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Web browsers are applications used primarily to display documents, files and media from the Internet, identified by a Uniform Resource Identifier (URI) that can be a page, image, video or other file. Some browsers require the use of add-ons or extensions to safely render the information they receive; others have systems built into them to perform the same functions.

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by:Brandon Lyon
Pages load quicker. It should be very apparent (at least it was for me using Win10 on a fast computer). Firefox themselves say that pages render ~ 2x as fast.
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by:Nicholas
Probably the old "in lab conditions we got x amount of miles to the gallon"
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3252717/Now-t-trust-car-giants-mpg-VW-scandal-Mercedes-BMW-accused-fuel-efficiency.html

It certainly wasn't faster for me but I'm probably not viewing the right webpage...
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Free Tool: Port Scanner

Check which ports are open to the outside world. Helps make sure that your firewall rules are working as intended.

One of a set of tools we are providing to everyone as a way of saying thank you for being a part of the community.

Curious what the top 100 Google searches are for "How to" do something? Google created how-to-fix-a-toilet.com to show top "how to" searches by country. It's amazing how so many people (including myself!) rely on technology and search engines for simple things that may have been common knowledge 15-50 years ago.

What seemingly simple things have you searched for recently? Last week I had to search for "how to sew on a button," which I know my Mom or Grandma would never have had to ask about or search for.
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by:Kyle Santos
I've definitely searched how to tie a tie. Ha.  My most recent problem I've searched for was how to water grass/lawn.  I've been struggling to keep my lawn healthy and never knew how to water it properly.  I found out the best time to water is early in the morning and to ensure the soil is saturated well enough by sticking a screw driver into the soil with little resistance = a happy lawn.  I water it about 10 minutes each morning and its looking great again.

Also, my mother in law's Chromebook stopped loading the OS so I Googled How to reinstall Chromebook and fixed it in about an hour.

Fun link.
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by:Brian Matis
How to tie a tie was a really common one for me many years ago! (I did eventually memorize it though.)

Most recent was for fixing a stuck disc drive in an original Xbox. Fortunately, "percussive maintenance" (a.k.a hitting it) was a simple solution that actually worked!

Very cool page. I'll need to go back to it to play it around and explore some more.
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Chrome: Select Multiple Tabs
Here's a fantastic Google Chrome trick I just learned: you can Ctrl-Click to select multiple tabs at once. Then you can move them around or break them out into a new window as a group. Give it a try! Seriously great and simple trick that I never knew about (and probably should have, given that Ctrl-Click is so common for multi-select in plenty of other applications).

Don't hold out on me EE, what sort of simple tricks like this do you know about?
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by:Brian Matis
Ctrl + Shift + TCtrl + Shift + N, good ones!

The Windows + Shift + Arrow keys one doesn't seem to do anything for me though... Is that for virtual screens on Windows 10?
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by:Craig Kehler
Sorry only left and right arrows to switch which monitor the current foreground application is displayed on.
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Just needed to recover an "asterisked" key from a web page.  Dug up a neat little trick that should also illustrate why saving passwords in web browsers isn't secure... Using Chrome (I've heard rumor it also works in firefox but haven't tested), right click on the text box with the asterisks and select "inspect element".  Now look at the right at the highlighted text.  
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by:Kyle Santos
Hmm, I don't see my password.  Guess I'm OK. =)
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by:Kyle Santos
@Gustav,

Edge has proven reliable.  I mistakenly lumped it in there with all previous versions of IE haha.  Sorry about that.  I tried Edge for a year on my personal computer when Windows 10 came out.  It was a good experience.
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by:Brian Matis
Honestly, some of the biggest problems with IE have always been in developing for it. Even if Edge handles that much better, the legacy of it being related to IE at all is something that can put web developers on edge (pun intended ;-)
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Anyone else find it amusingly ironic that the spell check software in my browser doesn't recognize the word driverless?

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by:Craig Kehler
I'm a weird hybrid, probably due to author's I read and working internationally. Not worth any real concerted effort though with Typoglycemia and all. :)
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by:Jim Horn
Maybe there's some kind of 'MBA Buzzword Bingo' dictionary file that needs to be loaded.
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Long ago, I was a pretty big advocate for Firefox. I even had the t-shirt to prove it! After Chrome came out however, it eventually won me over. It's been so long I can barely even remember the key reasons, but I'm pretty sure it had to do with streamlined UI and better performance.

Lately though, Chrome's performance is starting to annoy me and this recent update to Firefox is pretty intriguing... Any of you still prefer Firefox? Have any feedback on the new update?
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by:Jackie Man
I only use Firefox when I need to download files using the add-ons.

In Firefox, there are many free add-ons from web page translation, FTP, Green printing....

My work computer is Win 7 Pro 64 bit and my home computer is Win 10 Home 64 bit. The mostly used browser is Chrome as I often use Chrome Remote Desktop to my office computer. Besides, as you may see from my profile, I use a mix of numerous Android devices and Chrome will definitely help a lot to continue my work when I switch devices.
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by:Brian Matis
Definitely makes sense to stick with Chrome if you're primarily using a lot of Android devices!
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If you've ever provided Telephone or Remote support to non technically minded computer folks, I'll bet you've faced the challenge of how to get them not to type a web address you're giving them by phone into Google, Bing, Yahoo (or any other search engine they might favor) rather than enter it into a browsers address bar.

I've been using the following trick for a while and think I've managed to save some of my hair as a result!

  1. Tell them to open their favorite web browser
  2. Press CTRL + L (instruct client not to touch any other keys)
  3. Tell them to type the web address you need them to go to - like support.me

Support.me is just a web alias for the Logmein Rescue app that I subscribe to.  Do you have any favorite tricks you like using when giving telephone support? Please share them in the Comments section below.

Hit the thumbs up button if you hadn't heard of (or forgotten about) this useful shortcut :-)
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by:Kyle Santos
I'm constantly using CTRL+SHIFT+T to recover tabs I've closed recently, and CTRL+T to open new tabs.  I'm on Chrome.
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by:Brian B
Even in the early days of Windows, when I was doing phone support I would not have a caller drag and drop files, since they inevitably end up accidentally dropping them in the wrong place. I tend to favour R-click Copy and R-click Paste... or even resorting to the command line for particularly tricky situations.

This may be less prevalent nowadays with using remote connections rather than guide the caller. However these are still helpful tricks for bad or slow remote connections.
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by:Brian Matis
Wow... That's horrible; but I also admire the genius of those that figured this out...
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by:Craig Kehler
One could say this was very "Brave" of them ;)
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by:Brian Matis
@Lucas - Gotta wonder if Google will start to run afoul of some of the anti-trust / monopoly issues that hit Microsoft in the late 90's/early 00's. Definitely seeing some similarities here... They could potentially have a strong enough browser monopoly to stop other ad provider systems. But then again, I don't think Chrome has a strong enough position to really be considered a monopoly the way that Windows was.
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Brendan Eich, the creator of Javascript, is set to launch a digital ad platform tied to the Ethereum blockchain. Users who opt in to see the ads will be rewarded with a cryptographic token and will be shown fewer, more relevant ads. The data recorded from each user is encrypted and stored on their local machines while the aggregate numbers and trends will be stored publicly on the blockchain.

Personally, I run an ad blocker for the shear number of irrelevant ads and not because I do not wish to see them at all. If this solution provides me a better end user experience and fairly rewards the sites who host the ads then sign me up!
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by:Lucas Bishop
Cao's novel approach adopts OS and hardware levels features including graphic cards exposed by WebGL, audio stack by Audio-Context, and CPU by hardwareConcurrency.

These all require the user to have javascript enabled in their browser I assume?
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Now that it's possible to comment on Quick Posts, I wonder what everyone's answer would be on this "would you rather" quandary I posted earlier this month...

https://www.experts-exchange.com/posts/125/Friend-of-mine-posited-this-amusing-would-you-rather-ques.html
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by:Gene Richardson
Can I have a third option which is pay 25% of the value of the 50-gallon drum of pennies to my grandkids if they sort them ?
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by:Brian Matis
Ha! Thinking out side of the box, eh?
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Friend of mine posited this amusing "would you rather" question that I got a good laugh out of:

"Would you rather develop a complex web page that must be compatible with all versions of Internet Explorer or hand-sort a 50-gallon drum of pennies by date?"
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by:Gene Richardson
Can I have a third option which is pay 25% of the value of the 50-gallon drum of pennies to my grandkids if they sort them ?
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