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Chapter 10

Master the Web

Mastering the use of a web browser, finding what you need quickly, navigating engines and indices, determining a set of trusted sources, and judging the quality and authority of new sources are all skills anyone who uses the Web to his advantage needs. In effect, on the Web, you are your own personal research librarian.

Hack 90
Google Like a Pro

Level: Easy
Platform: Web

Google's single, one-line input box conceals a host of functionality that can narrow your results to exactly what you need.

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Hack 91
Subscribe to Web Sites with RSS

Level: Medium
Platform: All

Like a magazine subscription that automatically brings each new issue to your door, you can subscribe to web site feeds that push information to your door.

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Hack 92
Quickly Search Within Specific Websites from the Address Bar

Level: Medium
Platform: Web (Firefox/Chrome)

Keyword searches are customizable, keyword-based searches that let you do just that: execute a search from your Firefox or Chrome address bar. Using these special searches significantly speeds up queries on your nondefault searches at sites such as IMDB.com or YouTube.

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Hack 93
Extend Your Web Browser

Level: Medium
Platform: All (Firefox/Chrome)

The best feature of web browsers such as Firefox and Chrome is their openness: these browsers are built so that anyone can write a feature- adding extension for it.

Hack 94
Supercharge Your Firefox Downloads with DownThemAll!

Level: Advanced
Platform: All (Firefox)

When it comes to heavy-duty download jobs, Firefox's default Downloads manager just doesn't cut the mustard. If you need closer control of multiple, large downloads, you need the DownThemAll! Firefox extension.

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Hack 95
Get Ten Useful Bookmarklets

Level: Easy
Platform: All

Bookmarklets can enhance web pages, add special functionality, and make your browsing experience a lot more efficient by offering one-click access to useful tools.

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Hack 96
Find Reusable Media Online

Level: Easy
Platform: Web

You're designing a new brochure, PowerPoint presentation, web site, or flyer and you need the right image to use with it fast. Put your hands in the air and step away from the cheesy clip art, now. Thanks to organizations such as Creative Commons, licenses such as the GNU Free Documentation License, and the public domain, there are tons of photos, songs, movies, and documents freely available for you to download and republish without fear of the copyright police.

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Hack 97
Get Your Data on a Map

Level: Easy
Platform: Web

This hack points you to several of the best mashups that can help you adjust your commute home from work for traffic, decide where to live, help you find a nearby used car for sale, and figure out how far your jog across the bridge this morning really was.

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Hack 98
Set Multiple Sites as Your Homepage

Level: Easy
Platform: All (With Firefox, Chrome, or Internet Explorer 7)

You can set several web pages as your homepage in tabbed browsers and also bookmark and open sets of tabs.

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Hack 99
Access Unavailable Websites via Google

Level: Easy
Platform: Web

Websites go offline. They move, occasionally suffer from temporary unavailability or errors, or become slow to respond because of technical difficulties or a period of high user demand. In those cases, when you need the information right away, you need a mirror of that web site's content.

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Hack 100
Have a Say in What Google Says About You

Level: Medium
Platform: Web

Someone out there's trying to find information about you right now, whether it's a potential employer, date, or a long lost friend. What happens when she Googles you?

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Hack 101
Clear your Web Browsing Tracks

Level: Medium
Platform: All (with Internet Explorer, Chrome, or Firefox)

Your web browser saves a lot of information about where you go and what you do online while you're surfing the web.

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