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How To Diagnose Slow-Loading Web Pages

If you're a regular reader of Gizmo's, you're probably the resident internet expert among your friends, family or company.  And you probably get asked for your advice at times on why a particular web site is running so slowly.

Sounds familiar?  If so, some simple free online tools can help you find out the cause of the problems, and they're very easy to use.

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Dashlane - A Very Impressive Password Manager

I've recently been trying out a relatively new password manager called Dashlane, and I have to admit to being rather impressed.

To get Dashlane, head to www.dashlane.com and download it.  The basic edition, which has all the features you're likely to need, is free.  It runs under Windows and supports popular browsers such as IE, FireFox and Chrome.  The installer is a 1.5 MB download, and VirusTotal reckons it's clean of all malware.

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Simple, Portable Freeware Scans Pages To PDF

The other day, I needed to scan a bunch of printed papers into a PDF file that I could send electronically.  I didn't have anything installed on my PC that could do the job, so I was about to dig out my copy of Adobe Acrobat Professional, which can do it admirably.  But although they're very capable, Adobe's products are huge, and I only wanted to scan a handful of pages.  I didn't need all the other functionality that comes with the suite.

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Skype - The Forgotten Free Desktop Sharing App

A few days ago I wrote about free apps for sharing a Windows desktop.  If you like using such thing, here's another one.  You've almost certainly heard of the program in question, but you may not be aware that it has such a feature.

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Force Your Browser To Open Your Home Page On Each New Tab

Some of the leading web browsers have changed the way they operate recently.  They still let you specify a home page, which will open up when you start the browser.  But when you open a new tab, you get the browser's own choice of page rather than your specified home page.

The latest edition of Google Chrome, for example, is guilty of such behaviour, as are some versions of Firefox.

It's a subtle change, and you may not have noticed it.  Or maybe your browser hasn't updated itself yet.  But for many web users it's a definite annoyance. 

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Logmein vs Team Viewer. Some First Hand Experience.

I've recently been using LogMeIn (www.logmein.com) in order to gain access to a remote PC.  Although the paid-for LogMeIn service is not cheap, it does offer a host of features including performance monitoring of the remote system.  But for basic remote access, ie the ability to connect remotely over the internet to a Windows computer as though you were sitting in front of it, the basic service is totally free for unlimited use. And for various reasons I've been using it for many hours a week over the past few months.

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Web Service Summarizes Long Text Into Twitter-Sized Precis

Today I've spent a little time playing with a fascinating new web service called Summarizer, which claims to be able to summarize a chunk of text of any length into just a couple of sentences.  Or 140 characters, to be precise.  Which is, of course, very handy if you want to upload the summary to Twitter.

If you want to try the service for yourself, it's at http://www.summarizer.info/index.html.   It's very easy to use.  Just paste in some text, press the button, and your summary appears in just a second or so.  

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Free Geography Quiz Game Helps Kids Learn About The World

If your kids are going to spend an evening clicking on web pages, the least you can do is find them something educational to click on.  With this in mind, I bring you news of Seterra, a web site that teaches you geography while you click on maps.

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