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About ZIP files



If you download files from the web frequently sooner or later you are going to run into what are called zip files. A zip file is a special file type that compresses other files together into a single archive. A good analogy is using a briefcase to contain all your individual papers in a single location. Not only does a zip file reduce the overall size of the combined information within it, but it also puts everything into a single object which can be easily moved and downloaded.



Zip files cannot be read normally as is, however. Before you can use what is contained inside them you will need to unzip them using a special program. This program opens the zip file and allows you to save its contents to your disk so that you can work with them.



A number of unzipping programs are available for use in this task. The most popular on Windows systems is WinZip as it is very intuitive for the beginning user and has some nice features. You can get more information about these programs and the systems they are available on by going to the web sites listed below.






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  Today is Tuesday, Sept 2, the 245th day of 2014. There are 120 days left in the year.

1864 — 150 years ago: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.






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