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Boot up, log on, and start surfing the Internet like a seasoned Webhead with all the tips and tricks you'll need in one convenient reference book. Packed inside The Internet For Dummies, 5th Edition Starter Kit, you'll find sound advice on making your online surfing fun and hassle-free, from getting online to sending e-mail, chatting, shopping, and keeping your kids safe on the World Wide Web.

All the latest Internet tools and techniques are right here inside The Internet For Dummies, 5th Edition Starter Kit, written by the same team of Internet pros who brought you the original edition of the popular, top-selling The Internet For Dummies®. Plus, this Starter Kit comes with a special CD-ROM that includes the latest versions of the world's two favorite browsers -- Netscape Navigator and Microsoft Internet Explorer -- and the authors' favorite e-mail program, Eudora Light (for Windows 95, Windows 3.1, and the Mac), along with HotDog Web Editor (for Windows) and BBEdit Lite (for the Mac) to help you create your very own Web pages!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764503566
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/1/1998
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Edition description: 5TH BK&CDR
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 7.38 (w) x 9.26 (h) x 1.12 (d)

Table of Contents


About This Book
How to Use This Book
Who Are You?
How This Book Is Organized
Icons Used in This Book
What Now?
Feedback, Please

Part I: Welcome to the Internet

Chapter 1: What Is the Net?

So What's All the Hoopla?
A Few Real-Life Stories
Why Is This Medium Different from Any Other Medium?
Anybody can access it
It's politically, socially, and religiously correct
The Net advantage
Electronic Commerce
Security in general
Security in specific
Some Thoughts about Safety and Privacy
Safety first
Protect your privacy
Please pass the cookies
Encryption and pretty good privacy
Where Did the Internet Come From?
Meanwhile, back at the classroom
Enter the National Science Foundation

Chapter 2: Intranets, Extranets, and Volleyball Nets

Intranets and What They're Good For
What's the big deal?
Using intranets
Extra, Extra Net, Net Net
Really, you care
Let us count the ways
Why This Is the Last You Will Hear from Us about
Intranets and Extranets

Chapter 3: The Net, Your Kids, and You

Stop Making Sense
What's in it for us?
The Internet for young children
The Internet for K­12
College and the Net
Finding a job by using the Net
When the Net is college
Of Paramount Concern
Parental Guidance Required
Setting limits
Rating the ratings
Consumer's choice
Software sentries
Internet Resources for Kids
Mailing lists for parents and kids
Web sites for kids
Help for parents of kids with problems
The Internet in Schools
Contractually speaking
Industrial-strength cyberprotection

Part II: Internet, Here I Come!

Chapter 4: Picking Your Internet Service

Do You Have a Computer?
Let's Be Normal
Any Computer Will Do
Modems, Ho!
Normal Terminal Program: Is That Contagious?
Providing That...
Big ol' commercial providers
The Internet, the whole Internet, and nothing but the Internet, so help us...
Mind your PPPs
The Beauty of Bandwidth
Cable connections
Couch potatoes, ho!
ISDN, ADSL, and other four-letter words
Picking an ISP
How to find a local service provider
Signing up
Back to Software
Commercial providers
PPP access
Shell access
On and off the Information Superhighway
Would you sign your name in, please?
Please don't touch the crystal
How to Get Off
Chapter 5: Connecting to the Internet

PPP (and SLIP)
You provide the programs
Cool programs you can use
Getting Connected
Do you have what it takes?
The big picture, PPP-wise
Many mysterious numbers
Where Does All This Software Come From?
A Home for Your Programs
Connecting, for Windows 98 Users
Connecting, for Windows 95 Users
Connecting, for Windows 3.1 Users
Connecting, for Mac Users
Connecting to America Online
Signing up for America Online
Setting up your AOL account
Calling America!
I'm outta here!
Signing Up for CompuServe
I Want My WebTV!
Getting started with WebTV
Full power, Scotty!

Part III: Web Mania

Chapter 6: The Wild, Wonderful, Wacky Web
Getting Hyper -- the Basic Stuff
Name That Page
Browsing Off
Browser Warfare
Surfing with Netscape Navigator and Microsoft Internet Explorer
Getting around
Backward, ho!
All over the map
Going places
Where to start?
This page looks funny
Get me outta here
Getting and Installing Netscape Navigator or Microsoft Internet Explorer
Getting the package
We're home -- let's unpack and install
Life with Lynx
Wandering around
Leaving Lynx
Is that all there is?

Chapter 7: Wrangling with the Web

My Favorite Things
Marking Netscape Navigator
Marking Microsoft Internet Explorer
Marking Lynx
Speeding Things Up
Where do we start?
Switching to ugly mode
Cold, hard cache
Getting the Big Picture
Filling In the Forms
Save Me!
Saving Lynx pages
Saving anything else in Lynx
Doing Doing Two Two Things Things at at Once Once
The Dead-Tree Thing (Printing)
Getting Plugged In: Singing, Dancing, and Chatting with Your Browser
Cool plug-ins
How to use plug-ins with your browser

Chapter 8: Needles and Haystacks: Finding Stuff on the Net

Your Basic Search Strategy
Yahoo-a-roo, Part II
Yahoo-a-roo, toodle-oo
Handy AltaVista tips
Yahoo and AltaVista, together at last
AltaVista away
The Usual Suspects
Northern Light
Other Web guides
Finding Companies
WHOIS that?
Hoovering in
Lots of other business directories
Companies Online
Inc. magazine
Yellow Pages
Finding People
In real life
On the Net
Yahoo People Search
Four11 (Four-eleven)
American Directory Assistance
Canada 411
Mail, one more time
Getting the Goods
Chapter 9: More Shopping, Less Dropping

Why Would I Shop Online?
The Credit Card Question
Let's Go to the Store
Simple shopping
Fancy shopping
Shopping around the World
Up, Up, and Away
The general theory of airline tickets
More about online airlines
Pure Money
Mutual funds
Tracking your portfolio
Even More Places to Shop
Books and such
Book Stacks Unlimited
Computer Literacy Bookstore
Lands' End
L.L. Bean
The Gap
Dell Computer
Apple Computer
Auctions and used stuff
Egg Farm Dairy
Cabot Creamery
The Shopping Update
Chapter 10: My First Home Page

Creating a Web Page
Picking your pen
Getting started
Pictures to go
Picture formats
Where do pictures come from?
Linking to other pages
Good page design
Fonts and styles
Background images
Big images
Live and learn
Putting Your Page on the Web
Shout It Out!

Part IV: Essential Internet

Chapter 11: Mailing Hither, Mailing Thither

What's My Address?
The username part
The domain name part
Putting it all together
My Mail Is Where?
Too Many E-Mail Programs
Four Popular E-Mail Programs
Sending Mail Is Easy
Sending mail with Eudora
The same idea, using Netscape
Sending mail with Outlook Express
Sending mail with Pine
Mail Coming Your Way
Reading mail with Eudora
Reading mail with Netscape
Reading mail with Outlook Express
Reading mail with Pine
A Few Words from the Etiquette Ladies
Flame off!
How Private Is E-Mail?
To Whom Do I Write?
Chapter 12: Putting Your Mail in Its Place

Deleting Mail
Back to You, Sam: Replying to Mail
Hot Potatoes: Forwarding Mail
Cold Potatoes: Saving Mail
Filing with Eudora
Filing with Netscape
Filing with Outlook Express
Filing with Pine
Exotic Mail and Mail Attachments
Eudora attachments
Netscape attachments
Outlook Express attachments
Pine attachments
Hey, Mr. Robot
Your Own Personal Mail Manager
One More Reason We Like Eudora Best
Spam, Bacon, and Eggs
Why call it spam?
Is it so bad?
Can I do something?

Chapter 13: Mail, Mail, the Gang's All Here

Getting On and Off Mailing Lists
Talking to a human being
LISTSERV, the studly computer's mail manager
Stupid LISTSERV tricks
An excellent choice, Sir
Stupid Majordomo tricks
ListProc -- third-place list manager
Sending messages to mailing lists
The Fine Points of Replying to Mailing-List Messages
Some Interesting Lists
Risks Digest
Majordomo (list name risks) moderated, news, digest
Privacy Forum Digest
LISTSERV (list name PRIVACY) moderated
Tourism Discussions
The Jazz Lover's List
LISTSERV (list name JAZZ-L)
Liberal Judaism
Listproc (list name MLJ) moderated, digest

Chapter 14: Let's Get Together and Chat

Look Who's Chatting
Who are those guys?
Who am I?
Your First Chat Room
Online etiquette
Safety first
Chat abbreviations and smileys
Trouble city
Let's Chat
Chatting on AOL
Look who's here
"Who am I, and what am I doing here?"
Other public rooms
Member rooms
Private chats
Calling the AOL cops
Chatting on CompuServe
Identifying yourself
Walk right in!
Calling the CompuServe cops
Chatting via WebTV
Whisper in my ear
Restricting chatting
Chatting via IRC
Firing up IRC
Getting connected
Choosing a network
Commanding your IRC
Group chat
Channel surfing
Picking a nickname
Just between us
Operating your own channel
Channel types
Reporting bad guys

Chapter 15: Swiping Files from the Net

What's the Big Deal?
Getting Files over the Web
Getting the picture
Getting with the program
Getting other files
How FTP Works
Hello, this is anonymous
When is a file not a file?
Getting your FTP client
Your Web Browser Is an FTP Client, Too
The URL of FTP
Browsing with an FTP URL
Hard-Core FTP-ing by Using WS_FTP
Getting WS_FTP
Dialing for files
"It won't speak to me!"
Do you copy?
Hang up!
Connecting again
How to foul up your files in FTP
About Face!
Uploading with your browser
Uploading with WS_FTP
Other FTP Shenanigans
It's Not Just a File -- It's Software
Decompressing and unzipping
Mac users say StuffIt
Running WinZip
Unzip it!
Zipped out?
Scanning for viruses
Installing the program
Configuring the program
Where Is It?
Chapter 16: Alternate Internet

America Online
E-mailing from AOL
"Do I have mail?"
Reading your mail
Saving a message on your PC
Composing a new message
Attaching a file to your message
Keeping an address book
Adding names to your book
Using the black book
"What if I get an attachment?"
Going offline
To the Net
Web browsing from AOL
Starting the Web browser
Protecting your kids
Creating your own Web page
Grabbing files from FTP servers
Using AOL as an Internet account
Getting Winsock-compatible programs
Using a Winsock program
Doing other things
CompuServing You
Go, CompuServe!
Go, e-mail!
Getting your mail
Filing messages
Sending messages
CompuServe's address book
Sending along a file, too
Go, Internet!
Go, World Wide Web!
Go, FTP!
More places to go
Tuning In with WebTV
On your mark, get set, click
Getting e-mail on your WebTV
Reading your mail
Sending mail
Where's the Web in WebTV?

Part V: The Part of Tens

Chapter 17: Ten Frequently Asked Questions

"Why Can't You Just Give Me Step-by-Step Instructions?"
"Are the Internet and the World Wide Web the Same Thing?"
"What's the Difference between a Browser and a Search Engine?"
"Should I Buy WebTV?"
"Can I Change My E-Mail Address?"
"How Can I Get a File from My Word Processor into E-Mail?"
"Is It Safe to Use My Credit Card on the Net?"
"How Important Is This Internet Stuff?"
"What's the Best Internet Provider?"
"How Can I Make Money on the Net?"
"What Type of Computer Should I Buy to Use the Internet?"
"What's Your Favorite Web Page?"
Chapter 18: Ten Ways to Find E-Mail Addresses

Search for People on the Web
Search for People in Newsgroups
Online Directories
Yahoo People Search
Online services directories
Alumni directories
Compatible Mail System -- an Oxymoron?
X.400: We're from the government, and we're here to help you
X.500: We're from the government, and we're back
A Parade of Mail Systems
America Online
AT&T Mail
Internet service providers
MCI Mail
Microsoft Network
Sprintmail (Telemail)

Chapter 19: Ten Types of Files and What to Do with Them

How Many Kinds of Files Are There?
Just Plain Text
Any Last Requests before We Execute You?
Packing It In
ZIPping it up
Compression classic
It's patently obvious
Just StuffIt!
Other archivers
In the Archives
For the Artistically Inclined
I could GIF a...
The eyes have it
A trip to the movies
Let a hundred formats blossom
Sound Off!
None of the Above

Chapter 20: Ten Ways to Avoid Looking Like a Klutz

Read before You Write
Netiquette Matters
Speling counts
If you don't have anything to say, don't say it
Keep your hands to yourself
Subscription inscription (and defection)
Read the rules
Edit yourself
Discretion is the better part
Keep it private
Signing off
Don't get attached
Flame Off!
Spam, Chain Letters, and Other Antisocial Mail
The chain gang
Spammity spam, horrible spam
Don't Be a Pig
Hang up, already!
Audio and video pigs
Cybercafé Etiquette
No gawking over other people's shoulders
Clean up after yourself
Don't order stuff from a public PC
Some Web Wisdom
Small is beautiful, Part I
Small is beautiful, Part II
If we want the White House, we know where to find it
Let a hundred viewers blossom
Don't be dumb




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