Ask Mr. Modem: Transmit Super-Large Files

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Q. I have approximately 100 pictures from a recent vacation that I would like to e-mail to others. What program should I use for this?
A. Unless you know your intended recipients very well, that’s a lot of photos to inflict upon anybody. One hundred vacation photos equal 400 non-vacation photos to anybody who did not accompany you on the trip.
The best thing to do is to compress (ZIP) those 100 photo files into one humongous file, then use a service such as or to upload your gonzo file to a secure area. A link will be provided to your designated recipients that they can click to download your file, thus circumventing any ISP-based file-size restrictions. Both sites offer free and paid services, which are explained on the respective sites.
To compress (ZIP) your photo files into one file, click to select the files then right-click and select Send To > Compressed (zipped) Folder. E-mail the resulting .ZIP file as an attachment. Your recipients can right-click the file, select Extract and designated a location for the files on their computer.
Another option is sharing your vacation photos in an online album that your invitees can then “enjoy” until their respective heads explode. Sites such as, or will serve that purpose quite nicely.

Q. Why is it that some sites require the www and for others I just have to type http, without the www?
A. In a Net shell, a website name is converted (using a DNS or Domain Name System server) from alpha to numeric format. In other words, the word(s) you type as the address of a website are translated into a series of numbers called an IP (Internet Protocol) address. This address tells your browser where on the Internet the website can be found. (It’s a bit more technical than that, but I’m already losing interest, not to mention consciousness.) Some website DNS records are configured to allow you to type the alone, while others are configured to require the “www” (for World Wide Web) prefix.

Q. Is there any way to test for color blindness online?
A. Before sharing information of this type, I would be remiss if I didn’t recommend seeking appropriate medical evaluation and consultation for definitive answers to health-related questions. I am not a doctor, nor do I portray one on television, though I did play one on radio back in the ‘70s – well, until the Cease and Desist Order was issued. With that caveat, there is, indeed, a color blindness test located at the appropriately named Web site.

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