Friday's HOT MIC

Friday's HOT MIC

I'm a slave to Chrome. I can't work without it because I have neither the time nor the patience to switch everything in my life over to another browser. But it's become dog slow in recent months, hogging huge chunks of my CPU, which in turn makes the fan on my MacBook Air sound like a jet engine taking off. So I'll be trying this Chrome reset today because it's all I've got at this point. Jason Fitzpatrick at How-to-Geek explains:

If you’ve been using Chrome for any period of time, you’ve likely accumulated quite a pile of extensions, cookies, site data, and other bits and pieces. While generally cookies and cached data make your browsing experience faster, extensions can weigh Chrome down quite a bit, and problems with your cookies and cached data can cause site errors, browser errors, and other problems. You might have even have ended up with a hijacked browser somewhere along the line when a malicious site tampered with settings.

(It can't have anything to do with the fact that I have eleventy million tabs open, right?)

You could go through all of Chrome’s different features one-by-one, attempting to optimize it for speed, but there’s also a super simple way to get back to a clean slate without the hassle of totally uninstalling Chrome and reinstalling it: a browser reset.

Be warned that if you go through with this you'll lose some things, like pinned tabs and cookies. But Fitzpatrick assures us that "bookmarks, browser history, and saved passwords will be preserved with your Chrome user profile." Wish me luck.