is webRider? Skip the bull, go straight
for this month's internet tip. Well, I have about seven years
of website development and computer network experience, and
I have to admit that I am a techno-freakout genious! At least
that's what my mother says! No, I don't have any tape on
my glasses, and I can never find a pen when I need one.I
am a computer wizard (to some extent) since I can turn one on
and off at will and with remarkable success. I
can even get a computer to do most of what I want it to do,
on a good day. I am a microsoft Windows junkie and I can destroy
a windows registry quicker than most certified computer professionals!
If you don't know what a windows registry is, you don't want
By the way, I am proud of each mis-speelled word I use, so dont
bother to praise me for them. Same is true for my grammar and
sentence structure. This is how I get even with all those english
teachers I had to put up with back in school! I have to keep
slapping the editors hands around here because they keep trying
to fix my spelling and grammar.
yeah, I also have 10 years experience as an Electronics engineer
in the U.S.Navy, where I learned to fix every electrical thing
that floats, including radios, radars, satellite systems, and
fleet-ballastic missle submarine computer controlled hydraulic
systems. I am also an electrical engineer & computer consultant,
and I will write and maintain our electrical
repair topics. Believe it or not, I have even dodged a few
scales and left my panic finger print impressions on a truck
steering wheel or two.
describe techno-mumble-jumbo around here in terms that we truckers
can associate with. Really, its true, by comparing computers
and the internet to trucking, it makes a lot more sense and
has a lot more understanding for you. Trust me, when I relate
the internet and computers to trucking terms, it will make sense
and you will become web smarter!
times have you started out looking for something on the internet,
and after your eyes have glazed over, you start asking yourself;
"who am I, what am I doing here, that's not my house, thats
not my wife ....."; hmm that could probably be good lyrics
for a song.
OK, you get
the point, the internet is not a big friendly (?) spider web as
some would lead you to believe. Instead it is a BIG VACUUM PUMP
which is trying to SUCK what little sanity you have left, out
of your head through your EYEBALLS!!! - - OK, OK, I'm alright
I forgot to mention the almighty TECHNO-WEENIE search engines!
They are part of the big conspiracy, you know. They make you think
you are going to find what you want, IN YOUR DREAMS MAYBE, and
then you wake up wondering "who am I, what am I doing here,
HOW DID I GET HERE??, WHAT WAS I TRYING TO DO??."
probably already said to yourself, THERE MUST BE AN EASIER WAY!
- - Well, there is, and it's called internet
survival. You guessed it ... I also write and maintain internet
survival too. You visit us, pump a little iron with your brain,
and who knows, maybe you too can become a techno-freakout genious!
We'll show you how to kick butt on those search engines. And if
you dont reach genious status, at least you will be able to impress
your young kids by turning the computer on and off with skill.
You can also impress the women in your life by mumbling some techno-sounding
whiz words with confidence.
have a question, first check with internet
survival. It is likely that the answer to your question
is already there. If you ask me a related topic which is not listed
there, I will politely attempt to resolve your problem, respond
to your e-mail, and add your topic to the internet survival topic
ask me about a topic that is already discussed in the internet
survival topics, and your question doesn't address any inadequacy
in our internet survival topics, then stand by for silence.
I wont waste my time answering questions which are already covered
in the internet survival topics. So ... if you dont get an answer
from me, maybe you should check out the internet
survival . Either the answer is there, or the internet just
failed world wide, or there was an atomic war which you haven't
heard about yet, or I just freaked out of my mind because NO ONE
IS EVEN TRYING to use internet survival - - OK, OK, I'm calm again.
make me freak out. It's an ugly thing that gets totally out of
control once it starts!
We got mail,
so click on my mailbox
and tell me something to make this website better, or ask an internet
question or windows computer question not covered in the internet
survival topics. It'll make you feel better and it'll make me
feel more important! Remember, my purpose here is to help you
use the internet smarter. I'll see what I can do to make your
internet life a little easier. But you're on your own with all
the other issues in your life. Oh, by the way, check out our free
e-mail service. It is super! You can access this mail with your
Month's Topic - Lack of Speed Kills
nothing more irritating than waiting for a web page to load on
your computer. This tip will make your connection to the TruckTroubles
website much quicker. Skip the bull, just tell
me what to do!
I need to
drag you through the techno-slime for just a moment or two to
give you a brief overview of why this trick works. OK, here goes.
When you type in a website address such as http://www.truckt.com,
and press enter on your browser, you have just dispatched a loaded
truck. Now this truck knows the city the load goes to, but it
has to call the destination dispatcher to get the exact address.
Well guess what, the destination dispatcher's phone is always
busy and you have to wait until it is not busy, to get through.
Sound familiar? That load will not get delivered until you get
On the internet,
that destination dispatcher is called a domain name server. http://www.truckt.com
is a domain name (we wont beat you up with details) and this domain
name server has to list every one of the three million plus domain
names that exist on the internet (a little poetic license here
also). If it is looking up some other schmuck's address, then
you get to wait until schmucko's number is found first, and then
it is your turn. When it finds a match for http://www.truckt.com
( and this could take a second or two), it spits out an address
such as 18.104.22.168, which is the truckt address; and
sends it back to your browser. Now your browser tells his local
internet router (he is like the truck driver who steers the load
to its destination) the address, and your load is finally off
to its destination.
you sent out is usually a request for more of these magnificant
TruckTroubles information pages. When your request load arrives
here at TruckTroubles, your bill of lading includes your return
address. Yes, your computer also has a unique address while using
the internet. Once your request is processed, a return load is
sent back to you. This return load is usually the information
you are seeking <yeah, right>.
repeats nearly every time you click on your browser, and the domain
name lookup takes time, each and every time you send a request
load out. So why do we have this bottle neck? Because us humans
are to stupid to remember 22.214.171.124 instead we just
have to remember truckt.com, because we already memorized the
http://www. which is required for most all websites anyway.There
are other reasons for the domain name concept, but they squish
though your toes while dancing the internet router techno mumble
Now our web
browsers are pretty street smart. If you give them that address
number, they break the picket line, thumb their nose at the domain
name server and pass this address on to the routers (the truck
drivers) immediately. This cuts out that middle man, the name
server, and expedites your request load delivery. Many times this
direct addressing will more than double the delivery speed, and
this is good, this is very good.
to do it!
have a unique address. Some website addresses have multiple businesses
at the same address. So in addition to the building address, you
may also need a business name (a sub-directory of the website).
For TruckTroubles, the complete address is: http://126.96.36.199/
and no sub-directory is required. A website with multiple
businesses could use http://###.###.###.###/somename/ or
they could use http://###.###.###.###/~somename. Both examples
represent access to an alternate website at a sub-directory named
to the www. you ask? Well, it just isn't needed when you have
the address. Why the trailing / after the address? This makes
the whole thing work even faster. Always use the trailing slash,
even when using the domain name. Much more detail can be found
about this discussion on internet survival
, under the topic name: "URLs in Paradise".
http://188.8.131.52/ in your browser at the same place
you would normally type http://www.truckt.com and you will
see much speedier responses from our website. Cant remember the
address number? Then bookmark (or favorites) the whole thing.
Bookmark is another topic on internet survival. Once you bookmark
(or favorites) the address, just click on the bookmark, and fast
times will be coming your way!
there a drawback?
concept can be used for other website addresses also. The only
draw back to using the address, is when the address changes, your
request load will no longer go to the right place. The address
changes almost never for most websites, but it could happen. If
it changes you will have to revert back to the domain name (and
run slower), or get the new address. Internet survival has a topic
"Show-me-the-address" which describes how to determine
the website address for most all websites. We have no reason to
suspect that our address will change anytime in the forseeable
let the internet win. You can beat it!>
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