Learn how to cancel your online accounts

Rick Broida , PCWorld

For more than 20 years, Rick Broida has written about all manner of technology, from Amigas to business servers to PalmPilots. His credits include dozens of books, blogs, and magazines. He sleeps with an iPad under his pillow.
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Have you ever tried to cancel, say, your Pandora account? Then you know what a hassle it can be. First you have find the cancellation page, which isn’t exactly easy, then fill out an email form.

This is standard practice with a lot of Web services, which work hard to get you signed up and are understandably reluctant to see you go. Though some make it easier than others to cancel an account, it can definitely be a time-consuming process.

JustDelete.me provides links to the cancellation pages for hundreds of services, from Adobe to Zoho. And it color-codes each listing so you know at a glance whether it's easy, medium, hard, or even impossible to cancel.

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Three handy (but often-overlooked) Google Chrome features

Rick Broida , PCWorld

For more than 20 years, Rick Broida has written about all manner of technology, from Amigas to business servers to PalmPilots. His credits include dozens of books, blogs, and magazines. He sleeps with an iPad under his pillow.
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We are all of us creatures of habit, and those habits can easily extend to our Web browsers, where we're so focused on our usual daily routines, we often overlook certain capabilities that can save us time or improve our productivity.

In Google Chrome, for example, there are three features so neatly tucked away that I suspect many users have never noticed them.

Luckily for you, I have:

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How to add YouTube to your Roku box, the sequel

Rick Broida , PCWorld

For more than 20 years, Rick Broida has written about all manner of technology, from Amigas to business servers to PalmPilots. His credits include dozens of books, blogs, and magazines. He sleeps with an iPad under his pillow.
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Back in March I told you about VideoBuzz, a third-party Roku channel that adds a desperately needed capability to the popular media-streaming boxes: YouTube.

Alas, not long after, Roku ordered VideoBuzz to shut down, again leaving owners with no way to stream their favorite cat videos, movie trailers, "Colbert Report" segments, and so on.

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Find out which Web services are down at Downrightnow

Rick Broida , PCWorld

For more than 20 years, Rick Broida has written about all manner of technology, from Amigas to business servers to PalmPilots. His credits include dozens of books, blogs, and magazines. He sleeps with an iPad under his pillow.
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Facebook, Twitter, even Gmail -- all major Web services experience outages from time to time.

Of course, if you're not sure what's happening, you can pull your hair out trying to figure out what's wrong with your computer.

Maybe something is, and maybe something isn't. The key is to find out where the problem lies. And that's where Downrightnow comes in: This handy site monitors the status of over a dozen major services, everything from Blogger to Yahoo.

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Can you record a Netflix stream for offline viewing?

Rick Broida , PCWorld

For more than 20 years, Rick Broida has written about all manner of technology, from Amigas to business servers to PalmPilots. His credits include dozens of books, blogs, and magazines. He sleeps with an iPad under his pillow.
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Reader Thom wrote in with this question:

Is there a way to download the movies from Netflix permanently to my hard drive?

Sometimes the transmission suffers in my area and it would be advantageous to download them and then play them from my hard drive offline.

That's what I call a loaded question, Thom! But it's a good one, because I'm sure there are many people in your same boat: wanting to watch a Netflix movie, but unable to because of a slow or intermittent connection.

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How non-Dropbox users can send files to your Dropbox account

Rick Broida , PCWorld

For more than 20 years, Rick Broida has written about all manner of technology, from Amigas to business servers to PalmPilots. His credits include dozens of books, blogs, and magazines. He sleeps with an iPad under his pillow.
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Dbinbox.

As any Dropbox user knows, it's pretty easy to share a cloud-stored file with someone; just click the share icon to get a link you can distribute as needed.

Ah, but what about the other way around? What if someone wants to send a file to you via Dropbox? Unless they have Dropbox accounts of their own, they can't.

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Learn which startup programs are safe to remove

Rick Broida , PCWorld

For more than 20 years, Rick Broida has written about all manner of technology, from Amigas to business servers to PalmPilots. His credits include dozens of books, blogs, and magazines. He sleeps with an iPad under his pillow.
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The longer you run your computer, the more clutter it accumulates. This takes the form of programs you no longer need, bloatware you never wanted in the first place, and/or adware you didn't intend to install.

The result: slow booting, slow operation, slow everything.

To improve the situation, you can uninstall unwanted, unneeded programs. And if you're a little more tech-savvy, you can venture into msconfig to prevent system-dragging software from running at startup.

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