After having read about the Common Gateway Interface, you might have a query which is very obvious. If a standard gateway operates the way the internet functions, and routes the path for all browsers and web pages to function, why is it so that the browsing speed in your friend’s laptop or colleague’s tablet, the same as yours?
Well, the answer lies in a set of factors that IT engineers commonly term as environmental factors. As the name suggests, environmental factors are the ones which play a key role in determining whether the said CGI applications are running to the fullest, or to a partial extent, or not at all. I’m sure you find this topic very interesting and practical (far from all the other technical jargon that often surrounds the explanation of CGI and its peripheries); so sit back, relax and dive deep into further details about these integral environmental variables right now.
- Home Directory– Of all the environmental variables positively or negatively affecting the CGI pathway, the Home Directory of the end user is one of the most prolific ones. The syntax used determines the specific choices between various paths within the computer like My Documents, My Pictures, My Music, My Videos etc as well as the division of drives, space allocation for system data and user data, and the subsequent bifurcation in My Computer.
- Temp Folder– Even if you were living under a rock for the past decade, you would be definitely aware of the fact that the accumulation of temporary internet files (short for ‘temp files’, also represented as %temp%) plays a very important role as far as your overall browser speed is concerned. And this stands true for all browsers, irrespective of whether you use Google Chrome or Firefox or Internet Explorer or Bing or MSN or Safari, and so on and so forth. So the point that I’m trying to make here, is that the temp folder is where your temporary files get stored. And these need to be cleared out from time to time, so that your browser speed does not get weighed down under all the clutter and junk.
P.S- One common question here is with regards to how often one needs to delete temporary internet files from one’s computer, as this can often affect things such as identity theft. Well, there is not specific answer to this query, but the ballpark figure is every 2 to 3 weeks. Please ensure that you opt for selective deletion, and opt out from deleting the stored passwords, form auto-fill information etc.