July 1, 2005
Dear CNET members,
Happy Friday! I don't know about you, but I rely heavily on my browser's bookmarks/favorites; it's my happiness ticket to the Internet, and I am absolutely lost without them. Given this week's question from Marc on creating and storing icons for the ease of identifying favorite sites, I thought it would be a great way for all of us (if you haven't already) to start thinking about organizing your bookmarked or favorite Web sites. So without further delay, I present to you this week's winning answer by Carl, the honorable mentions, and other suggestions by our members in hopes that you find their answers helpful. While this week's topic is specific to Windows Internet Explorer, if you have instructions or tips to share on how to save or change icons in other specific browsers, please chime in to this week's discussion. Because as you know, not everyone is an IE fan. In addition, this week's poll is all about how you organize your bookmarked or favorite Web sites, so get your vote in and exchange ideas and tips on how you organize your favorite sites. Have fun and have a great weekend!
Member Question of the Week
I've noticed that when I save pages to my IE Favorites, certain sites have unique icons next to them. This is helpful for identifying sites, since I have a lot of bookmarks. But now they are disappearing and being replaced by the standard IE icon. What is happening? Is there any way to keep the unique icons that were originally attached? Is it possible to customize the icon for each bookmark in my Favorites list?
Marc B. of Covington, Indiana
The unique icons are stored in the TIF (Temporary Internet Files) cache. When you empty the cache, the unique icons are deleted, and the default IE icon automatically replaces them.
Depending on your version of Windows, and the options selected, the TIF can be emptied by:
1. Rebooting or logging off
2. Clicking Internet Options> General >
3. Using third-party software, such as
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Question about PC temperatures
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The summer heat is knocking at our doors, and high temperatures can tremendously affect a computer's performance. Many machines have fans included, but sometimes that is not enough, and the insides of your PC can reach extremely high temperatures. In this discussion, a member was concerned that the machine was heating up too much. Check out what other members have to say and get advice and tips to help your machine stay cool all year round.
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Question about password storage
After reading recent discussions in the forums about password storage, member IrisRose realized that saving a file on her computer for passwords may not be the best thing to do. She's currently looking for alternative methods such as using a passwords manager utility. However, she's wondering about the safety of them, since most of the utilities still store the passwords on the computer itself. How can that be any safer than storing a list in, say, a word document? Do you have an explanation for her?
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What browser is the best, aside from IE?
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Want a new digital camera, but feel my head is swimming
Member tjk421 needs your advice. He's ready to retire his old digital camera and is in the market for a new one that will take great shots of his three small children, who are always active and in motion. What he wants is a higher-megapixel camera with a great zoom, one that takes great action shots and doesn't break the bank. Anyone have a suggestion?
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Mac nugget: Mac nugget: Mac OS X for existing Windows machines
Member tbcass writes: "A smart move for Apple would be to offer a version of OS X that can be installed on and dual-booted with Windows machines. I'm a Windows user, and while I will never buy a whole new machine from Apple (I have too much invested in Windows) I would definitely buy a version of OS X that could be dual-booted with Windows if it cost less than $200." What do you think of his statement? Would you follow this course? Do you think this would ever happen? What's your opinion?
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Recently I have noticed that each time I boot my system, the operating system (Windows XP Pro SP2) runs ScanDisk on my D: drive, stating that the computer did not shut down properly, which is not true. The system then runs a full ScanDisk on drive D: and gives an error-free report. Then after that, each time I boot, it runs ScanDisk on my D: drive all over again, finds no errors. Kindly suggest how to get rid of this annoyance. (Intel P4 1.4 GHz, 256MB RD-RAM, 40 GB Seagate Barracuda with equal partition (C: and D:, C: being the primary drive). Thanks in anticipation.
Anup J.of West Bengal, India
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