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Are you interested in Accelerated Dialup Services?

We are considering co-oping with a company to offer accelerated dialup internet. Like all good things, accelerated Internet will come with a cost. Initially, it looks like the service will run approximately $5 per month, per user. The service will be an 'opt-in', which means, if you don't download the accelerator, you don't have to pay for it. We would like your input. Would you be willing to pay an additional $5 per month, for faster Internet surfing? If so, please send an email to with the words 'I'm interested' in the subject line. And please note: Just because you send an e-mail, does not mean you have committed to the service. Also note: just because we have requested your input does not mean the accelerated service is a definite go. At this point, we are trying to justify the initial expense.

A New Year's Resolution

With a new year comes new resolutions. You've heard the common ones: I'm going to lose weight, I'm going to save money, I'm going eat healthy, I'm going to stop smoking. But have you heard what you computer is hoping you will resolve to do? Your computer wants you to occasionally empty the temporary internet files folder.

Are you asking, 'How do I do this?'

I'm so glad you asked!

The next time you are surfing on the internet, go to the tools menu and click on Internet Options. You will see a section labeled Temporary Internet Files. There are three buttons in this section.

Delete Cookies: Cookies are bits of information about you, saved for you, so you don't have to type them every time you visit a particular site. The most popular cookies are the ones saved on your computer by your bank. The cookie will remember your user name and sometimes your password so you don't have to enter them manually. Assuming you are not about to give away your computer, you don't need to delete these.

Delete Files: Every web page you visit is saved to a temporary location on your computer, complete with pictures. Technically, these files are suppose to carry an expiration date and go away on their own. In reality, they pile up and slow down your system. It is not uncommon to see thousands of files in the temporary internet folder. You can safely delete these. The next time you visit a page, it will fill the folder again.

Settings: Gives you some control over how much hard drive space is dedicated to temporary files, and if you click on the 'View Files' button (after clicking on the settings button), you can see how many files are currently in your folder.

Now that you know what the buttons do, you need to find the 'Delete Files' button (as pictured above) and click it. If you are constantly on the internet, you should do this weekly. If you are a light to seldom surfer, follow these steps monthly and your computer will be much happier.

Happy Surfing