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C03: What does time out mean

QUESTION: What does it mean when a website "times out"? 

ANSWER: That means that the website you were trying to open has taken too long to open and the process has been stopped. If this happens with an e-mail attachment, your computer is having problems because either the attachment that was sent to you is very large or your Internet connection is slow. Are you using a dial-up? If you are, you may have problems opening up larger attachments. A document, almost no matter how large, will not be as cumbersome as a photograph, music, or video sent as an attachment.