interested in the Roku Player.Get Roku 205627_Make your TV a smart TV. One Time Cost No Monthly Fees
Due to licensing agreements there are sports blackout, content not available in US and original content that isn’t available to US watcher. If you try to watch a baseball game on the MLB TV website in a blackout area … you only get audio. If you had a VPN it legally fakes your location. No more blackouts, you have access to LIVE NFL and much more than you can ever imagine.How does a VPN account work?As soon as you connect to our VPN server your computer is assigned a new IP address, an IP address that is owned by us, not your ISP.  Then all of your Internet traffic is encrypted and is tunneled to our VPN server.  Once there, it is decrypted and allowed to travel to its intended destination. Your local ISP will only see a single encrypted data stream between you and our VPN server.  Your ISP can no longer monitor, log or control your Internet usage. Setup is easy

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HD AntennaOne can view their local channels and local channels without a need for expensive cable.Before anything check out two websites that will help you decide if you should get an antenna or skip the process.

  • TV Fool is an online tool that can analyze your location to help determine what FREE broadcasts might be available in your neighborhood.
  • Antenna Web will help you discover the correct antenna type for your location and viewing preferences.

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Split it … Get friends who would like to make the change. We have a Netflix Instant w/ 3 DVDs out plan and Hulu – which we share with two other families. That means our actual monthly cost is less than $10.00/Month. To manage different Netflix queues and privacy I use the web-based/Roku channel Total Cost Monthly :: $25.98/month

The Super Bowl will be streamed online and to phones for the first time, the NFL said Tuesday. NBC’s broadcasts of wild card Saturday, the Pro Bowl and the Super Bowl will be available on NFL Network online, NBC Network online and through Verizon’s NFL Mobile app.

The service will include additional camera angles, in-game highlights and live stats — and replays of those always popular Super Bowl ads.

NBC has been streaming its “Sunday Night Football” telecasts for four seasons, and the network has found that it’s not just being used by fans who can’t watch on TV. Many of the page views come from people using the service as a complement to the traditional broadcast.

It certainly would seem likely that fans would do the same for Super Bowl XLVI on Feb. 5. The game is annually the biggest attraction on television by far, with last season’s Packers-Steelers matchup drawing 111 million viewers, a record U.S. audience for any show.

Whether it’s just for a quarter if somebody has to run out to the store to get something they forgot, now they can stay connected to the game,” Hans Schroeder, the NFL’s senior vice president of media strategy and development, told The Associated Press. “With such a big television audience, it will be interesting to see the expanded reach.

NBC’s streams on Sunday nights typically average 200,000-300,000 viewers, compared with 21 million for the telecasts. The network has seen no evidence they hurt the traditional broadcasts’ healthy TV ratings. If anything, the extra options online may help keep fans glued to the games on their sets.

We don’t want to limit ourselves to people not in front of the TV,” said Rick Cordella, vice president and general manager for NBC Sports Digital Media.


Cheap Vodka is Still Vodka

Vodka also has a long history of use as medicine, having been sold by druggists to cure everything from infertility to colic and the plague. While some of those historic promoters were half-cocked, it’s true that vodka has a wide range of potential uses beyond serving as a relaxer and social lubricant.

  • Drink it
  • Treat Poison Ivy – To avoid the uncomfortable reaction, immediately pour vodka on skin that has come into contact with poison ivy, and the alcohol will wash away the itchy culprit, urushiol oil.
  • Odor Killer – spray down your garments, sneakers or furniture with a vodka dilution between dry cleaning to remove odors (not stains).
  • Glass Cleaner –  This include eye glasses, windows and mirrors.
  • Mouthwash – Combine cheap vodka with a few drops of cinnamon, spearmint, or tea tree oil and let sit for two weeks.  You’ve got your own high-octane mouthwash.  Just make sure to spit after you rinse.
  • Pie Crust – Swapping ice cold vodka for water in pie crust recipes ensures a flakier crust. The vodka makes the dough more pliable to work with, and then evaporates while baking, giving you a lighter result than water.
  • Dandruff or Dry Scalp Solution –  Mix one cup of vodka with two teaspoons of rosemary and let sit for two days.  Strain and use as a rinse to remove shampoo build-up, or as a leave-in scalp treatment. Keep away from eyes, it will burn.
  • Re-Usable Ice Pack – Combine equal parts vodka and water in a sealable freezer bag for a slushy ice pack to nurse injuries.
  • Hand Sanitizer – Vodka is a natural enemy to bacteria, so reach for that small spray bottle and mist your hands generously.
  • Razors – Prolong the life of razors by filling a cup with vodka and letting your safety razor blade soak in the alcohol after shaving. The vodka disinfects the blade and prevents rusting.

Higher education is expensive, here are some tips that will help you shave off the expense:

  1. Small scholarships. Those $250 scholarships add up, get 5 micro scholarship (for a four-year education) is $ 5,000.  That will make a difference.
    • Colleges and Universities love those types of students for the simple reason more scholarship = free PR.  With more scholarship money the chances are the institution will work with you in extending extra money your way to ensure attendance.
    • One of the most important thing to remember with scholarships comes a thank you note, each semester/year the money is received.  Also, if you get good grades, nothing will ensure financial support for each semester than an excellent report card.
    • No matter how small the scholarship is in monetary value – take all opportunities to thank them in person.
  2. Scholarships take time
    • Time is money
    • Spend a few hours a week research and applying for scholarships.
    • Think extreme couponing without the storage need.
  3. Advanced Placement (AP) courses.
    • A few AP courses looks good on a college application (which can increase the financial aid package in itself)
    • Colleges might give academic credit for successful AP tests, which means less classes needed for graduation and cheaper the cost.
  4. Post Freshman Year
    • Once you are in your Sophomore, Junior and Senior year — go back to the institutions financial aid office and see about unclaimed scholarships.  Students drop out of college and the money just sits there. This will help in obtaining funds for computers, printers, or other essentials that have to come out of your pocket.
  5. Local isn’t Always Frugal
    • Scotland, Canada, Puerto Rico, Mexico and many other countries have extremely cheap higher education.  It is just four years – why do you have to stay in the US? This is a perfect time to live in another country, get an education and have the money to do so.