Dr. Macintosh's Guide to the On-Line Universe

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780201581256
  • Publisher: Addison Wesley Professional
  • Publication date: 10/31/1992
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 7.38 (w) x 9.08 (h) x 0.96 (d)

Table of Contents

Why I Love My Modem
How I Learned What I Know
How to Use This Book
Ch. 1 Overview: What It's All About 1
Party Dogma 2
Dr. Macintosh's Guide to the On-line Universe (Extremely Abridged Version) 4
Over Andy's Shoulder: A Typical BBS Session 7
Parting Shots 19
Ch. 2 The Hardware End 21
Phone Lines 22
All about Modems! 26
Modem Features 29
Making a Buying Decision 39
Specialty Modems 44
Snake Oil 50
Parting Shots 51
Ch. 3 The Software End 53
Choosing Software 54
The Macintosh Communications Toolbox 55
Common Interface Elements of Telecom Software 56
Features under the Hood 59
The Software Itself 64
Parting Shots 72
Ch. 4 Your First Time 75
Macintosh to Modem Connection 76
Setting Up Your Modem (Part 1) 78
Setting Up Your Modem (Part 2) 83
Advanced Modem Setups 90
Configuring Your Telecom Program 94
Your First On-line Session 96
Parting Shots 108
Ch. 5 Reading and Sending Messages 109
Setting Up an Account and Logging 110
Messaging 123
Parting Shots 151
Ch. 6 Downloading Files 153
Freeware and Shareware Programs 154
How to Download Files 157
File Archives 171
Uploading 176
Other Stuff 179
Parting Shots 181
Ch. 7 All About On-line Services 183
Types of On-line Services 184
Choosing a BBS 188
Special Features 189
Specialized Commercial Services 195
The Big Four 200
America Online 202
CompuServe 209
GEnie 216
The Internet 217
Parting Shots 225
Ch. 8 The Strange and Peculiar Customs of the Natives 227
Mr. Modem Manners On-line Etiquette 228
A Guide to Acronyms 236
Emoticons (AKA Smilies, ASCII-grams) 240
Parting Shots 245
Ch. 9 Advanced Telecommunications 247
Telecommunicating Person to Person 248
Running Your Own BBS 253
Scripting 256
Other Advanced Topics 258
Parting Shots 264
Ch. 10 It's Nothing to Worry About, Really 265
About Viruses 266
Encouraging Information 268
Electronic Break-ins 278
Parting Shots 282
Appendix A: Glossary 283
Appendix B: The AT Command Set 297
Appendix C: The Macintosh Communications Toolbox 313
Appendix D: Manufacturers' Addresses 333
Appendix E: A Smattering of BBSs 339
Appendix F: Serial Wiring Diagrams 343
Index 347
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