Ever bore of the new tab screen in Chrome? It’s what you’re presented with after doing a CTRL + T.
Well, with the magic that is extensions, you’re free to change this. There are a host of replacements available on the Chrome Web Store. But I’ve always appreciated a low-tech, unobtrusive approach. I’ve used the Google Art Project screen, which puts a new great work of art on your new tab. For days that I feel overstimulated, I’ve opted for simply a blank tab.
But recently I found the Google Earth new tab, and I’m in love with it.
It’s mesmerizing, yet subtle somehow. It doesn’t take over my screen, it just invites me to take a moment before racing off to the next website, and simply gaze upon our planet’s beauty. That may only be one or two beats, but at least it’s a bit of pause in a busy online life.