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Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by Z3PR, Mar 28, 2003.

  1. Z3PR

    Z3PR Banned

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    I can run a computer okay, but am still learning. What are "cookies" what do they do ??? Should I delete them or not ??? I've heard you should.
     
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    Im pretty computer savvy, I mean I built my PC and all but I dont know the meanings of everything software wise but heres my understanding: Cookies save all the settings and stuff for websites youve visited....I think. I only delete them when I remember to delete all the internet stuff.
     
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    i have cookies pretty much disabled on my browser. it's usually best to delete them every day. they really don't do that much good, they're mainly for sites to track your surfing habits, e.g. spyware. also, since i know you have a cable modem, i'd recommend that you set your cache (temporary internet files) to just 1MB. it saves a lot of disk space and fragmentation that way.
     
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    <font color="green"> COokies aren't really intended to track your surfing habits, they are what makes it possible for you to snot have to sign in to CK5 every day, it's how the site remembers you. Same goes for any other site that remembers you. There are cookies that porn sites and such put on your system, but it's still not like active spyware like that Gator crap. My machine accepts cookies and I rarely delete them. My temp files also get up into the 100s of megs on occasion, it makes no difference so long as you have the disk space available.

    Here's a good resource for finding out this kind of thing - http://www.cnet.com/Resources/Info/Glossary/?tag=st.cn.sr1.ssr.cn_glossary</font>
     
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    I second what shaggy said, but would like to add with milk, cookies are enhanced and can temporarily increase performance, however, long term usage makes size a more serious issue, and decrease performance...
     
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    I always thought that cookies help web pages load faster when you re-visit. But, with cable internet you really don't need them.
     
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    No, it's actually the cache that makes pages load faster on return visits. Cookies do just like shaggy said, for the most part. Most internet "experts" recomend setting your browser to "enable cookies for the originating web site only" (mozilla), or the equivatent with other browsers. Doing this virtually eliminates "bad" cookies. Also, I only delete cookies if space becomes an issue (I never have).
     
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    I deleted all the cookies. Now Netscape 7.0 isn't working so I have to go through 4.7 . Wish I hadden't fawked with it.
     
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    If you delete the cookies you may have to re-sign in Paul. When you delete them it gets rid of the "short term memory" of your computer. If you re-log-in it should be okay.

    John
     
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    Nutscrape 7.0 all fawkered up. I can't do anything with it anymore. I even uninstalled it and reinstalled it. Still no good. Ohwell, I guess I'll just have to use 4.7, it's working fine.
     
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    A message given to a Web browser by a Web server. The browser stores the message in a text file. The message is then sent back to the server each time the browser requests a page from the server.
    The main purpose of cookies is to identify users and possibly prepare customized Web pages for them. When you enter a Web site using cookies, you may be asked to fill out a form providing such information as your name and interests. This information is packaged into a cookie and sent to your Web browser which stores it for later use. The next time you go to the same Web site, your browser will send the cookie to the Web server. The server can use this information to present you with custom Web pages. So, for example, instead of seeing just a generic welcome page you might see a welcome page with your name on it.

    The name cookie derives from UNIX objects called magic cookies. These are tokens that are attached to a user or program and change depending on the areas entered by the user or program
     
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    I fixed my computer problem. I ran a recovery program that formatted my harddrive. I had to reinstall everything, but it got rid of all the crap I don't want. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif It's like starting over with a new computer. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     

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