SPEEDING UP A COMPUTER – TAKE 5

After we threw Windows out the window and began using a Mac, we felt nostalgic for our test computer, a Windows all-in-one machine with a large screen. It felt real slow now compared to the Mac. Okay, time to go to work. To get to the bottom of things, we brought up “Task Manager.” You can do it too. Right-click the taskbar at the bottom of your screen, or press the “Ctrl-alt-delete” keys all together and choose Task Manager. If, like our computer, your computer’s CPU (the brain chip) is running at 99 percent capacity, that’s a problem. At first, we thought the culprit was Google Chrome. When we switched to Microsoft Edge, the replacement browser for Internet Explorer, the […]

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TIME TO FIND ALTERNATIVES TO BALKY BROWSERS

Your Web browser is not your operating system! Nor is it your search engine. There’s a surprising amount of confusion, and it leads to anxiety. In fact, there’s plenty of time to panic.

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THE DEEP WEB

Most of the web is invisible to Google, according to an article in Popular Science magazine. The so-called “Deep Web” is hidden behind password-protected sites, or sites you have to pay to enter, or sites that require special software to view. By some estimates, it’s 500 times larger than the Web we see.

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HOMEPAGE NINJA

We bookmark favorite web pages all the time, so our list can get cluttered. Here’s how Joy keeps her favorite sites front and center. It’s a free service called “Homepage Ninja.” Everything you bookmark goes on your own special website page.

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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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