PRIVATE BROWSING

We always assumed that when you use Firefox’s “Private Browsing” feature, no one could track you. Not so, until now.

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WAIT, I DIDN’T PRESS PLAY

Chrome users no longer have to worry about so-called “Flash ads” playing automatically, ever since Chrome killed Flash. But what about other videos that start up out of the blue?

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CHROME KILLS FLASH

“Chrome Kills Flash.” This reads like a headline from a new comic book, but it refers to ads and pictures that use Adobe Flash to make them pop up from the Internet. (The late Steve Jobs often said how much he hated Adobe Flash.)

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CLAIM YOUR SPACE

 ClaimYour.Space allows you to claim a website that ends in dot space instead of dot com.  We noticed that CocaCola.space is taken, as is Nike.space and the usual brands. But you might want one with your name on it, like UncleMax.space.  Cost is $8.39 to register an open domain for one year.

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BUGGY CHROME

We recently switched from Google’s “Chrome” web browser to “Opera” because Chrome started giving us problems. Now there’s a solution from Google called “Software Removal Tool.” Get it at google.com/chrome/srt. What it does is scan your browser for anything that slows it down. This includes extensions; these are small programs like “AdBlock” or “Gmail Offline.” Extensions slow your browsing. If there’s one you have to have, you can always put it back on. Chrome seemed to work slightly faster after we tried this. (We get so impatient sometimes.)

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THE SHARING ECONOMY

Sharing your car, couch and kitchen are all part of the so-called “sharing economy.”

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GOING PRIVATE

A reader tells us he always starts his Chrome web browser in “private” browsing. This means there is no trace left on your computer of sites you visit or files you download. It’s particularly helpful to use this when you’re on a public computer, like at a library or hotel.

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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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