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Next Level Browsing With Vimium

Quick, what’s your favorite browser?

That’s right, it’s Chrome. Actually, I’m not just saying that; looking at my analytics, over 35% of you guys use it when you come to this site. That’s more than any other browser. Well, congrats on being friggin’ smart.

One of the things I love most about Chrome is its extensive library of apps and extensions. There are a ton of great ones out there, and they’ll probably be able to fulfill just about any browser-based need you may have.

So, a while ago I decided that my then-current set of browser hacks wasn’t enough. I decided one of my browser-based needs was not having to use a mouse. Seriously – using the trackpad on a laptop gets annoying after a while, even if it’s the one on a MacBook Pro. So, I went looking for an extension to solve my problem… and found Vimium.

This is an extension that imbues Chrome with the capabilities of the famous text editor Vim, including navigation using the home row keys, and lots of other cool keyboard shortcuts. Check out my impressions in the video below (full screen is probably best).

Pretty cool, huh? I’ve been practicing with it, and I’m to the point where I can do most of my browsing without the mouse. It’s pretty sweet, and makes you look like an elite hax0r. Try it out and let me know what you think!