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Computerized Investing > March 24, 2012

Auto Refresh

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by CI Staff

Auto Refreshers are useful programs for individuals who find themselves repeatedly clicking the refresh button for non-real-time websites to get the latest quotes, news, feeds, and other content. This week’s Sitelight, The Motley Fool, is one such website. To receive the latest updates on their watchlist portfolio, users have to refresh the page. The more time a user spends on such websites, the more time-consuming this becomes.

As a possible solution, an auto refresher can be used to automatically refresh a webpage at predetermined intervals, such as every five seconds or every five minutes. A major shortcoming of this solution is that users may experience moderate slowdowns when the pages refresh, depending on the quickness of the intervals and the quantity of pages that are refreshing.

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