I’ve been using Google Chrome since the first beta was released back in the fall of 2008, and it quickly became the default browser on my laptop. For over a year, speed and an uncluttered interface were its main selling points, as it lacked the one big thing Firefox had over it: extensions. The ability to customize and extend Firefox in ways unimagined by the Mozilla team has allowed it to become a powerful platform instead of simply a web browser. Then finally, last December, Google opened up its browser
Taking this obsession one or two steps further, I’m now experimenting with a web app called Quix that allows me to access all of my favorite bookmarklets from a sort-of command-line interface. When I need to take an action, I hit the Quix link in my bookmark bar and up pops a text prompt:
If I want to format the current page for easier reading, I can type
read. To save the page for later viewing on InstaPaper, I type
insta. If I’m looking at a page about a book and want to see if our local library has it available, I type
odin. You get the idea.
Quix comes with a ton of commands already defined for you, covering a good 80% of what I need. The great thing is that I can define my own command file to override the default Quix commands or add my own custom ones. I’m hosting the text file as a gist on GitHub, so anyone is free to view and customize it for their own use.
There’s a lot to be said about simple solutions, and browser bookmarklets fit that description nicely.