Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Let's speed things up...

Sadly, this tip is not about speeding up your knitting--it is a bit of blog-housekeeping, instead.

Some readers have complained that this blog takes a L*O*N*G time to load. I personally am a computer idiot, but have heard from computer-literate friends, and here is what they say:

ELIMINATE YOUR COOKIES. Periodically eliminating gets rid of useless, expired cookies, which are (so I am told) slowing things down.
EMPTY YOUR CACHE. You might want to go so far as to empty your cache (the memory of sites you have recently visited). Emptying your cache means it takes a little longer for a site to load when you revisit, but I have been told that the overall performance of your computer can get a lot faster.

As to how to actually eliminate the cookies and empty the cache, if it could be done with a knitting needle, I'd be able to lay out several different methods, but for button-pushing tricks, you're better off asking your resident IT person. If you are completely at sea, however, cookie/cache management is often hiding under the "preferences" tab of your browser, so maybe start there.

Caveat: You may have to re-enter some passwords which the computer now automatically fills in for you, so maybe note those down BEFORE you scour out your computer's little brains.

--TECHknitter

8 Comments:

Anonymous Pam said...

Hello there. I LOVE your blog so much, so please keep writing. I'm not related to anyone who works/owns etc. this website, but I have downloaded something I read about in the Wall Street Journal, called XoftSpySE, and it is a fabulous zapper of "bugs" that slow you down. I never have problems getting your blog quickly. Run it once a week and it's been super.

Every one of your posts is grand! Thanks for informing the neophytes and those of us who can always use some extra knowledge.

June 6, 2007 at 8:07 AM  
Anonymous Mary said...

I've also noticed that *all* of your previous posts load when I read your blog. Most of the blogs I read have just a few past posts showing on the page and an Archives link (which you also have). Since your site has such useful illustrations I think that may be part of the slow down. It takes a long time to open all those pictures and illustrations. But heavens, don't stop including them. They're needed and appreciated!

Perhaps there is a setting your tech wizard could make on your account so that only the last 3 or 4 posts come up at a time.

Keep up the great work. Though I don't comment often I've used almost all of your tricks. I even made a TKIO hat for a new baby we've had born in our group!

Mary

June 6, 2007 at 8:32 AM  
Anonymous Joanne said...

The problem with slow loading is for people on dial up connections and has to do with your wonderful illustrations.

You have them saved and published as high quality .jpg formats when with your line drawings you could probably use 8 color .gif. This could change the load speed from 20-40 seconds to 6-8 seconds. I don't know what software you use for your pics, but Photoshop and Photoshop LE both have a "save for web" feature that allows you to change the "density" of your pics while maintaining the visual quality. Take a look at some of my client web sites - I create them for artists!

June 6, 2007 at 9:02 AM  
Blogger Nicole said...

I love your blog! I find it very useful, especially with all of the illustrations you include. I also noticed that you do not archive your previous posts. It is simple as pie to do and it would speed things up for everyone, even you.

Under "Settings" there is a tab labeled "Archiving" and there is pull down tab that allows you to chose when to archive. Monthly seems to be standard in other blogs. As the previous commenter pointed out you already have the archive links in your sidebar so your loyal readers, like me, can find older posts.

Keep up the great work!

June 6, 2007 at 9:09 AM  
Blogger Ashley said...

I was going to suggest exactly what Joanne did: saving your wonderful images as .gif instead of .jpg will preserve their quality but reduce the file size!

June 6, 2007 at 9:24 AM  
Blogger Marseille said...

I don't see it, 'cause I have 'subscribed' to your blog, and only a single post at a time shows up.

But clicking on the 'home' link at the bottom of the page brings up every post you've ever written. I think that's what the users complaining of speed are seeing. Some blogs only show a month of posts, or the last six, or something. There's probably something in your config that determines what is shown on your main page?

However.....that being said, your blog is *definitely* worth it!

June 6, 2007 at 9:53 AM  
Anonymous Cynthia said...

Yup. XoftSpy is a great program. Just wanted to say thanks for all your great posts. They are appreciated!

June 7, 2007 at 10:49 AM  
Anonymous NORMA COOPER said...

THERE ARE OTHER WAYS TO ELIMINATE COOKIES (THIS FROM ANOTHER COMPUTER ILLIDERATE), THIS LINK http://cleanup.stevengould.org/ GOES TO "WINDOWS CLEANUP" FOR US OPERATING WINDOW, I USE MINE EVERY DAY WHEN I SHUT THINGS DOWN. THERE IS MORE THAN ONE VERSION, SO READ EVERYTHING BEFORE MAKING DECISIONS OF WHICH TO USE. IF YOU DO NOT HAVE MSN USE A "SPYWARE" CLEAN-UP PROGRAM, THERE ARE SOME ONLINE, SOME YOU CAN PURCHASE A C-D FOR.
ONCE A WEEK I MOVE THE BULK OF MY "SAVED THINGS" TO A C-D FOR SAFEKEEPING, AND TO KEEP MY SPEED UP TOO....AND THERE IS ALWAYS "ARCHIEVING" SOME OF THE OLDER POSTS ON YOUR BLOG TO HELP KEEP THINGS FAST.
I LOVE THIS SITE AND RECCOMMEND IT ALL THE TIME TO PEOPLE WANTING COMPLETE INSTRUCTIONS---PLEASE KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK.....LOVE GRAMMIECOOPIE--NOT YELLING--STRETCH FOR SHIFT KEY TOO PAINFUL...

June 7, 2007 at 5:48 PM  

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