Downloading the CRX of a Chrome extension

There was this certain extension whose popup was too high for my screen. To fix the issue I needed to download the CRX file of the extension. But with the new Chrome Web Store layout there isn’t a way to do that as you did earlier.

But then Pahan came up with a solution. The trick was to make use of the Chrome’s Developer tools pane. Here’s how:

  1. Navigate to the extension’s page in the Web Store.
  2. Open Developer Tools (wrench icon -> Tools -> Developer Tools)
  3. Click on its Network tab.
  4. Now click on the ‘Add to Chrome’ button in the extension’s page. (If you’ve already installed it you have to uninstall and try again)
  5. The Dev Tools pane will show several files. Find the one with a .crx extension among them.
  6. Right click on it and choose Copy Location.
  7. Now go to Firefox (or any other browser) and open the link. You’ll be prompted to save the file.
Know an easier method? Let me know in the comments.

Who is the rep?

So there was this boy (let’s call him Saman) who was once a rep (representative) of a certain group in the uni. His English was not quite polished though, as this was only his first year at the uni. Only a small number of undergraduates boast of a good command of English during the first days of the uni. As the story goes, this Saman was once approached by a lecturer during a new year festival.

Lecturer: Who is the rep?
Saman: I is the rep.
Lecturer: Ah, you are the rep?
Saman: Yes, I are the rep.

What are the technologies behind this site?

Builtwith extensionWhen you come across a nicely built website, don’t you always wonder what technologies the site is built with. Perhaps a sneak peek at the page source can give you some idea.

But there’s an easier method. There’s this nifty little Chrome extension called BuiltWith (available for Firefox as well). When you’re in a webpage simply click the BuiltWith icon and it pops up with the list of technologies the page is built with and a small description of each of them. The image shows a part of the list is built with. Yes, it works on https sites as well.

This may not be much of a thing for some people, but if you’re a noob about these things like me you’ll be able to learn a lot of web-tech stuff with this.

Losing at chess

I’ve always been a chess enthusiastic. But the problem was that I had no one to play with and I hate to have to play with computer. Then @e4c5 told me about where you get to play with real people. Was playing there for about two years and used to have a 1600+ rating. And then I stopped playing.
Now I’ve started playing again. And know what my rating is? 1300-1400. I sometimes lose to players with <1300 rating. Wanted to bang my head against the wall. But no.
I decided that I will be hereafter playing just for fun and not for the rating. That’s a good excuse. I don’t feel bad at losing the games anymore. Which is all that matters.
(PS. If you’re not in yet you should definitely join. It has a huge community and a lot of learning resources.)

Some cheap earphones

Here is a summary of the earphones I’ve purchased recently from eBay. All of them are relatively cheap in price ($10 to $20) and have good sound quality.

1. Sony MDR-ED12LP

 Good sound quality. Superb bass.

Price: about $10.



2. Creative EP-830

Good sound quality.

Price: $6 – $10



3. Skullcandy Ink’d

Good highs and mids. Good sound isolation.

Price: less than $20




4. Sony MDR EX-082

Good sound quality.

Price: about $10



Don’t go for earphones that are priced for less than $5. A reasonable buyer won’t spend hundreds of dollars on earphones either.