My Google Reader was a-buzzin' this morning with talk about ChromeDeck, a utility designed to create and manage multiple Google Chrome profiles. Truth is, it's pretty easy to do this without using a 3rd-party program.
The first step is to add a command line switch to your Google Chrome (or Chromium) shortcut: --enable-udd-profiles. If you need help figuring out how to add a switch, check our tutorial post -- Windows and Linux users follow pretty much the same steps, while Mac users may just want to launch the command from a terminal session.
Once you've added the switch, double-click your shortcut to launch Chrome. Once it's loaded, press control + M to invoke the profile selection menu. You'll have two options initially: default (what you're using right now) and new profile.
Create a new profile, and Chrome will automatically launch a new window with it enabled. You can even run the windows side-by-side, which can be handy for testing web projects, that new extension you're coding, or even just keeping tabs on multiple webmail accounts.
You'll also have the option of creating a desktop shortcut to open Chrome with your new profile. You may notice a little weirdness on your taskbar if you're using Windows 7 and running multiple windows with different profiles simultaneously. One of my icons showed a jumplist, the other did not -- but it did show per-tab thumbnail previews (and the original did not).
While creating new profiles and switching between them isn't that hard using Chrome itself, managing them isn't so easy. For that task, ChromeDeck is actually quite handy -- just make sure you've got .Net 4.0 installed.
I'm a big fan of Quix, the handy scriptable bookmarklet that works like a command line from your browser.
Wouldn't it be cool if you could use the search bar as a command line, though, instead of triggering a Quix window? If you use Google Chrome, you can. This neat little hack requires setting up Quix as the default search engine, which will require copy-pasting a little bit of code.
To get Chrome to recognize Quix as a search engine, grab the code from this intrepid coder's blog and follow the detailed instructions there. It actually doesn't take long to set up, and anybody who's savvy enough to use Quix can probably manage it. If you're worried that using Quix as your default search will make Googling tougher, don't sweat it too much: simply putting a g in front of your search is the default Quix command for Google.
Mac/Linux: If you've been waiting for a stable Google Chrome release befor
The internet is undoubtedly a wonderful place, but let's face it: some web sites are only too happy to serve up annoying ads, unnecessarily heavy Flash elements, and all-around user-unfriendly experiences.
Instapaper is the creme-de-la-creme of web clipping services, and now it's got its own Chrome extension. Instachrome gives Chrome users a quick way to save and read articles, right from the menubar. You can also use it to view a webpage in Instapaper's highly-readable text view.
Instachrome has two modes: one is a basic click-to-save button, and the other is a full pop-up menu with several Instapaper options. You can switch between the two in the extension's options menu. Instachrome is free, but you'll need an Instapaper account to use it. Fortunately, Instapaper accounts are free, too.
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Windows/Mac/Linux: Chrome's pretty fast, even if you're not updating with its beta or development channels.
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