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1. Download Statusbar was one of the first add-ons I ever really liked. Instead of dealing with a separate ‘Downloads’ window when you download something, it makes use of the bottom of your window, like a status bar, to show the progress of your download. This is way more convenient and very much the same way Google Chrome handles downloads.
2. Adblock Plus blocks the vast majority of popups and banner ads, including ones that utilize flash or scripts as well. It also comes with a list of known ad suppliers to block that is automatically updated so you don’t have to do anything. This overall speeds up load times and removes distractions. Only when I go on someone else’s computer do I notice all the ads I’ve been missing out on. Highly recommended!
3. TinEye is a reverse image search engine I use often when I find an image I like and want to find the higher resolution of it. I can go to www.tineye.com to do this but with the add-on installed, all I need to do is right click on any image and click “Search image on TinEye” and it’ll pop up the results in a new tab automatically.
4. Imgur Uploader allows you to easily upload images on the web and screenshots of webpages (or parts of web pages) straight to Imgur using a simple right click menu. Lightning fast!
Hope that helps!
Before we used the Internet for everything, our computers weren’t constantly on all the time. Back in the 1990’s, I had a habit of turning my computer off after I was done using it. It was the normal thing to do. I remember having to wait a long time for the computer to start up and one of the most exciting change after an OS or processor upgrade was the faster start up time.
Nowadays, our systems are much more powerful and the computers start up pretty darn fast. Ironically, we don’t really need fast start up times anymore because we tend to leave our computers on all the time! This transition happened gradually over the years thanks to the fact that we are always plugged in to the Internet for different reasons.
Well it wasn’t until recently that I realized that my computer is always on and that it’s quite a wasteful practice that slowly snuck itself into normalcy over the years.
I’ve started to turn my computer off at night to save electricity and to extend the life of my computer
The power supply of a laptop uses anywhere from 25-200 watts per hour. However, if you have a desktop computer, the power supply probably uses anywhere from 300-600 watts per hour and even more if you have a robust system.
Granted, the computer uses less power when it’s “sleeping” at night, but it’s still using a lot of power considering you’re not doing anything with it. If I turn my computer off for 8 hours a night, after a year, that’s about 3,000 hours of saved electricity. So I am trying to remember to turn it off, even though my system is very quiet and doesn’t bother me in anyway. I also turn off my speakers and monitor of course.
I just feel like leaving my computer on is the equivalent of leaving a bunch of lights on at night when I’m sleeping and that just seems wasteful.
Rebuttal: When the CPU is running, it gets hot and it cools down when it’s off. Some people claim that this causes the solder joints to expand and contract from the heat and cause it to fail prematurely. Isn’t it better to leave your computer running on all the time? Doesn’t turning it on and off create more wear and tear?
Response: Fortunately in this day and age, hardware is generally very reliable and there’s no evidence of this being true. TV’s (and many other devices) share a lot of the same components that computers do and they don’t seem to have a problem being turned on and off repeatedly all day like most people do.
One last thing I wanted to say was that I don’t turn my computer off to save the electricity to save money. My electricity bill is already very low and while it’s great to save even more money, I moreso want to reduce my consumption because it’s just another little thing that reduces the load I personally put on our mother earth and its resources.
All these little things add up and if other people follow them, then we all make a difference collectively.
Craigslist tends to be one of the first websites I check when I am looking to buy something. I’ve found incredible deals on a bunch of items there. To catch a good deal, it’s important to check the listings frequently because the best deals get sold very fast and get shuffled down as time goes on.
However, if I’m looking for several things, searching for them constantly can become quite cumbersome! Well I found a solution that actually makes everything a BREEZE! Let me show you step by step… it’s very simple after you do it just once!
Let’s say we are in the market for a road bicycle that costs $200 or less.
- Go to your local Craigslist website (link opens in new tab)
- Click on Bikes in the middle “For Sale” section.
- Search for “road” and put 200 for the max price. Click Search.
- You will now be seeing the results of everything in the bicycles section that has the word “road” in the listing and is priced at $200 or less (or has no price specified).
- Now scroll to the very bottom of the page and click this icon that’s on the right side:
- If you are in Firefox, the following page will appear. Check mark “Always use Live Bookmarks” and click Subscribe Now. This won’t appear after you do it once.
- Give it a more specific name such as “Bicycles Under $200” and select the folder you want it to be saved in such as the “Bookmarks Toolbar” and click Subscribe.
- Now go to the Bookmark you just saved and like magic, a line by line listing will appear of all the results! This list is automatically updated and parsed with the exact terms you specified.In this case, the exact terms were for anything that has the word road in it, listed for a max of $200, in the bicycle section only.
You won’t have to re-enter this specific search again! All you need to do is check your bookmarks to see if there’s anything new! Isn’t that awesome?
Do this for anything and everything on Craigslist! Setup live bookmarks for things you want to buy, job listings, apartments/houses, specific gigs, etc!
This is the power of a RSS feed. I never knew what RSS feeds were before. But we all learn something everyday, that’s for sure. If you want to make sure the bookmark has the latest info, in Firefox you can manually update it if you right click on the bookmark and click “Reload Live Bookmark.”
Spam Bots Lurking Through Craigslist
Just a quick heads up also, since we’re talking about craigslist. If you are selling something on craigslist, you might receive an e-mail that is just a few random words that have nothing to do with your listing. Do not reply to these. They are most probably spam-bots that are collecting e-mail addresses. If you reply to them, you have just given them your e-mail address and they know it’s a real one because you just sent it from there. Thousands of these addresses are gathered to create mailing lists that are then sold to advertisers who want to send unsolicited e-mail.
I hope this helped you out! Thanks for reading!