BarTab inspired (but infinately more primitive) utility for blocking background tabs from killing Chrome on start.
NOTICE: An update to Chrome has made this not work (random tabs lose their URL data and won't reload). I'll dig into this when I can, but I can't promise this will work in the near future.
All this does is block background tabs from loading when you start Chrome. This can be useful in several ways:
1) Reduce system load when you start Chrome.
2) If you have a bunch of tabs dependent on a corporate "login service", you won't get a bunch of login dialogs.
3) If you have a bunch of tabs for a network that's not currently accessible, and a "helpful" ISP, you won't lose those URLs when your ISP "helpfully" provides you with search suggestions instead of just timing out.
This was originally provided on Sourceforge, and (if it's still there) the original code/description can still found there.
The original developer wasn't interested in paying the $5 to Google to make it an official extension and so it stopped working when Google stopped letting that work.
All I've done (currently) is pay the $5. I tried to contact the original developer, but got no response. The code is pretty straightforward, and if I decide to add to it I'll throw it up on github or something.