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One of the most frustrating things a person can experience is when they have problems viewing a web page. For this reason we have created this page to give you the viewer a few tips on using web browsers in general and viewing our site in particular..
Our Basic Requirements
First lets start with the basic requirements for our site. As with most Web sites today, our site is designed to be viewed at a specific standard.
- Screen Resolution and Color Settings
We use a screen resolution of 800 x 600 pixels, and 16-bit color (16 million colors) to design our graphic images. We have found we can achieve a much more appealing look at this resolution and color setting. The site can also be viewed with a screen resolution of 1024x768
- If your computer screen is set to a lower resolution (say 640 x 480) the graphics displayed will be too large for the screen
- If you use a color setting of 256 colors or less the graphics will look very grainy and the colors will not be very pure. WE use a color setting of 16 million colors while developing this website
- Browser used - Our site is best viewed by using Microsoft's Internet Explorer (MSIE) version 10.0 or higher. There are several reasons for using this browser.
- MSIE 10.0 is optimized to work with the Windows 7, operating system and works well with the Windows 8 and 10 Operating system. As a result, Web pages will load faster.
MSIE 11.0 is designed to work with windows 8.0, 8.1, and Windows 10. and works much smoother with less problems
MSIE provides better control of the space between lines of text.
MSIE provides better support for special coding such as CGI and Java script. This allows us to give you a better looking presentation on the Web page.
- While you can successfully view our site with Internet Explorer version 7 or Netscape 7.0 or higher, some of the formatting will be different between the two browsers.
- You can also us the Firefox browser to view our web pages
- If you do not have one of the above browsers, believe me it is well worth the time needed to download and install one of these programs. Your time on the Internet will be much more enjoyable and Web sites will load much faster with a newer browser.
- See All about Web Browsers More Information on Web Browsers.
Browser Problems We checked our Web site with one of the well known certification sites and found the biggest problem with viewing our site will occur if you do not have one of the latest browsers. When our site is viewed with an older browser such as Netscape's version 60 or MSIE 6.0, we found the following problems will occur.
- The browser will not support some of the latest coding techniques (we use HTML transitional 4.0).
- The right and left text columns will run together and be unreadable.
- Colors used on our pages will not be pure.
- We suggest you download and install the latest browser of your choice based on the Operating system you use (i.e Windows 7, 8, 8.1 or 10.
- You can download any of the Browsers below by clicking on one of the links.
Graphics Used In some cases we use a technique called "Image Mapping" to produce links on our site. We have found this to be an easy way to control links to other pages, and yet make a page more appealing.
- The drawback to this method is that pictures tend to load slower the first time.
- In all cases we use the ALT tag in our graphic links to help the vewing impaired
Your Internet Service Provider -
One of the biggest bottlenecks on the Internet can be right at your ISP. When you connect to the Internet from home you are accessing your ISP's servers. If they do not provide robust enough access circuits into the Internet to support the number of users connected, you will experience very slow access
Speeding Up Your Internet Access
- As more and more households set-up home networks allowing multiple devices to connect to the Internet, the need for High Speed access become absolutely necessary
- Devices such as Desktop and Laptop Computers, IPODs, and Touch Pads require a lot more speed and bandwidth (space) to allow all of then to connect to the Internet at the same time.
- There are a number of factors that determine how fast you can connect to and load an Internet Web Page. The speed and bandwidth your Internet Service Provider (ISP) provides are key factors in how well your devices perform. There are two main methods of providing High Speed Internet access.
- Broadband Cable Modems - Usually offered by a Cable TV provider
- Digital Subscriber Link (DSL) - Usually offered by Local Telephone Company Services and some Internet Service Providers (ISP)
Cable TV Providers
Over the last few years we have seen an increase of Cable TV providers offering internet access over the cable attached to your TV. Even though access speeds have steadily increased over these services, there are a few things you should know before you run out and sign-up
Cable service providers claim they provide up to 8 times the speed of DSL providers. This sounds like a great deal until you realize that there is a problem with their statement,
- If you are the only subscriber on a cable line and are not watching several TVs at the same time you will have very fast access.
- Internet services from your Cable TV provider use broadband cable MODEMs to connect to your cable TV system. Conditions like age and quality of the TV cable entering your home can adversely effect your service..
What is Broadband you say.. Broadband is a method of allowing multiple signals (sent by your devices) to travel on a cable line without canceling each other. In simpler terms, Broadband allows space on a cable line for more than on device.
- So if you have cable MODEM service and have several devices such as TVs, Computers, etc. accessing the Internet at the same time, you will be using a fair amount of space on your cable. As I said this is ok if you are the only subscriber on your cable line.
- The biggest problem with Cable Service is the as more subscribers are added, the access speed is reduced. This is especially problematic in densely populated areas where a large number of subscribers are added to a cable line. In some cases the actual speed can be reduced to less than what the old 56k dial-up MODEM allowed.
Digital Subscriber Link (DSL) DSL service is provided in a completely different way. This type service provides 100 Mb speed to each device on a time switch (shared) basis. DSL equipment deviates a second of time into millions of pieces called nano-seconds.
So the 100 mb (100 million characters per second) speed is sent out millions of times a second. The speed you see on your Internet device appears to be constant.. As a result in densely populated areas you can receive much faster speeds then over a cable modem.
You should try to find an ISP that not only allows a large number of people to log in at the same time, but provides enough outgoing circuits to accommodate that number without degrading service.
For More Information
Guide to choosing the right broadband connection
From the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
A Guide To Broadband Internet Connections
By High Speed Backbone.net
The Pros & Cons of Cable Modems vs. DSL
From Networking Answers.com
Learning About the Internet
Here are a few web links that give more information about the Internet.
What is the Internet
Web Browsers - A tutorial about Web Browsers
Web Browsers Tutorial for Students
Surfing the Net for Kids
This web site provides a vision of what's wonderful and educational on the Web for kids.
Learning About computers
Here are a few web links that give more information about Computers.
Understanding Common Computer Terms
A tutorial on basic computer knowledge.
What are Computers
A tutorial on basic computer knowledge.
Components of a Personal Computer
A first article in a series on how personal computers work by Allison Nunn, Bellaonline's PC advice Editor.
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