Ars Technica: An ancient Chrome tab trick just blew my mind. “If your browser is a catastrophe of tabs as mine is—I currently have six Chrome windows across three monitors with more than 100 tabs open, because tabs are the new bookmarks—then this thing I just discovered may be life-changing.” He says it’s an old trick, but I didn’t know about it!
Digital Trends: Edit, Sign, Append, And Save With 9 Of The Best PDF Editors . “PDFs are a common file type, one that’s popular among businesses and individuals who are attempting to go green and save on paper. PDFs essentially cost nothing to produce and assure that documents will appear the same to anyone, anytime and anywhere. PDFs are also interactive, if desired, and can be partially or completely edited by peers. As more people switch to using PDFs, the desire to edit and create them also grows, and so having access to the best PDF editors and readers is as crucial as printers used to be. … However, like anything available online, the number of choices is confounding. Lucky for you, we’ve taken the time to find some of the better PDF editors in existence, whether you’re looking for a premium piece of software or a free alternative.”
Amit Agarwal: The Easiest Way to Extract Email Addresses from your Gmail Account. “Introducing Gmail Address Extractor, a web app that parses email messages in your Gmail mailbox, finds all the email addresses in them and stores the list in a Google Sheet. You can export the sheet as a CSV file and import into Google Contacts, Outlook address book, MailChimp, or any other mailing list software.”
MakeTechEasier: How to Use Regular Expressions to Improve Productivity in Your Daily Tasks. “If you are already familiar with the basic power of regular expressions, you might be interested in knowing how they can be used. If you want to brush up on the basics, check out our Regular Expressions cheatsheet and Beginner’s Guide to Regular Expressions. Here are some daily tasks where regular expressions can improve your productivity.” A nice sideways way to get into regular expressions if you’ve never heard of them.
Lifehacker: Manage And Unsubscribe From All Your Online Accounts With This App . “Signing up for an online account is something we do so often that we lose track of all the websites we’re subscribed to…. But there are many online tools that can help you clean up your footprint online. A new tool I recently came across is Deseat.Me, a web app that scans your email accounts for services you’ve signed up for, and then puts them on a list for you to delete or keep.”
Wired: Turn Off Your Push Notifications. All Of Them. “I get notifications when an acquaintance comments on a stranger’s Facebook posts, when shows I don’t care about come to Netflix, and every single day at 6 PM when the crossword puzzle becomes available. Recently, I got a buzz from my close personal friends at Yelp. ‘We found a hot new business for you,’ it said. I opened the notification, on the off chance that Yelp had finally found the hot new business I’ve been waiting for. It did not. So I closed Yelp, stared into space for a second, and then opened Instagram. Productivity over.”
MakeUseOf: 12 Productivity Extensions That Keep You Focused on Deep Work. “It’s almost like being a goldfish in a glass tank. It can be easy to lose track of time. There are so many online distractions attacking your eyeballs these days. Maybe a basic timer can help you escape your screen. Or perhaps you need something more severe like a tool that closes your tabs or won’t let you visit certain sites. These types of browser extensions can help you step away from the screen, when you cannot browse where you want thanks to your wayward whims.”