You’re using your favorite browser, lets say Chrome, and the browser doesn’t render the page correctly for some reason; Or better yet, a plugin or video doesn’t work or play correctly.
What do you do?
Well, you could refresh the page. That would be a very reasonable response. But, what if that doesn’t work? There are other things we could do to investigate, but more times than not I find myself opening up an alternative browser and seeing if the page works that way. It almost always does. In order to make that happen you have to:
This isn’t that many steps, not really. Application launchers like Alfred make launching new applications very easy. Throw in some keyboard shortcuts and you don’t really have to take your hands off the keyboard to accomplish it.
Having said all of that, the process could still be faster. Speed can be the difference between disturbing your work for real and just being a slight nuisance.
I’ve written an applescript to make the process only one command. Executing the script below via Alfred makes the error recovery process that much faster.
property theURL : "" property safariState : "" on appIsRunning(appName) tell application "System Events" to (name of processes) contains appName end appIsRunning tell application "Google Chrome" set theURL to URL of active tab of window 1 end tell if appIsRunning("Safari") then set safariState to "Running" end if tell application "Safari" activate reopen if safariState is equal to "Running" then tell window 0 open location theURL end tell else tell window 0 set URL of (current tab) to theURL end tell end if end tell
I hope this helps you.