This time, I decided to solve some real-life problems. How many times have I been on the phone explaining to a non-computer-savvy person how to get their current IP? Let's count the steps:
- Click Windows Key + R (explain "holding a key" to the uninitiated)
- Type CMD and click enter
- type i-p-c-o-n-f-i-g and click enter (the word "config" nly means something if you're in IT)
- look for that line that has four numbers separated by dots and read it to me
- What was it again 192.235 or 192.265...?
MyIP is a simple Chrome extension that shows your current IP in the status bar.
To install the extension, click this link. The functionality is quite simple:
- Upon startup, the extension pings a web service and gets your IP (ergo, you have to be connected for it to work). The extension also attempts to get your geo-location based on the IP. This is not the most accurate process, as the IP location tag at the top of my blog can attest.
- Hovering over the IP will show you your location
- Clicking it will open a Google Ma, centered on your location
- Right-clicking it will force a refresh (one occurs automatically every 10 minutes)
One final fact: the above number is not MY IP :).
The StackOverflow Reputation Extension deals with my obsession of knowing my reputation on the StackOverflow sites at any given moment. If you revisit my original post, you'll see I've gained close to 1k reputation points since publishing it. But I hate browsing to all 3 sites to follow my point accumulate (or dwindle - I do get some down votes from time to time). To use the extension you provide your profile ID from StackOverflow, SuperUser, and/or ServerFault. To add your profile/s, do the following:
- Install the extension
- Select "Extensions" from the wrench menu, or type the address "chrome://extensions/"
- Click the Options button next to the installed extension
- Fill in your profile/s (found in your profile URL for the respective site/s), click "Save Options".
- Click "Close Window" and right-click the extension to refresh it (or restart the browser).
Click any of the numbers, and it'll open your profile page on that site.
And when I ran into an issue with refreshing the content, I put it as a question on, where else, StackOverflow :).
As for the (bright) future of Chrome Extensions: beginning with version 4.0.229, Google started teasing with the imminent arrival of extensions:
But when you click the link, you get:
So, in the meantime, enjoy my extensions - and develop your own. I'll be glad to share my experience (or lend my services hint, hint) to anyone interested.