AN AD-FREE WEB

Many people pay for ad-free TV, but will they pay for an ad-free web? Google is testing that idea with a service called “Contributor.”

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A BETTER BROWSER

We thought we’d never stop using the Google Chrome web browser after switching to it ten years ago. But recently we switched to Firefox because Chrome was feeling buggy. Then Firefox started feeling buggy. So Joy has switched again, this time to Opera. It’s fun, fast and less buggy. You can call it up on a search and simply download it.

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WHAT’S HOT ON THE WEB

Funky Korea is the Best Korea (one of many links from JimmyR.com) JimmyR.com has links to lots of interesting things on the web. It’s all text, but organized in categories like “Science,” and “What’s Hot.” We learned, for example, that students have fewer friends now than in the 70s, but are less lonely, more extroverted and individualistic.

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BUILD YOUR OWN WEBSITE

You don’t need to learn HTML coding to build a website if you use templates provided by Yola.com, Weebly and others. But to create an original, it helps to be a coder.

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BUILDING A WEBSITE

HtmlDog.com teaches you how to build a website from scratch, for free.

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THE PROGRAMMERS WAY

CourseReport.com programmers headclaims that schools and camps teaching programming, often called “coding,” will bring in $60 million in tuition for the year and graduate 5,987 coders, a 175 percent increase over last year. Tuition can cost up to $20,000, with the average around $10,000 for courses ranging from nine to 12 weeks. All in all, this seems expensive to us.

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FINDING GOOD STUFF ON THE WEB

Most people find good websites through social networking sites. The six most popular are Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, Pinterest, Digg and LinkedIn. The seventh, Flipora, is one we’d never heard of till they announced a new version.

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GET UP AND OUT THERE

If you want to get a website online fast, there are over a dozen services, that can do that, and many of them are free. We’ve used the free versions of “WordPress” and “Yola” to create web sites. Friends have raved about Weebly for producing new sites, so we tried it and must agree, it’s very nice; it’s also free.

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THE NUMBERS REPORT

We’ve never started a column with a “Numbers Report” before. This is a frequent subject in our column but always placed well down. But some numbers have become so extraordinary in recent times, that they are worth talking about right up front. Such is the case with web sites.

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CAREFUL WHEN YOU PUSH

“Push Bullet,” free for Android phones, is a handy way to send any file, photo or web address from your computer to your phone.

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Kathleen Trabulsi . Quantumlinx