I owe a debt of gratitude to Elizabeth Sadowski for calling this extremely valuable tool to my attention. Readability allows me to "filter out" all of those pop-ups and other advertising material that I find so annoying on websites. Even websites that are too valuable to disregard have what is for me unacceptable levels of ad content.
Liz says: "In the words of my hero, Rocket J. Squirrel, 'Now here's something you'll REALLY enjoy.' Readability is a free download that lets you read web articles free of all that commercial junk flashing around the periphery and distracting your concentration from the text. It's like TIVO for your computer. You simply drag the "readability" word to your toolbar and drop it there. Then, whenever you want to read a webpage's text only, just click on the toolbar. If you want to get back to the original webpage, simply refresh the page."
The link to Readability is: http://lab.arc90.com/experiments/readability/
I tried it. I liked it. I am sure you'll find it very helpful. Please consider subscribing to email updates to this blog so that you don't miss any of these tech updates. There is a space to enter your email address in the upper left-hand corner. When you get an update that isn't of interest to you, simply hit the "delete" button.