How to PowerSurf
A few quick tips to reduce your 'net-stress!
this page Created by Tim
Driskell in March '98
Download and install one of the newest browser.
Both Netscape 4
and Internet Explorer 4
are now FREE for everyone. Don't even waste your time with
the older versions; there is so much that the newer ones can do to make
Get in the habit of emptying your memory
and disk cache (in Edit/Preferences or View/Options menu) on a regular
basis to clear out internet junk and free up disk space. This keeps
the browsers from getting overloaded and bogging down.
Get in the habit of using the right-click
mouse button whenever possible; there are zillions of functions
built into those right-click pop-up menus.
Instead of left-clicking to visit a hyperlink,
always right-click on hyperlinks and "open in new window". You can
have a half dozen links loading while you click back to read a page that
is already loaded. I usually have ten or fifteen browser windows
open at a time, and a few are always loading or updating. No more
waiting for a slow page to load. My two modem lights are always flashing
Download and use the programs I've put on my
software page. Graphics viewers like ACDSee,
View Plus, etc., are invaluable. The free communications programs
and the search programs (WebFerret)
make life on the 'net a lot easier.
Probably the most important thing for searching
the 'Net is to install a good
Search program like the Free
WebFerret. I used to think that AltaVista, Yahoo, and the other
search engines were so awesome. Now I realize that they are Junk!
They all dump so many advertisements on you, take so long to work, and
give you so many irrelevant results. The free
Webferret (and others) simultaneously utilize a dozen or so of the
popular search engines, utilizing the Windows95 "Find" interface, eliminating
all the advertisements and BS. Try the free Webferret. You'll
never use anything else! (see also Copernic,
Get More RAM. Physical memory is quite
cheap nowadays. My
local computer store sells 32Meg
for about $62!