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The Internet for Dummies Book

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Internet Newbie

If you are new to the internet; don’t laugh, there are people who have not yet discovered the exciting realm of the World Wide Web! As I was saying, if you are new to the internet and haven’t a clue as to where to go or how to navigate your way through, don’t stress; "The Internet for Dummies" book can help you understand the Web!

Authored by three writers; the first, John R. Levine, holds a B.A. and Ph.D. in computer science from Yale University, and wrote his first program in 1967 on an IBM 1130 computer. The second author is Carol Baroudi who developed software and managed software development for over six years and began writing books on computers in 1993. The final author is Margaret Levine Young, a Yale graduate and one of the first microcomputer managers in the early 1980s at Columbia Pictures. Young has co-authored more than 20 books on the subject of computers.

With an introduction, five parts, twenty-two chapters, plus a glossary and an index, you will find just about everything you need to know (and more) in this handy guide!

The introduction will take you through the steps of how to use the book, how the book is organized, icons used in the book, and more.

Part one is an introduction titled “Welcome to the Internet” and it consists of three chapters. The first describes the internet and is captioned “What Is the Net? What is the Web?” It covers the topics of “So What’s All the Hoopla?” “A Few Real-Life Stories,” “Why Is This Medium Different from Any Other Medium?”  “Electronic Commerce,” and safety and privacy. The second chapter “The Internet at Home, at Work, at School, at Play” provides information about home, work and school usage, and also discusses “Intranets and what they’re good for,” “A portal in any storm,” “Extra, extra net, net, net,” and much more. The next section, “The Net, Your Kids, and You,” talks about the internet for young children, college and the Net, when the Net is college, finding a job by using the Net, setting limits, software sentries, mailing lists for parents and kids, web sites for kids, help for parents of kids with problems, the internet in schools and real education.

Part two is titled “Internet, Here I Come!” This section is made-up of two chapters. The first is chapter four and it covers “Picking Your Internet Service.” This section provides helpful information on modems, ISPs, faster connections: the beauty of bandwith, cable connections, connection with DSL, ISDN, how to find a local service provider, signing-up and software. Chapter five provides information on an ISP account, cool programs you can use, getting connected to your internet account, connecting for Windows 98, 95, and 3.1 users, connection for Mac and America Online users, setting up an AOL account, web TV, and how to get off the internet.

Part three is called “Web Mania” and this section has five chapters, the first discusses the “Wild, Wonderful, Wacky Web.” Information on surfing with Netscape Navigator, Internet Explorer, and Opera, where to start, getting and installing Netscape Navigator, and the rest, getting the package, upgrade magic, life with Lynx, wandering around and “Is that all there is?” Chapter seven “Wrangling with the Web” talks about Internet Explorer, dignified window mania with Opera, no windows at all with Lynx, short attention span tips, bookmarking with Netscape, choosing favorites with Internet Explorer, speeding things up, switching to “ugly” mode, cold hard cache, getting the big picture save me, your browser and how to use plug-ins with your browser. In chapter eight “Needles and Haystacks: Finding Stuff on the Net,” you will get advice on such things as basic search strategy, Google, Alta Vista, Yahoo, Netscape’s smart browsing, Microsoft’s auto-search, HotBot, Lycos, Northern Light, finding companies and people, and getting the goods. Chapter nine “More Shopping, Less Dropping” gives advice on shopping online (pros and cons), the credit card question, the general theory of the airline tickets, “Pure Money” (mutual funds, stockbrokers, and tracking your portfolio), places to shop for clothes, computers, auctions and food.  In the next section “My First Home Page” you will find information on creating a web page, pictures, linking to other pages, good page design (fonts, styles, background images, etc) and putting your page on the web.

In part four you will learn about the “Essential Internet,” this section consists of eight chapters, the first covers mail, and putting it all together. The next chapter is about putting g your mail in its place and gives advice on deleting mail, keeping track of your friends, mail attachments, your own personal mail manager and “I Think I’ve Got a Virus.” Chapter thirteen titled “Mail, Mail, the Gang’s All Here” highlights getting on and off mailing lists, clicking on and off lists, sending messages to mailing lists, the fine points to replying to mailing-list messages, and finding interesting lists. Chapter fourteen “Instant Messages, for When a Minute Just Isn’t Soon Enough” covers installing ICQ, AOL instant messenger, plus “Dozens of Other Message and Paging Systems.” Next is “Let’s Get Together and Chat,” which discusses chat rooms, online etiquette, safety first, shat abbreviations and smiley, and using MUDs. Chapter sixteen is about “Swiping Files from the Net” and it gives an overview about getting files over the Web, pictures, programs and other files, how FTP works, the URL of FTP, dialing for files, uploading with your browser, decompressing and unzipping, scanning for viruses, installing the program you downloaded and configuring the program. Chapter seventeen “AOL: Can Twenty Million Users Really BE Wrong?” gives information on America Online, from using AOL for e-mail, to using AOL to connect to the Net. The final chapter is number eighteen, and it provides insight into “Tuning In with Web TV.” This chapter covers getting E-mail on your WebTV, reading and sending, where’s the Web on Web TV, and chatting on WebTV.

Part five “The Part of Tens” is made up of four chapters; the first is on the ten frequently asked questions.  The next (chapter twenty) is about the ten types of files and what to do with them. Chapter twenty one is on the ten ways to find e-mail addresses and the final chapter is about ten ways to avoid looking like a klutz.

The last parts of the book are the glossary, index and book registration information. This book provides the reader with important and useful information that he or she can use on a daily basis. It is an excellent form of reference and you will want to keep it close by because you will refer to it often.


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