CIG Internet 2003_p

CIG Internet 2003_p

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But Why A UK and Eire Guide To The Internet? In the UK and Eire we use the Internet differently from our American counterparts: different companies provide the services we need, charge different prices for them, and give us different options to choose from. And once we're connected, we want to find the information that matters to us, so we need to look in different places to find it. In addition, because we're not American (or French, or Italian ...), our interests, habits, laws, environment and whole way of life, differ enormously. These affect both the way we use the Internet and what we use it for. *Most American users have access to free local phone calls, which means that they can stay connected to the Internet all day long for no extra charge. In the UK, where many of us still pay by the minute, to follow some of the suggestions given in an American guide could end up costing a small fortune! Throughout this book, it's assumed that you want your time on the Internet to have as little impact as possible on the size of your phone bill.*As a local user, you want to find local information.For example, you want to read local newspapers and magazines; see local weather forecasts; check local TV listings and sports results; find out what's showing at your nearest cinema; use local travel agents, hotels, airlines and trains; plan days out at local theme parks, museums and so on. *Many Internet sites give support, help and advice on any subject you can imagine. Although some American Internet books can point you towards valuable information, they won't tell you where to get the best UK and Eire legal or consumer advice, find a job, or discuss financial matters with other UK and Eire investors.*You can now buy almost anything from 'cyberstores' on the Internet. But do you really want to do your shopping in dollars and wait for the goods to be shipped from America when there are plenty of UK and Eire shopping sites just a couple of mouse clicks away? In fact, if you want to use the Internet to arrange car insurance, manage your bank account, or book theatre tickets, among other things, you'll have to find the right sites in the UK and Eire!show more

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  • Paperback | 400 pages
  • 187 x 235 x 22mm | 759g
  • Pearson Education (US)
  • Prentice Hall
  • Upper Saddle River, United States
  • 0130399140
  • 9780130399144

Table of contents

Contents At A Glance Part 1: Start At The Beginning 1 1 Your Connection To The Online Universe 3 An overview of what the Internet is, and what it can do for you. 2 The Premier Internet Tool: Email 17 Send your first email message and learn what to do with messages you receive. 3 Advanced Email: HTML And Encryption 35 Email gets fancy, email gets safe: how HTML mail and public-key encryption will transform email. 4 Working On The World Wide Web 47 Getting your browser started so you can surf the World Wide Web. 5 More Web Basics -- Searching, Saving And More 63 Become a Web expert: learn about saving stuff, working with the cache, and more. 6 Forms, Applets, And Other Web Weirdness 77 Things you'll run across on the Web, from Java programs to Web pages that push and pull. 7 Web Multimedia 91 Sound, video and animation: the Web comes to life. 8 Setting Up Your Own Web Site 109 You don't have to be an observer; you can become a participant. Here's how to publish on the Web. Part 2: There's Plenty More 129 9 Newsgroups: The Source Of All Wisdom 131 What's a newsgroup? How do you pick one from the thousands? You'll find out here. 10 Your Daily News Delivery 141 Here's how to use your newsreader or email software to participate in discussion groups. 11 Downloading Files With FTP 161 Millions of computer files are publicly accessible through FTP sites. 12 Online Chat Rooms And Instant Messaging 177 It's not real chatting because you type your messages, but it's a real-time discussion system you'll love (or hate). 13 Voice On The Net, White Boards, And More 199 A new way to communicate over the Internet using your voice, drawings, file transfers, and more. 14 What On Earth Are All Those File Types? 211 I'll explain all about download directories, dozens of file types, and compressed files. 15 Accessing The Internet With Cool New Devices 225 Computers aren't the only devices connected to the Internet -- from email devices to elephants. Part 3: Getting Things Done 233 16 Finding Stuff On The Internet 235 Here's how to find the needle you need in the Internet haystack. 17 Staying Safe On The Internet 251 Keep your kids (and yourself) out of trouble on the Net. 18 FAQ -- Internet Questions And Answers 261 The hot topics -- from email forgery to why your software won't work. 19 Making Money On The Internet 271 The classic Internet question: how do you make money on the Net? Here's how. 20 The Web -- Your Complete Entertainment Guide 281 Where to find entertainment and fun, from TV guides to flights and holidays. 21 Online News And Current Affairs 291 Find the hottest sites for news, finance, and politics. 22 Stay At Home And Go Cyber-Shopping 299 You can buy almost anything online -- as long as you know where to go and what to do. 23 Research And Work On The Internet 309 Dozens of the best reference sites for work, school, and general interest. 24 Pursue Your Hobbies And Interests 321 Where to go for support and advice, friendship and romance, sports and leisure pursuits. Part 4: Resources 329 A Speak Like A Geek: The Complete Archive 331 You could call it a glossary. B Windows Internet Features 351 Windows is stacked full of utilities and programs to help you work on the Internet. C All The Software You'll Ever Need 361 Visit these sites to download enough software to keep you busy for years. D Finding A Service Provider 367 If you haven't yet got on the Internet, here's how to start. Index 373 Contents Part 1: Start At The Beginning 1 1 Your Connection To The Online Universe 3 What Is The Internet? 4 What Exactly Is 'Information?' 4 The Internet Services 5 Getting On The Net 6 What Do You Need? 7 Computer 7 Modem 8 Internet Access Account 9 Online Services And Internet Service Providers -- What's The Difference? 9 Online Services 9 Internet Service Providers 10 Phone Calls And Connections 10 Free Access Pros And Cons 11 Unmetered Access (At Last!) 12 Broadband And Other Options 13 Do You Need Speed? 15 You Want Help Setting Up? 15 That's All, Folks! 16 The Least You Need To Know 16 2 The Premier Internet Tool: Email 17 What Email System? 18 To POP Or Not To POP? 18 You Have A New Address! 19 A Word About Setup 20 Sending A Message 22 We Are All One -- Sending Email To Online Services 24 Write The Message 25 Where'd It Go? Incoming Email 25 What Now? 26 A Word About Quoting 26 Sending Files Is Getting Easier 27 Cool Things You Can Do With Email 29 Caution: Email Can Be Dangerous! 30 Smile And Be Understood! 31 Emoticons Galore 31 Message Shorthand 32 The Least You Need To Know 33 3 Advanced Email: HTML And Encryption 35 Banish Dull Email with HTML Mail 36 Finding An HTML Mail Program 36 Different Programs, Different Abilities 38 Keep Away Prying Eyes With Encryption 38 Why Encrypt Your Email? 39 Public-Key Encryption: It's Magic 40 Public-Key Encryption And Your Email 41 Digital Signatures 42 I'm Sold; Where Do I Get My Keys? 43 Different Size Keys 44 Sending Voice Messages 45 The Least You Need To Know 45 4 Working On The World Wide Web 47 What's The Web? 48 Let's Start 49 Getting A Browser 51 Browsing Begins At Home 51 Moving Around On The Web 52 The Hansel And Gretel Dilemma: Where Are You? 53 Bookmarks 54 A Little History 56 A Direct Link: Using The URLs 56 The URL Explained 58 What Will You Find On Your Web Journey? 60 Speeding Up Your Journey By Limiting Graphics 61 There's Plenty More! 62 The Least You Need To Know 62 5 More Web Basics -- Searching, Saving And More 63 Multiple Windows -- Ambidextrous Browsing 63 Your Hard Disk As Web Server? 65 Turbo Charging With The Cache 66 Putting The Cache To Work 67 Decisions, Decisions 69 What Is Reload? 70 Long Documents -- Finding What You Need 70 Remember To Right-Click 71 Is It Worth Saving? 72 Grabbing Files From The Web 73 Save It 74 The Least You Need To Know 76 6 Forms, Applets, And Other Web Weirdness 77 Working With Tables 77 Interactive Web Pages -- Using Forms 78 Playing It Safe: Secure Sites 79 For Your Eyes Only: Password-Protected Sites 81 Dealing With Secondary Windows 81 Panes Or Frames 82 Animated Icons 83 Web Programs: Java, JavaScript, And ActiveX 83 What About JavaScript And ActiveX? 85 Another Programmer's Toy: Dynamic HTML 86 Just A Little Shove: Pushing And Pulling 87 The Multimedia Experience 88 The Least You Need To Know 89 7 Web Multimedia 91 How Browsers Deal with Different Files 92 What's Available? 92 Which Do You Need? Which Do You Want? 93 Music And Voice (Very Useful) 93 MP3 95 Flash And Shockwave 96 Other Document Formats (Also Very Useful) 97 3D Worlds (Greatly Overrated!) 97 Video (If You Can Wait) 99 GIFAnimations 99 Other Weird File Formats 100 Installing A Plug-In 100 Automatic Installation of Plug-ins 101 Installing A Viewer 102 Installing A Viewer In Internet Explorer 102 Installing A Viewer In Explorer Beforehand 103 Installing A Viewer In Netscape 3 104 Setting Up Netscape Navigator Beforehand 105 The Least You Need To Know 107 8 Setting Up Your Own Web Site 109 My Fill-In-The-Blanks Web Page 110 Make It Your Home Page 113 Your Web Page: What's It Good For? 114 HTML Basics 115 A Word About Paragraphs 116 Don't Stop At One: Multiple Pages 117 Finding URLs 117 Publishing On The Web 118 Finding A Web Host 119 Posting Your Web Pages 120 Using Web Templates 120 Nifty Web Site Tricks 121 Don't Overdo It 121 Adding Pictures 122 Positioning Things with Tables 123 Frames Are Okay (Sometimes) 123 Adding Java Applets 125 Linking To Images And Sounds 126 Adding Background Sounds 126 The Least You Need To Know 127 Part 2: There's Plenty More 129 9 Newsgroups: The Source Of All Wisdom 131 What's A Newsgroup? 132 So What's Out There? 133 Can You Read It? 134 Okay, Gimme A List! 135 Where Does It All Come From? 136 What's In A Name? 136 Reaching The Next Level 138 I'm Ready; Let's Read 138 The Least You Need To Know 140 10 Your Daily News Delivery 141 A Quick Word On Setup 142 Starting And Subscribing 143 Taking A Look 145 The Messages Are Gone! 146 Marking Your Messages 147 Moving Among The Messages 148 Saving And Printing 149 Your Turn: Sending And Responding 149 What's This Gibberish? ROT13 150 Pictures (And Sounds) From Words 151 The Fancy Stuff 154 A Word Of Warning 155 Mailing Lists -- More Discussions 155 LISTSERV Mailing Lists 156 Majordomo Mailing Lists 157 There May Be An Easier Way... 158 Using The Web Forums 158 The Least You Need To Know 159 11 Downloading Files With FTP 161 Different Flavours Of FTP 163 Hitting The FTP Trail 164 Files And Links -- What Is All This? 165 Finding That Pot o' Gold 167 Getting The File 168 It's the Real Thing: Using A Genuine FTP Program 169 Which And Where 171 It's Alive! Viruses And Other Nasties 174 Where Now? 174 Searching FTP Sites 175 Download Utilities 175 The Least You Need To Know 176 12 Online Chat Rooms AndInstant Messaging 177 Chatting And Talking 178 Two Types Of Sessions 179 Score One For The Online Services 179 Chatting In AOL 180 CompuServe's Chat Rooms 181 Microsoft Chat And MSN 182 Commands To Look For 183 Pick Your Avatar 184 Web Chat's Coming Up Fast 186 Chatting On The Internet 187 IRC Commands -- Chat Like A Pro 189 Starting Your Own IRC Channel 190 What Is It Good For? Real Uses For Chat 191 Instant Messaging 192 The IMWar And IMInteroperability 193 Using IM 194 The Enemy:MSN Messenger 195 ICQ (Figure It Out) 196 The Least You Need To Know 197 13 Voice On The Net, White Boards, And More 199 Voice On The Net -- Talk Really Is Cheap! 200 Sounds Good, What's The Catch? 200 What Do I Need? 201 Working With Your Phone Program 202 The Bells And Whistles 205 Internet-to-Phone Connections 207 Internet Call Waiting 208 Video And Other Weird Stuff 208 The Least You Need To Know 210 14 What On Earth Are All Those File Types? 211 About Download Directories 212 Pick A Download Directory Sensibly 214 A Cornucopia Of File Formats 214 The File Extension 215 File Compression Basics 218 Which Format? 218 Those Self-Extracting Archives 220 Your Computer Can Get Sick, Too 221 Tips For Safe Computing 222 The Least You Need To Know 222 15 Accessing The Internet With Cool New Devices 225 Cell Phone Access 227 Intercast PC/TV 228 Handhelds 228 Handheld Email Devices 228 Mail Devices 229 Pagers 229 Refrigerators 230 Printers And Faxes 230 Cash Registers 230 It's a Wired, Wired, Wired World 231 The Least You Need To Know 232 Part 3: Getting Things Done 233 16 Finding Stuff On The Internet 235 Finding A Search Site 236 Using A Search Engine 237 Search The Web Directories 240 Which Search Site Is Best? 241 AltaVista UK 241 Google 242 Yahoo! UK & Ireland 242 UK Plus 243 Easy Web Searching With Internet Explorer 244 Finding People On The Net 245 Flick Through The White Pages 245 Back To The Search Engines 246 Yellow Pages -- Searching For Businessess 246 Searching The Newsgroups 248 Just Tell Me In English 249 The Least You Need To Know 249 17 Staying Safe On The Internet 251 Will Your Kids Be Safe On The Net? 252 Get A Little Extra Help 253 Your Private Email Turned Up In The Times 255 Prince Charming Is A Toad! 256 She's A He, And I'm Embarrassed! 257 I Was 'Researching' At Playboy Online And Now I'm Unemployed 257 I'm Not Using My Credit Card On The Net! 258 I 'Borrowed' A Picture And Now They're Suing Me! 259 I Downloaded A File And Now My Computer's Queasy 259 The Least You Need To Know 260 18 FAQ -- Internet Questions And Answers 261 Why Is The Web So Slow Today? 261 Why Can't I Open This URL? 262 My Connection Crashed During A Download. Have I Lost The File? 263 If I Leave My Service Provider, Will I Lose My Email Address? 263 I Suppose My Web Site URL Will Change Too? 264 How Can I Stop All This Junk Email Arriving? 264 Can I Be Anonymous On The Net? 265 Could Someone Be Forging My Email? 267 Can I Sign Up With More Than One Service Provider? 267 Which Of These Sites Should I Download From? 268 Are .com And .net Interchangeable? 268 What's A Flame? 269 Just One More Question! 269 The Least You Need to Know 270 19 Making Money On The Internet 271 There's Another Way 272 Do You Have A Product? 272 Can A Web Site Help Every Business? 273 How Cheap? 274 Domain Name Registration 274 Web Site Hosting 274 HTML Authoring Program 275 Your Time 275 There's No Such Thing As An Internet Business 275 Search Engines AreNot Enough 276 Why Would Anyone Come to Your Site? 277 Don't Forget The Real World 277 Look For Partnerships 277 Use Mailing Lists And Newsgroups (Carefully!) 278 Don't Forget Email 278 Read My Special Reports 278 The Least You Need To Know 279 20 The Web -- Your Complete Entertainment Guide 281 Use Online TV And Radio Listings 282 Want To Take In A Film? 283 How About A Night At The Opera? 283 Get Away For The Weekend 284 Where To Go, What To Do 285 Getting From A To B 286 Book Your Holiday On The Web 287 Amuse The Kids (And Yourself!) Online 288 Entertainment Sites For Kids 288 Play Online Games With Other Web-Surfers 289 Gags And Giggles Galore 290 21 Online News And Current Affairs 291 Read Your Newspaper On The Web 291 Let's Talk About The Weather 293 Play The Money Markets Online 294 Create Your Own Custom News Page 295 Chart Hits And Bestsellers 296 Politics And Politicians On The Internet 297 22 Stay At Home And Go Cyber-Shopping 299 Are These The Stores Of The Future? 300 How Do I Buy Stuff Online? 300 Take A Tour Of The Shopping Centres 303 Groceries In Cyberspace 304 Have A Wander Down The High Street 305 It Must Be Love ... 307 23 Research And Work On The Internet 309 Look It Up Online 309 Encyclopaedias 310 Dictionaries 311 Thesauruses 312 Quotations 312 And Lots More Besides... 313 The Earth Unearthed 314 Discover The World 314 Change The World 315 The Universe ! And Beyond! 315 Education On The Internet 317 Find A Job Online 319 24 Pursue Your Hobbies And Interests 321 Read Your Favourite Magazines Online 322 Get In Touch With Other Enthusiasts 323 Support and Advice At Your Fingertips 323 Share Your Interests With A Penpal 325 Try Some Real Computer Dating! 325 Keep Up With Your Favourite Sport 326 Track Down Your Favourite Celebrity 327 Take A Cyber-Sightseeing Tour 328 Part 4: Resources 329 Appendix A Speak Like A Geek: The Complete Archive 331 Appendix B Windows Internet Features 351 Internet Features in Windows 98 and Windows Me 351 Internet Features in Windows XP 352 Finding The Windows Internet Programs 354 What's It All For? 354 Internet Explorer Web Browser (Windows 98 Onwards) 355 Outlook Express (Windows 98 Onwards) 355 Address Book (Windows 98 Onwards) 355 Windows Media Player (Windows Me, XP) 355 System Setup Tool 355 Communications Tools 356 Web Publishing Tools 356 Corporate Tools 358 Other Internet Features 358 Maintenance and Configuration 359 Windows Update 359 Appendix C All The Software You'll Ever Need 361 The Search Starts At Home 362 The Software Mentioned 362 The Internet's Software Libraries 362 Finding More 365 Don't Forget Demos And Drivers 366 Looking for Something Strange? 366 Appendix D Finding A Service Provider 367 I Want The Best! Where Do I Get It? 367 How Do You Choose? 367 Tips For Picking A Provider 369 Finding A Service Provider 370 Online Services 370 Internet Service Providers 371 Index 373show more

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