April 2008, V7#4: Computer Wednesday, Dec 31 2008 

Today’s browsers are great to help with general searches. Many places and software even load extra search toolbars into your browsers. But, for genealogy searches, don’t stop with that. Become a student of search engines: Find out how you can narrow your search with different engines. Find at least one “engine” that searches more than one. Not used to doing computer searches? Go to ask.com – there you can use a regular sentence to search without being penalized for using words like “and” and “the”. Also consider trying clusty.com – this search engine places your returns by subject. In this way, if you were to look for “Homer Simpson” all the cartoon stuff would be sorted out for you.

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September 2005, V4#9: Computer Friday, Dec 26 2008 

Internet browser

Your Internet browser could be retaining too much data.  To make it “lean and mean”, start by opening the browser and selecting the “Tools” pull down menu.  Click Internet Options which brings up the “general” tab.  In the middle, under history, click the settings button.  Under temporary internet settings, you only need a fairly small amount of disk space used.  Some computers come set with this up to 40% of total disk space!