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9 Things I Learned After Switching From Chrome to Microsoft Edge

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This past weekend, I made the switch from Google Chrome to Microsoft Edge. It was a reluctant switch for me after using Chrome almost exclusively since 2012, but it was worth it. I noticed right away the major changes Microsoft made with Edge that I didn’t have with Chrome, and I want to showcase that.

My personal past grievances with Microsoft Internet Explorer were what made me reluctant to switch in the first place. They had started making the browser better since their Windows 10 launch in 2020 and it has (for better or worse) shaken off the past reputation IE has had. In fact, I have only used Internet Explorer to download Chrome. Well, not anymore

My switch to Edge happened because I knew a couple of people who had told me their CPUs were working too hard when using Chrome. After switching to Microsoft Edge, they noticed that their CPU wasn’t working as hard. That was a big change when I made the switch. I’ll get into that later, but here are other things I learned after making the switch

Switchover was easy

I’ll be honest — when I started using my current computer in October 2021, I used Microsoft Edge to download Google Chrome. I have used the browser a few times because my PDFs open there. However, the switchover was easy and painless because it copied what I had with Chrome. I’m talking about bookmarks, extensions, passwords, and even the current tabs I had opened on Chrome.

Microsoft Rewards

Another thing I noticed right away was the daily Microsoft Rewards tasks. I had been doing this every morning for the past week and in my opinion, it’s a great way to earn points by using Bing while learning about new things, even though I’m a Google person at heart. You can earn points by solving a puzzle, taking part in a daily poll, answering quick questions, searching certain items, and sometimes you get bonuses. You can even set a goal with those points. I set my goal of receiving a $10 Amazon Gift Card, which can be redeemed for 10,500 points (at the time I have 1050 points. That’s 10% for you math illiterates). Overall, I like this feature and I think you should give it a shot

Sleeping tabs save resources

This was a very noticeable thing for me, and this feature sets itself apart from Google Chrome. If enabled, Edge will put your tabs to sleep after a certain amount of time, from 30 seconds to 12 hours. I have mine set to 30 minutes. You can access it by going to Settings > System and Performance > Optimize Performance. From there, you can turn on “save resources with sleeping tabs” and you can then set a timer for when your tabs stay active. This has been a huge help as Chrome keeps your tabs awake throughout your time on the browser (and it will even reload after just 5 seconds of inactivity. I had to download an extension to stop it from happening)

Vertical Tabs

I was reluctant about this feature at first because I’m so used to having tabs on the top of the browser. I gave it a try and it felt as if I had decluttered my browser. You can even pin it for easier access, which is up to the user in hand. I decided to switch to vertical tabs and even pin them because I like to easily switch between them and the constant hovering over them gets annoying for my day-to-day operations. This is entirely up to you, but I would recommend it

Easy on CPU

This was a major reason I switched over. If you have been noticing that your CPU has been working overtime to keep Chrome running, you will be very surprised when you switch over to Microsoft Edge. It’s less taxing on your CPU and your computer fan will be very happy. This was the case for my mom, who had to switch over because her computer fan was working overtime and it was making a lot of noise. I even noticed it with my CPU. If you’re looking to lower your CPU output, this is the browser to use

Websites as Apps

I’m not too keen on this one because I thought they were apps that you can pin to your sidebar so that you can open them with ease. It turns out that they actually pin to your taskbar. My taskbar is cluttered as it is, so that was a huge no from me. If you’re up for it, go ahead, but I wouldn’t use it if I were you

Collections

The one thing my Microsoft Edge account did not copy over from my Chrome account was the Chrome Bookmarks. The bookmarks were great, but they didn’t have a way of organizing them. I just started using the collections feature after reading about it and how it’s better than keeping your tabs open indefinitely. It works like Bookmarks, but you can make more than one. So far I made two collections — one was exclusively YouTube videos I have saved since Saturday. If you’re into organizing, this feature is for you.

Bing is King

As mentioned earlier, I am a Google person at heart. The vast majority of my searches over the years were on Google. However, going to a new tab and searching on the browser bar will take you to Bing’s search page (you can get 5 points per search up to 55 points). It’s a minor inconvenience but it is Microsoft after all, so they have to promote their products. Just like Chrome and the Google search engine

Math Solver, Citations, Web Capture

I actually found this feature while setting up Edge and it immediately caught my eye. I added the math solver (which is useful for a math person like me), a citations button (to help me cite sources for important pieces), and a web capture (to take a picture of my screen when needed). There are also buttons for sharing, performance, web select, history, downloads, and more. Those can be found by going to Settings > Appearance > Select which buttons to show on the toolbar.

Conclusion

Overall, I’m happy to make the switch to Edge because of lower CPU outputs, ways to earn points using Bing, and the number of features that Chrome just didn’t have. I hope this review finds its way to your decision to use Microsoft Edge

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Writing Prompt (February 28, 2023)

Do you believe in fate/destiny?

To a certain extent. If I start something knowing the outcome right away, I would probably see it as fate. If I start something with a possible outcome coming to fruition or not, I probably won’t see it as fate, but it’s a possibility. But I also believe in coincidences to a certain extent as well. Sometimes things happen for a reason and other times, they just happen at the same time.

Writing Prompt (February 27, 2023)

If you could permanently ban a word from general usage, which one would it be? Why?

If I could permanently ban several words, I would, but I would ban “cancel” the most because people have thrown it around so much that it has lost its meaning.

Daily Prompt (January 26, 2023)

Name an attraction or town close to home that you still haven’t got around to visiting.

I would say Jacksonville, Florida. I have been to St. Augustine, Disney World, Epcot, Universal, the beaches, and even the downtown areas of Orlando, Daytona, and Tampa. However, the closest place I have yet to go to is Jacksonville. I would love to go to Hanna Park and Hemming Park, visit the TIAA Bank Field (where the Jacksonville Jaguars play their home games), and just explore downtown. Maybe someday I will check it out because I live 2 hours away so it’ll be an interesting trip to take

2023 Update

Happy (belated) New Year, friends

First off, my blog hit 1000 views while I was out, so thank you so much to those who came by while I’m still on hiatus. It’s nice to see people reading my older posts and my blog performing when I’m not around (I only started blogging in August 2022)

Secondly, I’ll most likely return to blogging regularly in March. By then, the Eurovision pre-selection season would be over, but I am currently working on an unrelated project and it’s expected to wrap up then. I’ll update you on how I want my blog to go when the time comes.

This is just a short update, but I want you to know that I’m fine. I’m just taking a break to do other things

Junior Eurovision 2022: Ranking the 16 entries

Tomorrow is a big day in Eurovision world. The 20th Junior Eurovision Song Contest is being held in Yerevan, Armenia. This week, the 16 contestants attended the opening ceremony and held their rehearsals. With that being said, I’m going to briefly talk about the running order and my final rankings before the big show

Running Order

The running order was done after the opening ceremony. Netherlands and Ukraine were chosen to start and finish the contest, while Armenia picked their number. Here is the running order for reference

  1. Netherlands
  2. Poland
  3. Kazakhstan
  4. Malta
  5. Italy
  6. France
  7. Albania
  8. Georgia
  9. Ireland
  10. North Macedonia
  11. Spain
  12. United Kingdom
  13. Portugal
  14. Serbia
  15. Armenia
  16. Ukraine

My ranking

I got to listen to the 16 entries a couple of weeks back while I took a break from blogging, and I’m impressed with the quality of the songs this year. Without further ado, here’s my top 16

  1. United Kingdom
  2. Malta
  3. Spain
  4. France
  5. Italy
  6. North Macedonia
  7. Ukraine
  8. Poland
  9. Netherlands
  10. Georgia
  11. Kazakhstan
  12. Armenia
  13. Serbia
  14. Portugal
  15. Ireland
  16. Albania

COMING SOON: Junior Eurovision 2022 Reviews

I’m taking a break from posting on WordPress, but next week, I’ll be channeling my energy into reviewing the 16 entries for the upcoming Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Armenia. For now, I’ll be enjoying the Thanksgiving holiday and you should start seeing some posts here by next Monday

Writing Prompt Wednesday #8

Per last week, here’s part two of this story

After a quick brainstorming session, Nora decided to reply back to Catherine’s message. “Hey,” Nora started, “I appreciate anyone caring about me, but I promise you I am not in a position to try your products, whatever they may be. I am busy with my children and my husband, so I don’t have any free time to spend on myself.” Nora stopped for a moment to think about how she was going to word the next part of her reply. She wanted Catherine to understand that she wasn’t trying to be rude or unkind, but that she was not interested in what Catherine had to offer. “Also,” Nora continued, “if this is a pyramid scheme, I’m here to tell you right now, I am not interested. If not, reply. I would love to chat”.

Catherine sent a reply right back which made Nora laugh. “What are you laughing at,” Joe asked.

“Joey,” Nora said as soon as she stopped laughing, “look at this.”

Joe looked at the reply Nora received from Catherine which said, ” I’m not in a pyramid scheme. I’m just trying to make some extra money on the side”. Joe laughed hysterically when he read this. “Oh, boy. That’s hilarious,” he said as he continued laughing at Catherine’s reply.

Nora turned back to the email and replied, “Okay, let’s put you through a test. Name your company, how much you make, what your duties are, and list your qualifications. I’m doing this because I have certification in nutrition and the last thing I want is for some quack bitch to sell me shit that doesn’t work”. It must have taken Catherine back because she realized that Nora wasn’t going to fall for it. She turned to her upline for guidance on how to respond to Nora’s message. Her upline, Kerry, didn’t know what to do either, so she turned to Amanda, the crypto lady from earlier. Amanda sent this reply for Kerry to send to Catherine, “We partner with several Fortune 500 companies to sell amazing weight loss products that can help with losing the baby fat. We share products on social media for a bit of extra cash and we do it in pockets of time.”

Nora wasn’t impressed. “How do you know they work? Have you tried them yourself?” It would be another 5 minutes before Catherine replied back to Nora’s message.

” I’ve tried the products myself and they work amazing. I lost about 20 pounds in a month and it was so easy!”

“That’s bullshit,” Nora thought. It’s impossible to lose 20 pounds in a month. She had struggled with weight her whole life and the last 2 years were the first time in a long time that she felt great about her body. Still, she pressed Catherine for info that she did not get earlier.

“That’s great and all,” Nora replied, “but you did not tell me what company you’re with or how much you make”

“I can’t tell you that,” Catherine replied. “You’ll have to sign up yourself.”

“Wow,” Nora thought, “this girl is trying to play me”.

Joe asked, “any progress?”

“Progress?” Nora shrieked, “this girl told me she lost 20 pounds in a month and won’t tell me the name of the company”

“Yikes,” Joe replied sarcastically, “I’m sure she’s a lovely person”

Nora ignored Joe and sent another message to Catherine. “And may I ask why you won’t say the name of the company? Are you afraid that if you tell me, I would look it up to see if it’s a scam or not?”

“It’s not a scam,” Catherine replied, “but I really don’t want to get into an argument with you”

“I’m sorry,” Nora said sarcastically, “I wasn’t aware that this was an argument. Who knew getting basic info is problematic haha.”

At this point, Catherine sent one final but angry message to Nora, but before Nora got a chance to reply, she found herself blocked. She showed the message to Joe and they both started laughing.

Joe would then go on and post the interaction between Nora and Catherine on a subreddit dedicated to exposing scams.

WordPress Adventures #10: Sportsball Season

I watched a lot of sports this week. My very short recap is coming

My Posts From This Week

As always, we start things off with the previous episode which you can find it here

This week’s anti-MLM post is about MLM companies pretending to be small businesses (surprise, right) in order to get into craft fairs. It’s as you would expect, tho. You can read up on it here

This week’s Writing Prompt is also MLM-related with a side of crypto. The second part will be coming in the next edition, but here’s where it stands right now

And we end things off with Eurovision, where we welcome 4 new entrants to Junior Eurovision and an update on an online contest that I’m taking part in

My ‘Actual’ Adventures

Once again, my actual adventures were had offline. I’ve been catching up with friends and family, planning for a Halloween party (note: there’s no anti-MLM post this Monday), and my followed sports teams are doing pretty good. Kind of. I got one in the World Series (Philadelphia Phillies), the other is undefeated (Philadelphia Eagles), one who is really picking up the pieces since last season (Phoenix Suns), and one who finally got a win (Orlando Magic, my local NBA Team btw).

No posts to share this week. When my spectrum ass finally gets its gear going, I’ll bring it back

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