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Sams Teach Yourself the Internet in 24 Hours 2001

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ISBN-10: 0672319667

ISBN-13: 9780672319662

Edition: 4th 2000

Authors: Ned Snell

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This tutorial presents a quick and easy way to learn how to access and use the Internet. It covers all aspects, such as setting up your connection, using the Web, searching for information, E-mail, and using Newsgroups.
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Book details

List price: $19.99
Edition: 4th
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Sams
Publication date: 9/21/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 544
Size: 7.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.892
Language: English

Introduction
Getting Started
What is the Internet and What Can You Do There?
Understanding the Net (Easy Version)
How It All Began
What It Became
Making the Net Work: Clients and Servers
What Can You Do Through the Net?
Browse the Web
Exchange Messages
Have a Discussion
Chat
Run Programs on Other Computers
Summary
QandA
What Hardware and Software Do You Need?
Modems--Wherein the Lack of Speed Kills
Choosing a Computer
A PC for the Internet
A Mac for the Internet
What About Net Appliances?
Other Internet Options
Getting Internet Software
What Do You Need?
Where Can You Get It?
About the Suites: Microsoft Internet Explorer and Netscape
Summary
QandA
Choosing an Internet Provider
What's an Internet Account?
Dial-Up Accounts
Special-Purpose Accounts
What About Cable Internet and DSL (Broadband)?
Cable Internet
DSL
What Are My Dial-Up Internet Provider Options?
Commercial Online Services
Internet Service Providers (ISPs)
What About All Those Signup Icons on My New Computer?
Free Internet!
Finding a Local ISP
How Do I Choose a Dial-Up Internet Plan?
Plans and Rates
Billing Options
Access Numbers
Supported Modem Speeds
Software Supplied
Web Server Space
Newsgroup Access
Summary
QandA
Connecting to the Internet
Keys to Your Account: Username and Password
Using a Signup Program
Why Use a Signup Program?
Running a Typical Signup Program
Setting Up Without a Signup Program
About IP Addresses
Setting Up Windows 95/98/ME for an ISP
Setting Up a Mac for an ISP
Getting Online
Summary
QandA
Making the Web Work For You
Browsing the Web
About Your "Home Page"
Understanding Web Page Addresses
Anatomy of a Web Address
Going Straight to Any Web Address
Entering and Editing URLs
Basic Jumping Around
Finding and Using Links
Using Navigation Buttons: Back, Forward, Home, and Stop
Fussing with Frames
Summary
QandA
Revisiting Places You Like
Changing Your Home Page
Pick Your Portal
Making the Switch
Creating Shortcuts to Pages You Like
Adding a New Bookmark or Favorite
Adding a New Bookmark or Favorite
Going Where a Bookmark or Favorite Leads
Choosing a Favorite Before You Open Your Browser
Managing Your List of Shortcuts
Putting a Shortcut on a Toolbar Button
Reliving Your History
Recalling Addresses You've Typed
Drop-Down List
AutoComplete
Printing and Saving Pages
Summary
QandA
Playing Online Video, Music, and Broadcasts
Understanding Plug-Ins, Java and Other Programs in Pages
Finding Plug-Ins and Helpers
Installing and Using Plug-Ins and Helpers
Playing Audio and Video
Playing Downloaded Audio or Video Files
Playing "Streaming" Audio/Video Broadcasts
Taking Advantage of Special Audio/Video Toolbars in Internet Explorer 5 and 5.5
Where Can I Get Streaming Audio/Video?
Downloading and Playing CD-Quality Music (MP3 Files)
Getting MP3 Files
Playing MP3 Files
Finding, Downloading, and Playing MP3 with Napster
Playing MP3 Files Without a PC
Summary
QandA
Protecting Your Privacy (and Other Security Stuff)
Smart Surfing
Why Are Forms Risky Sometimes?
Important Safety Questions
Identifying Secure Sites
Knowing Whom You're Dealing With: Certificates
Protecting Yourself with Browser Security
Customizing Security in Netscape
Customizing Security in Internet Explorer 5
Understanding Zone Security Settings
I Want a Cookie! I Don't Want a Cookie!
Special Considerations for Broadband Internet Users
Summary
QandA
Finding What You're Looking For
Getting Started with Searching
What's a Search Site?
Can I Really Search the Whole Web?
Where Are the Major Search Sites?
Getting to Know Your Browser's Searching Features
About Netscape's Search Button
Finding More Through Netscape Navigator's What's Related Button
About Internet Explorer's Search Button and Explorer Bar
Simple Searching by Clicking Categories
Why Use Categories Instead of a Search Term?
Using a Directory
Summary
QandA
Searching for Information
Understanding Searches
Phrasing a Simple Search
Phrasing a Serious Search
Using Multiple Words in a Search Term
Using Operators to Control Searches
Using Multiple Search Sites from One Place
Fast Multi-Tool Searching in Internet Explorer 5
About Site Searches
Summary
QandA
Finding Programs and Files
What's Downloading, Anyhow?
Click a Link, Get a File
How Long Does Downloading Take?
Choosing Files You Can Use
The Two File Types: Program and Data
Common Data File Types on the Net
Finding Sites That Help You Find Files
All-Purpose Shareware Sites
Commercial Software Sites
Working with Zip Files
Watching Out for Viruses
Summary
QandA
Finding People
Finding the People-Finding Sites
Using People-Finders Through Your Email Program
People-Finding from Internet Explorer 5/5.5
Other Folk-Finding Tips
Try an Advanced Search
Use a Company or School Directory
Try Name Variations
Use an Online Service Directory
Use Old Communications to Start the New Ones
Summary
QandA
Communicating with Email and Newsgroups
Sending and Receiving Email
Understanding Email Addresses
Setting Up Your Email Program
Configuring Email
Getting Around in Your Email Program
Choosing a Folder
Displaying a Message
Composing and Sending a Message
Writing Your Message
Sending a Message
Receiving Messages
Replying and Forwarding
Using an Address Book
Adding to Your Address Book
Addressing a Message from the Address Book
Summary
QandA
Joining a Mailing List
The Two Types of Mailing Lists
Finding a Mailing List
Subscribing to a Mailing List
Composing the Subscription Message
Reading the Welcome Message
Contributing to a Mailing List
Observing Proper Netiquette
Adding Personality with Smileys and Shorthand
Smileys
Shorthand
Summary
QandA
Reading and Posting to Newsgroups
Getting Started with Newsgroups
Configuring Your Newsreader
Downloading the Newsgroups List
Finding and Subscribing to Newsgroups
Reading Newsgroup Messages
Composing and Replying to Messages
Summary
QandA
Emailing Through the Web, Stopping Junk Mail, and Other Tips
Using the Web for Email
Sending "Instant" Messages
Making Better (but Not Free) Internet Phone Calls
Attaching Files to Email Messages
Stopping Junk Email (Spam)
How They Get You
Report 'Em!
In Newsgroups, Spoof 'Em!
Never Reply! Never! Never!
Filter 'Em Out!
The Last Resort: Move
Summary
QandA
Beyond Browsing
Voice and Video Conferencing
Understanding Conferencing and "Internet Phone Calls"
How It Works--and Doesn't Work
Getting a Program
Hardware You Need
Setting Up Conferencing
Getting Around in NetMeeting
The Audio/Mic Level Controls
Answering a Call
Placing a Call
Advanced Conferencing Techniques
Videoconferencing
Text Chatting
Whiteboard
Summary
QandA
Chatting Live!
Understanding Internet Chatting
Getting a Chat Client
Downloading dIRC
Chatting with dIRC
About Microsoft Chat
Joining a Chat Room
Choosing an Identity
Entering a Room
Understanding What You See
Contributing to the Conversation
Making Statements
Choosing Balloons
Showing Emotions
Gesturing
Chatting Through Your Browser
Summary
QandA
Tools for the Serious User: FTP and Telnet
Downloading Files with FTP
Understanding FTP Addresses
Downloading an FTP File with Your Web Browser
Using an FTP Client
Burrowing Through the Net with Gopher
Browsing Gopherspace Through a Web Browser
Using Remote Computers Through Telnet
Understanding Telnet
Getting a Telnet Client
Summary
QandA
Working Smarter by Working Offline
Reading Web Pages Offline, Anytime
Making Web Sites Available Offline in Internet Explorer
Reading Pages Offline
Updating Offline Pages
Offline Email and Newsgroups
Setting Up Offline Email in Outlook Express
Synchronizing News in Outlook Express
Synchronizing Mail and News in Netscape Messenger
Summary
QandA
Getting the Most Out of the Internet
Enjoying Safe Family Fun
Choosing a Family Starting Point
Important Family Safety Steps
Supervise!
Don't Defeat Passwords
Be Extra Careful with Broadband
Resist Chat
Online Rules for Kids
Resources for Parents
Censoring Web Content
Getting a Safe-Surfing Program
Using Internet Explorer's Built-In Content Advisor
Summary
QandA
Buying and Selling on the Net
Shopping 'Til You Drop
Using Accounts and Shopping Baskets
Buying Stocks and Such
Investment Starting Points
Finding All the Sites Online That Sell What You Want
Selling on the Net
Choosing a Degree of Presence
Selling Online but Off-Web
Publicizing Your Storefront
Buying and Selling Through Online Auctions
How Online Auction Houses Work
Bidding Tips
Summary
QandA
Creating Web Pages and Multimedia Messages
Understanding Web Authoring
What's in a Web Page?
What Tools Can I Use to Write a Page?
Where Do I Get the Pictures?
Making Quick Pages with a Wizard
Composing a Page in a WYSIWYG Editor
Publishing Your Web Page
Preparing to Publish
Using a Publishing Utility
Creating Formatted Email and Newsgroup Messages
Starting a New HTML Message
Using Stationery (Yes, Stationery!)
Summary
QandA
24 Ways the Internet Can Change Your Life
Find a New Job or Career
Get a Degree or Professional Training
Order Your College Transcript
Find a New Place to Live
Buy (or Rent) Your Dream Home
Get Medical Advice
Track UPS, FedEx, or U.S. Postal Service Packages
Consult TV Guide
Learn the Next Time Your Favorite Star Will Be On TV
Read Your Local Newspaper
Find Out What's Playing at Your Local Movie House
Learn to Play the Piano
Buy a Car
Rent a Car
Sample CDs Before You Buy
Write Your Congressperson
Order Your Credit Report
Order Federal and State Tax Forms
Form a Corporation
Write Your Will
Play Games
See What's Fun to Do Where You Live--Or Where You're Going!
Avoid Highway Construction Snags
Join the Coast Guard (or Other Military Service)
Summary
QandA
Appendix
Fun Web Sites to Visit
Browsers and Other Client Programs
Plug-Ins, Helpers, and Other Browser Accessories
General-Purpose Software Download Sites
Search Engines
Web Authoring Resources
Clip Art and Templates
General Web Authoring
Arts, Culture, and Society
Business
Government
Education
Entertainment/Media
TV Networks
Movie Studios
Health
Kid Stuff
Shopping Malls
Sports
Travel
Computer-Related Sites
Computer Systems
Printers
Modems
Major Commercial Software Companies
Glossary
Index