If you’re anything like me, then ahead of many weekends of the year you’re wondering if there’s any motor racing coming up and finding out takes a series of Google searches, clicks and scrolls through calendars.
Over the Christmas break I, who knew nothing about coding, decided to have a play around with ChatGPT and learn a bit about making Chrome extensions – and after quite a few hours of playing around I’ve ended up with something that I hope has wider appeal than just my laptop’s screen.
The 2023 Motorsport Countdown is a tiny extension that has all the events for this year coded in already, saving you the need to check the Wikipedias and the other dot-coms to see what’s coming up.
I’ve also encoded the ability to check the latest news for each series from the popup, so reading the headlines takes a couple of clicks. Just through testing it out, I’m finding already that I’m keeping up with the news more than I was before because it’s so quick to do.
I’m not making any money from this, it was just a Boxing Day project that turned into a few late nights of troubleshooting. All I’m getting out of it is the satisfaction that it might be making it easier for people to keep up-to-date with their favourite series, and the knowledge I made something that works.
If you like it, make sure to pin it to the taskbar and feel free to shoot through ideas of ways to improve it — and I’ll see what I can do.