This Chrome/Iron extension is inspired by the excellent Firefox extension - BarTab, although it's much less sophisticated and powerful.
I've written it over a weekend while learning Chrome's API, so it might be a bit unpolished ;) I just couldn't believe it's not possible to do something about Chrome's startup tab loading mess.
Turns out it's possible, but results are pretty unstable depending on OS, Chrome version and computer's speed.
I didn't publish it on Web Store, because I don't have a developer account and don't want to pay entry fee to publish a free extension.
It works for 10 secs on Chrome/Iron start, blocking tabs that are not active from any web requests.
After those 10 seconds the web traffic is restored and the extension only monitors the tabs that were previously blocked to reload them when they are activated.
It's 10 secs so that non-SSD boxes manage to finish loading. I plan to make it configurable when I'll have some time. Feel free to contribute!
Really handy little extension. For those suffering latest bonkers decision by google, try adding --enable-easy-off-store-extension-install as a parameter to chome.exe aaand, that's stopped working. buggerit.
great extension! unlucky that it's unavailable at Google Ext. Store...
I love this extension, but can this be put in the Chrome store? The latest update for chrome has disabled non-store extensions.
Fantastic little extension that performs exactly as expected. Unfortunately Chrome now disables 3rd party extensions not installed from the Web Store on the Stable/Beta channels meaning I have to move to the Dev channel just to keep using FooTab. This is in no way the extension developers fault, just thought i'd mention it as a resource for others and see if there was any chance of FooTab being published to the Web Store in the future
Works great! Sometimes it doesn't kick in and all the tabs load like normal. For the most part, fantastic extension!