Page Speed Firefox/Firebug Add-on

Page Speed is an open-source Firefox Add-on integrated with Firebug developed by Google. Webmasters and web developers can use it to evaluate the performance of their web site and to get suggestions on how to improve them.

This tool performs several tests on a site’s web server configuration and front-end code. These tests are based on a set of best practices known to enhance web page performance and can be used to get a set of scores for each page, as well as helpful suggestions on how to improve the web site’s overall  performance.

By using this information, you can:

  • Make your web site faster.
  • Keep Internet users engaged with your site.
  • Reduce your bandwidth and hosting costs.

SDK for developers

Developers can use the SDK to generate scores and suggestions in environments other than the Page Speed Firefox browser Add-on. Learn more.

Xmarks syncing service to be Discontinued

Xmarks, the bookmark syncing service formerly known as Foxmarks, announced on the 27th of September that it will be shutting down the free bookmark synchronization service and will be deleting its users’ data on January 10, 2011. This was announced by Todd Agulnick (Co-Founder and CTO). The free, cross-browser syncing service couldn’t find a viable business model that support the free bookmark service and enable it to remain afloat. With money running tight and options fading, they have been looking for potential buyers for the past few months, but unfortunately they were unable to find one.

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Simple steps to increase battery life

Laptop battery life has come a long way. Here are a few simple ways to preserve power and increase the lifetime of your battery.

  • Initial charging

A new laptop battery will have enough power for you to turn on a laptop and check for defects. Once that’s done, switch off the machine and charge the battery overnight, at least for 8 hours. Though this is not a pre-requisite now days as most will fully charge in less than half that time, the initial overcharge will ensure that the cell is totally topped up. Do this only for the first time.
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Problem with Add/Remove Program (Package Manager) – CentOS

Have you come across the following error when trying to open the Package Manager on CentOS “Another application is currently running which is accessing software information” whilst all other programs work flawlessly? Recently I came across this problem and had to spend some time searching for a possible solution and below are my findings.

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