Graphics Traffic Jam

Did you ever wonder what happens while your online service tells you to wait for new artwork to be added? Reader Michael DiClemente of New York did. He learned that the artwork makes viewing graphics faster in future visits but takes up permanent space on your hard disk. The problem is worst with America Online, which stores the graphics in one big file that cannot be deleted. CompuServe saves the images as individual files. Prodigy saves only the most recently used graphics. Several megabytes of graphics are unlikely to be much of a problem on a typical desktop machine but could be a hassle on the less capacious hard drives of laptop computers.

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