Loaded: Save time using the Internet
Loaded: Save time using the Internet
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Loaded: Save time using the Internet

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>> Welcome to a special edition of Loaded. We're off for the holidays, but we've put together a special show for you about how to save time using the Internet. I'm Natalie Del Conti with CNET TV, and it's time to get loaded. We all know the Internet can be a big waste of time, but it can also save you time. We've picked out some great web sites to keep in mind just to make your day a little more efficient. Spreeder is a web site that I use every day. Reading news articles on the web can take a long time, but you can speed that process up by using Spreeder. It let's you copy the text of any article into a text box. Once you click play, it shows you the article one word at a time. This prevents your mind from sounding the words out which is the basic technique for speed reading. It trains your brain to read and retain more articles a whole lot faster. Try it for yourself. You will never be without it again. Waiting at a restaurant for a table is a pain, but you can prevent this if you use Opentable.com. Open Table let's you make restaurant reservations at restaurants around the country. Every time you honor a reservation you earn points. If you accumulate enough points you can get gift certificates to participating restaurants. So not only do you get a table faster, you also get free food. Remembering passwords can be a nightmare. You don't want to use the same password for all of your accounts, but how in the world do you remember all of them. You can avoid password disfunction by using Open ID. This is a web service that let's you create one user name and password and then use that I.D. all over the Internet. Web sites have to accept Open ID, but if they do, you don't have to keep signing up for new identities all over the place. It's really convenient. Research shows that we spend nearly 70% of our time on line going to web sites that we've already been to before. So basically we're repeating ourselves over and over and over again. You can stop surfing from site to site by creating a personal homepage. I like Net Vibes, but you can also iGoogle or My Yahoo. This allows you to aggregate all of the basic information you look for every single day, such as news, stocks, weather, traffic, e-mail, and more. You have a hard time remembering things? If so you may want to check out Alerts.com. This is a site that let's you set notifications for anything And everything. It will send you reminders over e-mail, instant message, or even voice mail. Want to be notified about when news comes out about your favorite band, or do you need a text message about your mom's birthday. You can set reminders for anything and everything, and then customize how those alerts will be delivered to you. That wraps up your special edition of Loaded. Hopefully you've learned a thing or two. If you have other web sites that you use to save you time, send them our way at loaded@cnet.com thank you for watching. I am Natalie Del Conti for CNET TV, and you've just been loaded. [ Music ]

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