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Readability

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

Does reading the internet give you a headache? Are you distracted by flashing ads and special offers? Do you want to get right to the good information and ignore all the bling? Then Readability: An ARC 90 Lab Experiment may be the widget for you! The product is self-described as: “Readability is a simple tool that makes reading on the Web more enjoyable by removing the clutter around what you are reading.”

Click this link for a simple video of the product in use, or go to this webpage: http://vimeo.com/3445774

To install the product, follow these simple directions:

  1. Customize your reading view.
  2. Add the widget (the site calls it a “bookmarklet” but they are basically the same thing — an app — computer code to accomplish a specific thing) to your Favorites.

Readability is devised to work on individual articles or pages — not homepages or main pages. Meaning if you connect to CNN to get your news, Readability will not work on the CNN homepage but if you click on a news story you want to read and the page is full of ads etc, click on Readability in your Favorites and it will clean up the page for your reading pleasure.


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Urban Legends and You

Monday, February 8th, 2010

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Have you ever gotten an email stating that cell phone numbers are going to be given to telemarketers?  Or that Zicam users lose their sense of smell after use?  Or how about emails offering Applebee’s coupons?   Have you passed these emails on to your entire contacts list?  If so, you should be aware of a website called Snopes.com — a site with the tagline: Rumor has it.  Snopes is in the business of debunking rumors — you can look up things that sound too weird/good/scary to be true and find out if they are!  Snopes is organized into many helpful categors like: Computers, Crime, Disney, Legal, Medical, Quotes, Science, Sports and even a Top 25 to make checking these legends easy.  Or, you can use the handy search box to find your rumor before passing it on to your friends and relatives.


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