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Tech Tips, Tricks & Trivia

by 'Anil' Radhakrishna
An architect's notes, experiments, discoveries and annotated bookmarks.

Search from over a hundred HOW TO articles, Tips and Tricks


HOW TO access web pages faster on a slow Internet connection

  • Disable IFRAME based ads
  • Disable Flash based ads. These ads suck up a lot of bandwidth. It's easy to enable/disable add-ons like the Flash plugin on newer versions of IE & Firefox. Note however that you will need Flash to be enabled to watch videos on YouTube or MyPopKorn.com (the site that gives you short summaries of long drawn Indian TV serials)
  • YouTube provides many of its videos in multiple resolutions or quality levels. Consider lowering the video quality to the lowest available to make the video stream faster.
  • If you like watching Flash based videos like those on YouTube, don't play it immediately but allow them to load completely (i.e till you see light red line at the end in progress indicator of the player).
  • Disable images. This will take the fun out of browsing the Internet, so take this extreme step if pages download really slow. The Opera browser has a simple option to turn off images on a per page basis. From the menu, go to View > Images > No Images. For other browsers, you would have to look for the option typically under Tools > Options.Browse
  • Use the Opera Turbo option available in the Opera browser for the mobile and desktop. Opera Turbo shrinks the pages you visit on an Opera browser to a fraction of their original size. This optional browser setting provides a data-savings solution tailored for your browsing session.
  • Use a RSS Reader. Most content websites now provide RSS Feeds of site updates. Subscribe to these feeds using a free RSS Reader like Google Reader. This way you catch all the action without having to visit the website which may be bloated with ads and other bells & whistles.
  • Try mobile version of popular websites on PC/laptop
Got any other tips?

Also see: HOW TO play videos from mobile YouTube on your desktop Firefox browser

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