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It simply reloads the page, Les. If you use the back arrows on the screen, you'll likely display the most recent "saved" copy of the page. But when you refresh, you're telling the computer to reload the page from whatever site you're checking out. Refreshing simply gives you the most recent copy of a web site page.

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Les, are you smoking that stuff again?

You provide all the mechanical work - not the PC (aside from cooling fans).

When you invoke the refresh process, the ones and zeros that make up the software in your RAM cause a signal to go out over your ethernet (wired or wireless) connection. This signal requests that the Internet to which you are already connected do the same thing it did when you first went to the page you are on - load it. And if you want to know exactly what it loads, then click View -> Source (up there on that bar that has File Edit View Favorites Tools and so on.) The software that makes up your browser knows what to do with that information - at least most browsers do.

I never (practically) use the refresh button for TIJ because the authors of this site were smart enough to supply that little window that asks me how often I want it to automatically refresh.

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As Gary said, they run on smoke. Just like every piece of electronic equipment. The smoke is magic and is installed at the factory. What ever you do, do not let the magic smoke out.

Once the magic smoke is released it can not be replaced as it is not a user servicable piece of equipment. You may get lucky and retain enough smoke for it to work at a reduced capacity for a short amount of time, but more often than not the item simply will not function without it's smoke.

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Originally posted by jon_ran

As Gary said, they run on smoke. Just like every piece of electronic equipment. The smoke is magic and is installed at the factory. What ever you do, do not let the magic smoke out.

Once the magic smoke is released it can not be replaced as it is not a user servicable piece of equipment. You may get lucky and retain enough smoke for it to work at a reduced capacity for a short amount of time, but more often than not the item simply will not function without it's smoke.

I do believe they make a software product (Ed Norton/Semantics Product) which is called Restore - A - Smoke. You install the software on your computer, attach a serial cable to an unsuspecting computer in your local library branch, hit the "Transfer Smoke Now?" button and presto, good as new. Do not get caught as most librarians do not have a sense of humor.

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