Re: Temp and cookies was RE: multiple crashes query

First, I have to say that I don't know how to sort cookies I like from 
cookies I don't like.  But second, I want to ask, and this seems to be an 
irreverent question, just what kind of horrible burden do people think it 
places on a multi-gigabyte modern hard drive to have, as I do, about 100 
kilobytes of cookie files, or a couple of day's worth of temporary internet 
files on the hard drive.

For one thing, it is so easy to delete temporary internet files that it's 
just a standard option that can be done casually, anytime.  To do it from 
the Control Panel or from within Internet Explorer, you just go to 
Tools/Options,, on the general tab, press tab a few times until you hear 
"temporary internet files delete files."  Then press enter, then press space 
bar to also delete all such files being saved offline on your hard drive, 
press okay, then tab down to the Okay button that closes the menu when you 
press Enter on it.

Caution:  don't press Enter on the option that first speaks, which will say 
"delete temporary files delete cookies," because this will delete all your 
cookies, indiscriminately, and you'll have one heck of a time re registering 
for every newspaper and commercial web sites you used to be able to just get 
onto without a hassle.  Tab down one more time to hear "delete tem internet 
file delete files," because this is the one you want.

Anyway, I digress.  The point is, with the huge amount of hard drive space 
nearly all of us have, why is there this belief that cleaning out a few 
backup files or cookies or whatever is going to fix any problems or make 
your system go like a racehorse?  I don't get it.  This sounds like 
something that may have been useful ten or fifteen years ago with hard 
drives that couldn't even have held the Jaws program.  But what problem is a 
hundred, or two hundred kilobytes of cookies?  Or is this some sort of 
generalized fear of cookies?

The same goes for those temp files.  While not as modest in size as cookie 
files, again, they probably are very far from overwhelming your computer's 
storage capacity.  Before I upgraded to a new computer with 512 Mb. RAM, 
which is considered pretty darn decent at this time, I was running just 128 
Mb RAM for five years and an 18 gig hard drive, small by the latest 
standard, and honestly, a few cookies or temp files weren't a burden on 
*that* machine, either.  there seems to be something fishy about this 
refrain of delete your cookies, delete your temp files, do major 
housekeeping on your hard drive, etc, every time a system crash occurs.  I 
believe a technically savvy person is bound to explain that the problem is 
most likely a bad interaction or conflict among programs that's taking place 
in areas of Windows not many of us understand, where memory is allocated and 
swapped around and stuff, but "conflict" isn't the same as "not enough RAM," 
or "not enough hard drive space."

that's all.  Sorry to sound as if I'm ranting.  I am not highly 
sophisticated.  I learn most of what I learn from good friends who are 
computer professionals and from the NFB-sponsored GUI-Talk mailing list 
where there also are savvy computer professionals, blind ones using screen 
readers., But I'm pretty sure that a lot of this preoccupation with cookies, 
temp files, and worrying that 512 Mb RAM may not be sufficient just because 
someone's running Jaws, is misplaced attention.  What's needed is someone 
with professional computer skill to forward some more realistic suggestions.

 ----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Chris Feist" <ccfeist@xxxxxxxxxx>
To: <jfw@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Wednesday, April 20, 2005 9:40 AM
Subject: Temp and cookies was RE: multiple crashes query


Hi.  That's a good question.  For me, I use a filtering program called
AdSubtract PRO to manage all my cookies.  It's very JAWS friendly.  I
can permanently select those cookies I want to keep and mark them as
"trusted" and then delete all other unwanted cookies at my leisure.  I
can also easily delete temp files and history in this program but don't
think I can set any parameters to those deletions.

I think it's possible to configure anti-spyware programs such as
Ad-Aware to ignore certain cookies after running a scan but am not sure
of this.  In fact, it was suggested to me on this list that deleting
your cookies in Ad-Aware won't necessarily get rid of "all" your cookies
but does rid you of the ones that are the kind you do not want on your
computer.  I prefer to scrub my cookies with AdSubtract, though, before
running an Ad-Aware scan.  I also use the AdSubtrac program to filter
pop-ups, advertisements, animations, automatic music downloads,
auto-refreshing, etc.  For a user of JAWS, it makes navigation on the
Web a lot easier for me.

I wish IE was a bit more flexible when it comes to easily managing
cookies and the like, but so far I haven't found a quick and easy way to
do so in that particular Web browser.  Of course, my knowledge of IE's
capabilities is quite limited, so don't take my word for it.


Chris Feist - The one and only!

-----Original Message-----
From: jfw-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:jfw-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On
Behalf Of STEPHEN FAIL
Sent: Wednesday, April 20, 2005 11:06 AM
To: jfw@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: multiple crashes query

i have been paying attention to the multiple crashes question and
subsequent answers - one of which was very interesting and talked about
cleaning of temp and cookies folders. i have tried this in the past and
found that it did the job required and got rid of a lot of unnecessary
files but also got rid of my passwords and usernames for my internet
connection and passport for messenger - does anyone know of a way that i
can delete all these temp and cookies without removing the important
stuff as well? thanks in advance. stephen
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