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Xbench performance benchmarking for Macs

Computer benchmarking applications abound for Windows machines, but what if you want to judge the capabilities of your current Mac against one you're considering buying? Though I'm in that situation far less often than I'd prefer, when I do need to measure the relative performance of two different Macs, I turn to Xbench. Xbench is a free performance benchmarking utility that measures the following...

Speed up Firefox page loading time without using a RAM disk

Yesterday we wrote about moving the cache of Firefox or Chrome onto a RAM disk. Instead of loading cached images and data from the hard drive, it loads from memory, which is a lot faster. It turns out, though, that Firefox can do this without using a RAM disk -- you can simply do it with about:config. Just follow these instructions -- and don't worry, if you mess it up, you won't break...

Clue helps you find out what's memorable about your page

One of the first things you learn about writing for the Web is that you have an incredibly short amount of time to make a first impression; it's usually said to be around three seconds. So, if you've grabbed your visitor's interest or managed to get your message across within those three seconds, you did a good job. But how do you know if you did? Clue is a new Web app from the fine folks at Zurb...

Open a new tab and forget what you were about to do? Brain-stimulating skull electrodes may be the solution

In recent months I've been losing my mind. I don't know if I actually have something wrong upstairs, but I have been finding it increasingly hard to keep things -- ideas, snippets, variables -- in short-term memory. I think, though, that it's just a symptom of Information Overload. I sit here, hour after hour, day upon day, scanning RSS feeds, IRC rooms and forums. The amount of new data, videos...

Evernote launches Trunk, its own app store

While I am not an Evernote user myself, I hear it's great. It's a very well-known app, but in a nutshell you could call it a "complete capture tool". It comes as a desktop or mobile app, and lets you save "your ideas, things you see, and things you like". And now, with the Trunk app store, I just discovered Evernote has its own little ecosystem. It turns out the company has many partners...

4 ways to make Google Chrome use less memory

One common complaint about Google Chrome is that it tends to use up a lot of memory. There's a good reason for that, of course -- it has a lot to do with Chrome's built-in crash proofing features. Your tabs are split into separate process, as are your extensions and active plug-ins -- and it's all designed to keep the ship afloat if one component happens to go belly-up. Still, there are...

Free up memory in Chromium with a single click

You may not have played with Chromium's (or Google Chrome's) task manager before. It's really more intended for developer use, but it does provide some valuable functionality for the rest of us as well. One which has been added recently is the ability to free up memory. Like other browsers, Chrome and Chromium can get a little RAM-hungry after extended browsing sessions. By adding the...

Add CPU and memory meters to your Windows 7 taskbar

I'm not the biggest Twitter fan, but let's face it: people sometimes share really useful information in their 140-character updates. Scott Hanselman (@shanselman), for example, tipped users about a slick addition to your Windows 7 taskbar that you'll find over at Codeplex called Taskbar Meters. Download developer Jeff Key's .zip file and extract the contents to a folder on your hard drive....

Cramberry: make studying easier with web-based flash cards

I wish Cramberry had been around when I was in high school. All those introductory classes, with their requirements of rote memorization, were totally exhausting. Carrying around massive stacks of flash cards with the Latin names of trees written on them is no longer necessary, though. Now you can put your flashcards online with Cramberry. Cramberry supports multiple sets, and you can make them...

Speed Read : Improve Your Reading and Retention Skills

With the number of laptops I reinstall Windows on every day constantly on the rise, I've been looking for applications that might help boost my pitiful short-term memory - for some reason, my boss frowns upon me playing Brain Age at work. And since 6AM isn't the best time to be shouting at something in my house (toddler, wife, etc.), I need something a bit more quiet to help me practice. Speed...

Digsby multi-protocol chat client seriously cuts RAM usage

Digsby is probably one of the coolest free Windows applications released in recent memory. The utility is like Pidgin mashed up with Facebook, Twitter, and MySpace, and it has email notifiers for Gmail, Hotmail, and Yahoo! Mail as well as other services thrown in for good measure. There's just one problem: Digsby is a major resource hog. Early builds of Digsby have been known to eat over 100MB...

Digsby comes a long way in one week, still a memory hog

Just a week after Digsby widened its private beta by giving away 5,000 invites to Download Squad readers, the development team has already issued 4 new builds of the chat, email, and social networking client. Probably the most significant new feature is support for proxy settings to help users get around corporate firewalls. There are a ton of other bug fixes and minor new features as well,...

Instant Memory Cleaner frees up your precious RAM

If you covet your RAM like Gollum coveted the ring, then Instant Memory Cleaner should be one of the tools in your toolbox. Designed for XP and Vista, Instant Memory Cleaner frees up your memory by forcing pages out of physical memory and reducing the size of running processes' working sets to a minimum. The program sits in your Windows Taskbar; when clicked, it pops up a small and simple...

Mozilla aims to reduce Firefox memory usage

While Firefox enthusiasts swear that the web browser is the best invention since sliced bread or the scientific calculator, there's no question that Firefox can be a bit of a memory hog. When you load your first window, the browser zips along smoothly. But open a few more tabs, do a little navigating back and forth, and before you know it Firefox is eating up half of your system's RAM. Mozilla has...

How to speed up OpenOffice

From the "if we really thought about it we would have been able to figure this out on our own" department comes a handy tip for speeding up OpenOffice.org -- by increasing its memory use. The open source Microsoft Office alternative is great if you're looking for a low cost word processor, spreadsheet, and presentation application. But it takes so long to load up, especially if you don't enable...