Peter's correct

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Posted by Todd ( on February 12, 2000 at 08:23:55:

In Reply to: Browser Question posted by Monique on February 11, 2000 at 23:33:00:

When you log onto this, or any other site, your browser downloads the 'copy' of the site that exists at the time you log on. This is temporarily stored in your computer's memory. This feature allows you to 'work offline'. To understand this, log onto the board and let it open. Then, disconnect from your ISP, but leave your browser open. The board will still be on your screen and you can still scroll up and down and see all the post. You CAN'T, however, open any of them, because each post is actually a link to another web page (see the different numbers at the end of each post address in your Address bar).

As it stands at this point, if the browser updated automatically every time someone added a post, your screen would constantly be doing the 'refresh' bit, which would make it impossible for you to read a post.

I imagine this will change at some time in the not too distant future, provided we all have the requisite hardware, memory, bandwidth, etc. As my associate says, "It's all a function of time and money". There's a PC out now (for about $4500) with a clock speed of 1Gig....i.e. a 1000 megahertz machine. It consists of an Athlon 750 mhz cpu overclocked to 1G and the bottom of the computer case contains a refrigerator which keeps the processor at a constant temperature of 40 F or something.
Makes you wonder how much processing power Bill Gate's Kelvinator has, doesn't it?

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