Catching up with the Internet

Catching up with the Internet

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In the UK:In the year 2000, 45% of the population are over 50.7% of people aged 50-64 have tried the Internet (3% in 1996)2% over 65 have tried the Internet.These numbers are increasing rapidly. Research by Microsoft suggests this is the biggest growth market for new technology and the popularity of the Hairnet organisation in the UK has supported this. Hairnet offers older people the chance to get to grips with computing and cyberspace by offering a range of courses aimed at and taught by the over-50s.The over-50s are far more likely to have had no experience of computers at work, school, college or at home and this is becoming more and more of a disadvantage in our 'information society'. The fact that every other word seems to be www or dot-com only makes things more intimidating.Aimed specifically at the older user this book will take the mystery out of computing and the Internet and will give users the confidence to get online. The book offers a step-by-step guide from what the Internet is and how it works, to sending e-mail, to searching for and buying more

Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 175 x 235mm | 486g
  • Pearson Education (US)
  • Prentice Hall
  • Upper Saddle River, United States
  • English
  • 013090824X
  • 9780130908247

Table of contents

Contents I Instant Internet 1 The Net and the Web 2 Before you start& 2 Hands-on time! 4 Using a browser 5 Instant Internet Explorer 6 Yahoo! and we re off 8 Browsing 10 Search engines 14 Ask Jeeves 14 Web communities 19 E-mail 23 Outlook Express 23 Going offline 27 2 The Net and the Web 29 The Internet FAQs 30 What is the Internet? 30 Who s in charge? 31 How did it start? 31 How big is it? 32 Ways of working online 36 Mailing lists 36 Newsgroups 38 File transfer 39 Gopher 40 Telnet 41 Internet addresses 42 Host computers 42 Domain names 42 Uniform Resource Locators (URLs) 44 Getting connected 47 Hardware and software 48 3 Internet Explorer 49 The screen 50 The menus 52 The File menu 52 The Edit menu 54 The View menu 54 The Favorites menu 56 The Tools menu 56 The Help menu 57 The toolbar 58 Customising the screen 60 Bars and toolbars 60 Internet Options 61 General options 62 Security options 66 Content options 69 Connections options 71 Programs options 73 Advanced options 74 Addresses and the Address bar 75 AutoComplete 75 Selecting from the Address bar list 76 Address lists and History 76 Guessing addresses 77 Favorites 79 Returning to Favorites 80 Organising Favorites 81 Favorites in the Explorer bar 83 Offline viewing 84 History 88 Swamped by History? 89 Searching in the Explorer bar 90 Printing Web pages 92 4 Searching the Web 93 Web directories 94 Portals 94 Yahoo! 95 Refining your searches 99 Excite 99 AltaVista 104 UK Directory 106 InfoSpace 108 Searching the Web 112 Search techniques 113 Google 114 Excite Search 118 AltaVista 122 5 Mining the Internet 125 There s gold in them thar URLs! 126 Stores of knowledge 126 Dictionaries and encyclopaedias 126 Web libraries 132 Worldwide maps 136 The media 139 Newspapers 139 Magazines and e-zines 141 TV 144 Internet Radio 145 The movies 147 Site seeing 150 Files from the Net 153 Software sites 153 Installing downloaded files 155 Hardware and software companies 155 Files from Web pages 156 6 The Interactive Web 157 Online shopping 159 Buying online 159 Banks and finance 167 Is it safe? 168 Interacting with others 169 Chat rooms 169 Games rooms 171 Communities 173 Net phones and video links 175 Your own Web site? 176 7 E-mail 177 How does e-mail work? 178 The advantages of e-mail 179 And the disadvantages& 179 Outlook Express 180 The Outlook Express screen 180 Customising the display 182 Using the Headers area 184 The menu commands 186 The File menu 187 The Edit menu 188 The View menu 189 The Tools menu 191 The Message menu 193 The toolbar 194 Setting the options 196 The sending options 198 Incoming mail 200 E-mail addresses 202 Finding addresses 203 Address Book 206 Sending messages 208 Formatted and plain text 210 Stationery 211 Spell-checking 212 Sending mail 212 Receiving, replying, forwarding 213 E-mail etiquette 214 Information overload 215 Message rules 216 Organising old mail 217 Finding messages 219 Identities 220 Attached files 221 Saving attachments 223 Opening attachments 224 Web mail 225 Configuring Hotmail 227 Using Hotmail through the Web 229 Hotmail through Outlook Express 231 8 Newsgroups 233 Newsgroups and mailing lists 234 Newsgroups 234 Mailing lists 237 Subscribing to newsgroups 238 Reading the news 240 Posting 242 Managing subscriptions 243 Newsgroup netiquette 244 Smileys and other conventions 246 Smileys 246 Abbreviations 246 Emphasis 247 Files from newsgroups 247 Combine and Decode 250 Stuffit Expander 251 Munpack 251 Appendix: Using Windows 253 The Windows environment 254 A brief history 254 Why Windows ? 255 Essential jargon 256 The Desktop 256 The Taskbar and Start menu 257 Hardware and software 257 Program 257 Document 258 File 258 Folder 258 Window components 259 The mouse 260 Menus 261 The Menu bar 262 Menus from the toolbars 262 Shortcut menus 263 The Start menu 264 Menus and the keyboard 266 Making choices 268 Text boxes 268 Checkboxes 268 Radio buttons 269 Drop-down lists and combo boxes 269 Number values 270 Buttons 270 Try it! 271 Index 273CONTENTS1 The Net and the WebWhat's on-line?What is the Internet and what can you do with it?The Web, e-mail, newsgroups, other ways of workingThe Backgroundbrief history, 'how it works' overviewGetting connectedHardware - minimum, optionalSoftwareChoosing an ISPSet up and running costs2 Tools for the jobInternet Explorerscreen, tools, setting up, using, Favorites, HistoryNavigator briefer coverageE-mail softwareFocus on Outlook Express, brief coverage of other common software3 Browsing the WebStarting pointsDirectories and portals - Hairnet, Yahoo, MSN, etcURLsunderstanding, using, findingNavigationHyperlinks, Back button, HistoryFavorite placesCreating, using, organising links4 Searching for stuffSearch enginesGoogle, AltaVista, InfoseekDirectoriesExcite, Yahoo, UK directory MetasearchesAsk JeevesSearching from your PCInternet Explorer search bar, add-ons/active links to search sites5 Internet communitiesMeeting and other communities, Chat rooms, Bulleting boardsMaking your homeSetting up a site at a community, becoming active on-lineFinding peopleE-mail addresses, phone numbers, tracking down lost friends6 The Internet MallShopping on-lineE-mail order - Amazon, other book/ CD/giftsBargain huntingPrice searchers, auctions, cooperativesGetting the groceriesTesco, Iceland, specialist suppliersOn-line servicesBanking, shares, mortgages, insurance, etc.7 SiteseeingThe world of knowledgeEncyclopedias, papers, magazines, TV, other reference, news feedsThe armchair touristTourist sites, guides, web cams, galleries and museumsGames and hobbiesOn-line games, enthusiasts' sites8 E-mailE-mail addressesAddress bookSending messagesFormatted and plain text, working on and off-line, e-mail etiquetteYou've got mail!Receiving, replying, forwardingOrganising old mailFolders, deleting, archivesWeb mailHotmail - why and how9 NewsgroupsThe amazing rangeWhat's covered, how to find themLurking, FAQsActive group workSubscribing, posting, threads Mailing listsHow they work, what's available10 Mining the InternetFiles from the NetDownloading, viruses, timesSharewareKey sites, downloading, costsMaking the most of multimediaSound & video, getting RealPlayer, what is Flash?Software updatesNew tools, updates and drivers from manufacturersSaving from the pageText and graphics from Web pages11 Where to go from hereOnline tutorials, "tech talk" forumsOffline learningHairnet one-to-one trainingAdvanced learning?other web tecchie resources -,, etcCD will include links to various web sites, and an ISPshow more

About P. K. McBride

THE AUTHORP K McBride has written extensively on Computing and the Internet. He is series editor for the Made Simple series and titles include: Explorer 5.0 for Windows; The Internet for Windows 95; Internet for Windows 98; The Internet; JavaScript Programming; Office 2000; Office 97 for Windows; Pascal Programming; Sage Accounts, Windows (Version 3.1); Windows 95; Windows 98; Works for Windows 95; Internet for Windows 3.1; Internet for Windows 95; Outlook 99 He also contributes to the Clear and Simple series:Windows 95 Windows 98 The Internet for Windows 95 C Clearly: an Introduction to C Programming And he has written a number of others:IT Core Skills: Perfect Office Edition IT Core Skills: Microsoft Office EditionThe Daily Mail Book of Business and Personal Computing Choosing and Using CP/ M Business Software on the Amstrad PCW 8256/ 8512 Caterer and Hotelkeeper Guide to the Internet, getting your business online Introductory Visual BASICshow more