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Speed up your Browser with Namebench

Posted in Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7 by Steve Sinchak

DNS (Domain Name Service) plays a critical role in the operation of all web browsers.  When you type in a domain, such as Tweaks.com, your browser must resolve the address into an IP address so your computer can talk to the site's server and download the web page.  Once the page is downloaded, it is processed by the browser, which then can trigger hundreds of downloads as the various resources on the page are fetched. Many of these requests for resources go to different domains which also must be resolved before the browser can download the file.  The result is a lot of domain resolutions, which makes the performance of your DNS provider critical to your web browsing speed.

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Free Office 365 for Students and Teachers

Posted in Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7 by Steve Sinchak

Microsoft now offers students and teachers of qualifying organizations a free Office 365 Education subscription.  Office 365 Education includes includes Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Publisher, and OneNote. Users can install the software on up to five PCs or Macs and five mobile devices such as an iPad or Android tablet.  Users also receive a 1 TB OneDrive online storage drive for the life of the subscription. 

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Remove All Icons from the Desktop

Posted in Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP by Steve Sinchak

If you are a fan of minimalist desktop experiences, hiding the desktop icons are an easy way to clean up the Windows interface.  Instead of saving everything to your desktop, use the default profile folders such as downloads and documents.  Actually hiding all the icons on your desktop is a very simple customization hidden in the right-click context menu.  Just right-click on the desktop, select View, and then Show desktop icons to remove the check. The icons will be hidden instantly. 

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