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Get in the fast lane of the information superhighway! With expert advice on everything from connecting to the Net to videoconferencing to setting up a Web site ready for business, MORE Internet For Dummies, 4th Edition, shifts you right into high gear!

Inside, find even MORE helpful advice on how to

  • Establish a high-speed PPP connection to the Net
  • Choose the search engine that best suits your surfing needs
  • Download cool software, graphics, and games
  • Create and open .zip, .sit, .wav, .gif, and other weird files
  • Set up your own home page, conduct business -- and make money
  • Use encryption to make online credit card purchases safe
  • Use the Net for long-distance phone service -- and save lots of cash
  • Take advantage of the Web-ready features of Windows 98 -- videoconferencing, broadcast options, and connectivity tools
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764501357
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/1/1997
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 408
  • Product dimensions: 7.57 (w) x 9.22 (h) x 1.02 (d)

Table of Contents


About This Book
How to Read, or Not to Read, This Book
Conventions in This Book
Who Are We Talking To?
How This Book Is Organized
Part I: We're Back! (Again!)
Part II: Connecting to the Internet
Part III: The Fine Art of Browsing
Part IV: More Ways to Waste Time Online
Part V: Home Page, Ho!
Part VI: Doing Business on the Net
Icons Used in This Book
Talk to Us!

Part I: We're Back! (Again!)

Chapter 1: Back into the Fray
What's New on the Net?
A Brief Refresher Course
What is the Internet?
Names and numbers
Essential Services
Electronic mail and mailing lists
The World Wide Web (WWW or Web)
Usenet newsgroups
Live chat
Odds and Ends
Old, boring stuff
New stuff
Chapter 2: Resource, Resource, Who's Got the Resource?
Don't Hurl! It's Only an URL!
Web-Walking Wisdom
E-Mail -- Not!
Put Me on the Mailing List
Mailing-list wrangling
URLs for mailing lists
Usenet Newsgroups: The World's Biggest Bulletin Board
Subscribing to a newsgroup
URLs for newsgroups
FTP: Files Delivered to Your Door
The Web meets FTP: URL that file
FTP classic
Hot Spots to Gossip with IRC
Telnet: The Next Best Thing to Being There
Going for Gopher
Don't Take Our Word for It

Part II: Connecting to the Internet

Chapter 3: The Coolest Way to Get Connected: Dial-Up PPP Accounts
What Is PPP Again?
Ready to Be PPP
The big picture, PPP-wise
Do you have what it takes?
Who Will Provide?
Where to look for an Internet service provider
Ask your provider
The Programs You Need
A Home for Your Programs
The Next Step
Chapter 4: Becoming Well Connected
Tricking Windows 98 and Windows 95 into Letting You Connect to the Net
Windows 95 is a little tricky
The big picture
Maybe you're already connected to the Internet
Sign me up!
Maybe Professor Marvel can get you connected to the Internet
Finding the Wizard
The Internet Connection Wizard does her thing
Hey, Windows 98 -- I have a modem!
Gimme a network
Meet my ISP
At last -- connecting to your ISP
The Ways of Windows 3.1
Installing Trumpet Winsock
Telling Trumpet Winsock about your ISP
Making a PPP connection
Dial ho!
Testing your connection by pinging
Hanging up
Installing a browser
Some Nitty-Gritty Stuff You Should Ignore If at All Possible
You Wanted to Get Some Useful Work Done on the Internet?
Chapter 5: Grabbing Software over the Net
The Big Picture
Using Your Web Browser to Download Files
Downloading a good unzipping program
"FTP won't speak to me!"
Installing WinZip
Running WinZip
Looking at the WinZip window
Unzip it!
Zip it!
Zipped out?
Scanning for Viruses
If you use Windows 3.1 and MS-DOS 6.2 (or later)
If you use Windows 3.1 and an earlier version of MS-DOS
If you use Windows 95 or Windows 98
Netting a Program
Getting hold of the program
Unzipping the program files
Installing the program
Associating the program with data files
Configuring the program
So Where Are All the Programs?
Chapter 6: Grab-Able Software
Super Sources of Software
Forrest Stroud's Consummate Winsock Apps List
Dave Central
The Papa FTP server
Yahoo! and things like it
Elegant E-Mail
Pegasus Mail
Other programs
Priceless Plug-Ins
Fabulous FTP
FTP favorites
Finding FTP
Nifty Newsreaders
Free Agent
Other newsreaders
Literary Acrobatics
Downloading Acrobat Reader
Installing Acrobat Reader
Using Acrobat Reader
Other Programs
Doing Your Part
Free versus not quite free
Registering WinZip

Part III: The Fine Art of Browsing

Chapter 7: Browser Basics
Scenes from the Browser Wars
The Great Netscape
Getting Netscape
Installing Netscape
Using Netscape
Exploring Internet Explorer
Getting Internet Explorer
Installing Internet Explorer
Internet Explorerology
Keeping Your Browser Up-to-Date
Chapter 8: Advanced Surfing Techniques
Take Me Back!
That page is history
Mark that book
It takes me back....
Bookmarks gone wild
I don't want to see you until you've changed
Making Your Browser Smarter
Plug in, add on, and activate
Plug-in places
Our favorite plug-ins
Browsing While You're Asleep
The Web Is Coming to Get You
What's the PointCast?
Castanet wide
BackWeb to the future
Netcasting about
Channeling the Web
Pushing back
Chapter 9: More Fun with Browsers
Finders Keepers
Putting in an Appearance
Font of wisdom
Discolor my world
Spacing Out
Zoning Out
Be Advised
Just Who Do You Think You Are?
Find out who's driving in VR
Find out who's certifiable in VR
A look ahead

Part IV: More Ways to Waste Time Online

Chapter 10: Ladies and Gentlemen, Step Right This Way
Audio and Video Go Mainstream
Audio and video the new, fun way
Audio and video the old, boring way
Are You a Player?
The Real thing
The NetShow must go on
Tuning into the TOOB
Other players
What's On?
Guiding lights
Don't touch that dial....
More multimedia
Chapter 11: Meeting on the Net
Packet Wars
Your Best Bet: NetMeeting
Getting NetMeeting started
Making a NetMeeting call
Collaborating with NetMeeting
Your Second-Best Bet: Internet Phone
Getting started with Internet Phone
One-on-one with Internet Phone
Other stuff you can do with Internet Phone
The Bad News and the Good News
Lots More Telephony Advice
Chapter 12: All the News That Fits and Considerably More
Whose News Do You Use?
Big bags o' news
Being a newsgroupie
The newsgroup thicket
Regional groups
Enough Already -- Let's Read Some News
Finally, Some Newsreading
First, subscribe
Second, get the headers
Third, get the articles
Saving Dough: Reading News Offline
Offline reading with Free Agent
Offline reading with Outlook Express
Honest -- It's a Work of Art
Introducing binary files
Extracting binary files
So You Want to Be Famous?
That's a roger, Roger
I'll follow you anywhere
I have something new to say
Distributions Are Your Friends
All the News that Fits
So What Is There to Read Already?
More Hierarchies
Chapter 13: How to Break In to Computers on the Net
Telnet I Love Him
Telnetting, for You UNIX Users
You're Not My Terminal Type
Help! I've Telnetted and I Can't Get Out!
New, Improved Telnet, with Whiter Whites
Any Port in a Storm
We're from IBM, and We Know What's Good for You
Fun Computers to Break in To
Other databases
Go Telnet It on the Mountain
Late-breaking bulletin (boards)
Libraries galore
More sites than you can shake a stick at
Chapter 14: Internet Classic
Welcome to Gopherspace
The good, the bad, and the ugly
Gophering around in the Web
Ask Archie
Archie on the Web
Archie by mail
Other places
Fingering Far-Off Friends for Fun
Fingering on the Web
Fingering from UNIX
Fingering with a SLIP or PPP account
The industrial-strength finger
Plain old ping
Over the network and through the woods
Chapter 15: Fun and Games on the Net
Rolling in MUDs and MOOs
MUDding basics
Types of MUDs
Telnetting in to MUDs
Better-quality MUD
MUD, MUD, glorious MUD
Staying cool in the MUD
Getting more MUD info
Games on the Web
Games on IRC
Games by E-Mail
Wandering in Virtual Reality
OnLife to live
Finding virtual worlds
More Fun

Part V: Home Page, Ho!

Chapter 16: Home-Page Bound
The Big Picture
Who Cares about HTML?
Gentlemen, Start Your Software
Web Page, Take One
What Are All These Tags, Really?
Your minimal set of tags
Body language
Sprucing Up Your Page
Let's Get Organized
Run, Text, Run
The Strong, the Bold, and Other Typography
Chapter 17: Pretty As a Picture -- and Well Connected Too
Picture This
Format wars
I've got some images already
Making your image fit into your pages
"How about us text lovers?"
Where can I get some images?
The Missing Link
Plain links
Fancy links
Colorizing Your Pages and Other Advanced Hackery
Transparently better
Colorful pages
A deep background
Chapter 18: Everything Else We Know about Web Pages
On the Table
Tabling details
Real tabling details
Tables and backgrounds
Border patrol
Tabular wrap-up
Making Your Graphics Load Snappily
Helping Your Fans Send You Mail
HTML Tags -- Yuck!
Discovering More

Part VI: Doing Business on the Net

Chapter 19: Present and Accounted For
You Want Your Own Web Site? Who's Asking?
The (big) business end of the Web
The (small) business end of the Web
"Let's just create a modest little Web site and see how it goes"
Five Unpopular E-Commerce Truths
A commercial Web site always costs more than you expect
A corporate Web site is not a document -- it's a virtual part of your organization
It's just as hard to keep a site up-to-date as it is to launch it in the first place
Building a cutting-edge Web site is no longer for amateurs
If you build it, they may not come
Five E-Commerce Success Tips
Be cool, but more importantly, be useful
Actively interact
Give to get
Feedback loop
Lovely Rita, meter maid
The Mom-and-Pop Store Goes Online
Casper, the friendly host
Plenty of free parking
The hard facts
E-commerce, at your service
Minding the store
Getting noticed
E-commerce stuff we left out
Chapter 20: A Place of One's Own
How to Register Your Own Domain Name
What kind of domain do you want?
"Somebody took my name!"
Where will your domain live?
Registering your name
Now what?
Publish or Perish
Going public with FTP
Composing yourself
Publishing with Mr. Wizard
Getting Personal with Microsoft
Installing Personal Web Server
Managing your personal Web
Chapter 21: Have I Got a Secret?
Keeping Those Love Letters Private
Internet Programs That Use Encryption
Netscape Navigator and Microsoft Internet Explorer
Public-key infrastructure
Other Hot Topics
Should you give out your credit card number over the Internet?
How secure is public-key cryptography?
What are tokens?
How should you pick your pass phrase?
How big should your key be?
What is key recovery?
Can strong cryptography really be banned?
Chapter 22: Cool Stuff Is Out There!
Yuck! I Hate Typing URLs!
The Net on the Net
Online Magazines
And Now, the News
How's the Weather?
Touchdown! Goal! Home Run! Wicket!
The Literary Life
We're from the Government, and We're Here to Help You
Stock Prices, Almost Live
Kids' Stuff
Arts and Crafts
The Funnies
Um, It's Personal
Fun and Games
Food, Food, Wonderful Food
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