Dear Theraza: Here's a great idea if you forgot to get a Father's Day gift, you can do it right now, and you can do it for free. Go to http:// postcards.www.media.mit.edu/ Postcards/ and create a card for him on the Internet. You can pick an image for the card and tell him what a great dad he has been all year! If your dad bought you a computer, this is a fresh way to thank him. (This site is no longer available.)
Dear Amy: When I use my computer at home, surfing the Web is a lot slower than when I'm at school. Is there anything I can do to speed things up? Sara, Miami, FL
Dear Sara: Getting connected to the Internet through a modem is a slower connection than the direct connection you probably have at your school. To speed things up without purchasing a faster modem, you can turn off the graphics capability in your browser so you can first read the text to find out what that site has to offer before looking at its pictures. If a Web page is downloading too slowly, browsers have a button that allows you to stop downloading the page. After you have stopped downloading, you can pick another place to go.