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No one likes an unresponsive website, but how slow is too slow? A second? Ten seconds? You might find it surprising that waiting even 500 milliseconds can convince a user to take their browser elsewhere. If you want to know just how important it is to have a snappy site, best to take advice from the largest players on the internet.

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Hello Lifehacker, I've always wanted an iMac so the other day I went and ordered one at my local Good Guys store, I picked it up this morning (1TB, 2.7GHz, 8GB RAM, 21.5" screen). I've read about set-up and optimising for first time best use, and just wanted to get your opinion on how I can tweak it to get the best performance? Thanks, iMac Daddy

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As fast as your technology may have been on day one, it's probably not quite so speedy now. That doesn't mean you can't restore it to its former glory. Whether its your desktop, laptop, or mobile device, here are 10 great ways to speed up your slow technology.

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Windows/Mac/Linux: If you're stuck on a slow connection or frequently find yourself using hot spots with different speeds, OperaTurbo can make your web browsing experience more pleasant. Thanks to server-side optimisation, pages load lightning fast. Unlike Opera Mini, which actually tweaks the layout and code of a page to make your mobile browsing experience better, Opera Turbo leaves the page layout exactly how it is but applies varying degrees of compression. Visual elements from the page like images are compressed as they pass through the server to decrease the load time on your end. The pair of images shows the header from the Opera Turbo splash page with the turbo enabled and under normal conditions. While the artefacts in the image are quite visible, images with more varied textures and backgrounds don't suffer as much.

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Windows only: Shutdown Suite is a series of tiny executables you can use to immediately shut down, reboot, or log off Windows—great for desktops, keyboard shortcuts, and app launchers. With these tiny little utilities hanging around, you won't have to mess around with command line variables or editing your registry to make a quick exit from Windows. The ZIP file for Shutdown Suite contains both an installer, which will place a shortcut menu in your system tray, and the stand-alone executables. Extracting just the stand alone executables is a bit more practical, as you get a set of six .EXE files, one for each "instant" and "safe" version of LogOff, Reboot, and Shut Down as seen in the screenshot above, with none of the extra menu and system tray clutter that comes with the full installation. Shutdown Suite is freeware, Windows only.

Shutdown Suite