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Frequently Asked Questions

~What is RAM and why do I need more of it?

  • RAM stands for Random Access Memory. RAM provides space for your computer to read and write data to be accessed by the CPU (central processing unit). When people refer to a computer's memory they usually mean its RAM. If you add more RAM to your computer, you reduce the number of times your CPU must read data from your dard disk. This usually allows your computer to work considerably faster, as RAM is many times faster than a hard disk.

~ What good do regular tune-ups do?

  • Your computer needs regular tune-ups to keep running right, just like your car. Every time you use your computer it accumulates waste, or fragments of data that are no longer needed, that eventually slow everything down. A tune-up gets rid of waste and reorganizes the data you do need so that your CPU can access it faster.

~ How often should I empty out my email deleted items and sent folder, etc.?

  • That is purely a matter of personal preference. If you are using a local email client, like Outlook Express or Windows Mail, the more mail that accumulates, the slower your email program will load when you start it up. It's useful to create folders for storing messages you need to save for any reason so that you can purge your sent and deleted folders periodically without worrying about deleting something you may need later. For the average user probably once a month is a good ballpark.
  • If you have your email program set up to leave messages on the server when they are downloaded, and you are using POP mail, then you will need to log onto your webmail account and purge those folders occasionally, or they may reach their limit and you will stop receiving mail. How you set up your email client is, again a matter of preference. I like to leave messages on the server so that if I do accidentally delete something I need later, I can retrieve it from the server. Once it is deleted off the server it is gone forever. But if you're not likely to remember to clean out your server account it's safer to have your messages deleted off the server when they are downloaded to your email client so that the server will never fill up to its limit.