Hello West Central Internet Subscribers
In this April issue, we pass along helpful tips for the active spring days ahead. You may be out and about more with your laptop, so be sure to review the important advice on how to prevent laptop theft — an increasingly common crime. Can't wait to dig into landscaping projects? Check out Great Sites for resources about gardening as well as how to save money by reducing water usage. You'll also learn why e-mails sometimes take hours to reach their recipients, and you'll get a tutorial on adjusting the cookie settings on your browser.
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- West Central Internet Services Team
According to the technology news organization ARS Technia, the year 2007 could be considered the "Year of the Laptop." Laptop sales rose 21 percent last year, and industry analysts predict that they'll exceed desktop sales for the first time in 2008. These statistics aren't surprising since laptops offer the convenience of being able to work and stay in touch wherever you go.
Unfortunately, laptops are also attractive to thieves. To reduce the likelihood of your laptop being stolen, the website OnGuardOnline.gov recommends tips including the following:
That is, up your internet speeds to 3 Mbps when you sign up or switch to PikeLine DSL. Only $34.95 per month, still free installation and equipment.* Download all your pictures, watch your movies and your news streams, and race through your research projects like never before.
Call 1-800-945-2163 today and ditch your dial-up for good.
Disclaimer: *Free installation & equipment requires contract, call for details. WCTA is not responsible for any injuries caused by surfing at break-neck speeds. Seatbelt and helmet use recommended. Prepare to be blown away. This is fast. Really fast. Don't say we didn't warn you. ;-)
Community Website Survey:
Question: When I send an e-mail, sometimes the person I sent it to does not receive it for a long time. It may take an hour or more. Other times when I send an e-mail, the recipient receives it almost immediately. Why does it sometimes take so long for an e-mail to land in the recipient's inbox?
Answer: E-mail is not an instant messaging program. It does not go straight from point A to point B. E-mail instead travels through multiple e-mail servers on its way to a recipient's computer. If any of the e-mail servers along the way are having technical issues or incurring heavy traffic, e-mail messages needing to pass through the affected server will be delayed until that server's problems are resolved.
http://opry.com - Carrie Underwood will become the newest member of the Grand Ole Opry on May 10th. Visit this site to see video of Randy Travis giving the good news to Underwood, the singing star who made her Grand Ole Opry debut in 2005 just weeks after winning American Idol. You can also view the calendar of events, purchase tickets to upcoming performances, get Nashville travel tips, and find out how to enjoy Opry shows on TV, radio, and online.
How Does Your Garden Grow?
http://extension.org/horticulture - Here's a one-stop resource for those lawn and garden projects you're planning for the coming months. The information you need is all here — from plant selection to soil preparation to care instructions. You can also submit specific questions for university experts to answer. Go ahead and ask, for example, which variety of tree you should plant in a certain spot. We're pretty sure they won't be stumped.
Get "Lost" Online
http://abc.go.com/primetime/lost/index?pn=index - Many fans are hooked on this award-winning TV series about plane crash survivors on a mysterious island. If you're one of them, or would like to join the group, you'll be lost without this official Lost site. Read episode recaps, watch full episodes online, check out theories posted by fans, or submit a theory of your own.
Save Water and Money
http://wateruseitwisely.com - Are too many of your dollars literally going down the drain? At this site, you'll find plenty of water conservation tips and resources. Learn 100 ways to save water in your area of the country. Take the family water audit to see how wisely you're using water now. Find out what's new in water-saving gadgets. There's even a landscape watering guide to calculate how frequently to water your plants and lawn. It's information that's good for your wallet (and the world's water supply).
http://howjsay.com - Not sure how to pronounce a particular word, and don't want to sound stupid? All you have to do is submit the word in question on this handy site and you'll hear it spoken instantly. It's an online English pronouncing dictionary, and in certain situations, it could prove invaluable.
In computer terms, a cookie is a very small text file placed on your hard drive by a server when you visit a website. It is essentially your identification card, and its job is to keep track of your preferences and store information such as your e-mail address. Cookies can actually save you time by eliminating the need to re-enter your information every time you make inquiries or purchases at your favorite websites.
The default setting for Internet Explorer 7, Safari 3, and Firefox 2 browsers is to automatically accept either some or all cookies whenever a request is made by a website. However, you can adjust this setting if you are concerned about websites placing cookies on your browser as you surf the Web. Follow the steps below to either accept all cookies from websites, accept only certain cookies from websites, or to decline accepting any cookies.
Adjusting Your Browser's Cookie Settings When Using Internet Explorer 7 on Windows XP Home Edition SP2 or Windows Vista Home Premium
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The WCTA Communications Team
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