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Just annotations of little "how to's", so I know I can find how to do something I've already done when I need to do it again, in case I don't remember anymore, which is not unlikely. Hopefully they can be useful to others, but I can't guarantee that it will work, or that it won't even make things worse.
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Restore some of chrome/ium performance by ditching extensions

Posted 06-05-2014 at 08:42 PM by the dsc
Updated 06-05-2014 at 08:44 PM by the dsc

It may be obvious at hindsight but took me a while to try it.

Chrome/ium already has the advantage of being able to enable/disable extensions without restart, so it's really a good practice, compared with Firefox. You can sometimes enable an extension just while you're using it.

I think the particular extension that was causing most of the slowness was/is Tampermonkey, which is sort of a scriptish/greasemonkey for Chrome. I think that there may be some bug with it because sometimes I'd be at some page and the active userscript number would be indicating something like "32" when I don't even have so many userscripts. Perhaps iframes and the like count twice.

Ideally I'd install natively the userscripts I use the most, but the new Chrome/Google policies have made that something very hard to do. Or perhaps there's coincidentally a bug or a non-functional feature depending on the DE you're in. If I drag an userscript from a file manager or chrome's own recent downloads "footer" thing, there will pop up a "drag and drop to install" box, but by dropping it there it will only open as pure text.

Some extensions are more or less redundant with the browser embedded features. There's a "session manager" extension that's basically a shortcut for "bookmark all open tabs", and it's own GUI is considerably worse than the native bookmark manager.
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