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Tab Wrangler or how I stopped thrashing and learned to close my tabs

Right now, on my computer, Chrome is using 1.2GB of RAM with 3 tabs open. After 20 tabs, it's hovering around 3GB. Back in the bad old days, I would easily have 30 tabs open at any given moment, and sometimes another 15-20 in other windows.

My name is Jacob, and I am a tab addict.

One particularly hot day my computer just turned itself off in a moment of kernel panic. I had hit rock bottom.
err... no more like this:

Then I discovered Tab Wrangler and started making amends with my poor abused 'puter.

I didn't really need those tabs open, I was just hording because I didn't want to deal with deciding if I cared. Turns out I didn't really, and you don't either.

Tab Wrangler is a Chrome extension, originally written by Jack Angers in 2010. Here's how it works:

  • Auto-closes tabs which have been inactive for a certain amount of time
  • You configure how long to wait before closing them, and how many tabs is an ideal amount
  • If a tab is closed, Tab Wrangler saves it in its own history so you can get it back
  • What about pinned tabs? Or tabs you never want to close? Yep, handles that too, you can whitelist tabs or domains as evergreen and they will never be closed


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My first Chrome extension - Tab Buffet

This morning I woke with so many tabs open even the icons were hidden.  It was a momment of tab gluttony shame.  I had been at the all-you-can-eat Internet buffet until late in the night, and it got ugly.  

 

So, having put in a stupid long day yesterday, I decided to take a break from DrupalGardens work and build a little Chrome extension to track how many tabs I have open over time.

I present: Tab Buffet

 

It's totally alpha code, but if you want to try it out you can install it here. Fork me on GitHub

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