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What Does Cache Mean?

OK, I’ll admit it: for reasons unbeknownst to myself and the people around me I actually pronounce it caché – with an attractive acute accent over the ‘e’ that makes it sound a lot like café. I know what you’re thinking, “My, he seems very suave”. I bet you can almost imagine me sitting by the computer holding a long-drawn cigarette pouting excessively to the air after saying it, can’t you? Well, I don’t smoke but yes, I do pout excessively after saying it. It’s actually pronounced “cash” and it’s known in many forms when talking about computers but today I am going to quickly mention about web cache and how clearing it can cure a few browser headaches.

An internet browser’s web cache helps speed up your web viewing by temporarily storing (or caching) files and information about a website and it’s pages you once visited. It actually helps minimise information passed across your network as your browser calls on a version of the website already saved on your computer.

When should I clear it?

  • If you think a webpage is not opening or operating properly. Let’s say you’re logging in with a new username and password combination with webmail and an error occurs
  • To view fresh website changes (even after a page refresh/reload)
  • Clearing the cache is safe and should not delete any important information. Clearing it every now and again is good maintenance

Clearing a web cache is easy, and can be found in your web browser’s preferences, tools or options under the privacy tab. It may be hidden in a sub-directory under “Clear History” in some browsers (i.e. Firefox), but doesn’t clear your Web History as that is kept separate from the cache.

Hope that helps!

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Quick Links to Useful Downloads

Web Browsers
All the browsers below are free to download and for PC or Mac. If you’re not sure which one to like you can always download them all and see which ones you like!

Google Chrome

 

Google Chrome

 

Mozilla Firefox

 

Mozilla Firefox 5

 

Internet Explorer

 

Microsoft Internet Explorer 9

 

Apple Safari compass

 

Apple’s Safari

 

For Email
Free to download and a lot better than others out there. It’s very similar to Microsoft’s Outlook. We recommend this if you want to download your emails from the web.

Mozilla Thunderbird

 

Mozilla Thunderbird (PC/Mac)

 

For Security
Free to use and if you keep the program up-to-date actually does a pretty good job.

AVG Antivirus
AVG Anti-Virus (Windows only)

 

For PDFs
A PDF viewer which is great for viewing books, quotes, design proofs. (PC/Mac)

Adobe PDF Reader
     Adobe PDF Reader

 

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Top Tips: How to clean Apple’s Mighty Mouse scroll ball

Apple's Mighty Mouse

This Mighty Mouse works fine (for the time being)

When it’s working, the Mighty Mouse is a clever, well designed and tidy desktop companion that through thick and thin seems to work with you… And then it all goes wrong. When it’s not working it’s the world’s worst designed and most frustrating computer peripheral out there and you’re more or less left thinking: “INSERT SWEAR WORDS HERE.”

Rest assured. I’ve been there and everyone else who uses the Mighty Mouse has been or will be in this situation very soon. There’s no quick-release logical way of opening the mouse so as far as I can see this as a massive design flaw. I wouldn’t advise you to try and open it because, trust me, I’ve sat here with a knife or flathead screwdriver ready to blow the thing wide open many times but then noticed how much a new Mighty Mouse would cost. It’s bound to go wrong, isn’t it?

Anyway, here are my Top 10 solutions of cleaning the blasted thing out without using a hammer:

One. With an alcohol cleanser and a soft, lint-free cloth: Turn the mouse upside-down and rub the lightly damp cloth against the track ball. Try doing this once a week as a bit of maintenance to avoid it ceasing up in the future.

Two. Turn the mouse upside-down and roll the ball on a piece of white paper. Press lightly but firmly to begin with rolling it in circles, up, down, left, right, zig-zags, recite the alphabet… whatever works. You should start see a trail of gunk or fluff fall out or smear on the paper (mine sometimes takes 2-3 minutes or up to Y if scrolling the alphabet). I don’t recommend it, but I gradually press harder and as I’m usually quite frustrated at this time I possibly tend to press harder that is actually good for it so please be careful. Repeat tip number 1 to keep it clean.

Three. Use a piece of paper and with the corner, slide in in-between the ball and inside the mouse. A slightly thicker paper seems to work best and slide any gunk or fluff from the edges of the track ball. Try tips number 2 and 1 after you do this as it may have dislodged anything that was stuck inside.

Four. Use a medium to hard toothbrush (not your partner’s!) and gently press it down the sides, rolling it around the sides and lifting any fluff out. This has been a revelation if the above tips don’t work. Try tips number 2 and 1 again because you may have moved flecks of dirt trapped inside.

That’s it! Thanks for reading.

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