REPORT #406 July 2001
ACCESSING THE INTERNET, DESPITE THE CRUEL RAPACIOUS ACTION OF A TELECOMMUNICATIONS PROVIDER AND IGNORANT POLITICIANS WHO DO NOT SEEM TO HAVE FORESIGHT AND ABILITY TO FOSTER PROGRESS!


Produced by the Belize Development Trust

by/ A small remote rural village Belizean who was once an engineer and now is a stubborn, cantakerous old man. (Peter Singfield )

Long time I have not discussed doing the WWW from a backwards country such as Belize.

This means, poor -- intermittent -- and often extremely slow WWW connection plus a price of $4.00 US per hour to use said "service".

Over the years -- living with this style system -- I have developed numerous fine tuned means of "beating-the-system" -- from doing WWW browsing using Email Robots such as "Getweb" to going through all the learning curves to find the best softwares for WWW downloading of sites -- that is downloading entire or parts of WWW sites -- in a bit by bit manner -- so only on line when the system is working at its fastest. And then browsing for as much time as you want -- at no costs -- from your hard drive (much quicker as well -- even to the fastest "line" connections available in "modern" countries)

I have downloaded sights of 20 to 40 megabytes this way (Merck Manual -- 17th edition) -- 5 to 30 minutes at a time -- as in 4:00 AM Sunday mornings -- when --if the local telephone lines are clear -- you can actually download files at 3800 Byte rates -- unbelievable for us -- as normal is 1500 to 2000!! And plenty times it drops to zero -- and if your not watching your screen continuously -- you can go broke fast as our telecommunications rip you off -

Here in Belize -- you must watch and react -- as soon as connection slows down -- log-off. Then log on again -- new connections are always fast!! The time you can maintain on line at good rates varies -- according to the load on the net here.

So you need a program you can use to download in "bits" -- or sections -- and then picks right up again from the last drop-out.

Well, I have grown to be dependent on the program you get from this site -- which works only with IE --

www.MyGetRight.com

(I use IE 5.5 and Opera 4.2 here)

And this software excels at getting what you want from the WWW!! "Once you have gone through the learning curve -- that is!"

But just now -- I downloaded a good one -- also works better on IE --

http://www.surfsaver.com/

It allows me to save what I am linking -- on the fly -- in real time browsing.

Do you know that if you hold the shift key down when hitting a link using EI that a new window opens?? This means you can download multiple links all at the same time.

I do this all -- but with EI -- you can only save each page independent of each other. Meaning you have to keep jumping out and reopening to follow a trail of links.

Surfsaver appears to be the solution to this problem. And as such -- I will be trial testing it for the next while.

Ray -- though it would be good idea for Belizeans to learn how to operate on the WWW here at very little cost -- we all ready know from the GETWEB course a few years back -- they are simply not interested.

It certainly has allowed me full access to this modern revolution of information access -- from right here in Belize -- and my I-net bill never goes over $30 US per month!!

Belizeans just trying to access 1/2 half the info I download each month have to pay $600 US or more. But still -- they can't be deprogrammer" from live on-line connections.

Further -- this limits WWW to only the wealthy -- who then "brag" --

"My Internet bill is $600 per month -- so junior can "learn" from the I-net is what the rich here brag."

Belize has so much to learn -- but first they have to learn what they should be learning.

Still -- people like Dennis and Terry who may migrate here, should pay heed to such info -- as soon they to will have to deal with the "system" here.

Belize is truly the land of the Free -- but only for those people with some real self taught education. As you'll soon find out -- Belizeans are only interested in "fun".

Learning curves are not considered a fun way to spend time here ---

As in my case -- I live right here in remote Xaibe village and do all of this. Who would ever think it possible!

Well, folks -- with all these computers now in our schools -- we should be in good shape -- but where are the teachers of this trade??


To Save Selected Links From A Page

NOTE: You can only save Multiple Pages from Internet Explorer. This feature is not available in Netscape.

Display the Web page you wish to save in your browser.

Use your mouse to highlight the links of the pages you want to save.

Start SurfSaver and choose the "SurfSaver Save" command

The SurfSaver Save dialog appears (click here for a description of this dialog).

Choose the "Linked Pages" setting.
This setting tells SurfSaver to save the selection on the current page, and all the pages linked to from the selection. You can also tell SurfSaver how many levels of pages you wish to save. 1 Level (the default value) saves the current page and all pages the current page links to. 2 Levels would save the current page, all pages linked to from the current page, and all pages linked to from each of these pages.

As you can imagine, you can end up saving a lot of pages. To help narrow the range, there are two additional settings in the save dialog:

The "Save pages within current Web site" setting saves pages in the current domain (for example askSam.com).

The "Save pages within full URL path" setting saves pages which are in or under the current URL path. For example, you could save all pages on the http://www.askSam.com/janie Web site -- all pages in this URL path would be saved, but pages on www.asksam.com root would not be saved.

The SurfSaver Options dialog contains the setting "Maximum Number of pages". This setting lets you set a maximum number of pages that can be saved when you do a multi-level save. The default setting is 1000 pages.

Select the Filing Cabinet and Folder where you want to save the pages. All the pages from a single save are placed in the same folder.

You can modify the date, add keywords, and add notes. Any notes, keywords, or date changes are applied to each of the saved pages.

Choose OK to begin saving the Web pages.
A status dialog appears showing you the level that is being processed and which page is currently being saved.

The QuickSave Command The QuickSave Command allows you to quickly save pages into a specific folder. QuickSave does not display the Save dialog, it simply saves the page into a folder you selected in the Options menu. This can be a specific folder, or it can be the last folder in which you saved a page.

To QuickSave a page:

Display the Web page you wish to save in your browser.

Start SurfSaver and choose the "SurfSaver QuickSave" menu command. The page is saved in the default QuickSave folder. You set the default QuickSave folder in the Options dialog.

Repeat the Save process for each page you wish to save.

Organizing Your Pages
SurfSaver makes it very easy to organize your Web pages. In this section, we give you tips on the best way to organize the Web pages you save. When SurfSaver is installed, there is a single folder named "Archive". Any Web pages you save are automatically saved in this folder.

The Save dialog allows you to create new folders and filing cabinets (this process is described in the Creating and Deleting Filing Cabinets and Folders section). You can create folders and filing cabinets for different topics.

For example, you could have a filing cabinet for Work and another one for Personal Information. Your work cabinet could contain folders like "Competitive Products", "Industry News", "Purchase Receipts". Your personal cabinet could contain folders like "Travel", "Sports", "Shopping", "Photos", etc.

SurfSaver lets you search through a single folder or through multiple folders. And SurfSaver makes it very easy to search through all of your folders and filing cabinets.

If you prefer to keep your information in a single folder, you can use the keyword field to classify and categorize your information.

For example, if you were collecting competitive product information in a single folder, you could enter the name of each product in the keyword field. When you want all information on a particular product, you would simply enter the product name in the keyword field and search. This would list all pages related to this product. Hot Tip...
Use SurfSaver to record "TODO" items that go with a Web page. For example, if you find a page and there is an action item you'd like to associate with the page, place the word TODO in the Title or Keyword field before you save the page. It's then simple for you to get a list of TODO items by searching for the word TODO in the Title or Keyword field.

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