If you’re like me and have upwards to 30-50 browser tabs open at the same time, you may notice that your computer becomes sluggish. In my case this was because all the tabs still consume memory even though I might not need them for some period of time. I still like to keep some tabs that I might need to quickly refer back to later.
I recently found a Chrome extension called The Great Suspender that automatically replaces the tab with a placeholder page after a certain period of time, optionally with a screenshot of what the page looked like.
With the click of the mouse anywhere in the placeholder, the actual page reloads.
The extension also allows you to manually suspend tabs if you know you won’t be needing the tab for a while, and whitelist certain pages or sites to never suspend automatically.
I’ve found I can save a few GB of memory, which could be nearly 20% of total my system memory. Every bit counts!
The Synology Hyper Backup app allows owners of Synology NAS devices to easily set up backups to various cloud services. However, one thing that isn’t shown in the app is the pricing of each service. So here’s a pricing comparison (prices as of Aug 4, 2018).
My cousins from Toronto came over to ski and snowboard at Whistler over the last month. I had the opportunity to pick up skiing again and accompany them up at Whistler a few times.
Whistler Blackcomb is pretty big, so one would usually look at a map to find suitable runs. This is a sample of what is provided in the “Mountain Atlas”:
It looks nice and is mostly useful. But for all the map geeks out there, can we find anything better?
Turns out that Google Maps conveniently has the ski runs in its map. But there’s more: Google Maps in Terrain mode shows the contour lines like a topographic map!
Beautiful! The top-down view makes it easy to see the actual orientation of the run and “behind” the mountains, and the contour lines makes the rate of descent visible. So from here you can see there is a green run from the Peak—Mathew’s Traverse—whereas it’s not depicted on the trail map.
How do you get to the map?
Here’s the link: Google Maps Terrain @ Whistler Alternatively you can search for the location you want in Google Maps, then open the menu at the top left, then select “Terrain” mode.
My apartment building has an old hard-wired Enterphone intercom to buzz visitors in. This poses a slight annoyance since the dependency of the phone line in conjunction with a conventional corded telephone means I have to walk to the phone in order to answer the intercom.
Given the low rate of visitors and the small size of my apartment, in retrospect, this isn’t really a big deal. Most normal people would just buy a cheap cordless phone and call it a day.
But that only helps if I’m in the apartment. What if I wanted to be able to buzz myself in if I somehow got locked out?
The site wasn’t really designed for day-to-day navigation, but more for transit enthusiasts who are looking to find specific buses (e.g., the double decker test buses we have on the streets right now, 1008 and 1009). In addition, I’ve also heard that bus drivers also use the site to locate their bus as it arrives to their pick up point.
I wish I took some time to polish up the site over Christmas, since it’s pretty much still running on the same code base (both in the user interface, and behind the scenes) as when I created it six years ago! Nevertheless, it’s cool that the site’s been found and mentioned by some local online media, and to spread some “transit geekery” out there.