Daily Archives: May 19, 2009

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How to delete your cookies in Firefox

If you don’t know what a cookie is then read our post on ‘what is a cookie‘.

The easiest way to delete your cookies is to use the browser called ‘Firefox’ from Mozilla. If you’re still using Internet Explorer then we’d strongly recommend switching over. If you prefer to continue using Internet Explorer then read our post on how to delete your cookies in Internet Exlorer.

In the case of Firefox, go to ‘Tools’, and then ‘Options’, and then choose ‘Privacy’.

This is what the dialogue box looks like:

Half way down the dialogue box choose ’show cookies’.

You then get a box that looks like this:

You can see you will have 100s of cookies attached to your browser, mostly from websites you have visited in the last 30 days.

In the search box type a word that exists inside the domain of the website whose cookies you want to delete. In the case of Alison’s website, I searched for ‘pagan’, since her domain name is paganmoontarot.com.

This will select all those cookies that start with the word ‘pagan’. Choose those ones for paganmoontarot.com, highlight them and then press ‘remove cookies’.

Then press ‘close’.

You then need to clear your cached version of the page, so press F5.

That process will have cleared the cookies attached by the website ‘paganmoontarot.com’. You can of course repeat the process for any website whose cookies you want to delete.

Good luck, and let me know how you get on.

Thanks to Alison for recommending this post.

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What is a cookie?

What is a cookie? This post is suggested by Alison Cross over at paganmoontarot.com.

Cookies are little pockets of information that websites attach to you as you move through a site. These pockets contain info like which pages you have looked at, and how you first found the site (was it from Google, or did you click on a link from elsewhere?).

Cookies are the way in which almost all website visitors are tracked and measured. At any one time you will have thousands of cookies attached to your web browser from all the websites you have visited in the last 30 days.

Cookies also enable lots of website features to work properly. Here’s a good example that has just come up. If you vote in a poll on a website, that website will attach a cookie to you that says ‘this person voted in the poll’. This will mean the ‘poll’ will only display the results of all the votes, rather than letting you vote again.

Of course it can be useful sometimes to delete your cookies. If you want to do that, then read our post on how to delete your cookies.

Got a cookie question? Leave us a comment below.

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Google Products

‘Googlefail’ shows that even the mighty can make mistakes

If you’re a keen user of Google, Gmail or YouTube you may have noticed a black hole last week. What Google are describing as a network ‘traffic jam’ caused all services to go down for the best part of an hour.

Google described the error as ’embarrassing’. If I was making $1m a minute from my website, I’d call it a few other things too.

A systems error meant all data services got routed through Asia, which created a virtual traffic jam of information.

A senior VP for Google described it like this “Imagine if you were trying to fly from New York to San Francisco, but your plane was routed through an airport in Asia. And a bunch of other planes were sent that way too, so your flight was backed up and your journey took much longer than expected. That’s basically what happened to some of our users today for about an hour, starting at 7:48am Pacific time [3:48pm UK time].”

Google also said that they would work diligently to avoid future downtime. Once again, I could come up with other adjectives.

Lots of users flocked to Twitter to make as much as possible of the big ‘G’s fallibility. “Googlefail” rapidly became the most discussed topic.

Did you notice the failure? Do you depend on Google services? Should companies be held accountable to this kind of outage? Leave us a comment below.

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