INSIDE THIS ISSUE
Beware of Vacation Rental Scams
Now You Can WatchTVEverywhere!
We Have The Speed You Need!
Cool Stuff To Pin On Your Pinterest Boards
This Month's FAQ
Why Do I Need To Leave My Device Unplugged For 15-30 Seconds?
Sites Of The Month
Great Sites To Check Out In June
Two To View
A Couple Of Amazing Videos You Don't Want To Miss
How To Bookmark A Website
The flower for June is the rose so be sure to take time to smell the roses this month. You'll also want to take time to check out this issue, which is blooming with ideas to help you fully enjoy your summer.
If you're considering a vacation rental, don't miss our tips on how to avoid online scammers and end up with a great place to stay. Continuing in the vacation mode, we also share a website designed to spot the best airfare deals. Of course, you don't have to travel to savor the joys of summer. Check out the resources for sprucing up your backyard, making a clever Father's Day card, and whipping up yummy picnic food. To add smiles to your day, watch the amazing videos of dancers young and old — they're sure to spin their way into your heart.
Keep moving through this June issue to learn why tech support tells you to unplug your devices for a certain number of seconds and how easy it is to bookmark your favorite sites.
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Question: It seems like every time I call tech support with a problem, the first thing they advise is to unplug my computer or modem and leave it unplugged for 15-30 seconds. Why is that delay needed?
Answer: The reason for this delay is that most devices contain capacitors, which are little batteries that function like energy buckets. They fill up when you put a current through them and discharge otherwise. Capacitors will hold a charge for at least 10 seconds after the power is off, so you have to wait longer than that for your device's Random Access Memory (RAM) to be fully inactive. To be on the safe side, tech support often advises users to wait 15-30 seconds to make sure the capacitors discharge completely. This is important because while there's a charge, your device's RAM is still active and whatever problem you're trying to fix won't be wiped out. If you plug your device back in right away, the problem just returns. So when it comes to troubleshooting, patience is a virtue!
Bookmarks are links to websites that make it easy to get back to your favorite places on a regular basis. By using bookmarks, you don't have to keep entering in the complete URL each time you want to visit. Here's how to bookmark a website you're viewing:
Using Keyboard Shortcuts
Simply press Ctrl + D on your keyboard. The page you're on will be added to your browser's bookmark folder automatically. This works in every major browser except Safari for Mac. The shortcut in Safari is Command + D.
Clicking the Star Icon
If you'd rather not use keyboard shortcuts, there's an alternative. Every major browser uses a star to represent bookmarks. It might show up in the address bar, or somewhere to the left or right of the address bar.
In Firefox, Chrome, and Safari, clicking the star automatically adds the bookmark to your bookmarks folder. Clicking the star again lets you edit the bookmark name and choose its location in your bookmarks or delete it.
For Internet Explorer, clicking on the star icon opens the bookmarks menu. Then you click the "Add to favorites" button.