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Subject: Re: AOL
From: Aleksandr Milewski <>
Date: Mon, 16 Dec 1996 11:20:55 -0800
At 06:25 PM 12/16/96 GMT, Paul Hunt wrote:
>>AOL doesn't work well with contacting some web sites either.  I've 
>>tried numerous times to search an ads site, and keep getting a "no 
>>cars found" regardless of the actual search results.  I don't speak 
>>the lingo to understand exactly why this is, but apparently AOL 
>>remembers the first time a site is contacted, and keeps that ever 
>>after. (something about the proxy)
>When you 're-visit' a page it can be loaded from the cache on your 
>disk or from the network.  It is a configuration option on Mosaic and 
>Netscape, at least, I received Compuserve/Mosaic configured to 
>display from the disk every time - fat lot of good that was.

It's worse than that. AOL caches at the network level, so even if you purge
the caches on your browser, the AOL proxy server will still feed you an
outdated copy. I could see that on database searches, where the URL is a
cgi, things would get really hosed in that situation.

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