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Stop accidentally killing ALL Chrome browsers

20 Feb 2017

Stop accidentally killing ALL Chrome browsers | DaveTavres.comAs a keyboard nut, and an avid Google Chrome user, *THE* most frustrating and annoying thig Google has ever done is – the “Close all Chrome Browsers” keyboard shortcut – CTRL+SHIFT+Q – which you might think this could be useful – but it is NOT!

Over the years, I’ve accidentally killed every open tab and browser HUNDREDS of times. As it turns out, Google DID create a fantastic keyboard shortcut that would restore your recently closed tabs (one-by-one, or ALL of them if you accidentally hit the CTRL+SHIFT+Q shortcut), but hitting CTRL+SHIFT+T. It’s a VERY useful shortcut which I use dozens of times a day.

However. As a web developer, I also use one of Chromes other fantastic tools – “Incognito”. Incognito allows you to open a new browser window – CTRL+SHIFT+N – that has no cookies or cache, so you can test sites that you’re working on. Or, if you just need to check a different email account, or want to double check the Amazon Prime price as a Prime Member, or as a regular visitor. Then when you’re done with your test, close the Incognito browser, and the cookies, cache, memory for that user session is erased.

Well… the magic ‘Restore Tabs’ shortcut is great – unless you’re me, who uses InCognito A LOT. And sure enough, CTRL+SHIFT+T will NOT restore Incognito tabs. Uggh!

A FIX!

Yes… I found a fix while tweaking a Google extension.

  1. Go to chrome://extensions (or ALT+F, Settings, Extensions)
  2. Scroll to the bottom of your extensions, and click the “Keyboard shortcuts” link. This will open a settings box to control your installed Chrome extensions.
  3. Find one of the extension that doesn’t have a keyboard shortcut set, click in that field, and hit CTRL+SHIFT+Q.

Tada! Now when you accidentally hit that stupid keyboard shortcut – you won’t kill all your (Incognito) work. You’ll just activate one of your plugins.

 

USE A PASSWORD VAULT!

05 Jun 2016

Over the years, I’ve done a lot of technical consulting for individuals and lots of small businesses. The one thing that is almost universal with all of those people is – they don’t use a password vault. But they REALLY need to use one.

Why? Because, if someone gets access to their computer, or steals their computer, or hacks it, those people can either lose all of their passwords, or worse, someone can login to many website and do malicious things. (Ya know, log into your bank, transfer money, send dirty or scam emails to hundreds of thousands of people, lock you out of your bill pay, etc.)

So – the best solution I’ve come across (and I LIVE WITH EVERY DAY) is LastPass. Right now – GO CREATE A LASTPASS ACCOUNT! – www.bit.ly/LastPassVault

Create a LastPass accont! - DaveTavres.com

Seriously. Right now. Go do it. Get started.

Even the basic free account will do more for your online security than you currently have with that Word or Excel file, or that book in the desk with all the family’s passwords in it.

Once you’re comfortable signing into the site and adding your accounts, you can move on to the really useful features like auto-login and shared folders.

What is auto-login? You install the Chrome or Firefox extension to your web browser, and when you go to a website that is listed in your LastPass Vault, LastPass can do an auto-login, or can let you choose the username and password to login to that site with. Not only is this a huge time saver, it’s far more secure than typing it out each time, or pulling up that file or book to find the password (when I’m standing at your desk and see the file or the book, now *I* know where to find ALL your passwords. If I’m not a good person, I effectively have access to ALL of your websites!)

Now you might ask, ‘What are shared folders?’ Good question!

If you upgrade for $12 A YEAR, you can have a single folder that is shared with your spouse, partner, friend, family, etc., and everyone can use that one folder for the commonly shared sites. The upgrade also lets you install the app on your mobile device to auto-login there too!

There are few things that I insist people do with their technology. This is one of those things. If you’re still using papers, sticky notes, books and a ‘clear-text’ file on your computer for passwords, it’s just a matter of time before someone steals your logins.

Create a LastPass accont! - DaveTavres.com

 

Facebook’s wikipedia spam

14 Mar 2015

Facebook is clearly a web super-power, so why do they insist on spamming Facebook with duplicate business pages that business owners can’t claim? The spam I’m talking about are the countless wikipedia pages that were imported a few years ago.

NPR - This Means Wiki-Warwikipedia is notorious for untrustworthy content and endless edit-wars between subject matter experts and wikipedia trolls. NPR even did a story on the edit-wars. So why does Facebook force the content on users?

What’s worse than being forced to view garbage content is that these pages can’t be claimed by legitimate business owners who want Facebook users to find their official business pages, rather than some other company’s version of their page. Take the famous “Randy’s Donuts” in Los Angeles… if you go to Facebook and want to look up Randy’s, you might not get what you’re looking for – the official business page. Instead, you may, like 7,134 other people, get the wikipedia business page.

Thousands and thousands of business owners have asked Facebook how to merge the wikipedia spam page with their official business page, but Facebook refuses to respondWhen it comes to social media and online marketing, businesses should have the right to protect their brand from false information. Thousands and thousands of business owners have asked Facebook how to merge the wikipedia spam page with their official business page, but Facebook refuses to respond.

 

Voting on ads…

23 Aug 2014

YouTube - DaveTavres.comFor several years I’ve felt like there’s something missing from ads – specifically video ads. More specifically, web-based video ads. Voting.

We all remember those especially good ads. The kid reading the ingredients on a container of Breyers ice cream; Verizon’s “Can you hear me now?” campaign; Connect Four’s “Pretty sneaky sis!”. Of course, those ads were all pre-internet, so the way they rated commercials was by sales and by advertising teams crunching sales numbers. But so many ads are just awful and there’s no way to let the companies know that the ad is bad – even if you still end up using their product.

Facebook has the “Like” button. So does YouTube for videos. Why isn’t there a “Like” button for the ADS that I watch? Seems like a simple way to get true feedback from viewers – or fans. I want to tell Audi that I LOVED their “Spock vs. Spock” commercial so they’ll make more like them.

So – what’s up Google? Why isn’t this an option? It’s completely opt-in and just gives better feedback to your customers. Make it happen.

 

Finally dumping GoDaddy… for Google

09 Aug 2014

Google Domains - DaveTavres.comGoDaddy has long been a staple in the domain and website hosting market for many years. Over the past many years though, they’ve gotten increasingly worse in customer service and price. There are many alternatives that people are happy with, and I’ve tried many. Several years ago I moved most of my web hosting, and the hosting of most of my clients and friends, off of GoDaddy’s terrible hosting services, but I’ve left domains there. (And so have many others.)no-godaddy[1]

Last month I had my final bad experience with GoDaddy. A single website I’ve had hosted there for 5 years, that used little storage space and had almost no traffic, suddenly disappeared. As it turned out, it was my fault for not renewing the hosting (or having auto-renew set). This has happened before, and I have been able to successfully login, pay for the hosting for another year or two, and the site was back up shortly. This time though, there was no renew option. I called GoDaddy’s “customer service” to find out that the hosting had expired over 20 days ago and they deleted the files. And if I wanted to get the site restored, it would be a $150 ransom. I talked to anyone I could, but they simply chose not to help without charging that outrageous fee. My fault or not for the renewal, they are a large company, with millions of websites a lot of technology in place. Their choice to abandon a customer has only served them in losing my business and anyone I help with domain and website hosting… and anyone else I can convince to choose another company. You know the saying “vote with your dollars.”

Right now, my favorite website hosting is BlueHost. But when it comes to domains, I’ve been looking for the best price, best control panel and fastest updates to DNS. Well, along comes Google. They recently joined the domain registration business. At this writing it’s still new, so I can’t judge how quickly they update DNS or how their customer service will be, but I’m hopeful. Also, they’re initially charge $12/yr for domain registration, so we’ll see how that changes over the years.