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1. Why is the Milky Way like a deep-dish pizza?
Dear Allison: There could be lots of reasons your access to the Web is slow. It's called the Web because it's kind of like a spider's web that connects thousands of server computers together. When you click on a link or enter a URL, you are asking a computer to serve you some information. This is called downloading. Your request may go through lots of other servers to get to you and if one of them is busy taking care of other people's requests, your request might have to wait. Another reason for slowness could be the speed of your modem. The faster the baud rate your modem has then the faster it can transfer the information to your computer. A modem with a baud rate of 28.8 is considered pretty fast. Dear Amy: I love to go online and on the Internet, but it costs a lot of money. Can you give me some suggestions on how to find a cheap service that allows unlimited use?--Jessica, Pleasantville, NY
Dear Jessica: To find an Internet service provider (ISP) in your city look in local computer magazines, the newspaper or the phone book. There is an online directory at www.thelist.com with ISPs from all over. You'll have to call them up to compare prices and see if they offer the service that you need. (Disclaimer: This Web site now contains advertisements.)