reading for AOL users:
If your graphic
compression is enabled in AOL you will not view the graphics
clearly. In fact many will look awful. AOL allows this,
as it does save space on your system, -->as well as theirs.
For you, the individual user, the saving is really insignificant.
For AOL, it is significant when you multiply the number
of users times the savings. Oh well, such is life.
On AOL 4.0
and on AOL 5.0 you need to go to "My AOL" in the toolbar,
which is usually at the top of the page. Left click to bring
a drop down menu into view and select "preferences". At
the preferences page select "WWW". Once there you want to
click the last tab called "Web Graphics" and if there is
a check in the box marked "Use compressed graphics" uncheck
it by left clicking on it. Down at the bottom...if "Apply"
is then available click that, then ok and close it all out.
Although the message is that with graphic compression enabled
web pages will load faster, I see no difference at all in
the amount of time they take and a very significant difference
in the quality of what I am viewing. GIF images on AOL look
unbelievably terrible with compressed graphics enabled.
You don't know what you're missing!! Life is full of trade-offs
another tip for browsing the Internet. Browse the internet
with your browser opened "outside" of AOL. Here's
the deal. AOL's version of MSIE is a bit different than it's
parent version (which you can download independently from
Microsoft). If you
download and run it outside of AOL it will run faster, clearer
and you will be able to refresh your pages at will. AOL's
browser, from my own experience will not allow you to refresh
your pages and oftentimes you may view old and outdated content.
Do it. Go to Microsoft
and or Netscape (for
Netscape Navigator) and download it, after which you need
to install it. Do a default installation and it will reside
on C drive in it's own folder which you should be able to
access from your start menu. Once on AOL go to your start
menu and open the browser from there. You can browse the web
more efficiently and more easily in that manner. I think you
will be pleasantly surprised at how much faster the pages