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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 Thursday, Aug. 21, the 233rd day of 2014. There are 132 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: Sheriff McLaughlin had the misfortune to dislocate his right shoulder some days ago when his carriage upset. He is now able to walk about but has a very sore shoulder.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A kindergarten was started in the downtown district of Rock Island with the Misses Dodie Hawes and Grace Knowlton as teachers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pope Pius X died in Rome.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater was named Esquire.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The J.I. Case Co. plant in Bettendorf will add from 150 to 200 employees by Jan. 1 a spokesman for the company said today. The Bettendorf Works today had a payroll of 1,350, but an increased production schedule will require additional people.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illowa Council Boy Scouts of America reached and passed its campaign goal in a drive that began 14 months ago by raising more than $2.2 million for the expansion of Loud Thunder Reservation near Andalusia.






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