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AOL Cheats jtfarchive.org Followers!

If you are an America Online (AOL) customer who has not been receiving jtfarchive.org's web site in a timely fashion on Wednesday morning, it is because AOL has been profiteering at your expense.

To save money on its "bandwidth" (Internet connection) bill, AOL "caches" (stores) copies of non-AOL web pages on its own AOL computers. This is done so that when an AOL customer wants to go to a non-AOL web site like jtfarchive.org, AOL can supply the need without making a separate, bandwidth-consuming trip to the non-AOL computers of the Internet.

The technical term for this procedure is "using a proxy server" and it can be a legitimate way of speeding connection to the Internet. But AOL takes advantage of its customers, rather than serving them better, by skimping on the number of times it stores a particular non-AOL web page. In the case of jtfarchive.org, AOL sometimes fails to cache us until an entire day after our update.

This means that when you ask for AOL to show you our jtfarchive.org web page, you may see the old version on AOL's computers, not the new version on our computer.

Since the beginning of jtfarchive.org, we have always updated our server on time, on Wednesday morning. People who do not use AOL have no trouble getting our refreshed web site. Even AOL users who use a non-AOL browser, such as the Microsoft Internet Explorer, have not experienced a problem.

If you are an AOL user unable to get the latest jtfarchive.org web site on Wednesday morning, the fault is not ours!

Naturally, the same applies to other Internet web pages. If you are an AOL customer, you can never be sure whether you are seeing the latest version of a particular web page or AOL's old version of it. (There are reports of web pages not updated for weeks at a time.)

Luckily, there is a workaround. By not using the browser (Internet reading) program supplied by AOL, you will be able to go directly to any computer on the Internet, rather than only to AOL's computers.  

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AOL Workaround

(A) Connect to AOL as you ordinarily do.

(B) After you are connected, "minimize" (reduce) the AOL program by clicking the "_" button in the upper right-hand corner of its window. You do not want to exit AOL, only to reduce it in size to a small button at the bottom of your computer screen.

(C) Start the Internet browser program supplied with your computer by double-clicking its icon on your main computer screen or accessing it through the Start>Programs menu. The most popular Internet browsers are the Microsoft Internet Explorer and the Netscape Navigator (a.k.a. the Netscape Communicator). You are almost certain to have one or both of these programs on your computer. (Note: Do not confuse the Microsoft Internet Explorer with the Microsoft Windows Explorer, which is a file management program and has nothing to do with Internet browsing.)

(D) Type in the "jtfarchive.org" address as usual and press "Enter." Welcome to our freshly updated web site! (Note: Remember to bookmark us as a favorite web site on your non-AOL browser! AOL's "Favorite Places" bookmarks do not apply in other browsers.)

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If you are an America Online user unable to get the jtfarchive.org web site on Wednesday morning and wish to complain to AOL, call their technical support line at 1-888-346-3704. Do not let them tell you that the problem is not theirs. Tell them that you know for a fact that people who do not use the AOL browser can reach our site without difficulty.


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