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Written by Leisureguy

9 January 2022 at 4:38 pm

Absolutely terrific browser extension: OneTab

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I frequently resolve to have fewer tabs open in my browser — “frequently” because I can never keep the resolution even for a week. Today, for example, I had 48 tabs open — “had,” because I installed OneTab. OneTab, a Chrome extension (which may also be available for other browsers as well). Here’s what it does:

Whenever you find yourself with too many tabs, click the OneTab icon to convert all of your tabs into a list. When you need to access the tabs again, you can either restore them individually or all at once.

When your tabs are in the OneTab list, you will save up to 95% of memory because you will have reduced the number of tabs open in Google Chrome.

I just installed OneTab, and I can already tell it will greatly enhance my life — at least, with respect to browsing the web.

  1. Each link is the OneTab list is clearly labeled, so you can see instantly what it is (MUCH better than the tiny little crowded tabs the list replaced).
  2. I use Vivaldi (a wonderful browser), fully Chrome compatible, so I shop for extensions in the Chrome extension store, and can readily click to install in Vivaldi the Chrome extensions I want. Update: I also use Opera, also Chrome compatible (Vivaldi, Opera, and Chrome are all built on the Chromium engine), and I just installed OneTab on Opera as well. /update
  3. When OneTab converts the tabs to the list of links, it leaves pinned tabs alone: they remain as tabs and do not appear in the list.

Read more about it — and take a look at a sample page.

Written by Leisureguy

9 January 2022 at 7:29 am

Posted in Daily life, Software

Former gun industry insider explains why he left to fight for the other side

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Back in November NPR had an interesting interview in which Dave Davies interviews Ryan Busse. You can listen to the interview at the link; the text report begins:

Author Ryan Busse jokes that he was born with “a shotgun in one hand and a rifle in the other.” It’s a shorthand he uses to explain the significant role that guns played in his childhood in western Kansas.

“I grew up hunting and shooting with my father. Guns were things we used on the ranch and farm,” he says. “The few times that we got to spend together doing something fun and enjoyable, oftentimes it was with a gun. … [Guns] are things that became very culturally important to us.”

After college, Busse went to work for the firearms manufacturer Kimber America, where he was so good at marketing the weapons that he became a rising star of the industry. But over the years, he became disillusioned when he saw the NRA refuse to consider gun controls after mass shootings.

“After Columbine, [the NRA] stumbled upon this idea that fear and conspiracy and hatred of the other could be used to drive and win political races,” he says. “And, accidentally, those are exactly the same things that in high doses drove unhealthy portions of firearm sales.”

Busse notes that when he first started out, weapons manufacturers refused to market high-powered automatic weapons to the public. But, he says, the gun makers and the NRA have since embraced military-style weapons and tactical gear, branding them as symbols of masculinity and patriotism. This is when, he says, “the frightening vigilante activity that we have seen with Kyle Rittenhouse or the various other incidents across the country really got its start.” (Rittenhouse was tried and acquitted of all charges related to the shooting deaths of two men and the wounding of another during protests in Kenosha, Wis., in 2020.)

Busse eventually left the gun industry. In 2020, he accepted a position as an adviser to Joe Biden’s presidential campaign, and in 2021 he was hired as a senior advisor to the gun violence prevention group Giffords. He says he still owns and uses guns, and he believes in Americans’ right to do the same.

But, he says, “I also know that every right that we enjoy has to be balanced with the appropriate amount of responsibility. And I believe that over time … that has gotten badly out of whack.”

Busse has written a new book called Gunfight: My Battle Against the Industry that Radicalized America.

Interview highlights

On what changed the way he viewed the gun industry

When Sandy Hook happened, our boys were almost exactly that same age. It was just horrific to think about it, and so I became more disillusioned and more troubled, and it just became this sort of perilous existence. It was much tougher. And I couldn’t hold my tongue. That knife edge was tougher to walk on. ..

I did my best to try to change the things I can change. Something I didn’t see coming, perhaps, was the degree to which the industry grew and changed into this behemoth. I didn’t see the unbelievably huge ballooning of guns and the gun industry’s importance in politics. When I started, really, it was very much like a small cottage industry. Everybody knew everybody. The companies were pretty small, but much like many other facets of America, it grew into something so large that I was deluding myself to think that I could have a measurable impact on something that had grown that large and powerful.

On how the NRA identity and strategy changed

My grandfather, who was a proud FDR Democrat, his favorite hat was the big black NRA gold-lettered hat. … the NRA to him meant safety and camaraderie and responsibility. Then my father was an NRA member and up until the point where he disavowed his membership, we received the NRA magazines in our home. … They were about interesting guns or shooting competitions or trapper leagues or things of that sort. Never about the impending doom of our republic or some conspiracy theory. … It’s often reported that the NRA is sort of a tool of firearms manufacturers. I found it to be exactly the opposite: The NRA ran the show. They set the course for the industry and everybody followed, and nobody questioned.

On how the NRA and the industry reacted to the 1999 Columbine school massacre . . .

Continue reading.

Written by Leisureguy

9 January 2022 at 6:57 am

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