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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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Hot Tip - Cant select Browser of Choice as default in Windows 10 - (Build 1809) - Here's the Fix

As Windows 10 (Build 1809) is being pushed by Microsoft now, a lot of folks are finding that they can't change the browser of their choice to be the default any more and that Microsoft Edge is maybe the only browser available to set as default in Settings > Default Apps

This actually happened to me after upgrading to Build 1809 and after doing a fair bit of troubleshooting, I finally found a fix. Follow the steps below:

1.   Open each browser you have with right-clicking its shortcut and selecting Run as Administrator

2.  When the browser opens, it should prompt you to be made default - Click that Prompt to say yes.

3.  Do this with each browser you want to reappear in SettingsDefault apps - then close the browser and do the same with the next one you want to appear in Default Apps again. Rinse and repeat for all of your browsers.

4. Proof that this works is in the screenshot below. After upgrading my 1803 Build to 1809, the "only" browser I was able to select as default was Microsoft Edge (Yuck!)  After going through the steps above, I can now select any browsers I have to be the default browsere at will.

Default Browsers Screen





Hope this helps you out.

Regards, Andrew
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C++ 11 Fundamentals
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C++ 11 Fundamentals

This course will introduce you to C++ 11 and teach you about syntax fundamentals.

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Google Chrome is hopeless for reading social media - Preliminary findings below

I am currently undertaking a comparison of 6 Web Browsers which will eventually be turned into an article of my findings - most likely once Microsoft Edge has been reincarnated into the planned Chromium based platform.

In the meantime, thought I'd share a preliminary finding that is quite definitive when reading Social Media - Facebook in particular.

Using Google Chrome on Windows 10 (64-bit) in my case, you may be finding that if browsing Facebook for a while, as you keep scrolling down your feed, it will get slower, and slower, and slower, until the point where is gets so frustratingly slow, that you end up closing Chrome completely, re-opening it and starting again, at which point speed returns to normal.

Sound familiar? Keep reading.

Doing the same tests with the Brave Browser, I have noted none of the noticeable slow downs in performance of Facebook pages when used for the the same amount of time. The same has proven true to some extent on YouTube, though tests on YouTube and other social media platforms have not been as extensive yet.

My preliminary finding is as follows: Dump Chrome for Social Media like Facebook and YouTube and use the Brave browser for that purpose instead. It makes a *huge* difference on my system.

For the sake of completeness, by "quite some time", I'm talking
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by:Scott Fell
I manage multiple FB business pages and am on FB a lot. I don't notice any slowness except when my internet is poor (like when I am in the country)

I downloaded Brave. It is a Chromium browser with ad blocking and that is why it seems faster.   I looked at some others that did a write up and it seems it is faster (because of the ad blocking) but not the speed up it shows.  

Perhaps it would be good to explain what is does, the motivation for publishers etc and that it is in infancy, something to watch for.
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Thanks for your interest Scott.

I don't notice any slowness except when my internet is poor (like when I am in the country)

I initially put it down to that until I started doing browser comparisons. Internet speed can certainly be a factor but it doesn't make sense (to me) why FB reduces itself to a crawl after a couple of hours of 'continuous use', yet if Chrome is completely closed out and reopened - speed and page response times instantly return to normal. How would you explain that?

I downloaded Brave. It is a Chromium browser with ad blocking and that is why it seems faster.   I looked at some others that did a write up and it seems it is faster (because of the ad blocking) but not the speed up it shows.

Yep, good point and one I've taken into consideration. I've used two add-blockers with Chrome - uBlock Origin and AdBlock Plus and have even had them set to their highest levels. If it's ads that are causing the problem, then either Brave has an outstanding ad blocker that far exceeds the performance of the two third party ones I've used, (only one at a time of course) or those two ad blockers are the cause of the slow downs. Nothing else makes sense to me. What's your take on that?

Perhaps it would be good to explain what is does, the motivation for publishers etc and that it is in infancy, something to watch for.

A bit beyond my skill set unfortunately. I'm doing these comparison exercises from a user standpoint - the internals of the browsers and how they work I only have a very elementary understanding of.

Thanks for your input into this - appreciated.

Regards, Andrew
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Stop using Internet Explorer, warns Microsoft's own security chief

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2019/02/08/stop-using-internet-explorer-warns-microsofts-security-chief/

Heads up for those of you that might be doing so.
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by:John
Fuller quote from the bottom of the article (and I have read others like it)

""We want you to use IE for the sites that need it - what I'm trying to say here is that I hope you don't use it for everything else,” Mr Jackson said in a comment on the blog post.
Microsoft will end support for Internet Explorer 10 in January 2020, while Internet Explorer 11 will remain as the final iteration of the software."

Some servers do not have (and have not been able to update to) IE 11.  This was not in the article but I have read it along with the statement that Server updates would be revised to use IE 11. I am not sure about Server 2008 but certainly Server 2012.
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by:Brian B
The headline is somewhat sensational, the message is just good security practice.
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I have been looking into scripts that record everything you may do on many websites and found what I consider to be the best answer to the problem.  The ad blocker plugin AdBlock Plus (ABP) has been updated to block all the scripts that were found in the Princeton study of websites that run these scripts (see this page for a complete explanation).
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by:Andrew Leniart
Cool, I use that plugin already.

BTW... I shared that post you made on LinkedIn here as well :)
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by:Lucas Bishop
Firefox won me back recently with their built-in ad blocking on desktop and mobile, improved performance and native integration of pocket. Their UI has really improved recently as well.
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Introduction to R

R is considered the predominant language for data scientist and statisticians. Learn how to use R for your own data science projects.

Though I've always had FireFox installed, Google Chrome has been my default browser for quite some time now.  For the last few hours, I've been using the latest release of Firefox. It wouldn' update properly for me so I uninstalled and reinstalled. I must say I'm impressed so far. Browsing speed has definitely improved, all my add-ons still work.  I've just made it default browser for a while.. will be interesting to see Google's answer to this release :)

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by:Andrew Leniart
Well that was a short Trial.  If you have the grammarly.com extension enabled in Firefox v58.0 (64 bit), the formatting toolbar dissapears when you try to answer questions or do anything else on Experts Exchange.

I rely on that extension, so until it's fixed, back to Chrome I go :)
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As i search my company through google it show the below description as
''Your access to this site has been limited. Your access to this service has been temporarily limited. Please try again in a few minutes. (HTTP response code 503). Reason: Manual block by administrator. Important note for site admins: If you are the administrator of this website note that your access has been limited because ...'' please check this issue immediately

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by:Brian B
Hi Sujith. You have entered this as a post, but it looks like you are asking for help. To get the best response from the Experts, you should probably re-submit this as a question using the "ask a question" button at the top of the page, or this link: https://www.experts-exchange.com/askQuestion.jsp

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https://www.engadget.com/2017/09/27/firefox-quantum-double-speed-twice-fast-browser-mozilla/

Firefox Quantum is now released. I used to be an avid Firefox user but eventually went to Chrome mainly due to performance issues with Firefox. I'm going to have to try it out again. Anyone else doing the same? Any avid Firefox users excited about this release?
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by:Brian Matis
I'm digging it! Windows 10 doesn't seem to want to let me set it as the default though :-(
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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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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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Fundamentals of JavaScript

Learn the fundamentals of the popular programming language JavaScript so that you can explore the realm of web development.

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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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.