Reading websites can be bliss, but it isn’t always comfortable. Noisy webpages assail your eyes and after a while, the almighty LCD takes its toll. With bleary eyes, it’s time to call it a day. If you’re hungry to read (as I am), there are ways to get rid (or at least partly circumvent) these impracticalities. Other tips and tools also help to make reading more comfortable. With these in your toolbox, you’re able to make reading about reading again.
Do you often get distracted by SMS alerts on your mobile while working on the computer? Switching from one device to another is major interruption of your work flow, so tools that help you stay on one device can significantly increase your productivity. Lucky for you, if you’re on Android, there are a handful of great tools which can do exactly this, whether you’re using Windows, Linux, or a Mac. If you’re on iOS, there’s really only one possible option for you.
Add-ons can slow down your browser. Wouldn’t you like to identify the culprits? Depending on the number and type of add-ons, this can have a significant effect on your browser. One solution is indeed to avoid add-ons all together, and use bookmarklets to achieve many of the same effects. But wouldn’t it be great if you could know for sure which add-ons are OK to use, and which ones are slowing you down? You can do this by disabling all your add-ons and adding them back one by one, or you could give Guardius a try.
There’s a reason the new Chromebook Pixel, an expensive high-end machine, uses a 3:4 aspect ratio rather than widescreen 16:9. It’s because the Web is vertical. Webpages scroll up and down, but most of us have widescreen machine these days. As a result, most websites have generously proportioned margins – basically, just wide swaths of blank background, showing nothing. Sometimes that’s nice, but sometimes you might want to use all of those pixels more productively.