A La Code: Three Browser Extensions You Need


Today, I'm sharing three extensions you need to be productive online. First, let's talk about what an extension is. Extensions are simple bits of software that customize your online experience. They enable users to tailor browser functionality and behavior to individual needs or preferences. 

Cool, but how do I add an extension? I'm glad you asked. Below are instructions for installing extensions on both Chrome and Firefox. Don't use either of those browsers? Instructions for installing can be found via simple Google search!

How to install


  1. Open the Chrome Web Store.
  2. Find and select the extension you want.
  3. Click Add to Chrome.
  4. For some extensions, you'll see a box that lists the data that the extension will be able to access.
  5. Click Add extension to grant the extension access to your data and install the extension.


  1. Click the menu button  and choose  Add-ons. The Add-ons Manager tab will open.
  2. In the Add-ons Manager tab, select the Get Add-ons panel.
  3. To install a featured add-on, click the grey toggle button, which will turn green. To uninstall an add-on you just installed, click the toggle button again.

Now that we know what extensions are and how to install them, let's talk about which extensions you need to install now!

Extensions to install


My favorite extension, Grammarly is your second set of eyes, ensuring all of your written communication is mistake-free and at it's best. Once you've installed the extension, simply something, and Grammarly will get to work, editing your emails, posts on social, and even posts like the one you're reading. 


Available as a Chrome extension, WhatFont allows you to find out what fonts are being used on any website for free. Once the extension is installed, click on the extension to activate it and then hover over a font to view the font's: family, style, weight, size, line height, and color. 


The plugin, available for both Firefox and Chrome browsers, allows you to know what any color is on the web. See a color you like? Once the extension is installed, click or hover on the desired color to see the hex value for that color. 

Use other extensions? Share your suggestions in the comments below!


Photo credit: Andrew Ho

A La Code: Cookies


Happy almost Halloween, friends. In honor of the upcoming holiday, I thought I’d give you a little a candy or in this case, cookies. 

Today’s tech topic is Cookies. No, not like the kind you eat, unfortunately. Cookies are bits of information, or crumbs in this analogy, that are stored by your Web browser so that websites can remember things like your viewing preferences, what you left in your shopping cart, and which ads to target to you and when. Yes, that’s why they are serving you that Sephora advertisement, you left crumbs.

Still unsure? Think of Cookies like a rewards card at your favorite store. The rewards card is mutually beneficial in that the shop can build a profile around you and understand your buying behavior, while you enjoy personalized offers, discounts, and shopping experiences.

Want to revoke retail stores’ rights on the rewards card? If you read my post on Caches, you’ll remember that your Cache is like your closet, or in this case, your fridge. If you’re ready to remove your cookies, all you have to do is clean out your fridge...clear your Cache.

Have questions or other topics you’d like to me write about? Leave your ideas and questions comments below!


Photo credit: Andrew Ho