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This site features automatic refresh of pages during a session. A session runs from when you first access the site, until 480 minutes later. During a session, the fact that you are connected to the site is recorded by writing a session cookie to your computer. A cookie is simply a small text file (not some sinister spying device). The server then asks your computer to send this cookie each time it requests a page.

It is very important that if you bookmark this site, that you do so when the address bar says

That is because the cookies are stored with the domain name, as part of the file name. If you happened to bookmark the site when it was first being developed, you may have it bookmarked with the numeric Internet address, and not Technically, it should not matter, but the session cookie is stored on your computer when you access the first blue page, and the kids at Microsoft screwed up how IE stores the cookie if the numeric address is used. So be sure you have the site bookmarked as You should never see the in your browser address bar.

That session cookie allows the server to keep other information about your session, such as the fact that you are logged in as an authorized user. This is used to privide security on the Members Only pages on the site. This applies to all chart pages except the Chaos Clinic page on Fridays.

Each time your browser accesses one of these pages, it is told to reload the page after 120 seconds. This is how the charts are automatically refreshed. The server issues instructions to your browser telling it that the chart page expires as soon as it is read, and not to save the chart. This forces the browser to load a fresh, correct, updated copy of the chart each time.

On occasion, one of these refreshes will fail. This is usually a network problem and not a problem with the server or your browser. If you get a "page not found error", you should be able to simply hit your refresh button and reload the page.

If this happens frequently, it may be because your network connection is overloaded. This can happen if you are collecting a lot of data over your network connection while accessing this site. One thing that may help is to make sure your Domain Name Server settings are set for fast lookup of Every time your browser accesses a page with a "domain name", like daytrading, it needs to translate that into an Internet address. This is like looking up someone's phone number. If this lookup fails, or is too slow, your page access may fail, even though the page is ready and waiting on the server. These lookups are done by your browser, which accesses a list of DNS Servers (phone books) when it requests a page.

And remember those little session cookies? Guess what? They only work if the DNS service works right.

One way to minimize these DNS failures is to put the address of our site's "home" DNS Server in the list of DNS Servers used by your browser. This can be done with the following procedure.

Follow the path (Windows 98 and NT, 2000 varies a bit*** )

Start->Settings->Control Panel->Network->Protocols (Win98 uses Configuration)
->TCP/IP Protcol (may vary a bit-like TCP/IP Ethernet XXX Adapter) ->Properites->DNS

This gets you the dialog box which shows your DNS server list. DNS should be enabled, and you may have 2 DNS servers set up, usually by your Internet Service Provider. You can have up to 3, so you can


The servers are searched in the order they are in the list. Start with ours as the third option, but you may want to move it up in the search order.

If your DNS servers are set to Obtain DNS Server automatically, you need to turn that off and select Use the following DNS servers. Your Internet service provider should have given you a list of these. If needed, call them. In a pinch, use, a Qwest DNS server in Denver, until you get the proper addresses.

Close the dialog box, and reboot your computer. After that, open your browser, delete any past bookmarks to this site. Type in the browser address bar, and access the home page of this site. Then bookmark the site again.

*** For Windows 2000, the path is much longer

Start->Settings-ControlPanel->Network & Dialup Connections (double click) ->
left click on your connection name(like DSL)->right click to get menu->
Properies->Internet Protocol(TCP/IP)Left click to highlight)
left click on Properties button->Under General tab can set 2 DNS servers.

If your want to do more than 2 DNS servers,

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