The Little Things

Sometimes, it’s the little things that put you over the top.  One of the things that can really help productivity online is to have a good start.  I’ve tried most everything thing from the configuration in the browsers to using services like Tizmo or Symbaloo.  All lend a certain element of functionality that speeds up the process.

Essentially, you have your own personal portal to web resources that are of regular use.  Once your browser opens, you click on the resource, a new tab opens, and away I go.  I just can’t remember the last time that I used a browser with only one tab open!

Yet, it still takes opening each of the tabs to get them started.  Chrome has become my browser of choice and it does allow you to open a set of tabs when you start which is nice but there’s a little feature that makes it even more functional and quicker.

If you open a tab and then right click on the tab, one of the options is to “pin the tab”.  Now, pinning is something that’s done regularly with Windows 7 and the task bar to remember application shortcuts so I was intrigued to play around with it in my Chrome browser.

It has the same functionality there!  A webpage that you may use regularly gets pinned to the tab bar and is opened each time that you launch the browser.  Cool.  But, it gets even cooler.  Instead of appearing as a regular tab, it’s just the website icon.  It takes up way less real estate and yet gives the same functionality.

How much cooler is that?  So, because I always want to have access to Gmail, Facebook, my Blog, my Wiki, and my Alltop page, they’re now just a button, er, tab away.  Even more impressively, when you’re using a Netbook where every pixel is precious real estate, we’re now making better use of the space allocated.  As the browser is loaded, so are all of the pages!

As Chromium edges closer and closer to being an operating system, it’s interesting to see the functionality that you might expect to see in an OS appear in a browser.

This isn’t an earth-shattering way of starting a browser but it does have some immediate advantages.  Sometimes, it’s just the little things!

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