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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 Wednesday, Oct. 1, the 274th day of 2014. There are 91 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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