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    Updating Cache

    This isn't a question of clearing the browser cache, but rather ... well here is the scenario.
    My website http://www.icem2005.org has an updated front page. There used to be a conference countdown at the top. Once the conference started, I removed it (it was counting into the negative dates). This was 12 days ago! However, I am still seeing the old page (from some locations) as is my client. When I FTP to the site - the new page is clearly there.
    When I check from home - all is well, although it took 3 days for the info to come through.
    Now I have tried various browsers, cleared their caches etc. on the thought that this is an end user problem. But now I'm starting to think that their is a service provider cache at some level, handing out old copies of the page.
    Any suggestions about tracking down the problem and forcing the update? <img src=/S/headthrob.gif border=0 alt=headthrob width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Updating Cache

    I think that holding Shift when clicking the Reload/Refresh button will bypass the local cache. But whether it would stimulate an intermediate caching server to update its stored page, I know not...

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    Re: Updating Cache

    I'm seeing the negative number with both IE and Firefox.

    I don't know if it is at all relevant or means anything, but I tried loading http://www.icem2005.org/index.html which loaded what appeared to be an old page, asked if it could save a cookie, and when I said yes, loaded http://www.icem2005.org/index.asp - your default homepage, I think.

    I have heard of instances where ISPs have an intermediary cache which is what you upload to, but not what is accessed from the net. There is some update mechanism which then reloads the 'live' site at some later point, but I've never heard of it being 12/13 days later! It may be worth checking with your host.

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    Re: Updating Cache

    It's strange, I get the asp page for both links. The index.html page contains:

    <meta http-equiv="refresh" content="0;URL=http://www.icem2005.org/index.asp">

    Could the differences in behavior be a security setting?

    Added: The difference could be that I accepted the cookie yesterday. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15> Never mind!!

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    Re: Updating Cache

    The index page is indeed an old page (without the countdown) - I've left it in place because apparently scientists can't be trusted to update their bookmarks <img src=/S/evilgrin.gif border=0 alt=evilgrin width=15 height=15> - the redirect takes care of that. The cookie request is interesting - as I hadn't set any cookies on the page...
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